Taylor Rocca, Roving Editor Ω
It’s 9 p.m. on a Tuesday evening at South Sahali Elementary School. Most nights the lights are out, the doors are locked and the halls are eerily silent. Not on this night.
One step into the hall and a wave of heat hits you in the face, the smell of perspiration filling your nose as you step in from the cool January night.
Sweaty university students dressed in outlandish costumes and blinding colours surround you. It is a sight more commonly seen on Halloween. From neon-pink stripes to bright-blue tights, men and women dressed in an array of colours romp around playing the classic grade-school game of dodgeball.
This is just a typical evening in the Kamloops Dodgeball League. The gymnasium is jam-packed with eager dodgeballers, upbeat music and a fun atmosphere.
Garrett Horvath is a first-year law student at Thompson Rivers University. He moved to Kamloops from Calgary in September. After enjoying dodgeball in Calgary, Horvath just couldn’t live without it. Upon arriving in Kamloops he created the Kamloops Dodgeball League.
Horvath is hoping to promote a fun and social environment where anyone can come to get some exercise, have fun and meet new people.
“It’s an easy way to meet people. Some of my best friends now are guys that I met through dodgeball,” Horvath said.
“There are people getting married that I met through my dodgeball team. It’s just crazy.”
Early indications suggest that Horvath is succeeding in his goal.
There are currently eight teams registered in the league, which hosts games every Tuesday night in the South Sahali Elementary School gymnasium at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Horvath is hoping that TRU Rec will take notice of the program’s early success and pick it up in the future.
Currently, the Kamloops Dodgeball League is independent of TRU. You don’t need to be a student to register, although TRU students wishing to register a team are offered a subsidized rate courtesy of TRUSU.
It costs $250 to register a TRUSU-subsidized team. Teams are typically 10 to 12 players and the season is eight weeks long.
“I figure it’s about $2.50 a night, which is pretty cheap entertainment when you consider your alternatives,” Horvath said.
Students from all over campus are already starting to get dodgeball fever.
Students from the law program already have their own co-ed team registered and playing.
Getting on the court and dodging around isn’t the only way to get involved.
While dodgeball is primarily officiated by the players using the honour system, it still needs an extra set of eyes watching over the court.
Russell Henry is a first-year adventure studies student at Thompson Rivers University.
He recently joined the Kamloops Dodgeball League as a referee.
Henry was looking to add a relaxing and easy recreational activity to his busy student schedule.
“Dodgeball is just like it is in the movie,” Henry said, “it’s super chill.”
If you are interested in registering a team or applying to be a referee with the Kamloops Dodgeball League, visit www.kamloopsdodgeball.com for more information.