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article imageThis ain't your daddy's dodgeball

By Greta McClain     Oct 7, 2012 in Sports
Looks can be deceiving, and that was the case when what appeared to be a normal game of dodgeball in a school gym turned into an amazing display of athleticism.
If you wander into most any middle school, junior high or even high school gym, you probably would not be surprised if there were kids playing a game of dodgeball.
Dodgeball has been a staple of school gym classes for many decades. The game received some unexpected publicity and gained in popularity when the movie Dodgeball, staring Ben Stiller, was released in 2004. Although there were dodgeball leagues prior to the release of the movie, dodgeball meetup groups began springing up all over the country and leagues at area community recreation centers began receiving increased interest. There is even a National Dodgeball League and World Dodgeball Society.
There is undoubtedly some special skills that are required to become and "elite" dodgeball player. However, who would have known that Chuck Norris type moves would be included.
As the Huffington Post points out, the key to a winning in dodgeball is misdirection. The kid in this video certainly accomplishes that. His leaping mid-air spin move was not only unexpected, but an example of amazing skill. The move seemed to impress or shock the other players to the point the game nearly came to a complete halt.
Perhaps the key to dodgeball is not misdirection. Perhaps the key is, as G4TV puts it, using "distracting gymnastics which leave your opponents too mesmerized to fight back."
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