Bill Fair Biography
Captain of both the Arizona Rampage Dodgeball Team (Current World Dodgeball Champions) and International Rampage Dodgeball Team
Facebook Fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/azrampage
International Fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/RampageInternational
Originally from Washington State I grew up playing both competitive soccer and baseball. Eventually I switched to baseball full time my prior to sophomore year of high school due to a knee injury. I found in baseball that I excelled in defense, had a decent arm, but my batting was extremely streaky. My senior year I was chosen as the defensive team captain and made 2nd Team All-League First Base. After high school I was picked up by a scout from the New York Mets who was hoping to turn my batting around since my defense was good as is. Didn’t happen. I did play baseball against colleges, but actually never played for a college.
After college I had a brief 6 year stint in Las Vegas, before finally settling in the Greater Phoenix, Arizona area where I now live. Began playing softball four (4) nights a week when guess what.. rolled my ankle. Right then and there I decided to take some time off. Well instantly I got bored. I remembered seeing an ad in a local paper about a dodgeball tournament. I started to wonder if there was actually a league since I hadn’t seen dodgeball since I was a kid. Sure enough after a little google research I found one. After asking a ton of questions about how it worked I put together a rag tag team in 2008, headed to the bar to have a few drinks then off to play for the first time ever. I had no idea what I was in for.. Our team got killed! We had a great time though. Couldn’t believe there was actual strategy involved. The players on my team changed over the next couple seasons, and we continued to come in dead last in the league, 16th place.
In Arizona we have no clinics, there’s no strategy guide to refer to the only way you could become better is by playing more dodgeball and attending open gyms. I took it upon myself to become a student of the game watching video, making mental notes from the sidelines all the while watching players better than myself and trying to incorporate things they do into my own game.
Eventually I began being picked up for competitive tournaments and tried out for a local All-Star Team headed to the Dodgeball World Championship in Las Vegas. I attended every practice and every tournament leading up to the event but unfortunately I was cut two (2) weeks before we left.
I began to put together my own All-Star Team with the help of many others called the Arizona Rampage. My biggest breakthrough in my dodgeball career came when I started grabbing players to teach me how they do things. Sometimes it was just a handful of questions which they tried to answer the best they could other times I asked if they would meet me in a racquetball court and we did some hands on stuff.
The Arizona Rampage Team went onto win the Dodgeball Open Division World Championship in 2010 our first year there. The teams currently been featured on local news about 6 times, ESPN once, and we’ve been featured on International News as well. We were the first US based team to go overseas and play dodgeball in another country, New Zealand, which we will definitely continue to do.
I’ve tried to develop as much as possible as a player. The clocks ticking for me though. I’m 34 years old and counting banging around with these 20 year olds. I’m in no way the best player in dodgeball. In fact I’d say I’m mid-range. . The only awards I’ve ever won are a super fan award and a congeniality award for being nice to people. I’ve never been picked for a dodgeball All-Star team, but usually I am on the team that finishes 1st or 2nd in most tournaments.
I think what separates me from the pack is I’m not afraid to ask for help and I’m very organized. I try and put my thoughts into action rather than be one of the many dreamers that does nothing. I feel I owe it to the sport to leave it better than when I walked into it and try and stay out of politics best I can. Not everyone is going to agree with the way I do things, but I’m working without a net here. There’s no one to follow and learn from. I try to get as much exposure for the team as possible drawing attention to the sport.
If you want to make a difference the worst thing you can do is throw your medal in a drawer and do nothing to make the sport better other than show up at another dodgeball tourney and try to win that same medal again. Do something more.
|Last Updated on Friday, 30 September 2011 21:22