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Player dodging a ball.
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Dodgeball (or dodge ball) is the name of a traditional game taught in physical education classes in the U.S. and Canada as well as other such parts of the world, usually in elementary school, but is played in middle and high school as well. It is also popular in informal settings and is often played by schoolchildren on a playground or in a gym. There are many variations of the game, but each involve players trying to avoid being hit by a ball that players on the other team are throwing at them. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a comedy from 20th Century Fox, written and directed by Rawson Thurber and available on DVD or VHS December 2004. ... dodgeball is a social networking software provider for mobile devices. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1549x865, 244 KB) Summary Photograph of two players participating in a charity dodgeball event held near Lansing, MI at The Summit at the Capital Centre, a regional sports facility. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1549x865, 244 KB) Summary Photograph of two players participating in a charity dodgeball event held near Lansing, MI at The Summit at the Capital Centre, a regional sports facility. ... Physical education (PE) is the interdisciplinary study of all area of science relating to the transmission of physical knowledge and skills to an individual or a group, the application of these skills, and their results. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... Middle school (also known as intermediate school or junior high school) covers a period of education that straddles primary/elementary education and secondary education, serving as a bridge between the two. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ... Combination playground structure for small children; slides, climbers (stairs in this case), playhouse A playground is an area designed for children to play freely. ... Modern indoor gymnasium with pull-down basketball hoops. ...


The sport of dodgeball is experiencing new growth in recent years, often attributed to the 2004 release of the film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. While the 2004 comedy may be partially responsible for the sport's increasing popularity, the resurgence of dodgeball in certain areas was in full-swing before the movie debut. Leagues such as torontododgeball.com, DallasDodgeball.com, National Amateur Dodgeball Association (formed in 2000), the International Dodgeball Federation (formed in 1996), and other emerging entities such as the National Dodgeball League, National Dodgeball Association, and others have all existed since before the popularization of the sport through the media. The rebirth of this, and other school yard games, might also be attributed to the growth in popularity of culture, movies, and fashion of past decades such as the 1960s. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a comedy from 20th Century Fox, written and directed by Rawson Thurber and available on DVD or VHS December 2004. ...


History

See also: List of dodgeball variations

A children's game called "dodge ball" has been noted as early as 1903.[1] The following is a list of rules variations for the collection of games known as dodgeball. ...


Dodgeball was touted as the "nerd's sport".[citation needed] Since players normally were not part of a team, no player had to endure the teasing that would fall upon a player accused of "causing the team to lose." As well, the game was seen as having a light-hearted and self-deprecatory nature and, therefore, more amenable to non-athletic students.[citation needed] Dodgeball advocates also argue that dodgeball is a way for more aggressive students to use their violent energy on soft foam balls, rather than with their fists when they aren't under the supervision of a gym class teacher. For other uses, see Nerd (disambiguation). ...


However, dodgeball has come under attack for failing to meet the needs of precisely those students. Opponents of dodgeball have argued that the game provides, for bullies, the excuse to abuse unathletic and unpopular students, by throwing the ball hard enough to cause injury. The aim of the variant King sting, Brandings, some times also known as Tattooing or Tattoo is to throw the ball at others as hard as possible, generally leaving a red mark or welt in the form of the grips on the ball after it hits the player (the clearer the grip imprint is often bragged about by the thrower). In some cases, the rule may be used that a player hit above the shoulders is not out; this discourages the dangerous practice of aiming for the face. Hence rules in many leagues have been put into place and altered to state that if you are hit in the head/face you are not out unless you physically move into the ball. But in fact the thrower of the ball is called out for the head-shot


After a series of publicized dodgeball injuries in the late 1990s and early 2000s, many schools have removed the game from their physical-education requirements, and some have even banned the game entirely.


Many other schools, however, have taken a more moderate approach, allowing dodgeball by using soft foam balls instead of harder rubber balls. Many schools avoid the no dodgeball rule, simply by renaming the sport and adding an extra rule or two (ex. free all your teams players by making a basket on the opposite side of the gym). Most of the schools that still play dodgeball also implement a variation on the "head shot" rule, where a person that throws a head shot is called out, much as if his victim had caught the ball.[citation needed]


Toronto is home to one of the more elite, yet still recreational dodgeball leagues in the world. Teams meet weekly on Sundays, playing three best-of-seven series over the course of an eight week season, followed by one day of playoffs to determine a winner. Rules peculiar to the league include caught balls resulting in both the thrower being declared out and the addition of a player to the team which caught the ball (the 'one-in, one-out' rule), and the banning of 'The Suicide', wherein a player jumps across mid-court in an effort to close the distance between opposing players, and throws the ball while in mid-air; the thrower is declared out upon landing, and hence the name. The technique was popularized by player Harris Krofchick, but banned due to safety issues and its relative uselessness in the Toronto Dodgeball leagues.


A second regional dodgeball league is in Boston, Massachusetts. The league began with Cambridge-based Lesley College's club dodgeball team before spreading out to neighboring schools. Currently, students from Bentley College and the Art Institute of Boston regularly gather once a week to play. The league is less formal than the MDC and more closely aligned with the NADA ruleset. Occasionally, the three main schools will band together into one team to play a formal match against another school. Previous matches have been against MIT and Harvard. The league ordinarily plays at Lesley College, but has played at both MIT and Bentley in efforts to spread the game. There are more and more leagues appearing in cities all over the USA with regulated seasons, competitive tournaments, and accompanied with their own take on the rules(while still following the main bases behind modern dodgeball). Boston redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Lesley University is a university in Cambridge, Massachusetts specializing in education and art. ... Bentley College is located at 175 Forest Street in Waltham, Massachusetts, 10 miles west of Boston. ... Lesley University is a university in Cambridge, Massachusetts specializing in education and art. ... Mapúa Institute of Technology (MIT, MapúaTech or simply Mapúa) is a private, non-sectarian, Filipino tertiary institute located in Intramuros, Manila. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ...


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The sport of dodgeball is experiencing new growth in recent years thanks to the release of the 2004 comedy, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story".
Dodgeball advocates also argue that dodgeball is a way for more aggressive students to use their violent energy on soft foam balls, rather than with their fists when they aren't under the supervision of a gym class teacher.
In spite of dodgeball's banning in several public grade schools for its propensity for violent behavior, most college dodgeball players prefer to use the "classic" playground ball as opposed to the foam-padded balls used by the National Amateur Dodgeball Association.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1372 words)
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a 2004 comedy from 20th Century Fox, written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber.
The two rival teams, The Average Joes and the Purple Cobras, is a reference to the rivalry of the Joes and Cobras from G.I. Joe.
Candice Michelle's role as a Dodgeball dancer for the movie was one of the ways that Candice qualified for a WWE Diva Search, which later became a diva for the World Wrestling Entertainment.
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