An easy game to learn and play, dodgeball spells loads of fun


Although it is an easy game to play, dodgeball involves tactical and physical skills. — filepic

IF YOU have these four basic skills – throwing, catching, dodging and blocking a ball coming at you, then consider yourself nimble.You just might have an aptitude for dodgeball.

Here is a chance for you to try out the game at the FitForLife KL 2017 that begins today.

A relatively easy sport to learn, dodgeball has been gaining prominence locally, thanks to the promotional efforts of Malaysia Association of Dodgeball (MAD).

Back by popular demand, the Live Great Dodgeball Open 2017 returns for the third year to the health fair.

Dodgeball is a game characterised by throwing (to eliminate opponents), and repeated short fast sprints, quick decision-making and tactical thinking to catch or dodge attempts.

“As dodgeball involves multi-lateral movements, players have to be alert and on the move constantly.

“Agility, strength and endurance are the main physical components required in a player.

“A proper dynamic warm-up prior to playing dodgeball will help prevent common upper body injuries in the shoulder and arm areas, which is the effect from throwing the ball improperly,” said MAD deputy president Ramona Yuen.

Players can vary widely in body size, however, a muscular player with a low body fat level would be advantageous to maximise speed, agility and endurance.

“Generally, small-framed players tend to have better stability and agility whereas broader and heavily built players would have more impactful throws and effective body catches,” said Yuen.

There are six players on each side and the only thing that crosses the centre line are the six balls used for game play.

Weighing a light 140g, the foam ball is gentle enough for children to handle and not cause injuries.

At FitForLife KL 2017, fair-goers can give the tournament a try. It comprises the Open Co-ed Under 15 and Open Co-ed Under 18 categories, in addition to the Great Eastern Closed Co-ed tournament.

Registration is free, and if you need team mates, come scout for them at the event.

Participation is open to anyone but there is a minimum age of seven years old, for safety reasons.

Even if you don’t take part in the tournament, you can still have some fun pelting it out with members of the national team who will be playing in an exhibition match tomorrow.

At last year’s World Dodgeball Federation (WDBF) 5th World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, the Malaysian women emerged champions and the men, runners-up (they lost by a mere one point to Canada).

So, expect some superb dodging and throwing display, and pick up some handy tips from the pros.

With more than 50 exhibitors highlighting the latest healthy lifestyle tips including nutrition, health checks, fitness and diet trends, visitors will be spoilt for choice at the three-day fair.

FitForLife KL 2017, with the theme “Get Fit. Live Great!” aims to inspire Malaysians to lead a healthy lifestyle by being physically and mentally fit. FitForLife KL 2017 is organised by Star Media Group Berhad with Great Eastern Life as exclusive event partner.

Nestle Omega Plus is the official wellness sponsor.

The fair will be held in Halls 1 to 3 of the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre from today to Sunday. It is open from 10am to 7pm and admission is free.

For enquiries, call 03-79671388 (ext 1529/1243/1466) or visit us at www.facebook.com/starhealthfair


   

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