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DBO Status Change, Opportunities and Memberships

As some of you might know, Dodgeball Ottawa is now a not-for-profit organization. As a not-for-profit, the members of Dodgeball Ottawa “ARE” Dodgeball Ottawa. This means that we work for the community and want to grow the community. Dodgeball Ottawa’s main mandate is to promote the interest of dodgeball as a sport and organize leagues and events for people to participant in the sport.

So what changes?

In short, nothing and everything! We will continue to build our community and continue offering dodgeball events and leagues for players in Ottawa. What does change is that we will now have an official Board of Directors and committees for members to join. Every player in DBO currently have a Player Membership (Class A Membership). But you now have a chance to join in and help grow DBO by joining committees or the Board. To do this, you will need a Voting Membership (Class B Membership) which costs $25. Details about the memberships are located below. As are the 3 new committees we are starting.

Join as a Voting Member by May 7th and you can take part in our 1st official Annual General Meeting (AGM) by voting in our Board of Directors.

Membership Types

Player Membership (Class A Member)

  • Anyone who has registered for a DBO league.
  • Non-voting member
  • Membership is valid for 1 year

Cost: Included in league registration fee

Voting Membership (Class B Member)

  • Have a vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Can apply to join committees or Board of Directors
  • 10% off Dodgeball Ottawa custom apparel
  • Have access to Board minutes, financials and bylaws, and have the opportunity to participate in discussion and engage with decision-makers
  • Membership is valid for 1 year

Cost: $25.00 (annual)

Sign up as a Voting Member

As a voting member of Dodgeball Ottawa, you are encouraged to participate in building the organization, through joining committees, sharing ideas, joining or voting for the Board of Directors, etc.

What to Join a Committee?

Here is a list of the committees that are available:

On-boarding Committee: The On-boarding Committee will focus on creating a welcome package for new players, helping them fit into DBO, increase new player retention, and create resources for player development.

Women’s Committee: The Women’s Committee will focus on running leagues and events specifically for women. As well as recruiting more women to join DBO (in any of the leagues).

Tournament Committee: The Tournament Committee will focus on planning, organizing and running tournaments under DBO. This committee will also strategize and implement special events.

Submit your application for a committee here!

Where the Fees Go?

Fees raised through Memberships will directly support the leagues and activities of Dodgeball Ottawa. Dodgeball Ottawa’s Board of Directors is a volunteer board and receive no remuneration beyond the repayment of Board-approved expenses.

2nd Annual Dodge For A Cause Beach Dodgeball Tournament

Our 2nd Annual, Dodge For A Cause Beach Dodgeball Tournament is back! Save the date as we will be hitting the sand again on August 18th!

 

We are taking to the sand at Shefford Park on August 18th to battle it out for the charity of choice. Each team will choose the charity that they would like to compete for, if your team wins, the cash prize will go to the charity your team chose!

Each team will play a minimum of 4 round robin games as well as make playoffs! We will have music, a beer garden, games and prizes. Come check out Ottawa’s best outdoor dodgeball event!

Tournament Details:
When: August 18th
Where: Shefford Park – Beach Volleyball Courts
Time: 10am-6:00pm
Cost per Team: $265.00 (Early bird registration $225.00)
Registration opens on March 23rd, 2018 (Early bird registration closes on July 1)

What Does Dodgeball Ottawa Mean to Me?

We are looking to hear from people in our community. Please share your story with us for our new series called, “What Does Dodgeball Ottawa Mean to Me”. We are looking to hear why you continue to participate in Dodgeball Ottawa and what the sport of Dodgeball has done for you.

Our series begins with a story from Alex Svetlovsky who shared the following:

“I started playing dodgeball with DBO during a particularly rough period of time in my life. Through a bit of a chance family/friends dinner out, Lynn and Spencer invited me to their drop-in on Wednesdays at the old Louisa gym. They talked about this game of dodgeball with real passion – they drew me in with their stories and obvious love of the game.

Still, I waited a few months before just randomly showing up one day. I fell in love instantly.

From that week onward, I made it a priority to come to drop-in on Wednesdays. Very soon after joining, I started to be invited to the social at the Arrow and Loon afterwards. These new friends were reaching out to someone they barely knew, including them in the group. The warmth and friendship kept me coming back, and back again.

Unbeknownst to those around me I was going through a very rough time. Relationship breakdowns, emotional stress. Having to count every dollar just to make ends meet. Nothing but uncertainty for the future.

No matter how broke I was, I made sure I had the money that week for the drop-in fee, a beer, and a half-price meal. Wednesday night became a refuge from the rest of my life, a place of warmth, comfort, and competition. It was a night I would not trade for anything.

In my time of need the DBO community was there for me, whether they knew it or not. They still are.

That is what I love about this community. DBO is more than a set of rules, balls, and a gym with people playing in it. It’s a shoulder I can lean on, a hand reaching out to pick me up when I’m down, and a constant friend.”

Ottawa Qualifier Tournament – Team Canada

This past Sunday on February 12, 2017, Ottawa held the Dodgeball Canada Qualifier Tournament for the Team

Beavertails: Jessica Gray, Erin Mersereau, Lynn Kirkpatrick, Amélie Byam, Stephanie Ness and Connor Cooper

Canada selection process for men and women. Players from Ottawa as well as players from across Ontario battled for the chance to move forward to the National Championship Tournament and Tryout this April in Halifax.

We are proud to announce that the two winning teams were all made up of Dodgeball Ottawa players! Winning the women’s division was team Beavertails and winning the men’s division was team Fury

Fury: Joel Menger, Jeff Nuyens, Spencer Sarault, Kevin Wu, Mahmoud (Moody) Yusuf, Alex Savard and Chris Wood

 

 

 

 

Although these are the only teams that qualified to move forward, Ottawa players displayed tremendous skill and caliber throughout the tournament. We would like to thank everyone who participated and supported the teams playing.

 

CTV News as well as Metro News came out to catch some of the action.

Check out the video from CTV News which features interviews with Tony Nguyen and Lynn Kirkpatrick. Lynn was also interviewed by Metro News in their printed article. Cameo appearances from many other Dodgeball Ottawa players in both news links! Check them out!