The History of Dodgeball

There is no credible source when it comes to finding out who created dodgeball. Though there are hundreds of theories online and what people have passed down to each other. One story according to Go Mammothm, dodgeball was originally played in Africa over two hundred years ago and instead of it being a fun game, it was a very a deadly game. Instead of using soft, rubber balls, the game was actually played with large rocks or putrefied matter, and it was used as an intense work out for the tribes, where each competitor would attempt to hit their opponent with the rock to injury or incapacitate them.

Another theory according to Sandmeier Dodgeball Club, was that when ancient armies conquered their enemies, they would play a primitive kind of soccer using their enemies’ heads as the balls.  Later, human heads were replaced with animal bladders, which can be blown up with air like a balloon (and are more readily available than human heads).  

Another theory according to Smooth Operator was that dodgeball was developed about 50,000 B.C. by a small group of cavemen living in Asia. Disgusted with the Sun’s burning effect on their eyes, these cavemen, lead by their fearless leader Throg, decided it was time to put an end to the almighty Sun once and for all. Grabbing large boulders, they began to hurl them at the Sun. As they watched the rocks travel towards the sun, something surprising happened. Gravity, which they knew nothing of, took hold and sent the rocks back to the ground. A lucky few managed to “dodge” out of the way. The rest were killed instantly when the large rocks crushed their skulls into tiny pieces. With that happening, his tribe of people discarded the typical caveman spear weapons and attacked their enemies with large rocks.

Whatever maybe the true story, dodogeball is a sport that keeps growing and growing throughout the years. The National Dodgeball League was founded in 2004. There are 24 pro teams divided into the National and American Dodgeball conferences. There is also an annual championship for amateur players held in Las Vegas that draws players from all over the world! Tournaments have included teams from Canada, Denmark, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. The University of California, Irvine (UCI) with 6,084 players, set a record for a dodgeball game with the most players on 25 September 2012.

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