Dorms Bond Over Dodgeball
by Ariela Buxbaum-Grice on Friday, February 7th, 2014
Immediately after winter break, boarding students at Milton Academy gathered with their dormmates to practice for the annual dorm dodgeball tournament. In this intense competition, dorms compete against other dorms of the same gender, and at the end of the season, both a male and a female dorm are declared dodgeball champions.
All dorms are individual teams in the winter dodgeball competition, and there is no segregation by age, grade, or athletic ability, as everyone is invited to play. Matches occur on weekdays in the ACC and begin after the end of study hall. Dorm dodgeball is a non-exclusive way for boarding students to work together in a leisurely, yet competitive way. While participating in dorm dodgeball practices and games is not obligatory, it is strongly encouraged, as these games build dorm pride.
When asked the best dorm in the dodgeball competition, Charlotte Zonis (II), demonstrating quintessential dorm pride, said, “Robbins, no doubt. It’s not even a question.” She also said that she enjoys dodgeball, because “it’s fun and I don’t have to do my homework.” Chris Lewis (II) agreed; he believed that dodgeball is “good because it brings the dorm together, and it brings out healthy competitiveness.” Both in Goodwin House, Chris and Clay Desir (II) assured that, “We da best dorm.”
Dorm dodgeball also creates a friendly, competitive environment. “No one takes it too seriously,” said Derek Low (I). “We’re just a bunch of people letting our childish sides out and throwing stuff at each other… but once the guys’ dorms play against each other, things get real–and I mean real.”
Unlike most sports games, in which Milton teams compete against other schools, dorm dodgeball is played against friends. The spirit of dorm dodgeball extends beyond active playing time, as boarding students often engage in banter during the school day. Sam Clifford (‘13), the 2013 Robbins dorm head and a lively member of the boarding community, fully supports the dorm dodgeball competition. “I think that dorm dodgeball is important because it’s just another way for everyone to get together for a little healthy rivalry… and it’s a nice break from homework and the other stresses of school,” said Sam.
Because day students do not have an opportunity to participate, they are not as involved in this school tradition. Solana Czwakiel (I), a day student, said, “Boarders get very excited about dodgeball. Day students don’t.”
Chris McDonough (I), the Day Monitor, added, “Some [day students] wish we had a team like we did in softball last year, and I’m sure there are some that don’t know dorm dodgeball is a thing. So its a mixed bag.” Addressing the potential divide between day students and boarders, Chris said that despite these differences, “I don’t think dorm dodgeball creates any type of divide between day students and boarders.”
When asked about dodgeball, Chris Sutton (I) simply replied, “It was a good movie. I liked it.”
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