Dodgeball tourney set for Oct. 27 |

Dodgeball tourney set for Oct. 27

by Joey Crandall

For long-time Carson Valley resident Mike Williams, the past two years sparked a strong desire to find ways to give back to the community.“I was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago and by the grace of God, I made it out,” Williams said. “I’m in remission now. I felt I had to find a way to give back.”That feeling translated into the first Carson Valley Days Dodgeball Tournament, put together in nine days last spring and held during the Friday night celebration behind Buckaroos in Gardnerville.“We ended up having 12 teams and everyone loved it,” Williams said. “It was something that became very quickly popular and we had a big crowd watching what was going on.”Williams donated the entirety of the entry fees to the American Cancer Society.Next week, Williams will run the Halloween Dodgeball Tournament at Carson Valley Middle School.“My plan, from now on, is to do two of these a year,” Williams said. “One on Carson Valley Days and one for Halloween.”Next week’s tournament will benefit the Carson Valley Community Food Closet and United Blood Services. Anyone who brings a can of food to the tournament will receive a raffle ticket for prizes at various local restaurants and the United Blood Services truck will be on hand for blood donation.“I received 75 pints of blood during my chemotherapy treatments,” Williams said. “I figure if I can help give 20 to 30 of those back, that would be pretty good.”The Halloween tournament is set for Oct. 27 in the CVMS Old Gym Playhouse with three brackets slated. Grades 7th-8th will go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., grades 9th-12th will be 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and adults are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.Youth teams will be 6-on-6 and adult teams will be 4-on-4. Cost is $30 per team.Williams, who has been an umpire and referee with the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department for the past seven years, said costumes are encouraged.“I don’t know what it is about dodgeball, but costumes seem to just be a part of the experience,” Williams said. “One team was in full tuxedoes for the Carson Valley Days tournament. We had a team of ballerinas with tutus.“We’ll be giving out prizes for best costumes.”Rules for the tournament are relatively simple. The matches are played on volleyball courts. Teams line up at the opposite baselines at the start and run toward the middle in an attempt to pick up dodgeballs previously placed at the center line at the starting whistle.Players must then retreat behind a secondary line five feet behind the center — designated as the safety zone — before they can throw a ball.Once a player gets hit, he or she must leave the court. If a throw is caught, the thrower must leave the court. The first team to lose all its players loses the match. The tournament is double-elimination in format.“It’s kind of like a softball tournament that way,” Williams said. “Everyone has a two-game guarantee.”Keva Juice will be on hand to sell beverages for the tournament, and Round Table Pizza will be selling pizza by the slice.Anyone interested in more information on the tournament, or in registering for the tournament, can contact the parks & recreation department at 782-9828 or between seventh and 12th grade will have to have a consent waiver signed by a parent.

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