Dodgeball banned as ‘human target’ game

Due to concerns about bullying, dodgeball and other “human-target games” are now banned in Windham, New Hampshire schools, reports the Eagle-Tribune.

“We spend a lot of time making sure our kids are violence free,” Windham superintendent Dr. Henry LaBranche said. “Here we have games where we use children as targets. That seems to be counter to what we are trying to accomplish with our anti-bullying campaign.”

The banned “human target” games include prison ball, slaughter, bombardment and others.

Dodgeball is “an elimination game,” said Andrew Mead, program manager of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. “Games like dodgeball and tag don’t keep kids involved and physically active. They objectify slower students who don’t catch as well.”

I always hated dodgeball (though I was OK with bombardment). But don’t all games objectify students who are slow, clumsy, etc.?

Two school board members said some human-target games have inappropriate names, reports Ed Week. They probably were thinking of  “slaughter,” which was popular at Windham Middle School.

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  1. Bunch of danged weenies. When we let bozos like this run our schools, we get what we deserve.

  2. Perhaps those large-caliber rubber balls ought to be overseen by the proper authorities as well.

  3. When I was growing up, we called it Kill The Person With The Ball. I’m guessing that wouldn’t make the cut, either

  4. BadaBing says:

    I used to love rainy days in high school. Three gym classes would line up across from each other and we’d play “murder ball.” We used two volleyballs, and I was always one of the last ones standing. “Objectified” students had to sit in the bleachers after getting hit. Damn that was fun. I’m so glad I grew up in the Old America. That was before the hand-wringing-people-for-a-perfect-world took over.

  5. I remember dodge ball, we used to play it in a 30 x 30 enclosed room, and it was usually the jocks against (whoever), anyways, one day, a team was a guy short, and they asked me to play.

    We would not only throw the ball at the opposing team, but we could also kick the ball, and usually the best places to aim were the head or the . The one rule we added was that if a person kicked a ball, and it missed and bounced once off of a wall and was caught, the kicker was OUT.

    Well, I just happened to catch the ball when one of the co-captains of the football team missed, and I put him out for the rest of the game…After that, I was a marked person anytime we played dodgeball.

    At the speed that ball was moving when kicked, you learned very quickly to develop quick reflexes…:)

    Hehehe

  6. cranberry says:

    As Windham High School still fields football, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams, this is nonsense.

    • No kidding, they allow violence on the gridiron, ice rink, and soccer/lacrosse fields, but they prohibit it via dodge ball (sounds like some lame brain admins in that school district).

      Sigh

  7. facebook_LASAUNDRADRIVER says:

    I REMEMBER IN SCHOOL WE PLAYED THAT AND IT WAS SO MUCH FUN AND AS OF TODAY AS A WOMAN MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY STILL PLAY O.U.T AND WE HAVE A GREAT TIME I FEEL THEY ARE SETTING KIDS UP TO BE AFRAID OF A LITTLE CONTACT SPORTS NEXT YOU WANT TO TAKE OUT FOOTBALL CAUSE YOUR CHILD BROKE A LEG COME ON THATS WHATS WRONG WITH KIDS TODAY THATS WHY THE ARE SO LAZY AND SPEND TIME ON VIDEO GAMES CAUSE THEY MOMMIES BECOME SCARED CAUSE THEY CHILD GOT HIT WITH A BALL THATS NOT EVEN HARD