My Thoughts: November 2, 2007 – The Perfect Dodgeball Team

I have thought of this many times before, but when I played dodgeball in gym today, I actually felt like writing about it. Let’s see if I can do it!

I believe that any randomized gym class could easily win a match of dodgeball if they broke each person into “jobs,” each with a special ability with only one thing to worry about. I will create a fake gym class based off of my own to demonstrate.

Most people in a gym class know each other and know how well each person can throw, how motivated they are, etc. With this knowledge, they could break the class down into a well-balanced team. With the unmotivated and unskilled people in the back tapping balls towards the athletic and competitive people near the front, ball-fetchers delivering balls to the throwers, and tall people waiting for balls to catch. Everyone has a specific job and can help the team out.

Fake Gym Class: Personality and Physcial Traits – Jobs

  • Andy: great athlete, competitive, great aim, hard-hitter, strong – thrower, stands at the front
  • Brittany: good at volleyball, tall, skinny, ditsy, competitive – catcher, waits for a high ball to easily catch, occasionally throws
  • Carl: skinny, unathletic, unmotivated, bad aim – fetcher, retrieves balls and hands them to the throwers
  • Danielle: competitive, good at soccer, bad aim, a little overweight – fetcher, retrieves balls and hands them to the throwers, occasionally throws
  • Emily: unmotivated, weak, great dodger – kicker, stands at the back, lightly taps the balls towards the throwers near the front
  • Fran: unmotivated, great aim, bad dodger, short – kicker, stands at the back, lightly taps the balls towards the throwers near the front, occasionally throws
  • George: overweight, unhealthy, bad dodger, hard-hitter – thrower, stands near the middle
  • Heather: bad aim, competitive, bad dodger, good catcher, short – thrower/catcher, stands near the middle
  • Ivan: skinny, tall, good catcher, great aim, competitive – thrower, stands at the front
  • John: great athlete, great aim, competitive, short – thrower, stands at the front
  • Kristen: great dodger, unmotivated, good aim – mixed
  • Lauren: weak, unmotivated, short, bad aim – kicker, stands at the back, lightly taps the balls towards the throwers near the front
  • Matt: great aim, hard-hitter, bad dodger, competitive, good at baseball – thrower, stands near the middle
  • Nicole: bad aim, competitive, short, great dodger – fetcher, retrieves balls and hands them to the throwers, occasionally throws
  • Oliver: skinny, bad aim, tall, unmotivated – catcher, waits for a high ball to easily catch
  • Paul: good aim, good dodger, competitive – thrower, stands at the front
  • Quinton: good at basketball, tall, skinny, great aim, hard-hitter, great dodger – thrower, stands at the front
  • Ryan: unmotivated, bad aim, bad catcher, great dodger – fetcher, retrieves balls and hands them to the throwers
  • Sarah: tall, skinny, great aim, unmotivated – mixed
  • Trevor: great aim, stong, great dodger, competitive – thrower, stands at the front
  • Uniqua: unmotivated, good aim, hard-hitter, short – thrower, stands at the front
  • Veronica: tall, skinny, great catcher, bad aim, competitive – catcher, waits for a low ball to easily catch
  • Whitney: good at volleyball, skinny, great aim, competitive – thrower, stands at the front
  • Xavier: bad aim, bad dodger, short, unmotivated – kicker, stands at the back, lightly taps the balls towards the throwers near the front
  • Yvette: great aim, hard-hitter, a little overweight, competitive – thrower, stands near the middle
  • Zach: skinny, great dodger, competitive – mixed
  • So there’s my dodgeball strategy. Whenever I play dodgeball, I am always a fetcher who occasionally throws. I wish that I could get a whole class to try out this strategy and see if it works though…