Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Recently in our motor development class we have talked about two games that should belong in the Hall of shame. Dodgeball and kickball, both widely used in physical education classes, but not nearly a good source for exercise, or getting everyone involved. Dodgeball has been around for a long time, but it seems like their is only one way to play-wrong! The old, classic version involves kids lined up at a baseline with the balls in the middle, and once you get hit, you're out for the game. Luckily, their are different kinds, and styles that can be implemented to make sure everyone is staying active, and participating equally.
Dodgeball has many variations, one being the 'prison style', where unlike the original dodgeball, if you get hit, you go to the opposing teams side, and stand behind them behind a baseline. If these people in 'prison or jail' receive a ball, they can use it to hit the opposite team, and if they do, they come back into the game. This not only keeps everyone involved, but allows the game to keep moving. In an original dodgeball setting, the games can go quickly, depending on how even or uneven the teams are. With this type of dodgeball, kids stay active, and are never really out, just waiting to make another play. Their are so many variations that can be thrown in the mixture of these games, for example, you could have to kids throw with their weaker arm, or they cant run, only walk. It's easy to say that dodgeball is bad game, but I would rather put it as a under developed game with a lot of potential. There was a lot of talk about schools taking away dodgeball because of injuries, and mishaps throughout. This really made me think because their are so many other physical games being taught, that you wouldn't really consider dodgeball as vicious activity. In physical education, sports like football, basketball, soccer and hockey are being taught, and they include a much higher risk of getting hurt. So when I hear that these schools are shutting down dodgeball, it just makes me think that it's not being taught the right way. Personally growing up, I played a lot of dodgeball, several school tournaments, and many times in P.E. class, and it kept me very active. When in the right environment, I feel that dodgeball is actually a very good activity to do, but it needs the right equipment, and a smart teacher, so that kids aren't getting lost in the back, and they're staying active the whole time.

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