Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ways to make dodgeball a better game.

Dodge ball definitely deserves to be in the hall of shame of PE games. The game singles kids out, bullying occurs and at times there isn't much activity. I think at times kids are literally scared to participate in PE when the activity is dodge ball. I remember when i was in high school, kids would hide in the back behind kids cause they were scared. Another thing I experienced when playing dodge ball which i never liked was when everyone would just throw at one kid, even if he wasn't the last kid. These are the flaws with dodge ball, but I think as future Physical Educators we can fix some of the flaws and still have this entertaining game for kids.

 We discussed this in adventure activity last year some of the solution's we came up with are to first off have multiple activities for the kids to do, don't make kids play dodge ball when they are scared or don't want too. Another way to make it better is to play a gauntlet style. Split the class into 3 groups, have 2 groups line up arms length away from each other. have the students either side of the gym facing each other. So group 1 will be facing group 2, like a human tunnel. The third group will sprint through the tunnel, from foul line to foul line, this would add more activity. But instead of just throwing the ball, which could be dangerous have the kids either throw it underhand, or a fun solution is the kids can throw it as hard as they want but it has to bounce once before it hits the kid. This takes some of the velocity of the ball but still keeps it fun. One way to take away the singling out part of dodge ball is to make it so the kids have to throw at different kids each time, so every one can't pick on the same kids. I also think depending on skills the kid should be split up, so all the kids with good arms shouldn't be on the same teams, and vice-versa. Some kids do love dodge ball and I don't think they should be denied the game completely but the game needs to be modified to get rid of it's flaws.

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