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The Rotary Club of Harker Heights Dodgeball Challenge is the principal annual fundraiser for our programs benefitting local youth (click HERE for details). It is a tournament in which each registered team will play a total of 5 games within their division, with the top finishers moving on to the playoffs. Each side fields 8 players on a court with 8 high-speed foam-core dodgeballs. (Unlike the old-fashioned kickball-like balls, these won’t blow you out of your shoes when you get hit… they are actually not too bad… but you can still put a lot of zip on them!) The games last 3 minutes or until one side is eliminated.

Sound like fun? It is. It is a BLAST!

Each year, the vast majority of games are OVER around the two-minute mark! If you think you can dodge, this is the place to find out.

The Fourth Annual Rotary Dodgeball Challenge will be held at HARKER HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL on Saturday, OCTOBER 13th from Noon to 5 pm. (Team Sign-Ins at 11 am.)

REGISTRATION FOR THE TOURNAMENT:

OPENS on Saturday, August 11, 2018

CLOSES ON Saturday, SEPTEMBER 29th.

That is the last day registrations will be accepted. Team slots are limited; first come, first served then a waiting list, so don’t delay!

Watch the 2018 Save The Date Video (HERE)

Cost is $25 a player, with 8 players minimum for a team and no maximum. Minimum age to play is 15.

Spectators are welcome and admitted FREE on tournament day.

When you are ready, you can register a team (HERE). (PayPal required)

The Rules and Regulations for the Tournament are (HERE).

2016 Dodgeball Challenge T-ShirtAll players will receive an Event T-Shirt (2016’s shown above) and be entered in the door prize drawings at the end of the tournament! All sorts of cool stuff has been given away in the past (including video game consoles and Yeti coolers), so you will want to hang on to that ticket.

As a perk of registration, teams may issue a written challenge to another person or organization. It will be delivered in person by a Rotary herald (under flag of truce), who will read it from a scroll and then throw down a gauntlet, and await the response. This often results in newspaper coverage, and adds to the fun leading up to the tournament. Newspaper coverage of the Rotary Dodgeball Challenge tournaments and the Challenges between cities in Bell County that preceded them can be found for 2015 (HERE) and for 2016 (HERE) and (HERE). The Challenge coverage for  2017 is (HERE).

The stalwart team that prevails through the division, semifinals and Finals matches will have the honor of displaying the Rotary Dodgeball Challenge Cup  (below) for a year.  In addition, they will receive a full-color 8 1/2 x 11 plaque, declaring them the 2018 Tournament Champions, to retain as a permanent monument to their triumph! (Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Past Champions with the Cup and their plaques.)

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If you haven’t yet, during the dates set for registration you can register a team (HERE).

The Rules and Regulations for the Tournament are (HERE).

Watch the action in the 2017 Rotary Dodgeball Challenge Highlight Video (HERE).

For photos of the action from the hotly-contested matches in the 2015 Rotary Dodgeball Challenge, click (HERE).

Coverage of the Day of Dodgeball Glory that was the 2016 Rotary Dodgeball Challenge, including photos, final standings and stirring narrative, can be found (HERE).

Information on the Local Rotary Youth Programs we are supporting with the proceeds of the Tournament can be found (HERE).

Questions? Contact us (HERE).

In 2015…

In 2015, “Our Balls, Your Face” (City of Killeen), the “254 Whisker Men,” “Ball or Nothing” (City of Temple) and the “RCHH Satellite Club” advanced to the semi-finals after hotly-contested divisional play.

“Our Balls, Your Face” won both games against the “254 Whisker Men” and advanced, and the “RCHH Satellite Club” likewise prevailed over “Ball or Nothing” in two games.

In the Finals, the “RCHH Satellite Club” and “Our Balls, Your Face” each won a hard-fought game. In the deciding third game, the “RCHH Satellite Club” won a squeaker and were crowned champions.

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Rotary Club of Harker Heights President Evan Hodson presents the Rotary Dodgeball Challenge Cup and 2015 Tournament Champions plaque to the victors, the RCHH Satellite Club. They also received as a team the award for the highest-energy style of play in the tournament, the Adrenaline Award.

In 2016…

In 2016, “Our Balls, Your Face” (City of Killeen), “CTC Rotaract and Friends” (CTC Rotaract) and “ONO 50” (City of Harker Heights Police Department) won their respective divisions and the “Mother Duckers” (RCHH Satellite Club) also advanced to the semi-finals as a wild card.

“Our Balls, Your Face” then eliminated “ONO 50” in two games while the “Mother Duckers” likewise swept “CTC Rotaract and Friends” in two games. This set up a rematch of the 2015 Finals!

As had happened in 2015, “Our Balls, Your Face” and the “Mother Duckers” each won a hard-fought game, setting up the dramatic third game tie-breaker. Once again, it was hotly fought to the very end, but this time, “Our Balls, Your Face” took the third game and the championship.

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Rotary Club of Harker Heights President Linda Angel and Rotary District Governor Bruce Golden present the Rotary Dodgeball Challenge Cup and 2016 Tournament Champions plaque to the City of Killeen’s team, “Our Balls, Your Face.”

In 2017…

The official city team of Copperas Cove, the “Untouchaballs,” won its division, while perennial dodgeball powerhouse the “Mother Duckers” won the second division, and newcomers from Fort Hood called “Shake-N-Bake” won the third division. For the first time in Dodgeball Challenge history, all three division winners went 5-0.

Also for the first time in Dodgeball Challenge history, there was a sudden-death playoff for the Wild Card playoff spot. The “Court Marshals” and the “Heights Dodgefathers” finished with identical records, necessitating the 1 game playoff. The “Heights Dodgefathers” won the game and advanced.

In the semifinals, the “Untouchaballs” swept “Shake-N-Bake” in two games of the best of three match, and the “Heights Dodgefathers” likewise swept the “Mother Duckers” in two games.

But the “Heights Dodgefathers” had no better luck than any previous team in finding the way to defeat the unstoppable “Untouchaballs,” who took 2 straight games and became the first Dodgeball Challenge champions to finish with a perfect 9-0 record.

Rotary Club of Harker Heights President Richard Bean presented the Rotary Dodgeball Challenge Cup and 2017 Tournament Champions plaque to the City of Copperas Cove’s team, the “Untouchaballs.”  The hard-throwing team also was presented the “Dead-Eye Award” for having the highest degree of accuracy on their shots of all the teams in the tournament.

Could this year be YOUR year to bring home the coveted Rotary Dodgeball Challenge Cup? Only one way to find out! Register (HERE)! (PayPal required)