This article is inaccurate. It describes the game known as slaughterball.


This article is about slaughterball, not dodgeball. Dodgeball is a gentler game played in a circular formation played by young children. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:55, 30 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

I played the circular version in elementary school. I played a variation of the version described in this article in high school when the weather was not suitable for outdoor games. They were both called dodgeball. I never heard "slaughterball" before. I think that the circular version deserves a place in this article. [edit] By the way, I am not at all sure that the circular version is "gentler" because I saw kids get hit in the head, or get tripped by the ball and knocked off their feet onto the concrete. Wastrel Way (talk) 21:58, 4 July 2020 (UTC) EricReply
And... I have added a section. There is, amusingly, a photo of adults playing the circular version in the Playworks reference, and why not? Wastrel Way (talk) 22:24, 4 July 2020 (UTC) EricReply

History section unreliable sources


This section makes the dubious and absurd-sounding claim that dodgeball originated in Africa 200 years ago, where people would throw rocks at each other with the intent to injure or even kill each other. I'll call this the "Out Of Africa Deathball Hypothesis". It cites three sources:

The first source is an article written by a high school student and published in his online high school newspaper in 2017. Wikipedia policy states "Articles should be based on reliable, third-party, published sources with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy." High school students are not professional writers, and their papers do not have reputations for fact-checking and accuracy. The article cites no sources.

The second source is the commercial website of "Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena and Extreme Fun Center." Yeah. It cites no sources either.

Both of the above sources seem to echo what is reported on This is a self-published source, an amateurish website hosted by Weebly, a free website hosting service. It does however have a "works cited" page, and it gives a citation for the history of dodgeball: "History of Dodgeball." GO Mammoth Social Sports & Fitness Club. Go Mammoth, n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. I looked on the GO Mammoth Social Sports and Fitness Club website, and they do indeed have dodgeball leagues. They don't however, have a "History of Dodgeball" page or section. They don't provide any information on the history of dodgeball, let alone the absurd "Out Of Africa Deathball Hypothesis".

I've tagged both the section and the individual sources as unreliable, but ultimately this information should just be deleted. I'll leave it up a while longer just in case anyone can provide some better sourced history of the sport. (talk) 21:09, 6 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

The History section was added by User:Mephistoned. I agree with your argument and have told him so on his talk page. Spike-from-NH (talk) 03:34, 9 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

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