Dodgeball Skills #6: Advanced Dodging Techniques

Throughout 2016, we will be posting a series of guides with the aim of improving our readers’ dodgeball skills around the world. We will cover the most common skills in dodgeball, breaking them down into their desired objectives, techniques and successful tactics.

This week: Dodging (part 2)!

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In Dodging: part 1, we looked at different types of dodge. We will take it one step further in this edition by thinking more about dodging and also advice for dodging counterattacks.

Dodging 3 balls flying at speeds of up to 70mph is about more than just moving to one side – you need to use every advantage you can get, and here are some tips to develop the artful dodger…

Dodging Tips (Staying alive!):

jump dodge– If you know where balls are being aimed, it is far easier to dodge. Try to read your opponent’s throws.

– Some players no-look throw at random targets to make surprise hits. Always be ready to dodge.

– Timing is important as if opponents can read where you are moving, they will be able to track you.

– Fakes and feints are useful as they trick an opponent into throwing in the wrong direction (e.g. faking a jump then sidestepping).

– Dodges can be used in combination to be more effective (such as jumping or ducking sideways).

These tips will help you if you are at the back of the court… but what if you are at the front?

Dodging counters:

The worst has happened, someone has sprinted up the court at you with a ball and you can smell their breath as they get ready to unleash a monster throw at you from mere feet away. What can you do?

Take it: get hit, go out, go home.

Jump: jumping takes your legs away from the ‘danger zone’ and still allows you to catch at your chest.

Sidejump: add a side-wards motion into your jump and make it even more effective at dodging counters as the thrower has to change their aim both vertically and horizontally to hit you.

Backwards dive: a dive backwards means high balls will pass over your head whilst you have a chance to catch balls thrown at your chest. Very matrix!

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Forwards dive: this is a last ditch effort when you have not made enough ground up to try anything else. As the opponent releases their ball, dive forward and hope the ball passes over your head. You have no ability to catch in this position but would likely not be able to catch so close to your opponent anyway.

Try some of these at the next dodgeball session you attend and let us know if they made a difference!

Manchester Bees is one of the largest dodgeball clubs in the UK and have 2 international head coaches alongside 8 regular international players. As such, the club has a wealth of technical coaching experience and our sessions are one of the best places to come to in the UK if you want to improve yourself as a player (or just have fun playing an exciting new sport)!

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