Ahh, Dodgeball.  The playground staple that some could not get enough of while others dreaded every (literally) painful minute.  It is perhaps the best example of physical activity as classic public theater, what with its man versus man theme and the clearly defined roles – protagonists, victims, martyrs – and of course The Ball and The Face… getting hit by the ball.  More often than not I was The Ball, but I will never forget being The Face at the hands of my 6th grade then boyfriend.  The breakup was instant. 

 For many of us, this public theater lasted all through our playground years.  If you were The Ball no biggie, but if you were The Face it likely seemed never-ending torture.  Also called Bombardament depending upon your playground’s geography, most schools across the country now prohibit this charming game so deemed violent, pugilistic, lacking educational value and otherwise evil.            

But its lore remains as damage has been done, for no doubt it likely is the root of many adults’ hesitation to engage in physical activity or lack of self confidence in their physical self.  Understandable.  It takes being The Face but once to question ongoing engagement in activity!  And, sadly, considering its place as public theater it was no secret who experienced the fate of The Face, often multiple for both numbers and occurrences!       

So, right now, say bad words to Dodgeball, “[email protected]#$ you Dodgeball,” despise every person who was The Ball to you being The Face, lawsuits? Now we are talking…

 Now breathe, and now let it all go.  Balls, Faces, old boyfriends/girlfriends…

The good news is if you struggle to engage due to having formed the absolute that you can’t succeed at physical activity you CAN, and it’s never too late to begin to grow your Iron Footprint and develop confidence in your physical activity self.  To use another classic playground institution, your do-over can begin now – both for how you consider activity engagement and your relationship to it.     

Too simple?  Not at all.  It is as simple as a do-over because engagement as Iron Footprint Fitness is target rich with achievement opportunities, you can capture all your achievement in your Iron Footprint, and in the process grow your physical activity self.     

Postlogue – adult Dodgeball has become a trendy, organized recreational activity across the country.  Use Iron Footprint to help structure motor skill practice then consider joining.  The do-over can also mean replaying those playground years, this time as The Ball…