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2013-05-10 01:24:48 PM

Waldo Pepper: NutWrench: I_Am_Weasel: As I recall when I was in school, it was referred to as "murder ball"

They called it, "smear the queer (with the ball)" when I was a kid. I have no idea why: none of us knew what a queer was.

in my neighborhood we played a game called "suicide" which was like a very extreme "smear the queer" and we played "atomic fireball" and yet it involved actual fire.


That's why "The Great" usually precedes your name.
 
2013-05-10 01:26:14 PM

ArgusRun: I'm with her.  And I excelled at team sports.Team sports is fine though until say 6th grade at which point extra curricular sports are available in school.  I was a great soccer and volleyball player.  I would never be good at softball or basketball.  Why force basketball onto a 12 year old who will never be good at it and is quickly being outpaced by actual players.  The differentiation is less acute at earlier ages, and a good time to offer up multiple sports to kids so they can find one they like.

But truthfully, if the goal pf phys ed is to make kids more physically fit, then browbeating them into a sport for which they have no skill is likely counter productive.  You're bad at it so you hate gym, so you hate exercise, so you never develop any comfortable exercise regimen.  This isn't math or English or even science which are all part of being a well rounded citizen (and an employable one) it's freakin sports.  Your ability to send in a corner kick will never come up in a job interview.  Your weight and your general health though will definitely be noticed.


Hmm, these are fine points.  Perhaps the goal of PE is (or was) transferring some type of sports knowledge.  Seems kind of pointless though because if you're 12 years old and don't care about baseball, you're not likely to start caring.  If anything, I've become less interested in sports as I age.
 
2013-05-10 01:26:29 PM

ArgusRun: I'm with her. ...


then you are alone
 
2013-05-10 01:26:43 PM

Rapmaster2000: This would often result in a "attractive and intelligent African-American pile" which somehow seemed like a normal thing to say at the time.


We always called that a dog pile for whatever reason, we did use the racist version of enie meanie miney moe though.

/Grew up in a completely white town. The only black people we ever saw were on Good Times and the Jeffersons.
 
2013-05-10 01:26:59 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: ManateeGag: when I was growing up, dodge ball was hardly a team sport.  there was no team work, no helping each other out.  there was a lot of "every man for himself" on both sides of the line.

We played with tennis balls too. Nowadays I think they'd call in grief counselors to share our feelings about some of the bruising we took.

I brought this up in a conversation with a group of my old high school classmates last year. The catalyst was this article. Now, most of my classmates' kids are getting into the late teen age range but there are still a few who started late. My question was when did we become such shiatty parents where we were so overly concerned about our kids and why? When we were growing up, many of our Fathers were WWII and/or Korea vets. We were all but expected to get into fights, (get caught fighting in school you'd get hauled to the gym, put on gloves and headgear and duke it out until tired then get a swat or two and sent to class), get cuts and scrapes, break a bone or two and into mischief. You might get your ass kicked, some stitches, wince at Bactine's sting or wear a cast for a couple of months but it was all part of growing up. A standard reply when you thought you were wronged was 'life's not fair'.

I'm stunned at how parents (when they have parents but that's a whole 'nuther conversation) act towards their kids today. Everyone's a winner, there are no losers, call the cops when a couple of 13 year olds squab on the ball field after school...These parents are in their late 30s to late 40s...just about my age and down. What made them such pussies?


The media.
 
2013-05-10 01:30:06 PM

Saborlas: This thread reeks of Stockholm Syndrome.


You reek of Fatholm Syndrome.
 
2013-05-10 01:30:45 PM
Dodgeball sucks. Wall Ball is where it's at! No teams. Every man for himself!
 
2013-05-10 01:30:47 PM
not a problem.  thanks to republican's cutting education budgets, schools don't even have gym anymore.
 
2013-05-10 01:30:55 PM

meat0918: Dancin_In_Anson: ManateeGag: when I was growing up, dodge ball was hardly a team sport.  there was no team work, no helping each other out.  there was a lot of "every man for himself" on both sides of the line.

We played with tennis balls too. Nowadays I think they'd call in grief counselors to share our feelings about some of the bruising we took.

I brought this up in a conversation with a group of my old high school classmates last year. The catalyst was this article. Now, most of my classmates' kids are getting into the late teen age range but there are still a few who started late. My question was when did we become such shiatty parents where we were so overly concerned about our kids and why? When we were growing up, many of our Fathers were WWII and/or Korea vets. We were all but expected to get into fights, (get caught fighting in school you'd get hauled to the gym, put on gloves and headgear and duke it out until tired then get a swat or two and sent to class), get cuts and scrapes, break a bone or two and into mischief. You might get your ass kicked, some stitches, wince at Bactine's sting or wear a cast for a couple of months but it was all part of growing up. A standard reply when you thought you were wronged was 'life's not fair'.

I'm stunned at how parents (when they have parents but that's a whole 'nuther conversation) act towards their kids today. Everyone's a winner, there are no losers, call the cops when a couple of 13 year olds squab on the ball field after school...These parents are in their late 30s to late 40s...just about my age and down. What made them such pussies?

The media.


the nerds have taken over.  nerd skills are more profitable nowadays, so nerds are raising nerd children, with nerd values, nerd physicques and nerd beliefs.

it used to take brass balls to make money in this country.  now it just takes nerd skills.
 
2013-05-10 01:31:23 PM

Tom_Slick: Dodgeball in Jr High caused me to miss the State Hockey finals, so fark dodgeball, or fark the P.E. instructor who thought it was a good idea to use worn out volleyballs as dodgeballs.


LOL, that's a terrible idea.  I've got a deviated septum from taking one too many volleyballs to the face in a league I played in for about 10 years.  They are way too stiff and heavy for dodgeball.  Last fall I was playing a pick up game of volleyball and broke my glasses from my own mishiat (chased a deflection out of bounds, tried to backwards underhand it about 30 yards - ended up hitting myself in the face).
 
2013-05-10 01:31:29 PM

Rapmaster2000: Hmm, these are fine points. Perhaps the goal of PE is (or was) transferring some type of sports knowledge. Seems kind of pointless though because if you're 12 years old and don't care about baseball, you're not likely to start caring. If anything, I've become less interested in sports as I age.


I can attest as a youth, I hated Basketball, I could care less if I could make a free throw or a layup, I was a hockey player, so when they made us play basketball in PE with the kids on the basketball team I hated it.  Just let me go to the weight room or something.

/Yes I sucked at basketball.
 
2013-05-10 01:31:29 PM

KyngNothing: NutWrench: I_Am_Weasel: As I recall when I was in school, it was referred to as "murder ball"

They called it, "smear the queer (with the ball)" when I was a kid. I have no idea why: none of us knew what a queer was.

See for us, "smear the queer" was basically "group + 1 rugby" - the entire group would try and tackle the person with the ball, until they gave up, and threw it up in the air, for everyone to try and get. You could also get tackled if you gave up too easily, or didn't try to get the free ball hard enough.

(northern MD, 1980s)


This was also my experience with Smear the Queer (central MD, late 80s/early 90s). Played in the field in front of the school. Our "gym" was the basement of the school, so we could take cover behind the support beams during dodge ball. Couldn't put any arc on the throws, either, because the ceiling was only 8 or 10 feet.

In high school, during the Basketball unit, the gym teacher paired off the six jocks against each other (didn't want the athletic kids beating down the non-athletic kids). Wound up being the three JV hockey players (me, Bishop, and Stoner) against the three JV basketball players. I was the tallest on our team at 6'3, and I was three inches shorter than their shortest guy. We may as well have been playing against the Miami Heat, but it was great fun. Sometimes you get your ass kicked.

 
2013-05-10 01:31:46 PM

Source4leko: Carn: AbbeySomeone: ecmoRandomNumbers: impaler: I sucked at team sports, but I loved dodgeball.

Kickball can go fark itself.

Same here. We lived for it. We had 3 PE periods a week, and if we were really good, we got to play dodge ball on Friday.

Carn: KyngNothing: NutWrench: I_Am_Weasel: As I recall when I was in school, it was referred to as "murder ball"

They called it, "smear the queer (with the ball)" when I was a kid. I have no idea why: none of us knew what a queer was.

See for us, "smear the queer" was basically "group + 1 rugby" - the entire group would try and tackle the person with the ball, until they gave up, and threw it up in the air, for everyone to try and get. You could also get tackled if you gave up too easily, or didn't try to get the free ball hard enough.

(northern MD, 1980s)

smear the queer was one of the most popular games in our neighborhood growing up.  Also regular tackle football, jail break, and massive water balloon fights.

BULLIES!

The funny thing was, everybody had to take their turn.  Anyone who shied away from the ball and their turn to "be the queer" somebody else would grab it and stuff it in their hands.  In other words everyone took turns getting gang tackled.  We also used to do a variation called "funny fumbles" which was us trying to creative fumble then pile up and crush each other.  I dunno, boys are weird.

Oh and like somebody above said, I'm pretty sure none of use knew what a queer was.

This.  We played this in my neighborhood for years and I'm certain none of us had any idea what we were saying.  My mom always hated it when I called it that, but I didn't understand why until I was in high school, long after my smear the queer days were over.

/got and saw some pretty serious injuries playing that game.
//still was worth it


I remember playing all those games. This was before political correctness and such. There didn't seem to be so many sissies and whiners in those days. If we got hit it was because we weren't quick or agile enough.
 
2013-05-10 01:32:23 PM

Outlaw Thirds: AngryPanda: This author is like my friend who says that even watching sports and enjoying it is unhealthy. Whatever, dude.

Watching sports is unhealthy. Playing them, of course, is definitely healthy.


He meant psychologically unhealthy, though.
 
2013-05-10 01:32:55 PM
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This thread is making me want to get tickets to this.
 
2013-05-10 01:33:13 PM

Tom_Slick: Rapmaster2000: This would often result in a "attractive and intelligent African-American pile" which somehow seemed like a normal thing to say at the time.

We always called that a dog pile for whatever reason, we did use the racist version of enie meanie miney moe though.

/Grew up in a completely white town. The only black people we ever saw were on Good Times and the Jeffersons.


Same here.  We did the same for what others call "jury rig" and we used an alliterative phrase in place of "ding dong ditch".

All white town in the sticks.
 
2013-05-10 01:34:15 PM

doubled99: Ahh yeah, the old bullshiat line of "things were so good in the golden age". Whats really funny is that 20 years from now there will be another group of idiots pining for the good old days of today and again and again every new generation. You can find thousand year old documents biatching about the same crap in this thread, well probably not exactly the same stuff but close enough.


Speaking as a guy who just turned 40 and works with many twenty somethings, I can't tell you how often younger people make comments about how much cooler everything must have been in the 80's and 90's. And a very large number of "millenials" profess love of musical artists from before their time. When I was a teenager, almost no one "cool" listened to twenty or twenty five year old bands.
Even their own members perceive this generation sucks.


This.
 
2013-05-10 01:34:53 PM

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This thread is making me want to get tickets to this.


I was in a dodgeball tournament in 2006 and 2007.  Those things are boozefests.  We started drinking at 7am.  Everyone was drunk.  It was great.
 
2013-05-10 01:35:54 PM

Rapmaster2000: Tom_Slick: Dodgeball in Jr High caused me to miss the State Hockey finals, so fark dodgeball, or fark the P.E. instructor who thought it was a good idea to use worn out volleyballs as dodgeballs.

LOL, that's a terrible idea.  I've got a deviated septum from taking one too many volleyballs to the face in a league I played in for about 10 years.  They are way too stiff and heavy for dodgeball.  Last fall I was playing a pick up game of volleyball and broke my glasses from my own mishiat (chased a deflection out of bounds, tried to backwards underhand it about 30 yards - ended up hitting myself in the face).


The day before I was leaving for the State Hockey finals, I took a volleyball used as a dodgeball to the face causing a concussion, broken nose and since the cover was cracked a cut requiring 12 stitches to the cheek. No medical clearance for the tournament.
 
2013-05-10 01:36:59 PM

Rapmaster2000: LOL, that's a terrible idea.  I've got a deviated septum from taking one too many volleyballs to the face in a league I played in for about 10 years.  They are way too stiff and heavy for dodgeball.


No they aren't, because unless you're an idiot who goes up to the very front of your side of the court, you're not going to get anything with near as much velocity as a spike in volleyball.

/I thought hockey players were tough
//have played dodgeball with volleyballs, soccer balls, and basketballs (as well as actual dodgeballs of both rubber and the newer foam types)
 
2013-05-10 01:37:20 PM
I was pretty good at soccer (for gym class), and passable at floor hockey and volleyball.  I sucked at basketball and baseball.  Really, really sucked.

Still glad I was forced to play.

You learn to deal with your limitations and to deal with how people react to them.
 
2013-05-10 01:38:05 PM
In middle school while digging through a supply closet near the gym we found four pairs of boxing gloves. I mean real, old school brown leather gloves -- couldn't have been eight-ouncers.

Our gym teacher said "have at it" -- the only thing he did was make sure there were no heavyweight vs. bantamweight bouts (in relative terms). Pure lack of skill prevented any real ass-kickings and the bouts went on until inevitably someone got tagged so hard he cried -- and yes, that kid suffered for said crying for the rest of his school life.

If that happened today the teacher would be in jail, the school would be on national news, a strike force of lawyers would have airdropped in and every one of us would be in thrice-weekly counseling until the sun burned out.
 
2013-05-10 01:38:56 PM
Hmm, these are fine points. Perhaps the goal of PE is (or was) transferring some type of sports knowledge. Seems kind of pointless though because if you're 12 years old and don't care about baseball, you're not likely to start caring. If anything, I've become less interested in sports as I age.

I can attest as a youth, I hated Basketball, I could care less if I could make a free throw or a layup, I was a hockey player, so when they made us play basketball in PE with the kids on the basketball team I hated it.  Just let me go to the weight room or something.

/Yes I sucked at basketball.


hated math as a kid and still do. Never use math beyond 8th grade level in normal life. Why did we have to take Algebra?
 
2013-05-10 01:39:12 PM
Dear Jessica,

I am sorry you lack coordination or any other athletic ability.  I am sorry you are mad you got picked last during gym class and recess.  Finally, I am sorry none of the boys (or girls if that is your preference) liked you back.  However, your crippling insecurities and failings are your own, so kindly stfu and quit projecting.

kthnxbye.
 
2013-05-10 01:39:41 PM

Walker: I think Wallball is more sociopath. They made us stand against a brick wall and other kids would throw balls as hard as they could at us. Nowhere to run cause you're against a wall.


I've seen this version, I think on one episode of Buffy.

When I was a kid we played dodgeball, but it wasn't like that.  We had a large group of kids bunch together, and two kids stood on either side of the bunch and threw the ball into it.  No one ever got hurt, and I recall it being mass quantities of fun for all of us.

The ball was a little bigger (12-14" diameter), and of course grade school kids don't throw that hard.

Not like the Buffy ep where they had big guys throwing the smaller balls nearly as fast as a Big League pitcher.

But what's so bad about kickball?  We played it, and it was basically baseball with a bouncy rubber ball that was rolled and kicked...and you could hit a person with the ball to put them out.  I always had fun playing, and my 8yr old daughter loves it.
 
2013-05-10 01:40:31 PM

liam76: I was pretty good at soccer (for gym class), and passable at floor hockey and volleyball.  I sucked at basketball and baseball.  Really, really sucked.

Still glad I was forced to play.

You learn to deal with your limitations and to deal with how people react to them.


Bingo.  Could not agree more.  Problem is folks don't want to admit they have limitations and want a trophy for everything.  And we wonder why the place is declining.
 
2013-05-10 01:40:35 PM
If you find Dodgeball to be sociopathic you're probably doing it wrong.
 
2013-05-10 01:40:49 PM
Any chance that one of the points of PE was simply to get a little exercise? Games are easier to get kids involved in than just doing jumping jacks or wind sprints.
 
2013-05-10 01:42:10 PM

doubled99: Any chance that one of the points of PE was simply to get a little exercise? Games are easier to get kids involved in than just doing jumping jacks or wind sprints.


I get the feeling the author doesn't like exercise either.
 
2013-05-10 01:42:36 PM

ristst: But what's so bad about kickball?  We played it, and it was basically baseball with a bouncy rubber ball that was rolled and kicked.


That's exactly what kickball is. There's nothing wrong with it. I suppose there's always the potential of someone drilling you in the face with the ball from about a foot away just because they can, but that has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with someone being an asshole.

Same goes for pretty much any of these games.

/played wallball starting in like first grade
//if you don't drop the damn ball, you don't have to run to the wall and risk getting drilled - get some damn hand/eye coordination
 
2013-05-10 01:43:04 PM

IAmRight: Rapmaster2000: LOL, that's a terrible idea.  I've got a deviated septum from taking one too many volleyballs to the face in a league I played in for about 10 years.  They are way too stiff and heavy for dodgeball.

No they aren't, because unless you're an idiot who goes up to the very front of your side of the court, you're not going to get anything with near as much velocity as a spike in volleyball.

/I thought hockey players were tough
//have played dodgeball with volleyballs, soccer balls, and basketballs (as well as actual dodgeballs of both rubber and the newer foam types)


Pfft.  I have played dodgeball cannonballs, flails, and tennis balls soaked in kerosene and lit on fire.

I thought internet tough guys were tough.
 
2013-05-10 01:43:33 PM

doubled99: Any chance that one of the points of PE was simply to get a little exercise? Games are easier to get kids involved in than just doing jumping jacks or wind sprints.


That's undoubtedly a lot of it. Helps wear kids down as well so they can pay better attention and mind teachers in other classes better, too.

But now we have Ritalin for that.
 
2013-05-10 01:43:34 PM
I posted several times in this thread and I don't think any of my posts were tagged as funny or smart. My self-esteem is really starting to trend down. I called my mom and she said you guys have to give me some kind of trophy for participating, or, there will be lawyers.
 
2013-05-10 01:44:42 PM

Rapmaster2000: Pfft.  I have played dodgeball cannonballs, flails, and tennis balls soaked in kerosene and lit on fire.

I thought internet tough guys were tough.


I'm hardly an internet tough guy. But if dude got his face all broken due to a volleyball being used, he has a glass face. Or was doing something really stupid.
 
2013-05-10 01:45:11 PM

Rapmaster2000: Tom_Slick: Rapmaster2000: This would often result in a "attractive and intelligent African-American pile" which somehow seemed like a normal thing to say at the time.

We always called that a dog pile for whatever reason, we did use the racist version of enie meanie miney moe though.

/Grew up in a completely white town. The only black people we ever saw were on Good Times and the Jeffersons.

Same here.  We did the same for what others call "jury rig" and we used an alliterative phrase in place of "ding dong ditch".

All white town in the sticks.


o/

yes also
 
2013-05-10 01:47:31 PM

studs up: I posted several times in this thread and I don't think any of my posts were tagged as funny or smart. My self-esteem is really starting to trend down. I called my mom and she said you guys have to give me some kind of trophy for participating, or, there will be lawyers.


wanna play dodgeball?
 
2013-05-10 01:47:36 PM
The irony is that there is a very good argument that women benefit more from participation in team sports than do men.

But let's be honest, this woman sounds like she'd be miserable no matter what.
 
2013-05-10 01:47:38 PM
Dodgeball was validation for bullies. I see some folks think it was all fun and that those who got pounded "deserved it". And people wonder why kids want to kill their classmates. I know I did, and I am still not exactly sure how I am not in prison for life.

Now as an adult, I would LOVE to play it. Mainly because I am rather strong and have a massive tolerance for pain. Plus, so many other factors at play, that even if you suck and become "the loser" that everyone wails on, you probably are adult enough not to care and take it in stride. Or you might get to pork your vastly hotter wife than the winners. Or have a nicer car. Or something. In school, you basically have the bullied and the bullies (at least from the perspective of one of the bullied). Not much leverage apart from that: no one cares if you are rich or smart, just if you are cool or a reject. The only time dodgeball worked out is if one of the "cool" kids became one of the losers in dodgeball. Which basically never happened.
 
2013-05-10 01:47:41 PM
In school, capture the flag and dodgeball were my favorite PE games.


I may well be the worst basketball player in the history of time. I'm not even kidding.
 
2013-05-10 01:47:58 PM
Looking back, my main issue with dodgeball (and some degree other sports) was wearing glasses.

Getting hit by the squishy dodgeballs we had?   Even by the biggest 8th grader... meh. I'm pretty good with minor pain.

Getting hit in the bespectacled face?  It's mostly the glasses bashed into your nose that hurts.  Plus my parents let me know that we couldn't afford to replace them often (in the days before $15 Zenni specials, very basic glasses cost $300+ in 2013 terms).

The alternative was not wearing them, which is what I did.  Might as well have been blindfolded. I stand against a wall.  Someone I can't see throws a ball I can't see at me. Zing. I shrug and go to the side and try to find my glasses.  Loads and loads of fun.
 
2013-05-10 01:48:08 PM
I don't know about you, but my PE teachers sucked. We spent most of our time doing sit ups and push ups. We hardly ever got to play any sports.
 
2013-05-10 01:48:46 PM
I HATED PE.


However, kids today need exercise more than ever.
 
2013-05-10 01:49:33 PM

IAmRight: I'm hardly an internet tough guy. But if dude got his face all broken due to a volleyball being used, he has a glass face. Or was doing something really stupid.


Neither but when you play for a School team, and you get hurt requiring a visit to the school nurse, you don't get to play in the school sponsored sporting event unless she says it is OK.  She didn't
 
2013-05-10 01:49:45 PM

mattharvest: So, her whole argument is "I sucked at sports, so sports suck"?

I'm only moderately athletic, rowed crew in college but wasn't brilliant at it, etc. and know that my natural talents lie more in intellectual activities and so that's probably why I worked on them more, but where do you get the ego to think intellectual gifts are intrinsically better than physical?

The sheer chutzpah of acting like kids who are born 'smarter' are somehow better than kids who are born more 'athletic' is just insane, as if the two are somehow opposite ends of a spectrum.  They're completely distinct characteristics.  Kids should be praised for either or both, teaching them to love what they can do well so that they'll work to improve those things and hopefully achieve good or great things.  Telling athletic kids that they suck because they aren't smart enough is no better than telling smart kids they suck because they're not athletic enough.


My personal issue is with sports being put on such a farking pedestal.  My highschool football team usually had the best equipment and were treated better by "others in power" in the school.  while the band program had instruments older than some of the teachers and uniforms older than the students.
 
2013-05-10 01:49:45 PM
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She's pretty okay looking with a good rack, too bad she got ruined by wymyn's studies and enough shrooms to make her brain smooth as a bowling ball.
 
2013-05-10 01:49:55 PM

IAmRight: I'm hardly an internet tough guy. But if dude got his face all broken due to a volleyball being used, he has a glass face. Or was doing something really stupid.


Depends if they're using those shiatty plastic $5 volleyballs that public schools get.  Those things are hard as shiat.
 
2013-05-10 01:51:05 PM
As a constant contender for "who'll be picked last" growing up, I didn't like playing Murder (the every man for himself version of Dodgeball) but I did like the team Dodgeball and Bombardment (there was a target pin for scoring in the back).  I beat up on people in gym soccer, wrestling and running and could hold my own in floor hockey but honestly I was small and that made the brute-force games really un-fun.

What I don't like is how f*cking lazy all those games made the gym teachers out to be.  I spent 13 years going to gym class and not one of those motherf*ckers ever took the time to show anyone the proper way to throw or catch sh*t.  It took me an hour or two to teach my 5-year-old perfect throwing form that I learned from a YouTube video.  You can't tell me all those 20-year-veteran jocks couldn't explain a bit of body mechanics.

Would it have been too hard for them to, you know, teach?
 
2013-05-10 01:51:20 PM
Despite her lack of dodge-ball skills she looks like she made it through  life ok so far.

www.jessicaolien.com
 
2013-05-10 01:52:29 PM

you have pee hands: IAmRight: I'm hardly an internet tough guy. But if dude got his face all broken due to a volleyball being used, he has a glass face. Or was doing something really stupid.

Depends if they're using those shiatty plastic $5 volleyballs that public schools get.  Those things are hard as shiat.


Add into that these were the shiatty plastic $5 volleyballs the volleyball coach deemed to worn out even for practice. (read the covers were cracked)
 
2013-05-10 01:53:52 PM

Pocket Ninja: I_Am_Weasel: As I recall when I was in school, it was referred to as "murder ball"

Murder Ball was one variety of Dodge Ball, which (the way we played it) involved everybody trying to nail a person who was tagged "it." It was not usually officially sanctioned by the gym teachers, although I don't recall them ever stopping us from playing it during free time. There was also Prison Dodgeball (where team members were "taken prisoner" after being hit and could be freed to rejoin your team in what basically amounted to hostage exchanges); Pin Dodgeball (basic dodgeball with the addition of bowling that had to be protected by your team; if the pins were all knocked down, you lost, so the basic strategy was to stand your weakest players in front of the pins as human shields and do what you could to protect them from being nailed); Quad Dodge (a four-way dodgeball game where you were under threat from all sides); and many others. I loved them all.


I played all of those versions and hadn't thought about them in 20+ years. Thank you!
 
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