This item originally appeared in the Fall-2004 Bulldog Survival Guide issue of The Tech Talk.
By KYLE ROBERTS
That sound for many brings back fond memories of rubberized guerrilla warfare or nightmares of exclusive, face-pounding pandemonium.
Regardless of how one remembers the game, there is an undeniable truth: dodgeball is back.
Thanks to the blockbuster movie "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," headlined by Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, the game has resurfaced as an interest among adults, rather than just elementary students in gym class.
Meet Chase Williams and Landon Wade.
Together, the two have organized the game and localized it to the Ruston area where games have been played every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. since July 13.
"We just saw the movie and thought it would be a good idea," co-director and junior computer information systems major Williams said.
"It seems like it's a sport that a lot of people want to play but haven't really thought about. We thought, 'why not give it a shot?'"
Williams said the duo pitched the idea to Ruston Parks and Recreation, and they loved it.
"We knew that RPAR would pass it," senior forestry major Wade said. "They have all kinds of activities right down to fencing, so we took the idea up to them, and it took off."
The game consists of two six-person teams trying to either hit an opposing player with a ball or catch an incoming throw to get the thrower out.
A newer twist allows a person that is out to return to the game after a caught ball. Teams continue to fire away at each other until all players from one team are eliminated.
"The league is set to start the second week of September and will last for eight weeks," Wade said. "At the end we're going to have a big tournament to decide the best team."
Williams said that he expects the numbers of those interested to continue to rise.
"Every week since we started, the number has continued to increase," Williams said.
"It seemed like we had 50 new people tonight either playing or in the stands watching."
Williams and Wade both said they agree that if interest continues, the game may be around for a while.
"It's an all-around fun thing," Williams said. "It's fun to watch 40-year-olds play against 18-year-olds and beat them. And sometimes you'll play people you know and are especially out to get. It's just a fun game, and the crowd really seems to get into it."