On May 14th, the Human Beings and the SwaggerNauts played in the first dodgeball game of the season in the BYU-Idaho Center.
The Human Beings defeated the SwaggerNauts in their debut.
Spencer Bastian, a sophomore studying political science and a team member of the SwaggerNauts, said Dodgeball is the ultimate kid game.
“In elementary school I loved to gather people and play just for fun,” Bastian said.
Dodgeball teams at BYU-I consist of six players on the court. All teams must include players of both genders; otherwise, the team forfeits.
Mary Smith, a freshman majoring in general studies who plays for The Human Beings, said she joined the game because her boyfriend’s team needed a woman to be able to play.
“You have to really pay attention to the rules, such as you cannot step over the line. You have to focus,” Smith said.
The game starts off with six rubber balls lined across the middle of the court.
According to the National Amateur Dodgeball Association’s website, players begin the game behind their team’s end line.
After a signal is given by the referee, players may approach the center of the court to retrieve three balls for their team from their side of the center line.
Once a ball is retrieved, players must retreat behind the attack line in order to commence the pelting of the opposing team.
Players throw the balls, trying to hit members of the opposing team. Once a player is hit they are out of the game. The last team with players left standing wins.
According to Go Mammoth, a Great-Britain-based website for team sports, dodgeball was invented in Africa more than two hundred years ago.
According to Go Mammoth, the game was played by tribes with large rocks or putrefied matter. It was used as an intense work out and in some cases a form of war.
“Once a player was hit, their adversary would attempt to hurl additional rocks to finish them off,” according to the website.
According to Go Mammoth, Dodgeball was a deadly game, and you were not meant to come out uninjured or even alive.
According to the site, the game was brought to America by Phillip Ferguson in 1884, where the rules changed to what they are today.
“If we compare this game to life, students have to know when to take their shots, dodge their challenges and take advantage of their opportunities,” Bastian said.
According to Go Mammoth, dodgeball is suited for those who want to get a bit of exercise each week that are not particularly excited by the traditional team sports, and is a perfect way to meet new people.
To find out more about game schedules and sign-s students can visit www.imleagues.com.