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University of Alberta retakes Dodgeball world record

Feb 9, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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You can do a lot of things to Canada — you can mock their giant inflatable beavers, even take away the fighting in hockey. But do not mess with them in dodgeball. The University of Alberta again stands tall today, as it has reclaimed the Guinness World Record for most people participating in a game of dodgeball — 4,979.

It was a heady time for the University of Alberta in Feb. of 2010, when 1,745 students gathered to break the Guinness dodgeball record. Then, the Dodgeball Cold War struck, as first the Rochester Institute of Technology (2,136 people) and then UC Irvine (4,000) broke the record, both in 2011. But U of Alberta is now King of Dodgeball again. They do not receive the giant, gleaming Patches O’Houlihan Trophy for this, because there is no such thing. But there should be.

While this may be a novelty in the U.S., dodgeball is big in Canada — many schools include it as part of the recreation curriculum.

UC Irvine’s record game in Sept., 2011:

source: AP

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Dodge this! Students hold world’s largest game of dodgeball with 4,979 players [London Daily Mail]

  1. southernpatriots - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    In Canada they include dodgeball as part of their recreation and even physical education programs at elementary and high schools, as we experienced so many decades ago in the public school systems in the U.S. However, when a P.E. teacher asked for including dodgeball in the activities of her students, it was immediately knocked down due to the “undue hardship on the students.” Are we raising a generation of wimps?

  2. michiganhockey11 - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    To quote Reverend Lovejoy: “Short answer yes with and if, long answer no with a but.”

  3. michiganhockey11 - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    *an if

  4. 4thquartermagic - Feb 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    The Patches O’Houlihan reference deserves an A +