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(The Eagle Tribune)   Is dodgeball a form of bullying? You'll find out - after I finish pegging the emo kids that are trying to hide in the back of the gym   (eagletribune.com ) divider line
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2013-03-29 05:08:24 PM  
Apparently, the form of DB I played was, but didn't realize it until my 10 year class reunion. 3 nerds made a point to come over and tell me that I had caused them DB PSTD or something like that...not sure, I was drunk. Nerds.
 
2013-03-29 05:09:43 PM  
"We encourage schools to align the curriculum to those standards," she said.

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2013-03-29 05:10:08 PM  

Tellingthem: catch


I remember doing that in Junior High. I used to love that version. We would play before school and at breaks. Loved it.
 
2013-03-29 05:10:36 PM  
It's not dodgeball unless you use a large red playground ball.
 
2013-03-29 05:11:31 PM  

spman: I don't get it, not that I approve of bullying in any way, but if you manage to completely eradicate it from schools, how are kids going to learn how to deal with it outside of school? Guess what, it happens, some day you're going to have a neighbor who's a jerk, or a co worker that ticks you off, or in laws who try to push you around, and if you don't learn how to handle these problems early on, won't that just turn people stabby as adults?


You don't see people that got bullied once snapping and killing people. It's the people that got bullied over and over again that wig out and start killing people.

There are always going to be kids that bully people, but it's important that they learn it is always unacceptable.
 
2013-03-29 05:13:13 PM  
We didn't play much dodge ball in gym but when we did the nerds weren't the first targets. If you had the opportunity you went after the bigger kids who were a threat to take you out first.
 
2013-03-29 05:13:53 PM  

Mija: spman: I don't get it, not that I approve of bullying in any way, but if you manage to completely eradicate it from schools, how are kids going to learn how to deal with it outside of school? Guess what, it happens, some day you're going to have a neighbor who's a jerk, or a co worker that ticks you off, or in laws who try to push you around, and if you don't learn how to handle these problems early on, won't that just turn people stabby as adults?

You are trapped in school and if you defend yourself you are punished. As an adult you have legal ways to defend yourself that children don't have. You can take a bad neighbor to court, report them for code violations, file a barking dog report and go to court over that. I'm doing all those things with my loud, dirty, white trash neighbor. You can turn your back on in laws and ignore them. You can talk to a co worker or talk to your boss without being punched in the head repeatedly....usually. Come on, you know that kids aren't allowed to defend themselves like adults are. Kids can't walk away and choose to have a different environment to be in all day, every day. You can.


If you have butthead neighbors, then you hit them in the head with a large red playground ball.

It makes the coolest BWANG sound.
 
2013-03-29 05:15:41 PM  
We had a game called Pin Guard.  Each side sets up 4 bowling pins and the teams try to knock them down.  Game was played with dodgeball rules.  That shiat was fun!

/CSB
 
2013-03-29 05:16:07 PM  

GalFisk: I used to love dodgeball. I sucked at throwing, but I was an expert dodger and sometimes the last man standing. I think it came from dodging my little brother's tickle attacks, which was his only weapon at that time against the five year older me. This also made me a good goalie in floorball, since I was used to fend off repidly incoming objects in the form of index fingers.


In what kind of ghoulish game do people pelt you with index fingers?
 
2013-03-29 05:18:40 PM  

Tellingthem: Nerf balls? In gym we at least used those red rubber balls. [...] And man it sucked getting dotted with a softball.


Without fail some poor kid came away with a bright red circle on his face! Every. Damn. Time. Even the kid with glasses. Damn fine game, I kinda sucked at it too... who didn't?
 
2013-03-29 05:19:01 PM  
As a formerly scrawny kid I never had a problem with dodgeball.  The bigger kids always had to gang up on me because I learned early on that catching the ball hurt less than getting hit.  It was easier to catch the ball than to dodge it.  You could be the kid that got picked on elsewhere but in the game you could be the cool kid.  The added bonus was ganging up on the bullies.  One throws at his feet, one at his nuts and one at his face.

The feet knocks them down giving others a chance to nail his nutsack.
The nut shot was glory in and of itself
The face shot was awesome covered in awesome sauce and topped with a bloody nose.
 
2013-03-29 05:19:14 PM  
dodgeball is where you get to take vengeance out on your bullies learn to throw nerds
 
2013-03-29 05:22:35 PM  
 The vote came after a middle school parent complained about their child being bullied during dodgeball.

A. As in ONE.
 
2013-03-29 05:23:04 PM  
Just did this in Tulsa, Oklahoma

The terrorists have won
 
2013-03-29 05:25:24 PM  
Being the smallest guy in gym class I was usually knocked out last in bombardment.
But sometimes I could sneak up to the line and take out their best shooter.
It was was worth the punishment.....
 
2013-03-29 05:25:31 PM  
My kid was walking to the front door yesterday and I jumped out from behind a tree and smashed him in the face with a red ball from about 15 feet. He went ass over tea kettle and welled up ready to cry. I told him that if I saw a tear, I'd give him something to cry about. I walked away laughing, "That's dodgeball Biatch!" This is what I learned on the playground.
/none of this is true
 
2013-03-29 05:27:41 PM  

peasants_are_revolting: GalFisk: I used to love dodgeball. I sucked at throwing, but I was an expert dodger and sometimes the last man standing. I think it came from dodging my little brother's tickle attacks, which was his only weapon at that time against the five year older me. This also made me a good goalie in floorball, since I was used to fend off repidly incoming objects in the form of index fingers.

In what kind of ghoulish game do people pelt you with index fingers?


Digital Mayhem.
 
2013-03-29 05:28:08 PM  
I have a fourth-grader who can chuck a baseball some 50mph and goes to the local trampoline place to hone his dodgeball skills.  At his private school they (coed class) play dodgeball in PE twice a year and he and another pitcher are typically the last two survivors.  The balls are very spongy, hard to throw accurately or fast, and when they hit, no snowflakes are damaged.  We quietly chuckle at the insanity of the nearby public schools.

Protip to school board: get softer balls.
 
2013-03-29 05:29:37 PM  

rkiller1: I have a fourth-grader who can chuck a baseball some 50mph and goes to the local trampoline place to hone his dodgeball skills.  At his private school they (coed class) play dodgeball in PE twice a year and he and another pitcher are typically the last two survivors.  The balls are very spongy, hard to throw accurately or fast, and when they hit, no snowflakes are damaged.  We quietly chuckle at the insanity of the nearby public schools.

Protip to school board: get softer balls.


wuss
 
2013-03-29 05:31:03 PM  
Yea I was never particularly athletic and got picked on often but I actually liked playing dodgeball. It was the one time I could go apesh*t on the bullies without repercussions.
 
2013-03-29 05:31:58 PM  
 
2013-03-29 05:32:09 PM  
We had a game that we played after school that we called 'beat down'. The rules were never formalized.
 
2013-03-29 05:32:57 PM  

Setitie: Tellingthem: catch

I remember doing that in Junior High. I used to love that version. We would play before school and at breaks. Loved it.


Yeah ours was mostly lunch break or recess. We never really had supervision so we were free to do pretty much what we wanted. Dodgeball, Kickball, marbles, foursquare, pencil wars, whatever. Every once in awhile some kid would get knocked around a bit or get a bloody nose but mostly just some scrapes or bruises. But we were also a pretty small school and the unwritten rules of conduct had been passed down from generation to generation. That and after dealing with us the teachers were to busy pounding down whiskey and smoking cigarettes to care haha
 
2013-03-29 05:33:36 PM  
Went on a cruise a few years ago and the staff set up dodgeball games on the basketball court for the adults. I hadn't played in at least 20 years, yet all the old rules/strategies came flooding back into my head and it was like I'd never stopped playing since I was a kid. Fun as hell, especially at the very end when they did staff vs passengers and head-hunting was legal (dun dun dunnnnn).
 
2013-03-29 05:35:22 PM  
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Remember, dodgeball is a sport of violence, exclusion and degradation. So, when you're picking players in gym class, remember to pick the bigger, stronger kids for your team. That way you can gang up on the weaker ones, like Winston here
 
2013-03-29 05:37:06 PM  
My favorite dodgeball move was near the end of the game. If i had a ball for a "shield", an the remaining opponent had two or more dodgeballs, my opponent would lob a ball high on a trajectory to hit me, and then follow quickly with a fastball to the center of mass. Deadly. One of my nemesis opponents was extremely good at deadly accurate lobs, too.

Not exactly a "double tap", but lots of fun try to defend against.
 
2013-03-29 05:37:24 PM  
Being a kid these days must really suck: no firecrackers, no lawn darts, no soda at school, now no dodgeball.
 
2013-03-29 05:39:09 PM  

rkiller1: Protip to school board: get softer balls.


I use Downey brand ball-softener. Also leaves them April-fresh.
 
2013-03-29 05:40:09 PM  

jankyboy: Being a kid these days must really suck: no firecrackers, no lawn darts, no soda at school, now no dodgeball.


The distractions are all gone, so now the can take their 8 am ADD meds and focus on their class work as required.
 
2013-03-29 05:41:50 PM  

Mirrorz: Yea I was never particularly athletic and got picked on often but I actually liked playing dodgeball. It was the one time I could go apesh*t on the bullies without repercussions.


Pretty much this. I remember wishing we played it more.
 
2013-03-29 05:43:32 PM  
I was a dodgeball God back in the day. Had my own "special move" and everything. That being said, the game itself isn't bullying, but the way some assholes play it is. That didn't usually fly in our class. If someone did something unsportsmanlike or dirty, they usually ended up paying for it rather quickly.
 
2013-03-29 05:43:58 PM  
In grade school my gym teacher actually was Coach Willie Saunders

www.neighborhoodarchive.com

Royal Coach Willie Saunders is the Neighbohrood of Make-Believe's fitness guru. Although he travels throughout the Neighborhood, he is most often found exercising inside the castle with King Friday XIII.

He was a shrimp of a man and somewhat on the mean side (I guess to make us "tough"). Not only did we have dodge ball he had this "game" where he would tie a 6" hard rubber ring onto a long rope and rapidly spin it around. Us kids either had to cower in the corner of the gym to avoid getting smacked or be good at ducking or jumping depending on how far off the floor the orbit was.
 
2013-03-29 05:44:33 PM  

Krieghund: spman: I don't get it, not that I approve of bullying in any way, but if you manage to completely eradicate it from schools

There are always going to be kids that bully people, but it's important that they learn it is always unacceptable.


A bully

is defined as: A person who is habitually overbearing, especially to smaller or weaker people.

So we adults use overbearing behavior to teach children that bullying is ALWAYS unacceptable? But you are correct, there will always be bullies, including habitually overbearing school boards.
/Always means 100%, no exceptions.
 
2013-03-29 05:45:03 PM  

jankyboy: Being a kid these days must really suck: no firecrackers, no lawn darts, no soda at school, now no dodgeball.


On the plus side you apparently get tons of amateur porn sent to your phone for simply saying hi to girls now, oh and teachers will get you drunk and fark your brains out.
 
2013-03-29 05:45:14 PM  
I liked dodgeball, but I can see where some people would be less than enthralled by it.

The thing is, strategically, aiming for someone's head is stupid. It's a small target and you're likely to miss unless they're just a few feet away.
 
2013-03-29 05:45:34 PM  
I loved dodge ball. I was always one of those "picked last for everything" kids just because, basically. I'd intentionally make myself a target to get my team more balls, and was regularly one of the last ones still in. Getting to nail the asshole jocks between the eyes while they were gloating about knocking some asthmatic kid out of the game was always pretty satisfying, too.
 
2013-03-29 05:45:52 PM  
God, this game is brutal

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2013-03-29 05:46:31 PM  

Mirrorz: Yea I was never particularly athletic and got picked on often but I actually liked playing dodgeball. It was the one time I could go apesh*t on the bullies without repercussions.


Your bullies must have had shorter memories than mine.  Without  immediate repercussions, perhaps, but lunch and the long walk home were never more than a few hours away.
 
2013-03-29 05:46:45 PM  

KidKorporate: jankyboy: Being a kid these days must really suck: no firecrackers, no lawn darts, no soda at school, now no dodgeball.

On the plus side you apparently get tons of amateur porn sent to your phone for simply saying hi to girls now, oh and teachers will get you drunk and fark your brains out.


A glass-is-half-full kind of guy... i like it.
 
2013-03-29 05:47:13 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I liked dodgeball, but I can see where some people would be less than enthralled by it.

The thing is, strategically, aiming for someone's head is stupid. It's a small target and you're likely to miss unless they're just a few feet away.


Yeah, but it's the best way to take out the zombies.
 
2013-03-29 05:49:11 PM  

Creoena: God, this game is brutal

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I love that episode simply for introducing me to the band "Far".
 
2013-03-29 05:49:24 PM  
Listen. Do you hear that? The Ancient Spartans are laughing at us.
 
2013-03-29 05:51:13 PM  
CSB

I remember back in 6th grade, the test of your pre-pubescent manhood was if you could catch a ball thrown by our teacher, Mr Garcia.  If you could, you had earned the respect of the entire class.

One day, there were a few of us left on the team opposite Mr Garcia.  My friend, Del, was Mr Garcia's intended target.  Del had caught Mr Garcia's throws before, so he was ready. As the ball was release from Mr Garcia's hand, cracking the air as it broke the sound barrier, Del decided it was a little too high to catch, so the better option was to try to duck underneath it. Unfortunately for Del, the ball was moving so fast over the short distance that he didn't have time to lower the entire outline of his body out of the path of the projectile hurdling toward him.  The medium-sized red rubber ball hit Del squarely in the forehead.  Worse yet, there was a small piece of gravel stuck to the red rubber ball that left a pea-sized hole in Del's forehead.

AND THE BLOOD DID GUSH FORTH!  Like a stuck pig.

Nowadays, if dodgeball could even be played, which it can't, Mr Garcia would be fired and the school, district, city, county, state, and federal government would be sued.
Back then, Mr Garcia took off his tshirt and put it on Del's forehead and sent him to the nurse with another student (me), and they continued with their dodgeball game.
/CSB
 
2013-03-29 05:51:52 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: rkiller1: Protip to school board: get softer balls.

I use Downey brand ball-softener. Also leaves them April-fresh.


This of course makes you popular with the ladies.
/I prefer shearing till they're shorn.
 
2013-03-29 05:52:26 PM  
Dodgeball was something our teacher let us do when he was too lazy to organize anything else. We all loved when that happened. That and floor hockey were the only 2 fun things to do in gym class back in junior high.
 
2013-03-29 05:52:41 PM  
I was in an adult dodgeball tourney seven years ago that was more of a drunkfest.  We started boozing in the parking lot at 7am.  The demo was The Pink Pony team vs. The Cheetah team.  Those Pink Pony girls look rough in the light.  The venue (an indoor tennis club) was completely trashed.  They don't do this tourney anymore.

We lost to a team that totally cheated so we waited in the parking lot (and drank some more) to beat their ass, but somehow we must have missed them because they never came out.

Adult Dogeball:  Serious Business.
 
2013-03-29 05:53:13 PM  
We always used the volleyballs for dodgeball. Mind you we also used to turn off the lights in the gym, turn on the emergency lighting and play that way.
 
2013-03-29 05:54:05 PM  

WhippingBoy: Listen. Do you hear that? The Ancient Spartans are laughing at us.


With the name WhippingBoy you might have enjoyed ancient Sparta where each young boy was assigned a grown up "mentor" to guide his physical training and teach him about butt sex.
 
2013-03-29 05:56:37 PM  

HairBolus: WhippingBoy: Listen. Do you hear that? The Ancient Spartans are laughing at us.

With the name WhippingBoy you might have enjoyed ancient Sparta where each young boy was assigned a grown up "mentor" to guide his physical training and teach him about butt sex.


NTTAWWT
 
2013-03-29 05:58:11 PM  
In college, my friends and I used to play "Dodge Potato," a combination of Dodgeball and Hot Potato.

Inside with a nerf ball, and a timer set to some time between 30 seconds and 3 minutes. If you get hit, you're it, and if the timer goes off while you're it, you're out. The person put out sets the next timer, so nobody playing know how much time is in the round. Eventually, there are only two people in a very intense game of dodgeball.

You'll also need: a house where you don't care if anything gets destroyed, and a steady drug supply.
 
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