The year 2003 brought a new way of life to the halls of Lister. Besides the opening of Schaffer Hall, 2003 was the inaugural year for the Lister Dodgeball League. For the first time, the walls of the newly constructed David Tuckey Gym echoed with the resounding smacks of balls against the wall and triumphant howls when a particularly powerful headshot was executed. The group who formed the first executive team established the logos, jerseys and rules, creating the game we all love to this day.

Year One: The 2003-2004 Season

In 2003, the league consisted of 20 teams, some of which were inter-tower, made up from 690 players. Dukes sponsored each team, with players receiving the current “All Star Special” of five dollars off teamers when you wore your jersey. Before any game was played, an LDL official would wait at the gym door and check each player’s Residence Card to ensure they were on the team roster. Referees used a red card to denote penalties and there were no side referees sent by teams. In the original “ten second rule,” teams consistently holding balls would forfeit the match, at the referee’s discretion. The home team was given certain advantages over the other team. They chose the game styles played for games 1, 3, and 5 and had their choice of music. But, with this advantage, came drawbacks. The home team was responsible for organizing the singing of the national anthem, and would be penalized if teams failed to do so. Ties in the standings were broken by which team had incurred fewer penalties over the season, instead of a plus-minus system, and the referee decided the number of balls on the court before each game started. The first All Star Tournament was helt in a completely different format. Two teams, Henday-Kelsey and Mackenzie-Schaffer where chosen based solely on player’s MVP counts. The teams named Original Lister and Afterthought Lister battled it out over a best of five matches weekend, with the first LDL Pubcrawl taking place on the Saturday of the tournament.

In the beginning, there were five LDL match styles: Classic Dodgeball, Doctor Dodgeball, Double Dodgeball, Corners, Cones. Classic has remained the same throughout the years, but all other games have had significant changes since year one. The original Doctor Dodgeball had one doctor, however there was no net on the court. The doctor was safe inside what is now known as the assassins zone and had to drag players from all over the court back into this zone to bring them back to life. Double Dodgeball is the ancestor of Assassins. Hit players went to the opposing side’s baseline and could only rejoin their team once they retrieved a ball and hit a player on the opposing side. Corners saw the court split into four sections with teams occupying two corners diagonal to one another. While balls were still lined up on the centre line of the gym for game start, once the game was underway, you had to play dodgeball on two fronts, and could not leave your corner. Cones used the large yellow balls you see in the storage room. They were placed on four cones at the baseline of each side. A team lost once all four balls were knocked off the cones or all players were hit, whichever occurred first. However, if a cone ball was knocked down, players could attempt to sink the ball in the other teams basketball hoop. If successful, all knocked out players from their team could return to the court.

The 2004-2005 Season

Following the inaugural season, the rest of Lister quickly realized how much fun they had missed out on and league participation nearly doubled to 1200 participants and 34 teams for the 2004-2005 season. With the second season, came the modernization of the All Star Tournament. Teams were chosen from each tower, by the Executive Team of the day, and played a three-day tournament during the last weekend of Fall Semester.

On the gameplay front, the league saw the first LDL Rulebook published. The game style Double Dodgeball was removed and side refereeing duties for teams where introduced for the first time. Doctor Dodgeball also saw the introduction of the Doctor Net, although it was placed much closer to the wall then players would see today. The number of dodgeball on the court was set at nine and the Head Referee randomly placed the Ball of Triumph on the court. The Ball of Triumph was a dodgeball coated in duct tape, which held devastating consequences. Dodgeball was starting to make a name for itself, which included Edmonton news station CFRN coming to do a piece on the peculiar league which had gained mass popularity overnight.

The 2005-2006 Season

Transitioning to the 2005-2006 season, the jerseys saw a change of the target logo to a smaller logo, then the first one designed for the league. This target remained in place until the end of the 2009-2010 season. With two seasons in the books, the LDL started to see the attraction the league still had for alumni players, and because of this, the first Alumni Tournament was introduced during the All Star weekend. Both tournament took place over the first weekend in March.

There where three modifications to the rulebook during this season. The first being the inclusion of the “Only classic to modern rock. No dance, techno, or Eurotrash BULLSHIT.” clause to the rulebook, as the Executive Team felt that teams where not creating the best dodgeball playing environment with their music selections. This was also the first year where a plus-minus score was used as a tiebreaker in the standings. Also new to this season was the alteration that would forever impact the league: The Ball of Shame. The Ball of Shame in these days came with a seldom seen, because captains had the choice during game style selection to choose the Ball of Shame or the Ball of Triumph. Captains almost always chose the Ball of Triumph to inflict the most damage on their opposition.

2006 and On

Moving on to 2006/07, which marked the last major changes to the LDL. Both Double Doctor and Assassins were introduced, making this season the only year that there were 5 possible match styles to choose from and the Ball of Triumph was removed. This was also the year that the league was finally expanded to 36 teams, with the player registration toping out at 1400 players. The All Star tournament was also expanded to take place over a week.

The 2007/08 season brought about a few minor changes. Cones was finally cut, and the league was left with the four game styles we see today. That being said, the Game of the Week was also new to 2007/08.

The 2008/09 season was relatively inactive. Rock-Paper-Scissors was introduced to call the coin toss. The coin toss was used to decide who would choose games 1 and 4, or 2 and 5.

We arrive at the 2009/10 season. The LDL population grew to 1556 participants and a budget exceeding $65,000. New to the David Tuckey was the score clock, which was purchased using funds from a tournament in November. The league also furthered the 2008/09 goal of returning to the 2003/04 and 2005/06 Exec teams wishes of championing and rewarding sportsmanship. This was also the first year that the LDL collaborated with the Students’ Union on Break the Record and Campus Cup. Break the Record saw 1,200 University of Alberta students come out to the Butterdome to set the world record for the largest dodgeball game ever played. The LDL provided the on court management and officiating for the game.

2010/11 saw very little changes from the previous season. Campus Cup was moved to November with the LDL helping the Students’ Union again. Break the Record took place again, with 2,012 players.

The 2013/14 season allowed FC’s and RA’s in Classic Lister to be a Liaison, due to the limited number of returners allowed to live in Classic.

Going into the LDL’s 11th season, the past 10 years of dodgeball experience has lead the league to the point we are at now. There probably will not be many changes in the years to come, because of the trials that took place over the previous eight years.

Past Executives

YearExternal AdministratorOfficiating AdministratorRules Administrator
Michael DeBoer, Jon Paul, Curtis Campbell, Adam Houghton, Mark Matras
2004-2005Lisa DockmanMatty ReidMichael Janz
2005-2006Devin FrobbBarret McKayEric Kerkhoven
2006-2007Real ChenardTom McGrathBob Schmidt
2007-2008Evan HallDick SampsonChirs Ford
2008-2009Seamus GallivanNeil AshfordRobin Deschambeau
2009-2010Brennan MurphyJonathan “Butters” LookAlex “Mork” Mork
2010-2011Zac ScabarBill PickeringTaylor Rocca
2011-2012Brennan MurphyPaul McMillanKevin Lee
2012-2013Kevin LeeBill PickeringTyler Lobb
2013-2014Josh BrowneJustin VedressNick von Wackerbarth

Past Champions

YearJP CupDeboer CupCampbell CupAll-Star ChampionsSeason Champions
2003-20045/6/7 Schaffer5S/8K/12S
2004-20056 KelseyMackenzie All-Star Team3 Mackenzie
2005-20061 MackenzieSchaffer All-Star Team5 Kelsey
2006-20079 KelseySchaffer All-Star Team7 Kelsey
2007-200810 SchafferSchaffer All-Star Team10 Schaffer
2008-20099 Kelsey9 Kelsey8 MacKenzieSchaffer All-Star Team7 Schaffer
2009-20103-9 Schaffer3-9 Schaffer7 MackenzieMackenzie All-Star Team10 Schaffer
2010-2011 1 Mackenzie1 Mackenzie10 SchafferSchaffer All-Star Team4-12 Schaffer
2011-20124 Henday1 Mackenzie4 HendayHenday All-Star Team 3 Schaffer
2012-201310-12 Schaffer7 Schaffer10-12 SchafferSchaffer All-Star Team10-12 Schaffer
2013-20144-11 Schaffer7-8 Henday4-11 SchafferSchaffer All-Star Team4-11 Schaffer

Past Award Winners

YearRookie of the YearSportsperson of the YearHead Ref of the YearLiaisons of the Year
2006-2007Lauren KopitarDan Brady
2007-2008Brian Jeffery
Alex Hunt
Emily KalilSteve Duerksen
2008-2009Scott Campbell
Anne-Marie Hoefele
2009-2010Kyle Telke
Annie Pentney
Bo Aganaba
Meagan Tait
Saadiq Sumar
2010-2011Blake Feldman
Melissa Fleming
Jigar Nahar
Lauren Lukey
Landon KulychLaura Gillard (9H)
Andy Espiritu (10K)
Dana Boake (8M)
Chance Starman (3S)
2011-2012Patrick Pickard
Jaimee Russnak
Tianyang Sun
Melissa Bulaong
Eric ChiangScott Veronelly
2012-2013Adam Wilson
Jennifer Meyer
Evan Stene
Emma Scullion
Jason YuenMatt Southwick
2013-2014Mathew Schroeder
Robyn Chrunyk
Luke Leggo
Alia Mclure
Saadiq SumarTyler Brochu

Past MVPs

YearLeague MVPsPlayoff MVPsAll-Star MVPs
2005-2006Jason WelshBarret McKay
2006-2007Keaton Seaby
Kelsey Masciola
Steven ReidAndre Touchette
2007-2008Gavin McAndrews
Jenny Quilty
Nick Pawliuk
Aanu Abiola
Taylor Rocca
Casey Berglund
2008-2009Halim Ezimokhai
Karen Coldham
Jordan Goodyear
Kacie Ward
Matt Flemmer
Jacquie Pikard
2009-2010Taylor Rocca
Janet Doblanko
Matt Flemmer
Emily Soon
Alex Boyer
Erin Wilson
2010-2011Curtis Dell
Regan Schafer
Sean McWade
Krista Knight
Kyle Telke
Annie Pentney
2011-2012Josh Browne
Regan Schafer
George Merik
Jaimee Russnak
Luke Gilmour
Melissa Fleming
2012-2013Kiefer Paulgaard
Melissa Bulaong
Ben Schaeffer
Kelsey Cockle
Luke Kissick
Lauren Munce
2013-2014Carter Corrigan
Amy MacDonald
Carter Corrigan
Savanna Leary
Carter Corrigan
Francine Cheung

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