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    What We've Been Up To...

    What We've Been Up To...

    Suffice to say, the last month hasn't been the most ideal, and that is definitely putting it lightly. With Competitive Dodgeball being postponed, to include virtually every recreational league and open gym, Dodgeball just isn't happening at the moment. For that, we are truly bummed. 

    That isn't to say that we're not actively preparing for when we're able to take the courts again. While that will be a glorious day that we all look forward to, here is what we're up to and what we will continue to be up until then:

    1. V2s - testing came back overall very positive. They have held up to standards set forth by our most aggressive sliders and we feel we found a fabric/stitch pattern that works to keep up with friction burn. We are projecting their availability for mid May (a lot of our production has been greatly hindered by COVID-19).

     

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    2. My Athlete Box partnership. While we gently teased this back during Sin City of this year (feels like FOREVER ago), survey results have come in showing there is a demand for a Ballistae "Tournament Box" edition that can not only fuel the Competitive Dodgeball Athlete with healthy and clean food products, but also hook them up with gear to aid in the pre, during, and post Dodgeball specific workouts.

     

    3. Complimenting our partnership with My Athlete Box, we are working with Ball Out Dodgeball Podcast to double down on their commitment to covering the competitive and athletic aspect of Dodgeball. 

     

     

    4. We will be working with the one, the only, Brenda Kramer as she continues to help us stay in fit during these quarantine times in our continued effort to help all members of the Dodgeball Community hone in and reinforce their talents. More to follow.

     

    5. Protector of the Court Series - Remember these? We toyed with these towards the end of 2019 as we looked forward to the abundance of footage that would surely come our way in 2020. Well, once we get back to the competitive scene, we will be dissecting every game impacting second to get you into the minds of some of Dodgeball's greatest players and their epic moments.

     

    6. And last but absolutely not least - getting back to quicker response times for our beloved supporters. Without you all, we wouldn't be here and for that, we could not thank you enough. As much as we yearn for the day that Dodgeball in any facet pays the bills, times have been insane and Ballistae has unfortunately had to lose a little priority from time to time. From adjusting to social distancing, to taking a small but very active role in our community's response to dealing with this pandemic, adjusting has been interesting. 

    However, once the smoke all clears and we line up to experience the thrill of playing dodgeball once again, Ballistae will be there.

    Stay tuned, stay safe, and stay ready.  

     

    - Steve

     

    Protector of the Court Series

    Protector of the Court Series

    Moving forward, Ballistae's Protector of the Court seeks to interview and breakdown the Dodgeball Communities most memorable and impactful plays in hopes to provide an opportunity to understand what is taking place behind some of Dodgeball's most talented players, but also, provide entertainment and an opportunity for outsiders to better get know the great game of Dodgeball and understand or at the very least respect its complexities.

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    Introducing: The Team Assist Program

    Introducing: The Team Assist Program

    Wouldn't it be great if we could all be paid to play Dodgeball? Its something every competitive Dodgeball player dreams of. Yet, even with the increasing professionalism afforded to us by organizations like Elite Dodgeball, USADodgeball, and The Dodgeball Tribune (but to name a few), the day in which Dodgeball players will be compensated for their time on the court is a ways away and there are still a lot of expenses to cover as a Dodgeball player. 

    Despite the best efforts of organizations trying to keep the cost low, the fact of the matter is Dodgeball is a hobby at the end of the day and until it pays the bills, that is what it will remain. 

    It is because of this, that many savvy teams have resorted to fundraising efforts, from poker tournaments to dining events, to even hosting local tournaments of their own in order to curb the cost of entry fees, uniform costs, and of course, travel expenses. 

    While all of the above listed can provide great opportunities to fundraise, one new trend Ballistae has noticed has been seen within the influx of jerseys being made by newly formed or newly rebranded teams. Back in the day, one would have to purchase at minimum 10-12 jerseys for a 6 to 8 person roster, leaving the remaining excess orders to be filled via extra jerseys, or coming out of the pockets of the team itself. 

    Thankfully, this seems no longer the case, and teams are not only able to outfit their players, but can offer others outside of the team a chance to dawn their team's latest creation. While this is an awesome and most welcome change, one obstacle still remains, and that is the cost.

    For many, purchasing a $40 to $50 jersey just for one's own use, can prove to be quite a financial burden in of itself. Being able to spend money on acquiring the jerseys of other teams, may prove even more difficult, especially since that jersey will not serve a purpose other than personal gratification.

    It is in this realization, that Ballistae has come up with a potential solution to being able to support, and collect other team apparel, while raising funds for Dodgeball related expenses. Thus, introducing:

    The Team Assist Program.

    In working with team captains, or team representatives, Ballistae will offer its platform and resources to assist teams in the creation of affordable team-branded shirts and apparel. This will provide teams with an opportunity to sell their logos, designs, and or "brand" to fellow players, family members and supporters, while retaining a large portion of the proceeds, to go back into the team's coffers.

    From Fan to Super Fan

    (Designs are simple, and can come close to replicating the jersey.)

     

    While this in no way wishes to take the place of offering quality jerseys, or any other endeavors from companies faithful to Dodgeball, the Ballistae Team Assist Program is simply another resource making itself ever ready for those that may be interested in helping them stay on the court.

     

    Have something else in mind? Let's talk. :) 

     

    If you're interested in finding out more, or would like to enter the program, please email us at admin@ballistaegear.com and we will be happy to discuss the details with you.