Dodgeball is a game that everyone encounters sometime in their life. There are many different creative ways to play dodgeball that can be used in a physical education classroom setting. Dodgeball can be used to enhance a students running, throwing, catching, and awareness abilities. It can also be used to enhance students' strategy and planning skills. Although dodgeball has great aspects and benefits, it is banned from the physical education classroom.
Dodgeball can be seen as a violent game because at any given moment someone can throw the ball and hit another student in the head, face or other parts of the body that can cause pain. Dodgeball also gives students an opportunity to team up against another student who may not be as skilled as the others. This is very belittling to a student and can have a negative impact on a students view of physical education, exercise, and self esteem.
Fortunately as physical education teachers we have the opportunity to change the rules of games such as dodgeball and make it an appropriate game for physical education class. For example instead of the original rule of if you are hit or someone catches the ball you throw you are out, now you once you are "out" you are only out of the court (which is usually the size of a volley ball court) and now have the opportunity to walk around the sides of the court, but not behind the opposing team, and hit someone on the opposing side. Once you hit that person you are now back in the game and now they have to do the same in order to get back in.
This version of dodgeball allows for continuous play so there is no sitting around. There is also no bad feelings because now you have the chance to get back into the game and help your team no matter how many times you get knocked out of the court.
(please enjoy this funny clip on dodgeball in america)