Dodgeball, as you surely recall, is one of those games of youth that you either loved or loathed. For the athletically superior, it was a chance to prove some semblance of macho superiority. For others, it was little more than an hour of getting mercilessly pummeled by flying rubber projectiles. Either way, it’s one of those experiences that you don’t soon forget. Let’s take a look back at this sadistic little part of physical education that left such a lasting impression on many of us.
The rules of Dodgeball are pretty simple. Two teams take sides and throw big rubber balls at each other. If you are hit by one (or many) of the balls, your participation in the battle ends and you get to take a seat on the sidelines. You are also out of the game if one of your opponents catches a ball that you threw – therefore enticing you to throw with all of your might in the hopes of overpowering your target’s defenses. If you had decent catching skills, you could stay alive for quite a while – unless your opponents were plentiful and in possession of all the balls. It’s relatively easy to catch one at a time, but there was no good defense for a well-armed firing squad.
Dodgeball certainly wasn’t for everyone, and yet, gym class generally required your participation so you had little choice in the matter. If you weren’t particularly aggressive as a child, it probably wasn’t one of your favorite activities. First you had to endure the ritual of sides being chosen, which was traumatic in itself. Then, you got to run around like a human target in a shooting gallery, just hoping that someone would put you out of your misery, swiftly and as painlessly as possible. But whether you relished or despised the game of dodgeball, we all found a way to survive and perhaps that was the lesson of the game all along.
What are your memories of playing Dodgeball? Were you an invincible warrior or would you have preferred to skip the whole thing? Share your thoughts with us in our comments section as we pay tribute to the childhood rite of passage where only the strong survived.