On the 27th November 2017, the University’s dodgeball club also known as Nottingham Wolves held a Dodgeball Clinic. This one-day event was open to all Nottingham students. Its main objective was to introduce the sport to more people, but also served as a stress reliever for students.
At 6 pm sharp all 50 participants were split into seven teams. Each team had a balanced mix of experienced players and amateurs. The organizing committee predetermined the distribution of the players after the registration closed.
Initially, each team took an hour to introduce themselves to their respective teammates and the sport itself for the first-timers. Furthermore, they also had time to devise their own strategy and run a few drills. All the players had a short and fun 5-minute game as a form of warming up.
A round-robin tournament kicked off the competition whereby each team played six games. Each game lasted seven minutes and there were no sudden deaths. The rule was that when the seven minutes had run out, the team with the most number of players would get a point.
As a conclusion to this session, the total points of the teams were calculated and the team who were in the top place moved on to the semi-finals. The remaining six teams had to play for the remaining three spots in the semi-finals.
Semi-finals and Finals
For the semi-finals and finals, the rule of sudden death was reinstated, and a 2-minute tiebreaker was included when needed. It was especially relevant to intensify the games. When the teams were tied, the sudden death would determine the winner. By then most of the participants were fatigued and drenched in sweat, but the excitement was quite visible in their eyes.
The tournament finally ended as the sports complex was about to close its doors for the day. Medals were given out on the same day to the top 3 teams and Most-Valued-Player male and female player.
“The event was successful, thanks to all the hard work of the entire organizing committee. All the participants looked like they had fun. Hopefully they all enjoyed themselves.”
Lee Jia Ren, the Organizing Chairman of the Dodgeball Clinic 2017
“It was my first dodgeball tournament, I really did not expect to become an MVP for this dodgeball tournament. Of course, I was delighted and surprised the moment when they announced the female MVP for this dodgeball tournament. Besides, I was really fortunate to be assigned to “Team Nik” [Team 3], otherwise, I wouldn’t have made it to the 2nd place without my awesome teammates. It was a wonderful experience for me after all. ”
Tan Ning, the female MVP of the competition
Nottingham Wolves meet Devil Dukes
Two days after the Dodgeball Clinic, they had a game against University College Sedaya International (UCSI) Dodgeball Club a.k.a Devil Dukes. On 29th November, the Devil Dukes came over to UNMC to have a training session and a friendly which was two and a half hours long.
Written by: Bervyn Tan Qin Chuyan