The 2019 provincial teams will represent British Columbia at the National Dodgeball Championships in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in the spring of 2019. There will be two male teams and one female team representing the province. Please read the following details:

Dodgeball BC is excited to announce final details including several adjustments to our tryout process for the 2019 provincial teams:

Date: January 26, 2019
Time: 10:30am to 5:00pm
Location: Elgin Park Secondary School, 13484 24 Ave, Surrey, BC
Cost: $42 per person
Registration closing date: January 20, 2019

Register here

All competitors must sign up individually, even if they are part of a team.

BC is allotted 2 men’s and 1 women’s team for the 2019 National Championships. For both divisions, the tryout format remains true to our previous announcement: If four or more teams register, there will be a round robin tournament followed by playoffs, with the winning team designated as our 2019 Provincial Team. If the four-team threshold is not reached, a selection committee will build the teams.

Change to men’s team process: Assuming the men’s division has 4 or more teams, the winning team is guaranteed an invitation to 2019 Nationals as a group. However, the second men’s provincial team will be created by a selection committee. All participants that are not on the first-placing team will be eligible for selection onto the second provincial team. The committee will also create a pool of “reserve” individuals, eligible to be called up to either men’s team. This pool will operate on a first-come first-serve basis, and be the only method for established teams to obtain other players. The pool will exist for the women’s team as well.

Individual category: Individuals will be placed on randomized teams with other registrants in their category, and enter the tournament with equal opportunity to compete for first place and be observed by the selection committee. Because Dodgeball BC cannot guarantee that enough individuals will register to compose an entire team, volunteers may be added to ensure at least six players will be competing.

Requirements for winning teams: If you are on a team that is invited to represent BC at the National Championships, you will be expected to travel at your own expense to Charlottetown, PEI to compete between April 04 and April 07 2019. Do not register if you cannot commit to this travel.

In order to produce the National Championship, Dodgeball Canada requires competitors to contribute financially. British Columbia’s provincial teams are responsible for contributing $1500 so that Dodgeball Canada can afford to run the event. This number is scaled to reflect the number of teams we send. Dodgeball BC has committed to contributing half of the required amount, or $750. The three designated provincial teams must each raise $250 to make up the remaining $750. If you are on a tournament winning team or accept a selection committee offer, you will be responsible alongside your teammates for contributing $250.

Again, all competitors must sign up individually. Your registration options are as follows:

Team Registration: Select this option if you are entering the tournament with a predetermined team of 6-8 individuals intending on competing together. You will be prompted to include your team name during registration.

Individual Registration: Select this option if you do not have a predetermined team but still wish to compete. You will complete a general questionnaire and be assigned to a randomized team with other individual registrants closer to the tournament date.

*If you are part of a predetermined team and the four-team threshold for the tournament is not reached, you do not need to re-register. We will be in touch with further information.

Selection committee details: The selection committee for both divisions will be led by an overall mediator, responsible for assembling the committee and ensuring they remain accountable and focused on their assignment. Any current member of Dodgeball BC can apply to be on a selection committee, but must have a strong understanding of competitive 7-inch foam. The mediator will review all applicants to ensure this qualification is met. The committee will then be selected randomly by the mediator from the remaining applicant pool.

The mediator alongside the rest of the committee members will be given their directive in writing by the Director of Player and Sport Development, on behalf of the Board of Directors. The directive will describe the big-picture goals Dodgeball BC desires for their provincial teams, in terms of strategy, skill sets, and team function. It is the responsibility of the mediator to ensure that the directive is being considered as much as possible when the selection committees are making decisions.

The mediator will be a non-voting member of the committee unless a consensus cannot be reached, at which point they will be the deciding vote. They are allowed to offer their own opinions on players as part of their position. Committee members will not vote or state opinions on any candidates with whom they have close familial or romantic relationships.

July 31, 2018:

After in-depth discussion and evaluation, Dodgeball BC is announcing significant changes to our 2019 provincial team qualification process. We believe these changes will address many of the issues present in the 2018 selection process, and help to encourage an overall more competitive and robust tryout for 2019.

For the 2019 National Championships, Dodgeball BC will host a qualifying tournament for teams of 6 to 8 players. This will be an open event - any group of 6 to 8 in either men’s or women’s divisions can register to compete. The tournament will consist of a round-robin stage followed by playoffs - the playoff winning team in each division will be appointed as our 2019 provincial teams, and travel to Charlottetown to compete in the National Championships. If any team declines an invitation or cannot prove they have at least six of the original competing players willing to travel to Charlottetown in April 2019, their invitation will be rescinded and extended instead to the next highest-placing team in the tournament.

However, Dodgeball BC will only commit to hosting a qualifying tournament if four or more teams of 6-8 people register to compete in a division by the deadline of one month prior to the tryout date. If three or less teams register to compete, Dodgeball BC will consider the field of players to be insufficient for a robust tournament to take place, and will instead create randomized teams out of all the registered players. These teams will compete for two hours against each other under WDBF rules while being observed by a selection committee made up of five BC residents that have previously attended a National Championship. This selection committee will be responsible for building an 8-person team by assessing the skill, teamwork,and fair play of all the individuals present at the competition - Their final appointment of 8 people will be our 2019 provincial team. If one division meets the four-team minimum but the other does not, Dodgeball BC will run a tournament for the division meeting the minimum, and convene a selection committee for the other division.

These changes were made based on direct feedback from our membership, after a thorough examination of all potential models. We expect that a tournament-style qualification will allow for year-over-year training and development within dedicated teams, increasing cohesion and competitiveness. We also anticipate a tournament will introduce a higher level of competition to become the provincial team, demanding more of all participants and improving British Columbia’s showing at the National Championships. While we hope to run both divisions as tournaments, we recognize that having three or fewer teams would prevent the tournament style from working due to the insufficient amount of matches and lack of diverse competition. As a growing organization, we will continue to evaluate our processes in coming years to ensure our qualifications are as fair and competitive as possible. Please stay tuned for further details about tryout dates, location, registration, and the National Championship program.