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UW-Platteville Dodgeball team going to nationals

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PLATTEVILLE, WISCONSIN (KWWL) -- When you hear "March Madness" you probably think of basketball. But for this story, we'll take you back to elementary school gym class. That's rigth we're talking Dodgeball.

For a group from UW-Platteville, March Madness is adding 10 player and 9 balls.   

As an official club on campus, they aren't recognized as a college sport.  But there is still heavy competition.

"We knew the competition would be tough going in last year, and we put up a good fight despite playing some very tough teams. We have improved a lot since then, and we hope to give the other teams a good fight," said junior player Scott Skelly.

The UW-Platteville Dodgeball team will be the only Wisconsin school represented at the 2009 National College Dodgeball Tournament in Allendale, MI April 4-5. This will be the second year UW-P will field a team for the annual tournament. Last year the team traveled to Ohio State and battled against some of the leagues toughest teams including Ohio State and Grand Valley State University. This year's tournament will feature 16 colligate teams.

Fans of the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, will notice a few differences in how the game is played atthe colligate level. National Colligate Dodgeball Association rules state that fifteen players start on a standard NCAA basketball court to begin a game. Games consist of two 25 minute halves with a five minute halftime.

Teams receive one point every time they eliminate all players from the other team. The team with the most points at the end of 50 minutes wins. With players throwing rubber balls at over 50 mph, games can get intense. Many players use a gorilla grip technique that gives the ball special spins.

"This sport is definitely unique, but I think most spectators would be surprised at the skills and intensity of the game. We have had some top athletes try jumping into a game at our practices and they are surprised at the level of skill needed to be competitive," said Skelly.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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