The A to Z of Being a Bee – Part IV

At the start of the year, we started our A-Z of Being a Bee. Missed some? Recap on Part I A-F, Part II G-M and Part III N-S before continuing to Part IV below…

We’re nearing that tricky bit at the end of the alphabet but we’ve made it through. Have a read below and let us know how you think we’ve managed!

T – Team.

There’s no ‘i’ in team. At the Manchester Bees, there are, however, many bees in many teams. With three men’s teams and two women’s teams, as well as many more non-league members who enjoy coming along to training, socials and even the Open Tournaments.

a Killer Bees team photo after being promoted to the DPL in 2016
The Killer Bees swarm for a team photo after winning National League 1 in 2016

 U – Unaaaay.

Bear with me here. Manchester Bees Dodgeball was formed by a group of Manchester ‘Unaaaay’ Graduates, some/most/all of whom are still particularly fond of reliving their ‘unaaaay’ days.

V – VIP.

VIP is a variation of dodgeball played at training sessions where one player is appointed a VIP and their team mates are tasked to protect them at all costs. Save the VIP? Hero. Make that hit on your opponent’s VIP? Legend. It’s high-octane stuff.

W – Worker Bees.

The men’s second team, the Worker Bees are currently preparing for another season in National League 1.

X – XProII.

@manchesterbeesdodgeball - you know what to do...
@manchesterbeesdodgeball on insta and twitter – you know what to do…

Dodgeball isn’t a poser’s sport. In dodgeball, you get involved. That doesn’t, for a second, mean you don’t get some top notch instagram worthy shots from game day. Or from training. Or from socials. It’s basically an instagrammer’s dream.

Y – Yellow.

And Black. Or, Black and Yellow – we aren’t entirely sure. What we do know, is that our kit stands out. If we swarm nearby, there’s no way you’ll miss us.

Z – Zzzzz.

The sound of buzzing of a friendly, supportive hive swarming in support of their hive-mates on game day. Or, the sound of tired and sleepy, post tournament / training / social Bees… Whichever.


We made it to the end! What do you think? If you think you can alphabetise the Bees any better, share your suggestions in the comments!

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The A to Z of Being a Bee – Part III

Way back in February,  we decided it was the perfect time to start our A to Z of Being a Bee. Have you missed out or just want to recap? Check out Part I for A-F and Part II for G-M.

Without further ado, I introduce Part III: N-S below. Let us know your thoughts!

N – NewBees.

We’ve all been a NewBee, with our first day nerves the first time we walk into the hive… Don’t worry. Those first day nerves don’t last long and NewBees even get extra lives in games during training!

O – Open Tournaments.

Open Tournaments are non-league and are run throughout the year by the UKDBA, with some currently run under three ball rules and some under five ball rules. Any team can enter Opens, meaning they are a great opportunity to mix up the teams and build experience, skills and technique through some more competitive games.

P – Puns.

Bees love puns (or at least, this bee does). Whilst some clubs have snazzy names, none quite match up to the brilliance of a bee-utifully timed, bee-spoke, bee-based pun. Whilst some can be truly bee-stly, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as thinking of a new, previously-unheard-of bee pun. Think of it as a challenge…

Q – Queens.

The Ladies’ first team, the Queen Bees are the most experienced, talented Lady Bees in the hive, who train closely with the Honey Bees to share experience, techniques and advice on how to improve.

R – Roadtrips.

Whether it’s to tournaments you’ll compete in, tournaments you’ll watch or day trips to the beach, the mountains or anywhere else, road trips are a big part of the Bees lifestyle. Driving playlist at the ready… (and best bee prepared for the #carselfie too!)

A classic #carselfie from the Queen Bees to show you how it's done...
A classic #carselfie from the Queen Bees to show you how it’s done…

S – Soldier Bees.

The latest addition to the mens’ team line up, the Soldier Bees are the newly founded Third Team, currently preparing to competing in tournaments for the first time.

Ready for Part IV of our A-Z of becoming a Bee? Wondering how we’re going to find dodgeball-related words for T-Z?  So are we… Come back soon to find out if how we manage it! 

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The A to Z of Being a Bee – Part II

At the start of the month,  we decided it was the perfect time to start our A to Z of Being a Bee (missed it? You can find Part I here).

Check out Part II: G-M below and let us know what you think!

G – Glitter.

Glitter and Ribbons are a bit of a tradition for Queens and Honeys – and some of the Killers, Workers and Soldiers too (whether voluntarily or not). The spirit of glitter is all part of the fun of game day and often, other teams can’t resist getting involved!

Glitter Bees Kelly Edmunds, Alex Charlton and Cat Bawtree all glittered up on game day
Glitter Bees Kelly Edmunds, Alex Charlton and Cat Bawtree all glittered ready for game day

H – Honey Bees.

The Honey Bees are the women’s second team and were founded this season, after plenty more lady bees joined the hive. A team focussing on development of skills and technique whilst building players’ experience, all with the support of the Queen Bees and coaches.

I – International Bees.

The International Bee Network is well established and spans continents. International tournaments and overseas tours offer the perfect opportunity have a much enjoyed bee-union!

J – Jump.

Not for my love, but for the love of dodge! Jumping is a great way of dodging, so get ready to show off your dodgiest, most gravity defying leaps and bounds!

Tom Shelbrooke shows us how it's done
Tom Shelbrooke shows us how it’s done!

K – Killer Bees.

The men’s first team, the Killer Bees debut in the DPL (Dodgeball Premier League) this season having been promoted after triumphing in National League 1 last season.

L – Lads & Ladies.

Manchester Bees are made up of both men & women. Although we have separate men’s and women’s teams most of the time, we occasionally play with each other in mixed tournaments, and often compete against each other at training sessions and socials; there’s a great mix of lads and ladies buzzing about!

M – MVB.

At each tournament, each team chooses their MVB by majority vote. An honour not bee-stowed on every player, when your team mates have chosen you, there’s no feeling quite like knowing… you da real MVB.


Come back soon for Part III of the A to Z of becoming a Bee. Heard enough already?  Click here to find out more about our next training session. We hope to see you there!

The A to Z of Being a Bee – Part I

It’s February, we’ve survived the January blues, 2017 is well under way and we’re all set for this year’s league to get started. So, what could be a better way to continue what’s shaping up to be another bee-rilliant year, than with the A to Z of being a Bee?

Check out Part I: A-F below and let us know what you think!

A – Ability, Attitude, Attendance.

Okay, we know we’ve started with three A’s – but these are THE three A’s. The coaches select teams based on these three A’s. Best keep working on your A’s if you want to Bee the best!

B – Balls. (and Bees. But that was too obvious.)

There are so many balls in dodgeball. European rules currently have three dodgeballs per game – this is what we play in league. The newer, World Cup rules involve five dodgeballs – these are currently played at some Open Tournaments.

C – Catches.

Catches win matches! With every catch, the thrower is out and one of your players can return to play. Double the power of a good hit – but fumble the catch and you could fumble the match!

Killer Bee Karl sets up for a great jumping catch!
Killer Bee Carl sets up for a great jumping catch

D – Dodge, Dip, Duck, Dive & Dodge.

We couldn’t get through our Bees’ A to Z without quoting the film (and we promise, no wrenches get thrown at the hive, so that won’t be our ‘W’…) If you can’t make a catch, don’t take a hit! Best get dodgin’, dippin’, duckin’, divin’ and dodgin’ your way through training, ready for your next game!

E – Easter Cup.

The Hot Cross Bunnies resting between matches
The Hot Cross Bunnies take a well earned break during the 2016 Easter Cup!

Any excuse for fancy dress, the Easter Cup allows the Bees to relax, don their best fancy dress costumes, introduce their punniest team names and have some fun in an evening tournament at training, and all in aid of a good cause!

F – Fun.

Fun is a big part of the Manchester Bees’. Whilst ‘fitness’ was the next best ‘F’ choice here, the coaching team ensures that training focuses on new, fun ways to exercise, develop skills and dodgeball technique, all whilst having fun – and that’s without even mentioning the brilliant, regular socials. So yes, you can improve your fitness with the Bees – but not without lots of fun!


Come back soon for Part II of the A to Z of becoming a Bee. Heard enough already?  Find out more about our next training session. We hope to see you there!