Taiwanese Sports Dilemma: Abolish Dodge Ball for Football?

Taiwanese Sports Dilemma: Abolish Dodge Ball for Football?
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Playing dodge ball during elementary school PE class is a collective memory of Taiwanese people, but some children become human targets during the dodge ball games and has provoked heated discussions on the Internet regarding if dodge ball is a sport of fear and whether or not it’s legal bullying.

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Playing dodge ball during elementary school PE class is a collective memory of Taiwanese people, but not everyone can be satisfied in the world of winners and losers. Some children become human targets during the dodge ball games and has provoked heated discussions on the Internet regarding if dodge ball is a sport of fear and whether or not it’s legal bullying. On the other hand, is it bad for us to promote futsal rather than dodge ball?

UDN reports, zztao.net says we should abolish dodge ball that advocates violence and bullying and to cultivate better football players from a young age. If the government starts to promote futsal through policies and put an end to the meaningless dodge ball, it should be favorable to the development of football in Taiwan.

In the 2008 weekly report issued by the Department of Education under the Taipei City Government, the authorities stressed that dodge ball is unsportsmanlike and that Taipei has not held the dodge ball competition for three consecutive years.

Wang Hong-xiang, the director of the Physical and Health Education division, says dodge ball is a sport to attack people, which is different from many other ball games that just attack objects; for example in basketball games, we just throw the ball into the basket. Plus, there is no protective gear for dodge ball so Taipei does not encourage this sport for safety concerns.

Here are several points compiled by the editor of zztao.net:

Problem of space.

Football is one of the sports that players are not be limited to a certain space. Simply one football player can practice footwork drills but the dodge ball requires a bunch of people. Futsal is like a 3-on-3 basketball game that you can play with only a small space.

Why push sports to the world?

It’s human nature to compete with each other. If speaking in terms of nations, it’s war. The sports competitions between nations show civilization, so we do not need to wage war to obtain glory for our country through sports competitions.

We don’t need to belittle dodgeball.

Dodge ball is common in elementary school, but disappears in junior high and senior high school. People believe it is because dodge ball is economical and easy to promote, meaning PE teachers do not need to teach the kids much and only need to throw them a ball.

Opposite opinions.

“Dodgeball emphasizes on strength, control, position, reaction, physical coordination and can enhance the physical abilities to stay healthy."

“The knowledge and skills football requires has a high threshold. The length of PE classes isn’t enough for the children to fully enter a complete team competition mode. Most important of all, what kind of logic is banning dodge ball can improve football in Taiwan?"

“I agree to promote football, but not through demeaning dodge ball."

Translated by June
Edited by Olivia Yang

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