In years gone by, dodgeball in P.E. was one of the staples of any school curriculum. It was fun, energetic, beneficial for hand-eye coordination and contained enough risk to make it exciting.
However, if certain stories and areas of the press are to be believed, dodgeball is on the way out. Or rather, it has already been outlawed. Such is the fear from both parents and teachers about accidents at school, dodgeball is no more.
But is this true? And, if it is, should it be?
Dodgeball in P.E. – the case for
Let’s start by looking at the positive elements of playing dodgeball in P.E. lessons. For starters, it’s simply a lot of fun. One of the all-time classic P.E. games. Dodgeball is extremely beneficial in the following areas:
- Teamwork: Dodgeball is a great game for involving the whole class of students. Unlike other sports, it doesn’t leave the less talented kids standing on the periphery. Even when you’re knocked out, you can cheerlead from the sides.
- Fitness: Dodgeball is explosive and frenetic. You put your whole body through an intense workout which has enormous physical and cathartic benefits.
- Confidence: Dodgeball is a game for everyone. Students who are otherwise not great at sports don’t stand out in the same way they would in a game of rounders or tennis.
Dodgeball in P.E. – the case against
On the other hand, there are some legitimate criticisms of dodgeball in P.E. lessons at school. These are primarily concerned with health and safety. Critics say that dodgeball puts children at the risk of:
- Injury: Getting injured at school is commonplace and will happen to almost every child. However, that doesn’t mean teachers should introduce games that increase that risk.
- Bullying: It’s very easy for a child to get the sense they are being deliberately targeted and picked on during dodgeball. This can be extremely damaging for their confidence and self-esteem.
As ever, the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. Dodgeball can be a great game to play, but safety precautions should be taken. For example, a softball used and strict rules about where on the body can be targeted.
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