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    03-29-2013, 09:53 AM
  #31
Yearling
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Maybe cup stacking? That one is pretty much a guaranteed injury free sport.
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    03-29-2013, 09:55 AM
  #32
Weanling
People are mean. Just wait until they get to college or the workplace. You will have bosses that are bullies and you should be able to stand up for yourself the first time it happens so you are not suffering every day with a bully boss.
You also have to learn to let what people say roll off your back. You can't let your high maintenance faculty member get under your skin. You have to be able to differentiate from a legitimate issue they have with you, and the personal issues the complaints may be coming from.
     
    03-29-2013, 09:58 AM
  #33
Green Broke
I think the problem is if you child was being bullied and the bully comes up and punches them is that ok? No. What dodge ball basically does is give kids projectiles, instead of fists, to swing at another kid. They put some rules on it and call it a sport.

No, this will not eliminate bullying. What it will eliminate is allowing kids an "ok" way to physically hurt eachother. I'm not talking about the opsy headshot, I'm talking about aggressive and purposeful violence towards one another.

There are plenty of other opportunities for kids to "learn to grow a back bone", I'd don't think being physically assaulted with rubber balls needs to be one of them. If its is maybe we should skip the middleman and just kids 30mins of gym time to just beat up on eachother.
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    03-29-2013, 10:06 AM
  #34
Foal
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
Perhaps we need to make playing cards a sport. That seem safe enough?
Mother of god no! What if the little angels get paper cuts?

I used to play Dr.Dodgeball all the time in school. It was my hands down favorite game. I was pretty fast, and I caught well, so it didn't matter that most people targeted me. A few times, I had to play blind because one of the kids on the other team thought it was funny to send my glasses flying. I lost three pairs that way, and at least five bloody noses.
I didn't care. I got right back in.

It was a team sport for my school. There would be the girly-girls in the back, trying not to get hit, the showy guys, and the targets. The targets never went down, because they watched each other's backs.

I had bad luck with about every other sport. Baseball, they didn't like how I caught balls, so they gave me a 'lesson' on it. Got hit in the gut three times with a fastpitch ball before they admitted my way was better. Soccor, they wouldn't let me play because of my asthma. Basketball, the guy blocking me would usually be grabby-grabby. Those were worse, but no one is banning those.
     
    03-29-2013, 10:28 AM
  #35
Banned
There will ALWAYS be bullies.....children need to learn to deal with them. I was bullied mercilessly as a child and it got even worse when I entered high school. I had a pack of eight girls tormenting me, do you know what I eventually did, I approached the ring leader In front of all of her friends and gave her a fat lip. None of her friends stepped into help her, and I was left alone after that.

I'm not advocating kids starts whacking each other, but if someone is threatening to beat me up you better believe I'm going to answer them. Sometimes bullies only understand their own language.

Better you learn stick up for yourself at an early age rather than depend on society, parents, school teachers to keep you safe. It just doesn't happen.

Dodgeball is nothing compared to a 16yr old holding a broken bottle under your chin.
     
    03-29-2013, 03:50 PM
  #36
Yearling
The BEST part of dodgeball when you were ALWAYS the target....playing after a summer of unloading hay wagons while the other kids played at the pool & went on fancy vacations.

Ohhh the shear JOY, mwaaa haaa haaa
     
    03-29-2013, 05:16 PM
  #37
Super Moderator
In my mind there is a HUGE difference between a team sport, where one is taught that for one to be fully successful, the team is important....and a sport I really DO see as a personal "target" sport.

Rugby and other team sports encourage individual skills and aggressiveness but also values the ability to cooperate. THESE are life skills.

Dodgeball often does revert to a bullying situation where certain people are targeted. Other than targeting a person, what skills does it actually teach? Running?
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    03-29-2013, 05:54 PM
  #38
Foal
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
In my mind there is a HUGE difference between a team sport, where one is taught that for one to be fully successful, the team is important....and a sport I really DO see as a personal "target" sport.

Rugby and other team sports encourage individual skills and aggressiveness but also values the ability to cooperate. THESE are life skills.

Dodgeball often does revert to a bullying situation where certain people are targeted. Other than targeting a person, what skills does it actually teach? Running?
What does matball teach? Kickball? PE in general? It teaches kids that fun can come from somewhere other than a screen.

It's the kids that are faulty, not the sport. I agree it gives a larger opening for bullying, but if it was cancelled it wouldn't mean that suddenly they would start choosing the targetted kids first for teams. It doesn't mean that they wouldn't be bullied anymore- it would take a more aggressive or painful route. Baseball? Ball to the face, bat to the face. Soccor? Kicks to the shin, ball in the face. Basketball? Tripping and ball to the face. All of those are more painful than getting hit by the foam filled balls they use for dodgeball.
     
    03-29-2013, 06:02 PM
  #39
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
In my mind there is a HUGE difference between a team sport, where one is taught that for one to be fully successful, the team is important....and a sport I really DO see as a personal "target" sport.

Rugby and other team sports encourage individual skills and aggressiveness but also values the ability to cooperate. THESE are life skills.

Dodgeball often does revert to a bullying situation where certain people are targeted. Other than targeting a person, what skills does it actually teach? Running?
This!

I have no issues with kids accidentally getting hurt in sports or games. My kid is a wrestler, I carry around a first aid kit and constantly use it. I even haul rubber gloves and sanitizing spray for the mats. I DO have an issue with hurling objects at people for no other reason than to bean them with said object!

People get injured riding horses, I won't stop my girls from riding but if someone came up with a game of dodge the horse trying to stomp on your foot...... I highly doubt anyone here would think that was a GOOD idea!
     
    03-29-2013, 06:23 PM
  #40
Started
Exactly what Allison said- and I respect that some kids were picked on and tormented and bullied in school and grew up 'fine' and 'with a backbone'. But you can't for one second say that everybody grows up 'just fine', un-phased. I was bullied and no I didn't grow up 'just fine', I'm still working it out. I have a friend in serious therapy because people were so awful. Taking away dodgeball isn't going to end bullying, but it will remove a level of bullying. It isn't the same as a team sport with clear rules, clear 'right and wrong'. It's pretty clear when one kid is getting beat on in any other game or sport, but in dodgeball it's way too easy to pummel and individual by 'accident' over and over again.

Yes, people need backbones, but bullying in school is (or should be) different than the 'toughen up' situations you experience in your adult life. Your coworkers shouldn't be physically hurting you- neither should your bullies in school. Who is more likely to do it? Children. Your coworkers or adult encounters should not be saying nasty things, yes they should be tough and honest, but they should not be downright insulting and if they are that's their problem, not yours, you shouldn't need to 'toughen up and take the insults'. So maybe that's speaking to these people getting away with being bullies in school, because they didn't have adults watching. Who knows, either way I think dodgeball / other team sports just aren't comparable.
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