The World Dodgeball Federation (WDBF) is the international governing body for dodgeball. Member federations from around the world represent their countries as they compete for gold at the biannual World Championships.
Prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic, both the men's and women's Team USA squads were awarded the title of World Champions following their stellar performances at the 2019 WDBF World Championships in Cancun, Mexico. As the world continues to ready itself to return to international athletic competition, Team USA is looking to repeat their success in 2022.
The WDBF is expanding the 2022 World Championships to six divisions as the sport continues to grow. Due this expansion, Team USA will be fielding the following teams in Edmonton, Canada August 28 - September 4, 2022: Women's Foam, Men's Foam, Women's Cloth, Men's Cloth, Mixed Foam, and Mixed Cloth.
See more info about the upcoming 2022 event below.
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The WDBF World Championships will take place in Edmonton, Canada from August 28 to September 4, 2022.
WBDF is holding the entire week to ensure we have enough time and space for the event if necessary. A final schedule will be released in early 2022. As of now all players are expected to be in Edmonton for the entire event.
Yes, there will be full divisions for both cloth and foam.
For both cloth and foam, the divisions will be Men, Women, and Mixed. Six divisions in total. USA Dodgeball currently intends to submit a team for all six divisions. We are still determining how the coed team selection process will work and our decision will be influenced by the event schedule.
Mixed teams are a 3/3 male/female identifying ratio.
Everyone who wants to try out for Team USA must be a registered USA Dodgeball member by April, 2022 (Players who registered in 2020 and did not request a refund have had their membership extended until the end of 2022. Players are to uphold the USA Dodgeball Code of Conduct that is signed when you register for USA Dodgeball Membership. Scouts will be watching for this at tournaments and how you conduct yourself online in addition to the skills and teamwork demonstrated on the court.
Please click the link to submit an application to try out. Our scouting team will be submitting names for those they intend to invite to a Combine, where the teams will ultimately be chosen. ***Pestering or harassing scouts or board members may result in disqualification for consideration from Team USA***
At this time, our scouting team has not been confirmed. We will announce scouts and coaches once we have confirmed their availability.
We are currently finalizing our locations for 2022. We are planning to have events that will have foam and cloth divisions where scouts will be present. Scouts will also consider Dodgeball IQ and skills that may be transferable across divisions. We encourage you to play anywhere and everywhere.
The Combine is intended to be held in late April or early May in Dallas, Texas. Players will be required to stay in the host hotel for the event (stay to play).
A WDBF committee has been pulled together with the goal of completing its recommendations by January 25, 2022.
Due to the substantial funding being provided by the City of Edmonton, we are requiring players and teams to use the WDBF selected hotels for the duration of their stay.
Players are expected to fund their trip including airfare, hotel and jerseys. Fundraising efforts will be made to help subsidize the cost and will be paid out after the event or put directly towards uniforms.
We will be following national protocols and sporting best practices. USA Dodgeball will require full vaccination to attend the combine and therefore the World Championships. At this time, it is likely proof of full vaccination will be required for travel to Canada.