About Us

The Vancouver Dodgeball League (VDL) is Vancouver’s first, largest and only non-profit dodgeball organization. VDL’s mission is to advance Dodgeball in Vancouver and build a community that’s based on fun, fitness, service and spirit. VDL is governed by a board of directors, and all revenues go back to supporting this mission.

Founded in 2004 by Kevin Bao, VDL began by hosting miscellaneous drop-in nights and tournaments. 12 players attended the first drop-in night, and a few months later, that number swelled up to 120 players playing in tournaments. Joined by a founding team including Amy Chin, Eddie Lee, Jason Chow, Keith Bao, and Truong Cao—affectionately known as the Original 6 or OG6 for short—VDL began offering league play in Spring 2006, which became Season 1 and a permanent home for avid dodgeball fans. The league has grown immensely in the past years, played across 4 nights a week including subsidiary leagues in Coquitlam (CDL) and Chilliwack (The Wack). VDL’s beloved logo, and its family of logo marks, were professionally designed for us by the super talented Graeme Jack.

The league is powered by its players. Run by a 50+ group of committed and hard-working executive volunteers, they are the backbone of the organization and all admittedly share their love and addiction to the game. Each executive contributes countless hours of work and a tremendous amount of dedication to keep the league running smoothly while simultaneously expanding it.

VDL has developed into a warm community that fosters team building, new friendships, recreational to high competition, and of course, fun, fitness, service and spirit. Each league night is filled with a unique and exciting experience shared by a multicultural group of players.

Today, VDL continues staying true to its mission to advance the sport and build community by organizing a variety of activities, including league play, tournaments, skills clinics and pub nights! It gives back to the wider community by participating in and sponsoring various charitable and community endeavours. As of January 2023, we’ve helped donate over $62,400 total through dodgeball. Through VDL organized tournaments and direct giving, we’ve raised over $42,000 for a variety of charities and nonprofits. The local high schools that the founders attended, and still rent gyms from, hold a special place in our hearts, and since 2012 to present day, VDL sponsors high school bursaries to community-building graduating student leaders at David Thompson, Gladstone and Vancouver Technical Secondary Schools, amounting to $20,400 total as of 2022.

By being a nonprofit organization, the league prides itself on giving back to its players and to the Metro Vancouver community. VDL looks forward to maintaining and expanding its continuous service for years to come.