Dodgeball can be intimidating for newbies, even the most athletically-inclined. Case in point: Ahlam Abdallah. Ahlam’s first intro to ERYC was a fluke—her older brother had gone to elementary school with dodgeball veteran Tracy Barbosa, who ran into (and somehow recognized) Ahlam at a soccer game they were both playing in. After witnessing some amazing goalie skills on the soccer field, Tracy asked Ahlam to join her team for an upcoming East vs. West ERYC tournament.
This picture was taken the day of the tournament—hard to believe it was Ahlam’s first time playing, right? Well, yes… as long as you don’t see any video footage. As Ahlam puts it, she had “all the intensity, and none of the accuracy” of a skilled dodgeball player. She jokes that she’d whip a ball across the court, then immediately have to apologize. Not for hitting an opposing player super hard, but for missing the players altogether and hitting the scoreboard super hard.
Tracy taught Ahlam to focus on hitting people who had just thrown, which helped Ahlam begin to reign in her throws a bit. From there, Ahlam just worked on identifying which athletic skills to hone and which to abandon (like the soccer goalie tendency to reach out and block the ball. “Because oh yeah, in dodgeball, if you’re not catching it, you’re out.”) Since then, she has successfully transformed herself from an inexperienced newcomer to a seriously unrivaled boss ass player and valued teammate.
Ahlam, Tracy and the other ladies hosting this Sunday’s Girls Dodgeball Clinic all know what it’s like to join dodgeball, jumping right into the trenches without a ton of previous experience or coaching. They also happen to agree that dodgeball is way more fun when you know what you’re doing, so they’re letting us in on the little tricks they’ve picked up over the years.
There are still a few spots left in the clinic, so seriously ladies, if you haven’t signed up yet you are seriously missing out on:
- Girl bonding time
- A Sunday Funday activity you can actually tell your mom about
- Seeing these throwing skills in action:
(can’t wait to learn how to make the most of my super-athletic-and-not-at-all-flailing limbs this weekend… Ahlam, you’ve been warned.)
In conclusion, SIGN UP RIGHT NOW!
-Erin Gorman (AKA Gumby AKA Limbs McGee)