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By Jefferson Mendoza | May 18th, 2019

What is it? Hong Kong Dodgeball Association (HKDA) is a non-profit organization that was created to promote and develop the sport of dodgeball in the city.

If you’re looking for something different, HKDA is inclusive. No matter your gender or your age, you are welcome. It’s all about enjoying the sport. Today, over 800 active members have been devoted into playing the team sport once a week.

According to HKDA’s sports commissioner Brian Li, size is not a factor when it comes to playing dodgeball. But rather, if you practice a lot, you simply get better. Li says if you’re a female player, this could be advantageous since your body frame and your power ratio makes you better than some male players.

The benefits of joining a team allows you to hone your reflexes, agility, stamina, eye-coordination, and for you to develop a stronger team spirit. Li says playing dodgeball is addictive — the thrill of throwing a ball and hitting one’s opponent with your teammates cannot be explained, but experienced.

Rules have also evolved and have become more concrete depending on the situation. You might still be in the game due to the refined rules of the sport.

HKDA hopes to reach out and gain wider recognition of the sport through inter-country matches and video coverage. Now, HKDA is one of the founding members of the Asian Dodgeball Federation (ADF) and the World Dodgeball Federation (WDBF).

Proceeds from HKDA have been spent on the further development of the sport by introducing it to schools around Hong Kong and to various communities. It also focuses on charities and community outreach by donating and  fundraising for different charity organizations such as Foodlink Foundation Ltd. and Harmony Foundation International Ltd.

Despite the fact that the games are scheduled later in the evening (10-11 pm due to space availability), some members have been able to bond over drinks after their games.

How much does it cost?

There’s a team fee. Prices range from HKD 500-700 per season. With multiple divisions available, players can choose one that suits them best.