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Have ball, will dodge

Dodgeball tourney set for Saturday

Dave Shively

Steamboat residents have an opportunity to let off a little steam this weekend at Colorado Moun–tain College’s inaugural Mud Season Dodgeball Tournament.

Saturday’s tournament will feature six-person teams competing for bragging rights and an all-around champion prize. The tournament is double elimination.

“If you think the recess pick-up games were brutal back in the fourth grade, just wait until full-grown men are hurling 8-ounce rubber balls at your head,” CMC student activities coordinator and event organizer Tommy Larson said.

Larson organized a popular student dodgeball league on Thursday evenings this fall, but Saturday’s tournament will be the first one open to the community.

“It’s a sport everybody’s done and anybody can do. It’s a lot of fun, and there’s a lot of smack talk,” Larson said.

All interested dodgeballers can register their squads by signing up in the CMC gymnasium in Bristol Hall until 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Teams also can register by calling Larson at 870-4479.

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People who don’t have a team, but want to participate, should arrive early so they can be placed on shorthanded squads or form teams with other solo players, Larson said.

The tournament will follow traditional dodgeball rules outlined in the popular 2004 comedy “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.” There will be a few additions to increase the length of the games. All teams will be guaranteed at least three games.

Although Steamboat teams may not take the tournament as seriously as Ben Stiller’s Purple Cobras team did, Larson still foresees a positive turnout and some serious competition as teams likely will have to go through the favored “Khaki Killers” — a squad of khaki-clad CMC students — to get to Saturday’s finals.

What: CMC’s Mud Season Dodgeball Tournament

When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday; registration ends at 12:30 p.m.

Where: CMC’s Bristol Hall gym

Cost: Free

Call: Tommy Larson, 870-4479