What's the difference between dodgeball and gym class? Well, according to Rick Mercer, dodgeball involves more tattooed hipsters who actually seem to be having a good time.

"They're really groovy, fun people. Women are throwing 75, 85 kilometres an hour, some of the men hit up to 115," the CBC host said. "I also learned fashion is a real thing. If you look around, there's a lot of interesting footwear.

"There's a lot of bandanas, like mine, but some of them have flames on them, which helps with the speed."

These were just some of Mercer's observations Saturday when he visited Edmonton for a friendly match with Edmonton Dodgeball and Dodgeball Canada. Mercer was in town for the day filming a segment on dodgeball. 

What better way to relive his favourite childhood sport than to play with the best?

Paul Laking is the co-founder of Dodgeball Edmonton and said the sport has exploded in recent years — Alberta has around 300 teams, and there are more than 1,000 across Canada. 

Some members of Edmonton's team have been playing for up to 10 years, Laking said. 

"It's like the movie 'Dodgeball' happened and then everyone wanted to play for real, and its been great," he said. "All we do is dodgeball. We live, eat and breathe dodgeball.

Laking said Dodgeball Edmonton is holding tryouts for Team Alberta on March 11.