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Dodgeball Army: Introducing the RTA — and Charlotte's wildest new pastime

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Teams come from all over North America, including Alaska and Canada. Some even travel from as far away as Denmark and the Netherlands, says Ed Prentiss, president of the National Dodgeball League, who's expecting 40 to 50 teams at this year.

Tremont's head ref, Stephen Jones, says they're more interested in the regional scene for now, but he's not ruling out a trip to the nationals. "Eventually, I would love to put a Tremont team together to take on those sissies in Las Vegas," Stephens says.

"That's what they all say," Prentiss retorts. "Then they come out here, get beat and get mad."

According to Prentiss, the championship draws two types of teams: Those who are tired of beating everyone in their hometown and those who are looking to have some fun. This is the competition's fifth year. The prize? Bragging rights.

Prentiss meant to make it to Charlotte this past April to scout for the professional league but says he ran out of time and resources. You've got to wonder, though, if he knows what he's in for.

When asked if players at the national tournament can drink and smoke while playing, Prentiss responded flatly and emphatically: "Hell no."

The next Tremont game is Monday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. You must be 18 to enter and it costs $2, whether you play or not. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/tremontdodgeball.


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