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Banning Dodgeball

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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I admit I took a few lumps...do you agree with banning this game?

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/03/27/dodgeball-removed-from-windham-nh-schools/

Dodgeball Removed From Windham, NH Schools

WINDHAM, N.H. (CBS) – Dodgeball has been bounced in Windham.

The classic gym class game has been a rite of passage for years, but dodgeball may have met its match in the form of the Windham School board, which at a recent meeting voted 4-1 to end dodgeball and other so-called “human target” activities, games with names like bombardment and slaughter.

“It’s almost turning into a nanny state,” said school board member Dennis Senibaldi, the one school board member who voted against the ban. “What happens when they replace that game with something different that another group doesn’t want to play, do we eliminate that group of games?”


The school district tells WBZ-TV a handful of parents had complained about bullying–that their kids were targeted during dodgeball–the district then studied the issue, and a special committee recommended the games be ended.

“I think they’re really fun because they’re just soft balls so it doesn’t hurt if it hits you,” said sixth-grade student Lindsey Stagg.

Stephanie Wimmer, the school board’s vice chair, tells WBZ-TV the board is always “looking at our curriculum” for changes.

Parents outside Windham schools today had mixed thoughts.

“There’s a lot of organized games that they could be playing that don’t entail trying to physically hurt the other person, so I have no problem with them banning it,” said parent Michelle Allard.

Gina Lanouette, another Windham parent, says the bullying aspect is a sign of the times.

“You can see how most kids would enjoy it but you can see how some children are targeted more than others,” said Lanouette.

Windham’s Superintendent, Dr. Henry LaBranche, tells WBZ-TV the school district is trying to teach students to respect one another, and the games “create conditions inconsistent with that message”.


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candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 28, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Honestly they have been talking of banning it for so many years, I didn't realize they still played.

sugareemommee
by Bronze Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 8:11 AM
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I don't know. I loved dodgeball but I admit when certain people got the ball I would be fearful.

I just feel like regardless, it's a childhood tradition.
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macbudsmom
by Bronze Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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I think this is a good idea. Too many bullies and punks.

coolmommy2x
by Silver Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 8:13 AM
I agree. Our Y has a game every Tuesday night. DS likes to go.

Quoting sugareemommee:

I don't know. I loved dodgeball but I admit when certain people got the ball I would be fearful.



I just feel like regardless, it's a childhood tradition.
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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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Ya I thought dodgeball was done away with well over a decade ago. 

Quoting candlegal:

Honestly they have been talking of banning it for so many years, I didn't realize they still played.



momtoscott
by Gold Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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When I was a kid we played Dodgeball and it was my favorite game, but we played it with only two balls at the most, usually only one.  I wouldn't want to play the game as I've seen it on TV and in movies, and I can completely understand why people would want to ban it.  

It was my favorite game because I was awesome at dodging balls--had lots of practice dodging softballs, volleyballs, any ball that someone lobbed at me expecting me to catch or hit.  I never actually threw a dodge ball at anyone, though.  

kam013
by Silver Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 8:47 AM
Ridiculous, teachers should be able to handle a group of students playing dodgeball without it getting out of control. I'm actually surprised this isn't coming out of my state, we have such a Nanny state going on here. I wouldn't be surprised if we followed suit though.
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GLWerth
by Gina on Mar. 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM
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When I was in 4th grade, I lost 4 pairs of glasses in one semester to Dodgeball. Our gym teacher thought it was funny to tell the boys to whip the balls at the heads of the less athletic kids.

Bloody noses too, me and a bunch of other kids, yet we still played, nearly every day.

Banning? Maybe maybe not, but there should be more oversight, at very least.

Sadly, most gym teachers are unfortunately, in my experience, failed jocks who feel a strong need to be nasty to less naturally athletic people.

Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

 LOL that was me too! I have this innate fear of all balls-so playing volleyball and softball and kickball was a killer for me in gym class. Get me playing dodgeball though and I was QUEEN! No one could get me. I was always picked as one of the firsts. I wouldn't throw the ball but damn I sure could dodge them!

Quoting momtoscott:

When I was a kid we played Dodgeball and it was my favorite game, but we played it with only two balls at the most, usually only one.  I wouldn't want to play the game as I've seen it on TV and in movies, and I can completely understand why people would want to ban it.  

It was my favorite game because I was awesome at dodging balls--had lots of practice dodging softballs, volleyballs, any ball that someone lobbed at me expecting me to catch or hit.  I never actually threw a dodge ball at anyone, though.  

 

Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

 Do you live in Maryland?

Quoting kam013:

Ridiculous, teachers should be able to handle a group of students playing dodgeball without it getting out of control. I'm actually surprised this isn't coming out of my state, we have such a Nanny state going on here. I wouldn't be surprised if we followed suit though.

 

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