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Dodgeball club tries to create fun environment

Dodgeball club tries to create fun environment

Dodgeball club tries to create fun environment
February 10
00:26 2015

Reece Waddell / Staff Writer

Most of the athletes on campus play for one of the school NCAA regulated sports. But there is a population of students on campus who play for a club sport that is growing in popularity: dodgeball.

Dodgeball has become an increasingly popular club sport at colleges across America, particularly further north. But since 2012, North Texas has bolstered a dodgeball club of its own. It has grown in membership since its inception and is free to join. Co-president and radio, television, and film junior Jason Snider said the club helps students meet new people and get active.

“The club has become something for people to just come out and have fun and enjoy each other’s company,” Snider said. “There are people on the team that are really competitive and there are people laid back. We have a good combination of players and it’s a lot of fun.”

Co-president and computer engineering junior Michael Canan said the club has matured a lot and is still growing today.

“The club has helped me meet new people and just make friends in general,” Canan said. “I didn’t know anybody that played dodgeball and now [Snider] is one of my best friends.”

Aside from making friends, the dodgeball club is also focused on being competitive. Both Snider and Canan said for the most part the club is pretty laid back, but things can sometimes get intense.

“Yeah, I mean, I’m a pretty relaxed guy. But if there’s something on the line I get pretty competitive and want to win just like anyone else,” Canan said.

Club dodgeball is regulated by the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association, and North Texas competes against other Division I schools. Snider said because the majority of club dodgeball teams are based at universities in the north, it is often difficult to compete.

“There’s a team in Louisiana but other than it, it’s just hard to compete against surrounding schools,” Snider said.

Despite its geographical handicap, North Texas traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska in the fall, placing second at a tournament hosted by the University of Nebraska. Vice president and electrical engineering junior Floyd McGriff joined the team last fall and traveled with the team to the tournament in Lincoln.

“It was just an awesome and really fun experience,” McGriff said.

Both McGriff and his co-presidents said it’s impressive to watch the evolution of the team over the last three years. All of them said despite the success, what makes the team unique is that it isn’t exclusive.

The funding for the dodgeball club is sponsored by the Pohl Recreation Center. Snider said the team is funded just like any other club team, and that the recreation center does a good job.

“We tell the rec what we need and they do their best to meet our needs. We ask for a reasonable amount of money because we know that there are other club teams that travel more than we do,” Snider said.

The main goals of the club are having fun and advancing further. The team still wants to win, and play in tournaments and competitions when possible, but the main goal is to get everyone on the club to have fun in a good atmosphere. But Canan said sometimes, it can get competitive.

“We definitely feel a little bada– at times,” Canan said.

Featured Illustration by Jake Bowerman – Senior Staff Illustrator

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