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Will Dodgeball Ever Die? Former K–12 Students’ Experiences and Perceptions of Playing Dodgeball in PE Class

David C. Barney, Keven A. Prusak


When discussing the game of dodgeball, people usually discuss it with fond memories and excitement for the thrill that came from the game. Then there were those who strongly disliked it for reasons that it was embarrassing, hurtful, and just not fun. The game of dodgeball has been played by many students in their physical education (PE) classes, for better and for worse. The purpose of this study was to better understand the perceptions, experiences, and opinions of recently former K–12 students toward dodgeball in PE. The results of the study indicate that generally males more than females view dodgeball as appropriate and competitive.

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dodgeball; appropriate instructional practices; physical education

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