Dodgeball.jpgdodgeball on wikipedia

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”: Grab life by the ball

And again citing wikipedia:

“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 or Brandings is to throw the ball at others as hard as possible. 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.

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. On November 18, 2002, the state of New Jersey banned the game from public schools. New York followed suit shortly after.”

I am not sure if New York school authorities paid enough attention to the fact that their kids are now sort of desperate for dodgeball alternatives. The e.g. older ones take the local gym or the lazy alternative, whereas the hip crowd plays dodgeball with their mobile phones (here some german variations) or the more hipper crowd (?) with their PDA’S and laptops via e.g. WiFi (AIM plugin).

However some take the old hardliner variant with RFID-implants or IMSI weensy catchers.

If you should get lost among all that dodgy gadget tracking tics then may be its time to dodge yourself.

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