Thursday, December 20, 2007

Quidditch, Dodgeball, and Ultimate Frisbee: Coming to a campus near you

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I recently read about the Muggles Quidditch, sponsored by the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association, at several New England colleges. I thought, "How cool is that?" And then, today, I discovered that dodgeball is actually a sport with a national association; not the American Dodgeball Association of America but the National Amateur Dodgeball Association; or try the National Dodgeball Association.

Why do I mention this here? Well, I'm thinking that these non-traditional sports (and the more I think about it, these really do qualify as athletics) -- which would also include Ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee golf, and Footbag (which, in my day, we called "hacky sack" -- are actually sports which are life-long sports and which don't need a tremendous outlay for equipment. I think we often don't give non-traditional activities much in the way of real look.

I suspect their are other areas we give short shrift to also because they are not traditional. Would a school that was not willing to try alternative sports also be less likely to try and teach to all learning styles? Or, perhaps the school would be less likely to teach to the whole person?


Dr. Bad Ass said...

A sport that is growing in popularity among my colleagues is Cornhole.
Lots of fun, though my spouse says that saying the name of it is problematic...

Peter A. Stinson said...

I have to agree with your wife; the name is, indeed, somewhat problematic. Where I come from, cornhole... ah, never mind...

Looks like another alternative sport to add to the list.