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Illustration by Franchesca Ruiz

Illustration by Franchesca Ruiz

Get in shape with the popular game.

By J’son Tillmon

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

For the first time at this college, the Kinesiology Club will have a coed dodge ball tournament at 2:30 p.m. April 16 in Gym 2 of Candler Physical Education Center.

The club is asking for two canned goods from each player as a donation on the day of the event. Donations will go to the San Antonio Food Bank.

“We have done a can drive before with our Latin Cardio Fest, which we put on last year,” said President Jesse Guillen, kinesiology sophomore.

“The turnout for that event was great, and we actually stocked the cabinets of a local food pantry,” he added.

Members decided to have the tournament at a meeting March 5 led by Guillen in Candler.

“We were originally going to choose between putting on the glow-in-the-dark basketball game or have the dodge ball tournament, but the vote was kind of evenly split so we decided to do both,” Guillen said.

There will be two games at a time. Each team will have six players. The players will use six 7-inch rubber dodge balls.

Players will try to eliminate everyone on the opposite team by hitting them with a thrown ball, by catching the opposite team’s ball or forcing the opposite team to step out of bounds to avoid a ball thrown.

The winning team will receive T-shirts.

Students can pick up registration forms until April 11 in Room 131A of Candler.

All players will have to sign a waiver.

The kinesiology department isn’t worried about the controversy dodge ball has created at the public school level.

“Should dodge ball be banned in school?” an article on www.timeforkids.com, reported school districts in Texas, Virginia, Maine and Massachusetts banned the game in 2001 because dodge ball allows stronger players to target and bully  weaker players.

EagleTribune.com reported schools in Windham, N.H., have banned the game because of concerns about violence and bullying in 2013.

On www.aahperd.org, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education stated its position on dodge ball. “NASPE believes that dodge ball is not an appropriate activity for K-12 school physical education programs,” a position statement says.

“Being targeted because they are the weaker players and being hit by a thrown ball, does not help kids to develop confidence,” the statement read.

At one time, there was this reaction of people who hated dodge ball, but this new generation, they love dodge ball,” Coach Dawn Brooks said. “My boot camp classes, if they do something extremely well or we have a leftover day, they beg and plead to play dodge ball. So I always let them,” she said.

Students will receive some health benefits participating in the dodge ball tournament.

“You’re getting anaerobic work in because you’re dodging and moving. Agility and motor skills are being improved,” Brooks said. “Mostly, it’s just a fun activity and you’re moving your body.”

Dodge ball is popular at other colleges.

The St. Philip’s College student success newsletter in the January issue shows the college’s student life office sponsored a dodge ball tournament Jan. 22.

Palo Alto’s website, under Sports Schedule, has a dodge ball tournament scheduled May 5-8.

On the senior college level exists a National Collegiate Dodge Ball Association with 24 universities involved such as Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.

The NCDA is a not-for-profit association of dodge ball clubs and student organizations of North American colleges and universities and acts as a governing body for collegiate dodge ball.

Students at this college can make the decision to participate in this dodge ball tournament and donate to the San Antonio Food Bank.

For more information, call Brooks at 210-486-1023.

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