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    2021 Half Year Update

    2021 Half Year Update

    Well, we're halfway through 2021 and it may be safe to say things are looking better than where we were a year ago. Dodgeball is slowly coming back as COVID-19 restrictions slowly lift and within a few months, we'll all hopefully see some semblance of normal, pre COVID-19 life.

    It may be news to some, but I (Steve Damon) am currently deployed overseas. While navigating the pandemic, my "day job" transitioned from Liaison Officer for the Operation Guardian Support "Border Mission" (2018-2020) to Mobilization Projects Officer, where I basically rejoined my unit, put my head down and focused like a fiend on getting my unit out the door. 
    Never Go Full Hooah
    As my then current Commander prepared to exit, much of my unit's successful mobilization and transition fell on me. I had many highs, a lot to learn, but I must've done well for not only am I sitting in my new deployed home writing this, but I am doing so almost 1 year from having taken command of my unit. Not too shabby.
    Ballistae, as marked in our "Oh, 2020" blog definitely took a bit of a back seat, but during this time, I have successful migrated most of our kneepad inventory to Fulfillment By Amazon, which will hopefully provide our supporters with quicker access to our makeshift product, but also open the market up to both Canada and Mexico.
    Additionally, thanks to the genius of Felix Perrone, we discovered a way to play Dodgeball virtually in the coming game: Dodge! A Tactical Dodgeball Game, which blends elements of Turn Based RPG strategy and a Dungeons and Dragons feel. This is my first official forray into game making and I cannot be more excited to check one of my long hopeful boxes off upon its release later this year. Stay tuned for more information on updates, its release in future coming blogs and via our social media.
    Player One
    As we continue to look forward to the day we're all playing physical Dodgeball again, Ballistae continues to work in the background until we're there. 

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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).





    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