Dodgeball - a game for all


The imortal words uttered by the character Patches O'Houlihan in the movie Dodgeball sums up the essence of this fast paced, fun packed team game:

"Remember the 5 D's of dodgeball: Dodge, Dip, Duck, Dive, and uh...Dodge!"

Mind you he also uttered the line:

"You're about as useful as a poopy flavored lolly pop. "

Which doesn't do much for explaining the tactical intricacies of the game, but is a funny comeback none the less!

So what is dodgeball?

Well it's a team game played on a badminton or volleyball sized court, (there are no specific rules governing size which makes the games flexible) 5 to 6 players on a team (usually, though some games have up to 10) and the object is to eliminate your opponents by hitting them with a thrown ball. Catching a ball thrown at you allows a team member previously eliminated to return to the game.

Games last anywhere from 3-5 minutes and the winners are usually the team with the most players on court at the end of the time period. Other versions score point for hits and eliminations and these totals decide the eventual winner.

Dodgeball is a game for all ages and genders unlike many games which are heavily skill orientated:

We're using dodgeball games here at ACS MAGFA as part of our Smart Clubz and Half Term activities but we're also hoping to form an ACS dodgeball league we'll run throughout the year which will include trophies for the winners and runners up.

We'll keep you posted .......

Until then remember these words from White Goodman from the same Dodgeball movie:

"Nobody makes me bleed my own blood. Nobody!"