Duck, dive and bail
What: Sierra Snowball Fight: A Dodgeball Tournament
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12
Where: Steamers Bar & Grill, South Lake Tahoe
Teams from around the South Shore are freshening up on the five d’s of dodgeball — “dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge” — in anticipation of an annual battle for Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort’s dodgeball crown. The Sierra Snowball Fight: A Dodgeball Tournament returns to Steamers Bar & Grill Thursday, Nov. 12.
The fourth annual event includes live music, drink specials and giveaways in addition to the high-energy dodgeball tournament on Steamers’ back patio.
Sixteen teams of five or six will compete for the tournament’s coveted trophy. The event began as a pray-for-snow party and typically features a lively audience crowded around costumed competitors, said Sierra spokeswoman Thea Hardy.
“It’s just a way to activate the Sierra family and get everyone together,” Hardy said Friday.
Plenty of teams draw inspiration from 2004’s “Dodgeball,” with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, said Steamers owner Kelly Sheehan, giving last year’s Snoop Dodgy Dodge team as an example.
“The competitors dress up. Our staff dresses up. It’s just a really fun event,” Sheehan said.
The tournament is free to attend. There is also no cost to field a team. Slots for six more teams were still available Friday afternoon.
Team check-in for the event starts at 6 p.m., with general admission and an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. The actual tournament is expected to take place from 7:30 p.m. until around 10 p.m.
Steamers Bar & Grill is located at 2236 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.