The Sierra Leone Dodgeball Association held a one-day trial for players at Aberdeen Beach in Freetown on Sunday, August 27, 2023, with more than 30 male and female players from the association attending the session.
In his brief remarks during the session, the president of the Sierra Leone Dodgeball Association, Abdul Kassim Tejan, stated that the session was part of their preparation for the African Beach Games. He said that the beach session would give the players an advantage in the African Championship in Morocco later this year.
One of the top female performers, Stella Kabia, remarked that the beach session was "a great way to get in shape and prepare for competition." Other male players like Mohamed J Mansaray and Sallieu Conteh echoed similar sentiments.
During the session, the players worked on a variety of drills, including catching, dodging, and passing. They also practiced playing on sand, which is different from playing on a hard surface. The drills were designed to test the players' skills and fitness levels.
Stella Kabia, who was one of the top performers in the tryout, said that the beach session was "a great way to get in shape and prepare for competition." She added that "playing on sand is different from playing on a hard surface, so it's important to get used to it.
Mohamed J Mansaray, another male player who performed well in the tryout, said that the session was "a good opportunity to test our skills and see where we need to improve." He added that "the coaches were very helpful in providing feedback and helping us to improve our game."
The Sierra Leone Dodgeball Association is hopeful that the tryout will help them to identify and select the best players for the African Beach Games and the African Championship. The association's goal for the African Championship is to win a medal and raise the profile of Sierra Leone's dodgeball.