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There’s more than hurling a ball at high speeds and ducking and dodging when it comes to playing dodgeball.

There’s strategy.

There’s aiming low, faking throws and hoarding balls from your opponent.

You might even heckle the other team, as was done in good fun for a good cause Saturday at the Salvation Army during a dodgeball tournament sponsored by Watertown Evening Rotary and the Watertown Family YMCA.

Four teams competed in the double elimination competition, an idea proposed by event organizer and Rotary member Jason B. Harrington.

Mr. Harrington is part of the inaugural dodgeball league that plays at the Y.

His YMCA team members formed two teams, Top Gun A and B, for Saturday’s competition.

While the two teams were victorious in the end, the other two teams, formed by Sunrise Rotary and Evening Rotary, gave the group some fun and a little practice before it heads to YMCA finals this week.

“I haven’t played since third grade,” Andrea C. Pedrick said. Though without any practice herself, that third-grade training came back quickly.

As the last team member standing in an early bout against a Top Gun team, Ms. Pedrick hoarded the balls on her side of the line.

She would throw two balls at once at the same person, forcing him to drop or get hit by one.

She darted around the court as balls came flying back at her, and stayed in for quite some time alone, knocking out three experienced Top Gun players.

Spectators had a good chuckle when she eliminated Mr. Harrington on a slow toss he dropped.

The rules are simple. If you get hit, you are out. If you throw the ball and the opposing team catches it, you are out. You can’t cross the line.

Teams put six players on the court at a time, with at least two male or two female players.

While some throws were faster than others and the smack of a hit is loud, players said a hit doesn’t hurt.

The balls used are lightweight. A greater fear would be the potential for a person hurting an arm or shoulder from trying to throw the lightweight object at a fast speed.

The referee and balls were provided by the Y.

Rotary President Charles V. Berkman said money raised from the tourney will benefit local children’s projects.





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