The Objectives of Dodgeball PEI are:
a)To be the provincial organization for Dodgeball on PEI
b) To foster, encourage, promote and administer the development of Dodgeball in the province of Prince Edward Island by:
- To encourage and support the participation of individuals, league teams and competitive touring teams in dodgeball based in Prince Edward Island
- To emphasize that participation in Dodgeball be carried out in an honest and friendly manner and that all participants display the “spirit of the game” to the best of their abilities .
- Encouraging and promoting recreational and competitive Dodgeball
- Developing the sport across Prince Edward Island
c) To encourage the health and physical fitness of the individual through participation in the sport of dodgeball
d) To provide a wide range of opportunities for all who wish to participate in Dodgeball regardless of their skill level or desire for competition
The PEI Dodgeball Club was formed in the fall of 2002. Joshua Simon, a second year UPEI student discovered a group playing a game called “Cougarball”, a variation of dodgeball, while on campus one day. Games hosted by fourth year UPEI student Joey Weale comprised of a dozen or so of his friends, and ran for a few weeks. After Joey left to work on other projects, Joshua approached UPEI to request gym time and to formally create the UPEI Dodgeball Club.
Joshua Simon and friend Daniel McRae ran the club from 2002 – 2004 before Daniel left to focus on other endeavors. The club ran every Sunday night from 6-8pm, and was split between Cougarball for the first hour, and Dodgeball for the second hour. Several different variations of Dodgeball were played each week such as traditional, jail, doctor, and elimination. The club ballooned to over 60 members with special focus on the inclusion of people from all levels of skill and experience. Joshua continued to run the club until May of 2005 before graduating and moving to Montreal. The club ran for a year after that with various members taking on the role of president, before eventually coming to an end after poor planning led to a reduction in the attendance of members.
In 2009, after returning to PEI, Joshua attended Holland College and brought back the Dodgeball Club under a new name, the “PEI Dodgeball Club” in order to secure gym space at Holland College. The club followed a similar format as in the past, with Cougarball and Dodgeball, and a Sunday night time-slot. In the Spring of 2011, the PEI Dodgeball Club attended their first ever National tournament in Toronto. The team placed 5th and proved that the Island could be a competitor.In the fall of 2011, the PEI Dodgeball Club moved back to UPEI to its Sunday night time-slot where it continues to this day. It was during this time that Matthew Lawrence was appointed to run the club alongside Rob Vail. Matt Lawrence has since fully taken over as president, and through his dedication Island Dodgeball has thrived. Matt has put on numerous tournaments and fundraisers each year, and has organized teams to attend off Island tournaments and National competitions. He has also raised a lot of money for various not-for-profit organizations through tournaments and fundraisers.
In fall of 2012, the Charlottetown Sport and Social, organized by Darcy Campbell and Devin Bruce, started a multi-sport league night, with Dodgeball as one of the main sports in the rotation. Between new faces getting an opportunity to try Dodgeball, and current PEI Dodgeball Club members, it became so popular that they created a Wednesday night league dedicated to Dodgeball. It has grown from 6 to 12 teams in 4 years.
In May of 2016, Avonlea Armada, our first Island all-female team took home the bronze medal from the National Dodgeball Festival held in Barrie, Ontario.
In April 2017, PEI sent teams to represent the island in both the Men and Women’s divisions of Dodgeball Canada’s National Championship held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a result of this tournament, an islander was named a member of team Canada for the first time! Halen Sky was selected for the women’s Team Canada program. Jen Rempel and Dalton Mackenzie were chosen as alternates and are members of Team Maple Leaf.
In May of 2017, Riptide, PEI’s Men’s team took home the silver medal from the National Dodgeball Festival held in Barrie, Ontario.