Tuesday happens to be my favorite day of the week. Why, you ask? Sure, there’s some good shows on TV, it’s not Monday anymore and it’s a bit closer to Friday… you get the point. But the real reason I enjoy Tuesdays: dodgeball.
That’s right. Dodgeball. I’m sure you have two images in your mind right now: third-grade gym class and a big-screen battle between Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Put those two together and that’s what the ROC Social Club brings to Allentown on Tuesday nights.
Teams are made up of ten people, and there must be at least 4 girls on each team. You can choose to play in the ‘social’ league or the ‘super social,’ with the latter being more for amateur dodgeball players (such as myself). Typically, there are about ten teams in the league and each team plays two 25-minute games a week.
But the ROC Social Club doesn’t just do dodgeball. They host various leagues throughout the year including indoor volleyball, kickball, softball, laser tag and more. Besides giving you a chance to channel your inner third-grader, these leagues are also a great way to get out and meet other people in the area; if you don’t have a full team to register with, they’ll match you up with others looking to complete a team and play.
So every Tuesday night, my friends and I head over to the West End Youth Center for our matchups. We might not be the best team, but we always have a great time! After the games are over, everyone heads down to Stooges, which is the sponsor bar for the league. Besides the bracket-style playoffs, there is also a competition to see who can accrue the highest bar tab after each game throughout the season and the winning team receives a gift card back to Stooges as a prize.
So if you’re over 21 and looking to meet some new people in the area, I highly recommend looking into one of the ROC Social Club leagues. The new winter season kicks off tonight, so I’m warming up my arm and getting ready to play with the help of some wise (and appropriate) words from the classic film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story … “If you're going to become true dodgeballers, then you've got to learn the five d's of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!”