ALTHOUGH dodgeball has been played in Malaysia as a competitive sport for nearly a decade, the growth of the sport remains slow as it is unknown to most people.
Dodgeball enthusiast Lim Thiam Meng, 22, believes that because newcomers to the sport can only learn to play it through existing dodgeball clubs, it has become an obstacle to the growth of competitive dodgeball.
“Most dodgeball clubs in Malaysia are by invitation-only, so it’s difficult for the public to get the equipment, a venue, or even learn how to play,” said Lim.
He also noticed that dodgeball was predominantly popular in townships where there were many university students, such as Subang Jaya.
However, he said Malaysia showed great promise in the sport, with its national men’s and women’s teams taking the silver and gold medals, respectively, at last year’s World Dodgeball Championship.
“Looking at the growth rate of dodgeball in Malaysia and the talents that we have, I hope dodgeball can be like the new badminton for Malaysia in the years to come.”
Working with this goal in mind, Evemeisters, a lifestyle events enterprise co-founded by Lim, has brought dodgeball to shopping malls in the Klang Valley to promote the sport to the public.
“There isn’t much opportunity for new players to try the sport, so by bringing it to shopping malls, we want to get people from all walks of life to experience dodgeball.”
Dubbed “DodgeMall”, the first two editions of the event were held in Da Men Mall, Subang Jaya and Great Eastern Mall, Kuala Lumpur in July.
The next and final DodgeMall event will be held at Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur on Sept 2, from 8am to 10pm.
Like the previous two installments of the event, this one will feature a dodgeball tournament for rookie teams of six to eight players to compete.
In the interest of attracting players that are new to the sport, Lim said there would be no ruling on gender balance in teams, allowing teams to comprise any number of males and females.
There will be two categories for players of varying dodgeball experience levels and teams will stand to win hampers and medals.
Passing shoppers can also have their share of the fun by interacting with the various event booths, which include a photo booth and games such as Dodgeball Tic-Tac-Toe and DodgePong.
There will also be performances such as breakdancing and cheerleading to add to the excitement of the event.
For details, visit www.facebook.com/DodgeMall