Chances are, the last time you played dodgeball you were in braces.
Thanks to a recent surge in popularity among young adults, there are several leagues in New York City where you can revisit middle school gym class and pelt each other with rubber balls year round all over again. Here's a look at what's up next for the leagues across the city.
It's dodgeball by the rules here, though with a twist - teams of up to 14 compete 6 on 6, and are grouped into clusters (based on color), with three teams to a cluster working together throughout the season to achieve victory. In their words, think of it as Color War takes over dodgeball.
The next season starts January 27 and lasts for seven weeks. If this is the league for you, make sure to register soon, as play is limited to 64 total players. Sign up for Wednesdays (at 6:30 or 8:30) in Soho, or Thursdays on the Upper East Side. Registration is $100 per person. Don't belong to a team? Drop in each week and for $15 you can join a team, if only for one night.
One of the few sports leagues devoted to just dodgeball, Downtown Dodgeball is based in the East Village, specializing in co-ed dodgeball tournaments and leagues.
The next season begins in January for eight weeks of play (including one week of playoffs) on Tuesday nights, with registration starting mid-November. At least 10 people on a roster recommended, so send out those email blasts now and start recruiting.
Can't wait till then to play? Until the season starts, the league will be hosting pick-up games throughout December every Tuesday night, where you can just show up and be placed on a team. Pay for the pick-up games, as well as the winter season, is TBD.
Up in Yorkville you can find another league devoted to co-ed dodgeball, with the fraternity-esque name Party Dodgeball. The league offers year-round play in a social atmosphere, with their winter/spring season starting in February. Registration begins in early January and costs $85 per person.
Every Thursday, teams play best two out of three matches, with prizes at season's end including cash awards and bar tabs. That definitely helps make it a party.
Finding that most adult leagues in New York City cater to heterosexuals, Big Apple Dodgeball, down in the West Village, was founded to provide an accepting environment for the LGBT community. Naturally, like most leagues, it's a great way to meet people, and the after-parties following the Monday night games are also well-attended.
The next season is tentatively scheduled for the beginning of February, with sign-up available in January. There are no tryouts, and teams are randomly selected to ensure a mix of playing abilities. Dues cost $100, and include a gym membership to all New York City Parks & Recreation locations. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal.
Tired of all these Manhattan-centric leagues? ZogSports has you covered. With leagues in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens (sorry Staten Island and the Bronx, you'll get your due one day), you might be able to find a league near you.
Seasons last six weeks, with Queens play beginning January 12 in Long Island City and Brooklyn January 13 in Park Slope. Dues cost $80 for individuals, $750 for teams (12 people, and $35 each additional player) if you sign up now through November 18; after that, it's $90 or $825 until December 4.
The outer-borough leagues are catered to the casual dodgeball players. For more competitive play, you'll have to look to Manhattan, whose locations provide for a wider range of ability and competitiveness. Weeknight play begins January 4, with weekend starting January 9. Registration is $85 per individual or $825 per team for early registration, and $95 and $925 respectively for late.
As part of the league's social action mission, some of ZogSports' proceeds go to charity, and winning teams will have prize money donated to a charity of their choice. So on this league especially, you better be in it to win it.