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TRENTON, N.J. -Registrations for the first Mercer Madness Dodgeball Tournament are still being accepted through this Saturday, April 5, without a late penalty, and 50 teams are expected to play at the April 12 tournament at Mercer County Park in West Windsor. Mika Ryan, president of the Mercer County Sports and Entertainment Commission, assures that teams can still register right up to the day of play, but teams that register after this Friday will be assessed a $25 late fee.

The event, sponsored by Hopewell Valley Community Bank, will be held inside the ice rink at Mercer County Park and will be sanctioned by the National Dodgeball League. With four divisions and prizes going out to the top teams, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said the event promises to be a popular one.

The event is open to anyone who wishes to form a team for one of the four divisions: adult co-ed; college/university; high school; and competitive open. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each division. In addition to prizes for winning teams, awards and prizes will be given to the team with the best name and the team with the best uniform.

Ryan said the commission recognized the attraction of dodgeball and worked to bring a National Dodgeball League-sanctioned event to Mercer County and expects that the commission will meet its first-year goal of having 50 teams register to play.

Professional dodgeball player Rob "Hometown" Immel of the New York Epic will attend the Mercer Madness event to "scout'' the field in search of professional-level talent for possible formation of a New Jersey pro-level dodgeball team.

The tournament will be held inside the Mercer County Skating Rink in Mercer County Park. The entry fee is $100 and teams can be a maximum of 10 players. Registration forms and more information about the tournament can be found by visiting the National Dodgeball League web site at www.thendl.com.