2015 Dodgeball Registration Begins This Week

by Ryan Picciuto
Class of 2016

On March 11th students will be able to pelt their peers and teachers with dodgeballs either out of competition, or out of payback, during the Eighth Annual Dodgeball Tournament – an event that always brings the school together. The tournament serves as a fundraiser for the alternative programs, which is a pleasant fundraiser anyone can get behind. However it’s not really concrete the reasons why it’s so popular, that anyone from sports enthusiasts, to computer gamers, to people who love to spend their time drawing can just get involved with their friends and have a good time, many people have different reasons, from English teachers to kids on the wrestling team.

Mr. Flanagan explains the rules to an eager mass

Mr. Flanagan explains the rules to an eager mass

Many teachers at BHS have different beliefs for why it’s so popular. Some, however, aren’t nearly as upbeat and pleasant as others in the building. Ms. Burke, a para educator who is in charge of the snack bar during the event, says, simply put “the money from the event” is the huge thing teachers like about it. There are some teachers who view it in a more carefree way. Mr. Dahlbeck, co-advisor of the Theatre Guild, an English teacher in the Alternatives Program, and advisor for this very newspaper, says “the tournament gives teachers, students, and other community organizations the chance to get together and have fun. It’s really the only school event that does that. Where else can you see students, teachers, administrators, and police officers laughing and having a good time?” Some teachers even think it’s the best thing the school has to offer in terms of activities to do here. Mr. Tosone believes that “the dodgeball tournament represents Braintree High School at it’s best!”

2014 Dodgeball Champions

The 2014 Dodgeball Champions

 

Last year’s tournament was won by a team of teachers, including Mr. Daley, Mr. Wakelin, Mr. Kippenhan and Mr. Trocki. When asked about the experience, Mr. Daley said, “It is just one of the many awards that I have won at BHS.”

One of the highlights of the event every year is the involvement of the students in Project Prove and, now, WAVE. “I like being able to be with my friends and play as a team,” said Miguel Reyes from the WAVE Program. “It is a great feeling to be a part of a school wide event with students and staff. I look forward to the next dodge ball tournament!” Historically Project Prove has entered a team or two, usually named after their motto: “Respect is the new R word.” “It’s so much fun, I love it!.,” added Elise Zarrella from the PROVE program.
Respect

Students all have their own reasoning for why they like it. As mentioned earlier some students simply enter it so they have an alibi for hitting the teacher in the face as hard as they can with a ball – a fact that my brother proudly admits. However most people don’t enter it to settle vendettas. In a more lighthearted view on the subject, Joe Freire (2015) looks at it as nothing more, than “a good event for the school and for the students to bond with their teachers, while taking their anger out on each other.” Though a lot of students don’t enter out of fear of looking foolish, or afraid they won’t do to well, George Debreczeni, a sophomore on the wrestling team, put it in a way that sums it up perfectly. “Dodgeball is a game for all different types of people. To participate, the only thing you have to be able to do is throw a ball, and dodge a ball (therefore creating dodgeball). Myself being a previous participant would recommend for everyone to come out and play.”

Registration forms are available at all lunches or from Dr. Ford-Clark in Special Services on the first floor. The cost is $5 per person and a team consists of 6-10 participants. See or email Dr. Ford-Clark or Mr. Coyne (room 132) with any questions