Announcing The Thing 2024 – April 27 & 28
The premier foam dodgeball championship in North America is back for year three! The top teams from the USA and Canada will be coming together to compete for the most prestigous championship in North America.
We will be building off last year’s success as a two day event, this year we are expanding the number of teams from 20 to 24. The tournament will take place in Seattle, WA on April 27th and 28th. As usual, our championship will take place at the incredible Academy Sports Center in Lynnwood, WA.
The aim of this invitational tournament is to bring together the best club dodgeball teams on the continent to create the highest level of competition anywhere. There will be Women’s and Men’s Divisions, and six invites extended to teams from Canada, and six extended to teams from the USA for each division. Invite information can be found below. If you our your team are interested in participating in The Thing in the future, please contact our organizer’s here.
We are so proud to be The Thing at the best dodgeball venue in the region. The Academy Sports Center is a state of the art volleyball training facility with six full-size WDBF courts, lighting optimized for athletic competition, and vaulted ceilings to give even more room for incredible play.
Day 1: Saturday, April 27th – Round Robin, 8am-7pm
Day 2: Sunday, April 28th – Knockout, 9am-6pm
Dress Code: Players must wear matching team jersesy with numbers on the back.
Location: Academy Sports Center
Address: 2810 Lincoln Way, Lynnwood, WA 98087 (20min north of Seattle)
Registration Cost: $400 USD per team
Live Event Document: Coming Soon…
Rules: WDBF Rules
Ball Type: 7″ Foam
Women’s Divsion: 12 teams, 6 American & 6 Canadian
Men’s Division: 12 teams, 6 American & 6 Canadian
Round Robin: 20min Matches, each team will play six RR matches
Knockout Bracket: 40min Matches, Single Elimination + Placement matches.
Placement Matches: This year we will be including 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th place matches.
Reffereeing: Teams will be given reffing assignments. Teams are required to provide four referees for each of their reffing assignments.
We’ve partnered with the Lynnwood Courtyard Marriot to be a host hotel for The Thing 2023. It’s a 10min drive from the venue, near groceries, and restaurants. They’ve got us a deal for singles and doubles for $139/night. The deadline to book is Feb 22nd. Share with your teammates and fan clubs! You can book a room here.
After Party at Just Chill Pub & Grill (Saturday, 6pm)
We’ll be headed to Just Chill Pub & Grill after the Round Robin on Saturday. It’s just 7min from the venue, and you’ll be just fine your athletic gear. Just Chill has is also sponsoring our RR spirit awards. So if you bring the spirit, you might just have some free drinks coming your way.
Click Here for Directions to Just Chill.
The aim of this invitational tournament is to bring together the best club dodgeball teams on the continent to create the highest level of competition possible. Invites will be sent to captains of eligible club teams that compete together regularly in the USA Premier Tour or the Dodgeball Canada Provincial / National tournaments.
Final rosters at The Thing 2024 must contain at least 4 regular members from the qualifying event. If your team cannot meet the limit of rostered members, please contact the organizers. We may ask that you decline your invitation. Exceptions may be granted to qualifying captains who have formed new regular teams this season.
Want to know more about invites, elgiblity, and qualifying critera? Click here.
Please RSVP by January 10th, 2024. A second wave of invitations will be released on January 11th, 2024.
If you are part of a high-level competitive dodgeball team and you are interested in participating in the Thing, let us know. Please email us at Lucas@dodgeballseattle.com.
2024 Club Invites :
(Registered: ✅ )
✅ Rack Attack
✅ Rainbow Thunder
… Next in line …
❌ Avonlea Armada
❌ New Era
✅ Hard As Foam
❌ Saiyan Elite DC
… Next in line …
✅ Northern Touch
✅ Dark Horse
… Next in line …
… Next in line …
Rose City Rebels
We would love to host your team at The Thing 2024, but we need to make sure all teams have time to plan on attending. To ensure that this is the case, your invitation is valid until January 10th, 2024. Please register your team here, or reply letting us know you cannot make it. On January, 11th we will be extending another wave of invitations to the teams next in line.
After Party & Lodging:
We are working on a hotel sponsors and after-party spot. Our goal will be to have the hotel, venue, and afterparty all within 10min of eachother. If you want to book your own lodging, we reccomend getting it near the venue, address above.
The venue has 100 parking spaces. Please carpool and consolidate whenever possible to make room for family, friends, and spectators to participate in the event.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if your team has any challenges. We are here to help and do all we can to get you to The Thing.