Organizer Amy Stocks of Club Red, the Moab Teen Center, said a total of 20 teams competed in the tournament, each with about six or seven players. The event featured multiple games of pool play, followed by a single-elimination bracket to determine the champion.
Both halves of the court were lined with festive crowds of spectators and cheerleaders, some of whom were dressed as outlandishly as many of the players.
With six players on each side throwing inflated rubber balls at each other, the objective of the game of dodgeball is to eliminate the other team’s players by either hitting them with a ball or by catching a thrown ball. Eliminated players could be brought back into action if a still-in-play teammate completed a successful catch. Last weekend, the games typically lasted anywhere from a couple minutes to 10 minutes or longer.
Despite losing their first game to Zax Restaurant, the Moab City Rec’n Balls team went on to win all of their remaining games, including the championship rematch against Zax. Members of the winning team were David Olsen, Trudy Olsen, their sons Macrae and Jaydan, plus Zak Hazlett and two of his college friends, Nate Turner and Marcus Ko.
The winner for best costumes and team name went to Team Zissou, whose light blue shirts and red caps were styled after the clothes worn by the characters in the movie, “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”
Team Americorps also took home a trophy for displaying the best sportsmanship.
Stocks said the event raised about $900 for Club Red, which will help fund the general operations of the teen center and its programs.
“The most fun thing about the event was watching community members of all ages, skills and subcultures come together to have a great time,” Stocks said. “I especially enjoyed seeing the teens compete against their teachers and mentors. It was a great event for people of all ages.”
Stocks said Club Red is already making plans to host another dodgeball tournament, probably to be held in the early summer.
Stocks also thanked the many volunteers who helped out with the event, including announcer Peter Apicella, referees John Geiger and Katy Robertson, and volunteers Dailey Haren, Maggie Nelson and Jane Sherman.