Dodgeball moves at lightning quick pace

Shane Murphy, a freshmen studying business marketing said dodgeball is held weekly in the BYU-Idaho Center.

“You got to be quick,” said Shane Murphy, a freshman studying business marketing. “The games are a lot of fun,” he said.
Games begin by placing the dodgeballs along the center line – three on one side of the center hash and three on the other, according to Players then take a position behind their end line. Following a signal by the official, teams may approach the center line to retrieve the balls. This signal officially starts the contest. Teams may only retrieve the three balls to their right of the center hash. Once a ball is retrieved it must be taken behind the attack line before it can be legally thrown.

He said a player’s decision-making skills and agility are what make them good at dodgeball.

“You need agility to close in and make the throw or dodge the ball and decision-making skills because sometimes you need to know whether to throw the ball or to hold on and wait,” Murphy said.

Sierra Birch, a junior studying sociology, said her favorite part about dodgeball is the speed at which games are played.

“I think it’s just how quick it is,” she said. “The games are done quick. It happens fast.”

She said her team is doing well this season.

“We’ve won one and we’ve lost one, and we barely lost that one,” Birch said.

Birch said her team is a coed team with guys and girls.

“The guys are really good on the team,” she said. “The girls, we can hold our own, but the guys are really good.”

Birch said the winner is the team with the last person standing.

“The goal is to try to keep as many people in as long as you can,” Birch said.

Murphy said he has been playing dodgeball for a while.

“This is my first semester here, so this is my first time being in a league, but I’ve been playing dodgeball since elementary school,” he said.

Murphy said he has been enjoying the season so far.

“I think it’s a fun way to get out and get active and to enjoy the competition and everything,” he said.

He said it would be cool to get more students involved in dodgeball.

“The more people we have out here, the more teams we can have, the bigger the competitions we can hold,” Murphy said. “I just want to invite more people to come out.”

Birch said some of the games can get heated, but they are still a lot of fun.

“Intramural sports are fun, and I am happy that we have them,” Birch said.

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