My name is Scott Stoffel. I live in Columbia City, IN where I work in wire harness manufacturing. I began playing dodgeball in 6th grade. I instantly loved it, and played Monday-Friday for 3 straight hours each day. When I began I wasn’t very good, but with many years of training and sticking to it I’ve managed to greatly improve my skills and become a threat on the court.
Two years ago I started a small league where we play once a week. To prepare for the game I listen to music to get me pumped. I wear dodgeball specific clothes that I wear only for dodgeball. I drink energy drinks and take vitamins to help keep me focused and keep my endurance up. My biggest improvement has been my throwing power.
Competing in dodgeball is challenging. It’s difficult to get the time off from work to be able to participate in tourneys. Being able to afford everything isn’t easy as travel, food, and lodging add up quickly. The biggest injury I’ve overcome was when I completely shredded my meniscus. I had to get knee surgery done so that I could get back to playing the sport I love. As I began competing at a higher level I feared that I may not be good enough in comparison to the other players and not accepted. However, the players all welcomed me and made me feel right at home. My girlfriend Korie has been the biggest influence in my life. She has always believed in me, lifting me up when I felt like I couldn’t do it.
Dodgeball is my passion and I devote my life to this sport. I would love to make dodgeball a full time career so I can focus all of my attention on it. I am fighting for dodgeball to become an Olympic sport one day, and hope you will see me dodging balls on TV. I am overjoyed by the opportunities I’ve been given to play and compete.