University of Alberta students, faculty and staff are gearing up for the biggest Campus Cup Dodgeball Tournament campus has ever seen, boasting more than 70 participating teams and more than 1,000 players.
Hosted by the Students’ Union, this is the tournament’s fourth consecutive year running and will take place from Nov. 23-25.
SU Vice-President (Student Life) Saadiq Sumar said the tournament is quickly becoming a prized tradition among U of A students, and a much-needed reprieve from one of the most difficult stages of the semester.
“As we’ve seen with dodgeball in the last few years, (it) has been one of the aspects of the university that students can really rally around,” he said.
“It should just be a really good time, and as always, especially at this point in the semester, will be able to provide a good amount of stress relief for those students who are going through the hardship of exams and things like that.”
This year will also see the tournament split into a Competitive Conference as well as a Recreational Conference to provide an outlet for all players, whether they’re seeking the four foot tall trophy or just looking to play for fun.
“We wanted to try to diversify it a little bit,” Sumar said. “I think it was more just to make sure that everyone who wanted to play could play, as opposed to just the people who are really enthused and excited about dodgeball.”
The SU is also developing a strategy for another attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for largest dodgeball game.
Although another Break the Record event has yet to be confirmed, Sumar said the SU has sorted out most of the logistical issues, including holding the event slightly later in the semester than its typical early February date, and making it later in the day so more students will be finished class.
Sumar said one of the only remaining issues is working out sponsorship details and ensuring that the event is clearly linked to the U of A.
“We want to make sure that the event is branded as a U of A (and) SU event, not as an event put on by Coca-Cola or something like that ... we don’t want to sell our souls,” he said.
“It’s just money; we need to figure out where we can get the money from, and as soon as we figure that out then we’ll move forward with the event.”
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