VIDEO: Balls to the wall: SF State hosts costume dodgeball tournament

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The Raiders, left, and Cali Boyz face off during the costume dodgeball tournament in the gym at SF State, Oct. 28, 2011. Photo by Gregory Moreno.

Evil clown doctors took on San Diego lifeguards. Tie-dyed lesbians battled Vince Vaughn’s cronies.

Perhaps no other place on earth could mimic the scene in the SF State gym as the campus recreation department hosted its third annual Costume Dodgeball Tournament Friday night.

“The whole thing got started because we just wanted to create more student events for people to participate in,” said Ryan Fetzer, campus recreation intramural and sports club coordinator.

Eight teams ducked, dipped, dove and dodged their way through the seven-round-robin tournament.

“(The event) has been a success in the past and it’s growing each year,” said Alex Royea, facilities manager for campus recreation. “We’re getting more and more interest as the years go on, which is great.”

Some teams went all out with coordinated costumes; others appeared to have thrown on whatever was lying around the apartment.

“Some students participate and dress up, some won’t, but we just want to put it out there and I think most of them enjoyed it,” Fetzer said.

After some initial confusion over what, exactly, the rules of dodgeball were, the night got off to a roaring start.

There was a healthy mix of ultra-competitive jocks and folks that were there just to have a good time.

The finals came down to the clown-faced Cali Boys and the guys from Average Joes, whose jerseys were impressively accurate to those from the film “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.”

The Cali Boys were the big winners of the night, taking home both the dodgeball championship and the costume contest. Their trophy was a handful of candy and In-N-Out coupons.

“We got the email through (intramural leagues) and I was like ‘Dude we have to do this, this is us,’” said Cali Boy Devon Rodriguez, a freshman biology major.

Though the emphasis was on having a good time, there was still a competitive air to the proceedings.

Joseph Chew, the Average Joe’s captain who did not give his last name, said, “It was really fun, but I wanted to win.”

All in all, it was a night that would have made Patches O’Houlihan proud.