Announcements

Promotion of Brendan Tickner to Executive Director for USA Dodgeball

February 12, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA – USA Dodgeball, the governing body for dodgeball in the country, has announced the promotion of Brendan Tickner to Executive Director.

Tickner previously held the role of Brand & Marketing Committee Chair, and he was instrumental in the strategy and implementation of social media campaigns, website design, SEO, and community outreach that ultimately resulted in the organization exceeding their 2019 goals. However, his contribution to the growth and success of both USA Dodgeball and the worldwide dodgeball scene has never been isolated to the title in which he was given. Tickner’s promotion, which takes immediate effect, allows him to formally have the opportunity to use his years of insight and experience to effect change and influence decisions as a nonvoting board member on a wider range of initiatives outside those that arise in the Brand & Marketing realm.

“Brendan Tickner has worked tirelessly behind the scenes and has been essential in our growth as an organization. When things get tough, he’s there to keep us moving forward,” the USA Dodgeball eBoard says. “He doesn’t like the attention or glory but deserves to be recognized as we would not be where we are today without him.

”Tickner’s promotion comes in conjunction with a landmark year for USA Dodgeball. Fresh off a sweep on the international stage at the World Dodgeball Championships in Cancun, the organization announced the USA Dodgeball Premier Tour which will take place in 17 different cities throughout the US, and without question, Tickner will be an influential figure in the success of the organization moving forward.

Promotion of Brendan Tickner to Executive Director for USA Dodgeball
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USA Dodgeball Announces First Round Dates and Locations for their Premier Tour

January 24, 2020

In their inaugural year of hosting competitive dodgeball events, athletes from across the country will travel to their respective regional round 1 events

We are incredibly excited to announce the dates and locations of the first regional rounds of the USA Dodgeball 2020 Premier Tour. The remaining rounds are still in the works and will be released as soon as they are locked in.

Round 1:

3/28/2020 – North 1: Indianapolis, Indiana

•  Divisions include: Men’s foam, Men’s cloth Women’s foam, and Women’s cloth

•  Future rounds location options: Ft. Wayne, Chicago, Toledo, Grand Rapids

3/7/2020 – South 1: Dallas, Texas

•  Divisions include: Men’s foam, Men’s cloth Women’s foam, and Women’s cloth

•  Future round location options: Tampa, Memphis, New Orleans

3/21/2020 – East 1: Boston, Massachusetts

•  Divisions include: Open 8.5, Women’s no-sting & Coed No-sting

•  Future rounds location options: Valley Forge, TBD

3/14-15/2020 – West 1: San Diego, California

•  Divisions include: Open 8.5, Open No-Sting, Women’s no-sting, Women’s Foam & Coed No-sting

•  Future round location options: Oakland, Seattle, Phoenix area

The 2020 season will take place starting in March and concluding by October at the latest. Due to the WDBF World Championships, no rounds — including nationals — will be held Labor Day weekend this year. This season features 4 events per region. Three of those events will include the typical ball types that each region is accustomed to.

There will also be one of those four rounds that is a foam & cloth-only event. For this year, each region’s foam/cloth event will be either round 1 or 2 so combine invites can be sent out in a timely manner. These events will include a men’s and women’s division for each ball type. This will provide the scouting team ample time to review their respective regions to send out combine invites for both foam & cloth.

One of the three “typical” rounds in each region will be a Grand Slam. The Grand Slam is open to any team from any region (Ex: a team from the south could play in all 4 south rounds and each of the 3 additional regional grand slams). The other rounds, including the foam/cloth round, will be exclusive to teams residing in the region.

As of now, Rounds 2-4 details are still in the works but here are the divisions planned (subject to change based on venue capacity):

Round 2:

North 2: TBD

•  Divisions include: Open 8.5, Open Pinch, Women’s no-sting, Women’s foam and Coed no-sting

South 2: TBD

•  Divisions include: Open 8.5, Women’s no-sting, Women’s foam and Coed no-sting

East 2: TBD

•  Divisions include: Men’s foam, Men’s cloth Women’s foam, and Women’s cloth

West 2: TBD

•  Divisions include: Men’s foam, Men’s cloth Women’s foam, and Women’s cloth

Round 3-4:

North 3-4: TBD

•  Divisions include: Open 8.5, Open Pinch, Women’s no-sting, Women’s foam and Coed no-sting

South 3-4: TBD

•  Divisions include: Open 8.5, Women’s no-sting, Women’s foam and Coed no-sting

East 3-4: TBD

•  Divisions include: Open 8.5, Women’s no-sting & Coed No-sting (open no-sting & women’s foam depending on venue)

West 3-4: TBD

•  Divisions include: Open 8.5, Open No-Sting, Women’s no-sting, Women’s Foam & Coed No-sting

More information to come, but here is what we can share now:

•  Registration will be individual for each player NOT team and you will be able to sign up for your 2020 USA Dodgeball

•  Membership at the same time which will continue to be a one-time $25 fee for the year.

•  Each event should have a host hotel that will be convenient for travel to the event.

•  Each team will still have to supply 2 refs per division.

2020 is looking to be an awesome year for dodgeball!

USA Dodgeball Announces First Round Dates and Locations for their Premier Tour
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Team USA Wins Gold at 2019 World Dodgeball Championships

December 6, 2019

Team USA brings double gold home for USA Dodgeball at the WDBF Dodgeball World Championships for 2019

Cancun, Mexico

Team USA, in association with USA Dodgeball, the national governing body for the sport of dodgeball in the U.S., dominated with back-to-back Gold medal wins for both the women’s and men’s teams at the 2019 World Dodgeball Championships, hosted by the World Dodgeball Federation, in Cancun, Mexico over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Team USA women returned to defend their title of 2018 World Champions and did not fall short. They went undefeated all tournament with every member showcasing why they made this team, keeping gold for America for another year. Paige Peterson’s clutch plays and game winning hit and catch against Australia in semifinals even earned her the honor of tournament MVP. Captained by veteran athletes Azalea Donche and Bryanna London, the reigning Team USA women’s team defended their Gold title this year against formidable opponent Team Malaysia with a 7-5 win. This is their 4th Gold medal, having previously won in 2014, 2015, and 2018, and is one of the only teams to have medaled at every WDBF World Championships.

This is the 2nd Gold win for Team USA men’s as they fought their way up to finals to face off against defending champions Team Malaysia. Seasoned players Eric Stone and Nate Kreiter served as captains to the 12-player rostered team. The men’s team also trained long and hard and returned eager to snatch gold after a close match with Malaysia last year to take silver. While only losing to Malaysia in the round robin play, they faced off against them again for gold and were able to work as team to adapt their gameplay for a winning result and bring men’s gold back to the United States. We are very proud of all of our athletes for their hard work and determination they put in this year. Thank you to all the other member federations and teams that participated and showcased their skills. We look forward to all continuing to grow the sport together and displaying the immense athleticism, community and excitement this sport has to offer the world.

There were 11 countries able to send men’s squads and 8 countries able to send a women’s squads from all over the world, including Argentina, Norway, Italy, Mexico, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Team USA Wins Gold at 2019 World Dodgeball Championships
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USA Dodgeball Announces Premier Tour and National Championships for 2020

November 8, 2019

USA Dodgeball is taking the prominent role in competitive dodgeball across the country

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Los Angeles, CA

Today, we are excited to announce the establishment of the USA Dodgeball Regional Tournaments beginning in 2020. For the past several years, Elite Dodgeball Inc has been managing and hosting the highest level of competitive dodgeball in the United States. In a meeting of the Elite Dodgeball Board in October 2019 it was decided that the regional tournaments (formally known as Elite [Region] Series) would be handed over to USA Dodgeball to help create a consistent format for each region for each round. The player experience is of the upmost priority for these events moving forward. There are some exciting changes coming for the format and style of these tournaments for the 2020 season and beyond. The newly created USA Dodgeball Events Committee is comprised of those in the dodgeball community who have shown they can not only plan and run a great event, but also be flexible enough to roll with the punches and adjust to the change that is coming.

You’ve asked for it, so we’re delivering. These tournaments will continue to act as the highest level of dodgeball competition in the United States, while also creating a platform for new players to join and learn to love the sport as much as we all do. More details will follow, and we will answer all of your questions, but to quench your thirst a bit, here are some details that we are excited to share now:

•  There will continue to be four regions in the United States for competitive dodgeball (East, North, South, and West).

•  There will be four tournaments per region each season.

•  Seasons will be a couple months longer.

•  Three of the four regional tournaments will consist of only teams within that region. One of the four regional tournaments will be open to any team from any region to compete in, giving everyone the opportunity to play against teams from other regions more frequently each year. This means if your team has the desire/means, you could play in your four “home region” tournaments plus an additional three tournaments in other regions before going to Nationals.

–more details to come–

Get excited, because 2020 is going to be the best year yet.

USA Dodgeball Announces Premier Tour and National Championships for 2020
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