Dodgeball. That word alone makes a legion of people shudder. It seems as it any number of people who were forced to play it in school have horror stories about it.
I walked my dog past the local elementary school and they were playing a game where you threw bean bags at the other team, but the object wasn't to hit them. You wanted the bag to hit the ground (a la Baseball I think.) It still resulted in what appeared to be complete mayhem due to multiple bean bags in play, but I'm quite sure the injury rate is much lower, (save for the fact that they're playing on asphalt.)
But all I could think about was how I kinda miss the, oh-so not PC, near bloodsport of Dodgeball (or Nationball when it was on a Basketball court instead of a circle.) I and a female neighbor of a similar build and age were chatting about how it was an excellent way to get back at boys that had been tormenting you. Even though I didn't think about it then, dodgeball was definitely a time to settle scores.
There actually is a National Amateur Dodgeball Association and you can get an official ball here: http://www.dodgeballusa.com/gear.html Wonder if old scores are still settled there.
Odd. I was definitely in the hate-dodgeball camp as a kid, as one who almost never hit anyone and almost always got hit. Bleah.
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