You might think an adult dodgeball league is merely a Hollywood fantasy, like in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. But NYC Social has created a league that combines your passion for weeknight binge-drinking and throwing objects at your enemies. It’s not for anyone taking the game too seriously though, says Frank Del Cervo, a representative of NYC Social.
“We want people of every experience and skill level to feel comfortable in the league, even if you’ve never seen a dodgeball before,” says Del Cervo.
It’s pretty much standard dodgeball rules, with six players on the court at a time (at least two of them women). Teams play best of five games. There’s no headshots, or tornado throws, which is when you spin in circles (ostensibly to build up momentum) before you launch the ball. You might think it looks awesome, but it’s unsafe and inaccurate.
Warning: This league is only for people 21 and older. Most players are in their 20s, some in their 30s, and there’s no age cutoff. NYC Social also has post-game socials with flip-cup tournaments. And these events can get pretty “lit,” according to Del Cervo.
“The social environment we cultivate is perfect for young professionals who want to break up the monotony of the work week,” he says.
Terry Hanahoe fits that description. The 31-year-old works for the post office during the day, but turns into a dodgeball diehard on Wednesday nights. Last season, he helped his team, Balls Deep, win the championship.
“Our team has won the drinking side of it many times – the flip cup,” he says. “But we’ve never won the sport, so it felt really good.” Sure, winning is great, but Hanahoe says the best part about the league is the social aspect.
“It’s such a great way to meet people, especially for anybody new to an area,” he says. “You make good friendships with people on your team, but you also make good friendships with other people in the league – usually at the bar.”
Need more convincing? NYC Social has a theme week, where teams take their outfits to the next level. Some examples include the Olympics, Beach Party, and a Halloween special. There’s also goofy team names, like Dodgefathers, Dodging Under the Influence, and Dodger Federer.
Entering the New York City Dodgeball League league costs $1,270 for an entire squad (10-25), or $115 to register as a free agent. There are only two NYC Social dodgeball leagues during the spring. One plays on Wednesdays at Avenues: The World School in Chelsea, from 6:30 to 8pm, while the other plays Thursdays at St. Pat’s Youth Center in SoHo, from 6:15 to 8pm. Hurry up because April 11 is the deadline. The only thing left to decide is whether you’re more Average Joe’s or Globo Gym.