How to Knuckle a Dodgeball

by Kara Bietz
Dodgeball is not just for the elementary school playground anymore.

Dodgeball is not just for the elementary school playground anymore.

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Dodgeball is quickly gaining popularity as an adults-only recreational activity. Informal dodgeball games as well as more organized adult dodgeball leagues are popping up all over the United States. With the schoolyard game evolving into a true sport, there have been a few notable changes. While schoolyard dodgeball rarely had any rules, league dodgeball does. Also, there are several types of throws players can practice, such as the knuckle-based "spinless" that will eliminate the competition quicker and earn your team the win!

Step 1

Grasp the ball with your palm. This is easiest for players with large hands as the dodgeball can be rather difficult to palm. If your hands are not quite large enough, try eliminating some of the air from the ball. This should allow you to grasp the ball in your palm

Step 2

Extend your arm straight out to your side so that it creates a ninety degree angle with your body. Use your other arm to help you balance if necessary.

Step 3

Bring your arm forward and release the ball when you are ready. Avoid putting any spin on the ball at all if possible. This type of release will allow the ball to move in several different directions on the way to the target. If thrown correctly, a knuckleball type "spinless" dodgeball throw is almost impossible for your opponents avoid.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice throwing the dodgeball without spin by aiming at a target before using it in a game against opponents. Decide where to release the ball in order to avoid spin. Understand the motion of your knuckle dodgeball before using it against opponents.

About the Author

Kara Bietz has been writing professionally since 1999. Her professional observation work has appeared in the early childhood education textbook "The Art of Awareness" by Margie Carter and Deb Curtis. Bietz has worked in the field of early childhood education for more than 16 years. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in child development from Mesa College.

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