Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Dodgeball Saga


-An ongoing argument in the world of Physical Education is whether or not the game of Dodgeball is a game to be playing in schools. Whether or not the game is worth playing has become quite the controversial conflict amongst school districts. Although many districts have banned the game for reasons they find negative, is the game worth keeping in the curriculum despite some negatives?
-Thing is, the game of Dodgeball had been around forever; it may have been played under differently names, but the act of throwing, dodging, aiming for a target, etc., was involved in someway. Outside of schools, there are many leagues and recreational playing of the game. It is great for hand-eye coordination, arm strength, teamwork, conditioning, agility, and accuracy. Teams need to work together and strategize, and provokes competition - getting people off their butts and wanting to play! With all of these positives, why would one not want to play this game?
Although there are many good aspects of the game, there is always both sides to the story! The other half of the Dodgeball saga says that the game turns students into human targets, provokes bulling [in some cases], eliminated students end up sitting on the sidelines for quite some time before they get back into the game, provokes injury, and can leave emotional scars.
-As a nutral member of the Dodgeball arguement, there are two fair arguements. I have alwasy been a fan of dodgeball, I have always been a start player, and I have always been an active participant. So am I pro Dodgeball in school districts? No. I think it is a great game that works on alot of skills needed in the physically active world, but they are more advanced skills that usually arent taught or learned at the elementary level. Also, there has been alot of injury cases related to Dodgeball in schools, along with emotional damage to the less active or unstable kids. At the higher education levels the kids are bigger and meaner, and although they may not always want to hur their opponent - they do.
-I am con Dodgeball in schools; there are just too many negatives for the school setting for the game to actually leave a positive impact on all - which is the goal for PE teachers. There are many variations to the game that are safe for all and keep everyone willing to play and stay involved. For example: in my school district there was the very popular Bean Bag Bowling; you split the class in half (or played with two classes) and your split the gym in half. Each half had two bowling pins at the far end, and to start students rushed from the endline to the middle to grab as many bean bags as possible to try and hit the pins or opponent. Elimnated players had to do a task before returning to the game and the small bean bags were not allowed to go off the floor.
-Although the game of Dodgeball is no longer present in the variations, these variations include the many positive aspects that the game entails as well as eliminates the negative aspects.