They're ready to battle at LHS

They're ready to battle at LHS

Edgar Velasquez winds up to fire the ball at the opposing team during a spirited game of dodgeball in the Lincoln High School gym last week. LHS is sponsoring its first Dodgeball Tournament this month. (Valley Breeze photo by Paul R. Dubois)

LINCOLN - They won't be taking prisoners, and will try their best to knock their friends out.

They'll deliver body blows and head shots, but relax. No one is going to get hurt, and in fact everyone participating in the first Lincoln High School Dodgeball Tournament is planning on having fun.

It's a fundraiser for the school's physical education department, and proceeds will be returned to the students in the form of new equipment and awards.

"We've done other events in the past, like basketball and pickleball tournaments, but the kids really like dodgeball and several of them asked if we could do that," said Jim Frost, LHS unified arts department chairman. "We don't play it as much in physical education classes as we used to, but a lot of the students still love it."

A relatively soft ball is used, one that assures students taking a shot from a hard-thrown ball will not be injured.

"We're having the kids form teams, and hopefully they will have a faculty member or two on each of them," said Frost. "We want a faculty member or two to get bragging rights."

There will be six players on each team. Teams line up on the baselines at either end of the basketball court, and once the signal is given to begin, players race to center court where balls have been placed. Then they race back to their side of the court and can throw the balls as hard as they can at the opposing players.

If an opposing player is struck, he or she is eliminated from the game, but if the thrown ball is caught, then the player throwing the ball goes to the sidelines.

The event is open to all LHS students and faculty, and Frost said he is hoping to recruit at least 20 teams. There is a $2 fee to participate. They will compete in a single-elimination tournament on Sunday, March 27 beginning at 6 p.m. in the school gym, and winners will receive gift certificates from area merchants. Spectators will be allowed, and admission is a dollar. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment and materials for the physical education department and for its Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program. The PBIS initiative is an approach to creating a positive school climate with supports and reinforcements for students and staff for positive behavior.

Under PBIS, a student of the month is selected from demonstrating positive behavior and is presented a T-shirt and certificate. Proceeds will help pay for those.

"It's just going to be a fun night, and we'll make a few dollars in the process to help support our programs," said Frost.

Jim Frost, chairman of the unified arts department at Lincoln High School, holds a shirt awarded to a Student of the Month. The department is sponsoring a dodgeball tournament this month to raise funds supporting the awards program. (Valley Breeze photo by Paul R. Dubois)