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NYC'S HOME FOR DODGEBALL

Good People. Gooder times.

 

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 leagueor 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.

 

LOCATIONs

Gyms

Top of the line, cutting edge,
technology advanced
top secret dodgeball facilities

St. Luke's School

Manhattan West Village - St. Luke's School

487 Hudson St @ Grove St, New York, NY 10014

ACE BDFM to West 4th St.
1 & PATH to Christopher St.

 

St. Joseph's School

Manhattan Upper East Side - St Joseph's School

420 E 87th Street @ 1st Ave, New York, NY 10128

456 to 86th St

After-Parties

After-party for Sandlot players every game night. Beer game tables, drink deals and food specials at the bar, free shots, and general awesome party time! Or don’t party, and just hang out.

3 Sheets Saloon

Manhattan West Village - 3 Sheets Saloon

134 W 3rd St @ 7th Ave, New York, NY 10012 

ACE BDFM to West 4th
 

 

Saloon

Manhattan Upper East Side - Saloon

1584 York Ave @ 84th St, New York, NY 10028

456 to 86th St

Join a Dodgeball League Already!

Registration Open nOw: 2016 Summer Season: 7 weeks, July 11 - August 22

Registration Deadline: Monday, June 27

Is this league actually gooder?  You bet your grandma Mabel's fanny it is!   Why?  Well I'm glad you asked:

  • Cheapest social sport leagues in the city. $80  Least dollars for the most playing time. Because jesus, it’s dodgeball. The minute we start getting all corporate-y and price-gouging you is the minute you can kick us in the taint.
  • You'll ACTUALLY meet people.  Our unofficial motto's "Hey don't be a dick"...you'll actually be actively welcomed - not just by your own teammates.  You know how in most sports or social groups everyone goes thinking "Hey, let's be social"...but then just stays in their own clique?  Yeah. No. Boo.  By design this is organized to be much more community interaction oriented.
  • Weekly costume themes, after-parties (pending on the bar, karaoke or beergardens too), drink deals, extra playing time all around the city all week, prizes, team t-shirts, refs, the coveted Sandlot Cup and Golden Squid  on week 7 playoff night (everyone makes the playoffs) - all provided. Oh, and dodgeballs. We’ll bring those too. Those are important.
  • Gender balanced.  Coed, 21-&-up, 8-10 players per team (exceptions are possible if you bribe us) to keep max playing time - not shoving as many as we can per team for more $$$.  6 vs 6 at a time, max 4 of either gender on the court at once.  At least 4 women on a team.
  • Old school rubber playground balls. The way god intended.

Monday Manhattan Downtown "League Classic"

What's the "League Classic"?

NYC's classic format for years. No experience necessary. Great for new folk and vets; if you're great or you suck - all good! Sure, sign up to be with a friend or two on your team, but players don't sign up as full teams. WE make new teams every season balancing skill. This way everyone meets everyone instead of staying in a clique and it makes an actual community because you're playing against former teammates and friends season-to-seaon instead of "Us vs Them!" ALSO it means every team's got a chance every night...so every team has some good players, some bad, some old, some new - Heyyyy, that's you! There are plenty of great players - but also plenty of the uncoordinated! It works because we have a strict “Hey, Don’t Be a Dick” policy (it’s an industry term). So relax! No one great is going to crush someone who isn’t. No one is going to be mad at you if you're bad – guy or girl. You're definitely welcome whether you're good or can't throw or catch to save your life.

Atmosphere?

Winning's all well and good, but this is more laid back - striking a balance between competition, meeting people, running around, exercise, social where it's all cool no matter who wins or loses or who's good or bad.

Where?

St Patrick's Youth Center (Air Conditioned!) - 268 Mulberry St

Dollars?

$72 early bird, $80 regular - cheapest for most playing time...because hey, it's dodgeball.

When?

7 weeks (7th week is playoffs which everyone makes), Mondays, July 11-August 22. Of course, it's understood not everyone can make every week - teams have enough on the rosters for that - so don't worry you're "letting the team down" or anything silly like that if you miss a couple weeks.

Teams? Can I make my own?

Coed, 21-and-up, teams of 10 (6 men, 4 women). Sign up solo or with a few buddies together, and WE make balanced teams. Got a full squad of buddies? We're not looking to break people up, but if you have like 6 people, it's recommended to sign up in like, 2 groups of 3. Everyone's in the same gym and bar so don't worry like you won't hang out with friends! But if you have a group of 9-10 that just HAS to be together because stranger-danger, that's what the Competitive League is for. Go get em.

Playing Time?

Hours of game-play each week: * 6-7:15 optional extra Open Gym playing time

* 7:15-10pm league games (2 best-of-three matches against different teams each week ~30minutes...some weeks you'll play on the early side there, some on the later).

* 8:30-8:45 ALL gym pickup game (always a favorite)

* Hours of extra court time: discounted Open Gym pickup games for league members all week

Game Rules?

* The biggest rule is toning it down to your opponent's level. So if you're not good, no worries, you're cool - no one's gonna kill ya! And if you're great, all good too, the thing is just if you're throwing too hard at people clearly smaller/not as good as you, you're a) a dick and b) out of here. We're not saying don't try hard - just that this is a fun thing, not a "I must crush those before me!" thing. If going as hard as you can no matter what is your style - that's cool - but sign up for the Competitive League!

* 6 vs 6 at a time, with teammates rotating in during the night

*You're out if you're hit, your ball is caught, or an opponent's throw knocks a ball that you're holding out of your hand

* On a catch, the thrower is out AND a player comes back in on the catcher's team

* This isn't chess, keep up the pace! Teams will have a 5 second countdown to throw a ball if they're slowing down the games or else they forfeit the balls to the other team

* Out of Bounds: We're not looking to dampen fun, being called out for stepping on a line sucks - soooo teams will get 3 strikes for going out of bounds before being called out

* High Throws: Head safety! No one's trying to throw high, but accidents happen. Keep it low - that's where brains are! Teams will get 3 strikes for throwing too high.

* When one team’s all out, switch sides, rinse and repeat

Afterparty & Costume Themes?
(optional - ya know, if that's your thing)

Includes twice the people since all the Competitive League are there too, player drink deals, beer games, and weekly costume themes (optional...but seeing someone play dodgeball in a Bugs Bunny costume is kind of the best) for free shots at the bar

Playoffs?

7th week is playoffs. Every team's in the playoffs! Someone's taking home the Sandlot Cup, and someone's taking home the Golden Squid

Corporate/Alumni Teams?

Yep, $1000 flat rate for Corporate/alumni groups to hop in, and yes, then it's your own team. You can have as many people as you want on the roster instead of it being capped - especially with corporate groups we knoe it's often a rotating cast of who's free on a given game night.

Monday Manhattan Downtown "Competitive League"

(But not douchey)

What's the "Competitive League"?

You're here for the sport - and to play hard as a mother-shut-your-mouth! Choose your own teams and go for the championship! No experience necessary, buuuut definitely more for the people wanting to get after it hard/veterans/I wanna rock out-ers! This league will have longer time for games and will be refereed tournament style - as in by the players. Teams will be assigned not just their team games to play, but also twice a season to referee one of the night. (There'll be a tutorial before league games start - no worries!)

Atmosphere?

Well, competitive! What that DOESN'T mean is angry/tantrum-y - everyone's still gonna meet everyone else and party...what that DOES mean is the rules are tighter, competing hard, and closer to competitive tournament format!

Where?

St Patrick's Youth Center (Air Conditioned!) - 268 Mulberry St

Dollars?

$800 for a full team (works out to $80/person for 10-person team), $72 early bird solo, $80 regular solo - cheapest for most playing time...because hey, it's dodgeball.

When?

7 weeks (7th week is playoffs which everyone makes), Mondays, July 11-August 22. Of course, it's understood not everyone can make every week - teams have enough on the rosters for that - so don't worry you're "letting the team down" or anything silly like that if you miss a couple weeks.

Teams? Can I make my own?

Coed, 21-and-up, recomemended teams of 10 (6 men, 4 women), but if you're making your own team, you need at minimum 8. Know if you don't have a full team of 10, you may be assigned people who've signed up solo to round out the roster. You don't HAVE to sign up with a teaam you can sign up solo or with a small group if you want, and if there's space on a team, we'll get you in there. Worst case, if there just aren't spots you'll be placed on a League Classic" team.

Playing Time?

Most you'll find anywhere, that's for sure - Hours of game-play each week: * 6-7:15 optional extra Open Gym playing time

* 7:15-10pm league games (2 best-of-three matches against different teams each week ~40minutes...some weeks you'll play on the early side there, some on the later).

* 8:30-8:45 ALL gym pickup game (always a favorite)

* Hours of extra court time: discounted Open Gym pickup games for league members all week

Game Rules?

* The biggest rule is toning it down to your opponent's level. So if you're not good, no worries, you're cool - no one's gonna kill ya! And if you're great, all good too, the thing is just if you're throwing too hard at people clearly smaller/not as good as you, you're a) a dick and b) out of here. We're not saying don't try hard - just that this is a fun thing, not a "I must crush those before me!" thing. If going as hard as you can no matter what is your style - that's cool - but sign up for the Competitive League!

* Games will be refereed tournament style. Meaning refereed by the players of a team that isn't playing. Every team is assigned not just their games, but twice a season you'll be assigned to referee one half of an evening. So if your games come in the 2nd half of an evening one night, you might be reffing the first half of the night for example. We'll have a quick training before games begin - not to worry! * 6 vs 6 at a time, with teammates rotating in during the night

* Out of Bounds: If a player steps out of bounds (touching a line) they are out. Womp womp.

* Head Shots: Obviously no one's trying to hurt anyone, but high throws are gonna happen time to time. As long as you're not hitting someone in the head, you're good to go. A head shot, and only a headshot - where the hit player was upright - the thrower is out.

*Ball is live until it hits the building or another ball in midair, and you're out if you're hit with a live ball, your live ball you threw is caught, or an opponent's live ball knocks a ball that you're holding out of your hand

* On a catch, the thrower is out AND a player comes back in on the catcher's team

* This isn't chess, keep up the pace! Teams will have a 5 second countdown to throw a ball if they're slowing down the games or else they forfeit the balls to the other team

* When one team’s all out, switch sides, rinse and repeat

Afterparty & Costume Themes?
(optional - ya know, if that's your thing)

Includes twice the people since all the "League Classic" are there too, player drink deals, beer games, and weekly costume themes (optional...but seeing someone play dodgeball in a Bugs Bunny costume is kind of the best) for free shots at the bar

Playoffs?

7th week is playoffs. Every team's in the playoffs! Someone's taking home the Sandlot Cup, and someone's taking home the Golden Squid

Corporate/Alumni Teams?

Yep, $1000 flat rate for Corporate/alumni groups to hop in, and yes, then it's your own team. You can have as many people as you want on the roster instead of it being capped - especially with corporate groups we knoe it's often a rotating cast of who's free on a given game night. But given that rotating cast - I'd recommend the League Classic but hey, knock yourselves out!

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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.

RSVP*

*(Check the  Calendar below for scheduled dates before you RSVP -sometimes things change...and/or see our facebook group for any last minute changes)

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  • 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

(Thhis 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)

MONDAYS

Manhattan NoLita - Air Conditioned
7:00 - 9:00 PM
St Patrick's Youth Center, 268 Mulberry St

TUESDAYS

Manhattan SoHo - Outdoors
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Vesuvio Playground, Thompson St & Spring St

WEDNESDAYS

Manhattan Chelsea - Outdoors
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Chelsea Park, 28th St & 9th Ave

THURSDAYS

Manhattan Union Square - Outdoors
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Augustus St Gaudens Playground, 19th St and 2nd Ave

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,

Dodgeball Shogun

 
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Get in touch with us

Lonely? Need a pen pal? On the toilet at work and on your phone and just don’t want to go back to your desk yet? Questions, comments, suggestions? Please let us know. There’s a real person on the other end of this, promise. We do read everything that comes our way and we do respond, and we do make adjustments. This is YOUR league after all. We want to make it fun for you. We’re very populist like that.  Or click here if you prefer avoiding human contact but still want to know some more behind the scenes nuts and bolts of our story.