Playground Game Revival


Today’s Boston Globe talks about the revival of two children’s playground games now played recreationally by adults: dodgeball and kickball. Without getting snarky about the Globe being behind the times in tracking trends, I’d like to say that I’m totally behind this movement. Susan & I had a lot of fun playing on a Boston Ski & Sports Club kickball team a while back at some point I’d like to find the time to get involved with WAKA (we own a WAKA-approved kickball after all). I’d also like to note that kickball is a wonderful game to play at a wedding reception.

As for dodgeball, I have a question for my readership. The game commonly known as dodgeball, as described in this article, was known as Bombardment when we played it at my schools as a child growing up in Stamford, CT. Now I will not deny that Fairfield County Nutmeggers can come up with unusual alternate terminology. For example, the sandwich often referred to as a sub or a hero is known exclusively as a “wedge” in this part of Connecticut.

We had a game called dodgeball as well. Our PE teacher would make all the kids stand in the circle, and one kid would go to the center of the circle while all the other kids tried to bean him/her with a playground ball. My guess is that the PE teacher would say this version of dodgeball improved childrens’ agility as s/he tried to avoid being hit by ball. In practice it was just another way for children to be cruel to the slow, fat kids. I hated dodgeball.

When I tell people of this game, they say they’ve never heard of it. Furthermore, many people think I’m making it up. So tell me readers from around the world, have you ever been forced to participate in this rather sadistic version of dodgeball or at least heard of it being played?


Links to organizations mentioned in the articles:Big Kids Dodgeball

World Adult Kickball Association

2 thoughts on “Playground Game Revival

  1. In my NYC (Bronx) elementary school, we played “Dodgeball” just as you described it being played in CT. I seem to remember it being played indoors rather than the playgound.

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