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Dodgeball for adults offers therapeutic fun

February 17, 2011 12:00:43 AM PST
It's similar to the game you probably played in school, but the difference is, these teams are adults only. Welcome to the World Dodgeball Society.

Members range in age from 21 to 45 and play in leagues in Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Koreatown and West Hollywood.

"I played in this league for about 5 years since it was just in one gym out in Hollywood," said John Clinebell.

Clinebell said the league is a great way to meet people and make friends.

Colorful team names and costumes are encouraged, but it can be competitive.

"It's mostly about fun. There's always a chance that you're gonna get hit anywhere on your body, but head shots don't count," said Melissa Altobello.

The Stay Puft League uses a no-sting ball, so there's nothing to be afraid of.

"When I got out here to L.A., I met some people who were telling me about this, and they kind of recruited me, and here I am," said Daralina Komar from New York.

There's lots of energy and loud music, and you might not have guessed it, but Dodgeball can be very therapeutic.

For the serious dodgeballer, there's also the Charles Bronson Deathwish League.