UAF kicks off Winter Carnival with ice dodgeball competition

Erin McGroarty/ Sun Star Reporter
March 5, 2013

Players hustle to the center line in order to snatch up their weapons at the UAF ice dodgeball tournament on February 28, 2013. Lauren Fisher/Sun Star

Players hustle to the center line in order to snatch up their weapons at the UAF ice dodgeball tournament on February 28, 2013. Lauren Fisher/Sun Star

During Winter Carnival at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, all logical thinking seems to disappear, for what better way to make dodge ball a safer game than to add ice to it? This is exactly what a team of  Skarland and Moore Hall Resident Assistants did for a large collection students who showed up to the Patty Center Ice Arena on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Ice dodgeball was one of the scheduled events for the UAF traditions weekend, Winter Carnival. Other events included a pep rally on Thursday with the special appearance from the tradition stone, the first part of the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup hockey game in the Carlson Center, an ice climbing competition, a snowboard and ski competition in the new Nanook Terrain Park and the Women’s Nanook Basketball.

The dodge ball games took place from 10 p.m. to midnight. Each game lasted five minutes each. Due to the short length of the games, each team, made up of at least five members, was able to compete multiple times.

To be eligible to compete, teams were in charge of finding members, signing up and coming up with a creative team name. This event was a new addition to Winter Carnival and was very popular, judging by the large turn out.

“It was a bit of a challenge because I am so uncoordinated,” freshman Naomi Cohen said with a grin. “But it was still really fun and a super cool idea for a sport.”

Music blasted from the speakers and the ice arena was filled with laughter, upbeat songs and teammates cheering for one another from the team boxes. The rules of these games were very similar if not the same as normal dodge ball.  If a player is hit with the ball drops his own ball, or his ball is caught by an opponent, he is out until another team member replaces him in the penalty box. RAs sitting in the penalty boxes kept the score and  the team with the last player left standing on the ice wins.

While this series of games were considered a competition, the players spent more  time sliding around on the ice than playing actual dodge ball, proving once again that college students still have  a little child in them after all.

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