Internationally, the sport has emerged as a popular middle school, high school and college sport.
The form that is most common in U.S. schools was popularized by the 2004 film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
The number of dodgeballs used in the game often varies, but three to ten is common.
There are many variations of the game, but generally the main objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with thrown balls, catching a ball thrown by a member of the opposing team, or forcing them to move outside the court boundaries when a ball is thrown at them.
The South Park episode "Conjoined Fetus Lady" and Season 1 of Freaks and Geeks depict dodgeball as a potentially violent sport.
The TV show Warehouse 13 featured a Baylor Dodgeball, stored in the Warehouse for causing the deaths of 5 military cadets during training. It can launch itself at high speeds and multiplies upon contact.
In the Total Drama Island episode “Dodgebrawl”, the campers compete in a game of dodgeball.
Dodgeball is featured in the Nintendo Wii video game Mario Sports Mix.
In the 2006 movie Jackass: Number Two, one of the skits involves playing dodgeball both in the dark and using medicine balls rather than traditional dodgeballs.
In Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, Percy and his friend Tyson must play a dodgeball game to the death against cannibal giants who want to eat him.
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