Oh. Hey there! Didn't see you walk in. Welcome to Sandlot Sports.
We’re New York City’s Dodgeball League. So yeah, if you like fun and smiling and stuff, you should probably come play with us. We are run by the players, for the players – which means not only are we the cheapest social sports league in the city, but it also means we’ve got the most balanced gender ratio you’ll find out there. And ANYBODY can play. Hey! That’s you! You’re an anybody!!!! So join a league, or be shy and read our story, photos & videos first to see what's up, or better yet: just come check us out – FREE every week to drop in and give it a try! Throw some rubber balls, come drink some beers, meet some good people. Win win.*
*unless you lose.
- Upper East Side St Joseph School, 420 E 87th st
- West Village St Luke School, 487 Hudson St
- Lower East Side/NoLita/SoHo St Patrick Youth Center, 268 Mulberry St
- Downtown Brooklyn Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, 185 Court St
- Summer Only (Jun-Aug) Outdoor Pickup Games - Union Sq. 19th & 2nd bball courts 456, L, NQR
Trains: PATH, 12, ACE, BD FM
Trains: 46, NQR, BD FM
Trains: 45, 23, NR, F, AC, G
- SoHo. Spring & Thompson handball courts 12, ACE, NQR
- Midtown. 28th & 9th handball courts 123, ACE, 7
Join a Dodgeball League Already!
► Undergrad Discount Available
► 50% off Discount Available if you wanna join 2 league nights!
► Early Bird discount through Sept 4
► Registration Deadline Sept 19
Winter 2017: Jan-Mar
Spring 2017: May-Jun
Summer 2017: Jul-Aug
Try It Out: Free Open Gym!
(Scroll Down to see Calendar)
Pretty much, you'll drop by whenever - doesn't matter when or if you're late, if you come alone or with buddies, if you come in work clothes or shorts - and you'll play around for a while with everyone and see if you dig it. No strings attached, good times.
- FREE if you’re new – FREE if you bring someone new! Otherwise $10 ($5 for league members). But ALL - yes ALL - outdoor games entirely free all JUNE!
- Co-ed. Open to all (21+)...Hey, that's you!
- Laid back drop-in dodgeball! Just pickup games, pop in and give it a try. Come every week, or just come by once to check it out and see if you like it.
- ALWAYS a ton of people to meet (and throw things at)! And new people – good, bad, never played – are ALWAYS welcome. We’ll explain everything, introduce you around, then head out to the bar together after (if that’s your thing). All good!
NORMAL WEEKLY SCHEDULE(This is a general guideline of a normal week - but check Calendar below for scheduled dates for the weeks...and/or see our facebook group for any last minute changes)
MONDAYSManhattan NoLita - Air Conditioned
7:00 - 9:00 PM
St Patrick's Youth Center, 268 Mulberry St
WEDNESDAYSBrooklyn - Brooklyn Heights- Soft Safe Foam!
7:00 - 9:30 PM
BK Heights Montessori School, 185 Court St.
THURSDAYSBrooklyn - Brooklyn Heights - No Sting Jello Rubber!
7:00 - 9:30 PM
BK Heights Montessori School, 185 Court St.
What Are You Walking Into Here?
Dear haver of eyes who is reading this right now,
We are NYC’s home for Dodgeball-ery. Hi there. You should come play with us. If you like fun and smiling and stuff. Fun’s pretty alright. We have actual Leagues you can join, or you can just pop in every week for some FREE pickup games. Many do both!
Pretty much, we’re a good group of people of all walks of life who realized you’re allowed to play dodgeball after grade school apparently. Who knew? So we do. All over the city! And then we normally go hang out and get some beers with each other afterward. (That part’s different than grade school…hopefully.)
We’re not only the cheapest indoor sports league – of ANY sport – in the city, but also the only league that runs weekly Open-Gym Pickup Games so anybody and everybody can try it out to see if you like it. For FREE.
We’re also the only league in the city playing with old school rubber playground balls (aka real dodgeball). Because elementary school nostalgia! And despite “Oh no! Stingy rubber balls! I had nightmares about that in grade school!” memories some people harbor, we make this very much a not-bullying atmosphere different than your crazy 5th grade gym class.
In fact we have a better gender ratio than any coed sports league you’re gonna find out there. Especially for a contact sport. Every season is about 60/40 male, female. There are 220lb guys and 100lb females – and no one’s out there scared or being pummeled.
And here’s why:
We think dodgeball is a great game. When you boil down most sports, they’re really just throwing, reacting, and catching anyway isn’t it? And that’s what we do. And we love it.
Now, we get that it can be intimidating to walk into a room of strangers under any social scenario – especially in one they’re throwing balls at you.
We’re different because we have checks and balances in place so we can cultivate an atmosphere where you can have a great time if you’re an All Star or you’re more a Can’t-Throw-Or-Catch-To-Save-My-Life type. By RULE, we’re structured so no one can just hang out in their own friend clique never meeting anyone new, and that team skill levels are evened out so no one’s getting steamrolled. And you know what that means? It means that we are not only the most balanced competition out there but also the most welcoming environment you’re going to find. Not a bad combo eh? Good People, Gooder Times.
And that’s not just hippie smiles and rainbows. It works.
Some of us are great at this game (National Dodgeball League players, Tournament champions), and some of us suck something awful at it. And that’s ok. Our unofficial league motto is “Hey, don’t be a dick.” As such, we promote PLAYING TO YOUR COMPETITION LEVEL. Sure, an all star is going to turn it to 11 against another all star – as they should! – but if you’re new, or just not good, they’re going to tone that down to the appropriate level. Or else we just don’t let you play. So regardless of your level, no one’s out to bully you out on a schoolyard here, and you can expect to have fun and be as welcome as anyone without fear.
So whatever you’re into: whether you’re looking to play hard, meet some people, run around like a kid, have a drink after work – you’re good to go here.
We take being good to each other seriously here. And we’re good at it. And that’s good. Good? Good.
Balls Full, Laces Tight,
Always can use a helping hand or two: Referees, Game Managers, Photographers, Social Media-ers (kids these days and their instasnaptweets.)
Great way to be a part of a cool community. Play for free, get free drinks at the bars, get discounts for buddies too so you look cool to your pals.
Were you a terrific camp counselor and can translate that to adults? Then you're our (wo)man. Probably the only thing where having camp counselor on your resume is a plus. And your friends who took banking internships said you'd never amount to anything from summer camp. Look at you now! Making a few bucks an hour as a big important dodgeball ref! All those color wars were worth it!