Corporate players are on the ball

January 13, 2008|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - The four D's of dodgeball - dodge, duck, dip and dive - were present Saturday as 20 corporate teams worked to avoid being struck by a sea of oncoming balls, and tried to eliminate as many opposing players as possible.

The Chambersburg YMCA began having corporate dodgeball tournaments last year as a fundraiser for a new bus for the youth department, said Carla Christian, senior youth director at the Y. The youth department is the largest program at the Y, Christian said.

"(It's) also a community event to give companies an opportunity to get out and do something competitive," Christian said. "The goal is for everyone to come out and have a good time for a good cause."

The YMCA transports children from 15 elementary schools in the Chambersburg area to the YMCA for day care, and was in need of a new bus because some of the other buses were aging, Christian said.


Of the 20 teams participating, 10 were co-ed and the other 10 were men's teams. There was a good variety of teams, such as the Chambersburg Fitness Center, F&M Trust and Aerotek, Christian said. Teams were from Chambersburg, Harrisburg, Pa., Carlisle, Pa., and Martinsburg, W.Va., she said.

"We have five more teams this year than last year," Christian said.

The object of the game was to eliminate all opposing team players, which could be accomplished by hitting an opposing player with a live thrown ball below the shoulders or catching a live ball thrown by an opponent before it touches the ground. A live ball is a ball that has not touched anything.

Jeramy Culler, a credit analyst for F&M Trust of Chambersburg, said he was "sore" after playing two pool play matches.

"I'm playing through (the pain)," he added.

Each team was in one of four brackets, with five teams in each bracket. The brackets were Co-ed Gold, Co-ed Green, Men's Blue and Men's Red, and teams only played those in their bracket.

Each team played four pool-play matches, which consisted of five, five-minute rounds.

The top three teams in each bracket that had the least amount of eliminations competed in the single-elimination round.

Elimination matches were best-of-three games, with a Men's team winner and a Co-ed team winner.

"It's a good time," said David Campbell, small business relationship manager at F&M Trust. "We wanna win."

"This is our first year so it's a learning experience," said Diana Sponseller, a trust officer at F&M Trust.

"We're doing pretty good, we're just having a few unlucky breaks," said Phil Pantano, community services relationship manager at F&M Trust. "We're having fun ... it's all for a good cause."

Scott Shildt, a substitute instructor for boot camp at the Chambersburg Fitness Center, said everyone on the team was pretty competitive. He said some of the strategies the team used were to not get hit, communicate with each other and never lose all of the balls at the same time.

"We're not doing as good as we hoped," Shildt said.

"But we're still pretty positive we're going to come out strong," said Jennifer Whaley, a substitute instructor at the fitness center.

"We've gotten to know each other more," substitute instructor Jill Bricker said.

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