Dodgeball Days are returning to Olympic Park in Schaumburg Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, for the annual youth and adult championships.
The deadline to sign up has passed, but you can head out to Olympic Park, 1675 E. Old Schaumburg Road, both days to watch teams battle for supremacy.
The event celebrates one of America's oldest and well-known playground games. This is the largest and final event of the 2012-2013 dodgeball season and features the crowning of the annual Outdoor National Champions.
The youth competition opens at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Matches are played in divisions based on grades in school: 4th-6th, 7th and 8th and 9th-12th boys and girls divisions.
The adult competition starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Teams play in several divisions: Men's Class A, B and C; women's; and co-rec. A new game starts about every four minutes.
The National Amateur Dodgeball Association was created as a recreational pursuit for nontraditional sport enthusiasts. It is an alternative sport requiring minimal equipment, setup and playing experience. Teamwork and strategy are more valuable factors in dodgeball than athletic skill and individual competitiveness.
The Bexley Cup is awarded to any team winning both indoor and outdoor national championships in the same season.