Annoyed With Gym and Required PE
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06-04-2017, 10:38 AM
RE: Annoyed With Gym and Required PE
(31-03-2017 03:53 PM)Ruby Crystal Wrote:  Being raised in the south I can tell you I've had more then one personal experience with the required gym classes. My high school years are often filled with bad memories of the anxiety I got when in gym class.

To give you a scenario, every other day in gym was us playing Dodge Ball or 'Rebel Ball' as we called it. Now I was no scared cat of getting hit with the ball, in fact I loved the game up until my middle school years.
The game itself was all good fun, no really bruises that wouldn't take a week fade. But then came in the rebel assholes. You know, the stupid farmer jock boy who has to prove himself by throwing the ball hard enough that when it hit the back wall it was like a cannon going off.
I had nothing against the game, up until these asshats who purposefully threw hard enough to make a welt on your skin that or aimed for the head 9 times out of 10.

The teachers never really did give two shits as the girls were just being scared of the ball. Damn well I was scared when that ball was only made of rough skin yet still managed to be broken with in the first game. Those balls were torn to shreds by the time one game was over with. Yes your going to get hurt in dodge ball, but gosh do you really need to make it a reason to see a nurse about a head injury? (It's like we we're playing Total Drama Island style dodge ball.)
And they often wondered why no one but the football and basketball players wanted to play. And one teacher had the nerve to give all the boys and one girl who played ice cream for 'participation' then told the girls that they could for not playing. I tried to stand up for myself, but too shy to do so and was was quickly silenced. I looked back on it now and wish I could have told her what's for. I'm not playing a game where I'm in a liberality to be knocked out cold. I'd much rather get into a fight for that reason.

During my highschool years I was also the target of ever injury save for bone breaking. I was hit in the face with everything even when I wasn't playing. Soccer ball, kickball, dodge ball, lacrosse, and even ping pong.
My teacher told me more then once 'It's called fit for life, not sit for life'. I was tempted to retort back. "Well maybe if it wasn't a corrupt system I'd play." Everyone always thought I never liked exercising, not true I just didn't like how we played games were ever male was patted on the back for giving some other student a bruise.

I'm now in college and I opted to take Yoga, and I love it. Because, not only is it something I like doing, I don't have to worry about some idiot dick who has to aim for the face.
I don't know how it is in other places, but at my school you were getting fit, you were getting injuries that would harm you later in life.

And I'm not one of those people who think dodge ball is victimization, when played for fun rather then to prove something, it can be fun. I always think it's one thing to throw the ball, it's another to try and take the person's head off with it.

Anyone else have this kind fo problem in school? Or is was my school just full of idiots?

My school days were pretty similar. I mean I would stick up for myself, the way I was raised if someone punched me I made sure I punched them back (I was used to fighting off a 30 year old marine when I was in grade school). I also made sure they weren't gonna get up again to hit me a second time. Even though I never initiated any confrontation, verbal or otherwise I was constantly in trouble for defending myself. My bullies never got into trouble, teachers would see them assault me and do nothing, the second I defended myself they'd jump in save the bully and march me off to the office. When they kept it at words I never responded, just would fall asleep at my desk, or sit there and ignore everything. (I would become like a mannequin escaping into my mind and imagination. This also once happened during some counseling, I was asked a question I didn't feel safe talking about.... Next thing I know the psych lady is telling me I just spent the better part of 10 min not moving a muscle, not even blinking. She was very creepd out by it) I often would hide up in tree's near the school to avoid people, stuff like that.

I remember one kid Nick told the entire school I was bragging about raping his sister. I had never met his sister, also when other kids were going to sex ed I was sitting in the library because my parents flat refused to let me learn about sex, so I literally had never heard the word before this time and had no idea what it meant (this was like the 5th grade at the time). I mean I eventually found the internet, so I eventually learned all I ever needed to know about sex from online porn lol, but this was like a year before that happened. Eventually Nick admitted he was lying, my punishment for his shitty actions was to spend a bunch of time around him and his family while they bullied me and pretended it was "just jokes" to show how they aren't shitty people......

My school had corporal punishment so I'd get hit by the principle. Also I had to sit in the office for an entire year once during every lunch break (I actually kinda liked that, no one could attack me if I was sitting quietly in the office, I never said a word to anyone, I didn't need a book I was just happy sitting there thinking to myself. It was quite possibly the best year I ever spent in school).

Teachers would say, "I don't understand it, he's a bright kid but all he ever does is sleep in class and he refuses to do homework" lol I wonder why...

My parents are physical fitness nuts, so I was forced to spend a lot of time around jocks, including the ones you mention the redneck jocks. I was forced to play football, baseball, basketball, dodge ball, Tennis (actually I really liked tennis but I was only able to play that one for a short time due to money). Football was the worst, I have a lot of injuries now from playing football in 7th and 8th grade. Needless to say I never fit in with them.

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06-04-2017, 10:43 AM
RE: Annoyed With Gym and Required PE
(31-03-2017 05:35 PM)jennybee Wrote:  I usually got out of gym class by faking my period. My gym teacher was male and got visibly shaken when a teenage girl said she had her period Wink Apparently, he didn't pick up on the fact that me and several of the girls in my gym class had their periods all at once and several times a month Angel

I would've taken gym, but there were no showers for girls and I had gym first thing in the am and wasn't about to sit around in my own sweat for several hours. I also ran track or played field hockey after school and took dance lessons, so it wasn't like I wasn't getting enough exercise.

DAMN! I should have tried this!!!!!!

I'll be sure to use this excuse next time Smile

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06-04-2017, 10:58 AM
Annoyed With Gym and Required PE
I never liked sports or participating in Gym class. I liked the weights but the other stuff wasn't my thing.

In middle school, I was always getting bad participation scores and the gym teacher gave me a hard time. I fixed his ass one day.

I heard him using vulgar language towards another student. It wasn't anything real bad but it was not acceptable for a teacher to say. Immediately, I got out a piece of paper and wrote down what he said with the time and date. I went around and got about 15 other students to sign it as a witness.

Once my document was completed, I went to the teach and told him that I was going to get him fired for what he said. His ass puckered when I held up my witness sheet. He tried to get it from me and begged me not to turn it in.

I told him that we can make a deal then. He doesn't fuck with me anymore and I get good grades even though I didn't participate or I'd turn it in.

After that the report card was great. There were a couple of times I had to remind him of our deal but he quickly got in line. It was so funny to me. I was a rotten child.
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06-04-2017, 02:06 PM
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The boys and the girls didn't mix during PE class in my school so we didn't have boys smashing girls in dodge ball or anything like that.

PE wasn't an exceptional lesson for bullying.

I bad memories of the cold, the possability of danger although nothing much happened, and not wanting to perform badly because there were threatening people in that class.

But I have good memories of being good at cricket which we play in England, I think it's a boring as fuck but it turned out I was really good with hand eye co ordination and I remember a few games when my catching and hitting totally decimated the other team.

In the final years of school the teachers didn't care much and I could just say I forgot my PE clothes if I didn't feel like doing it.

I made a half hearted attempt at getting good at football when I realized girls like football players (soccer) but it was too little too late.
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09-04-2017, 07:53 AM
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Well, I have to admit, I enjoyed dodge ball, so the OP's school must have been filled with idiots.

During the warmer months, though, the school kept a lot of doors hanging open, ostensibly for better ventilation. The girls with the better arms would often try to "accidentally" whiz the ball through the open gym doors, across the hall, and through the also-opened doors of the classroom where some poor oblivious teacher was teaching a class. Heh heh heh, damn was it funny when it worked and that ball pegged the teacher right in the side of the head. Papers went flying one way, a pen would fly the other; down he/she would go, the students in the classroom would howl with laughter, and we'd all pretend it had been a terrible accident. "No, really, I was aiming for Kelly but she dodged it, and, well ..."

Yet even then, they would still sometimes forget to close the gym doors.

Plus we tended to "accidentally" target all kinds of school property that wasn't well-protected: light fixtures, thermostats, water fountains -- we even tried setting off the fire alarms by slamming dodge balls into the trigger but damn, we just couldn't pull that one off.

Oh yeah -- if we could catch the gym teacher unaware like, say, coming out of the locker rooms reading a clipboard, she was fair game, too. "Whoops, sorry about that. Hope you're okay ...." We used to make bets on how far she would reflexively throw the clipboard as she fell.

I know, it's kind of mean, but damn if it wasn't funny at the time and no harm was ever done. Hey, it was a small town school. What else were we supposed to do, right?

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09-04-2017, 10:45 AM
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We used to play rounders (a smaller, UK version of baseball) in junior school. When you hit the ball you had to drop the bat and run. It was fun till some kid threw the bat behind him and knocked someone out with it.

We played rubgy in year 7, too many people got injured so they scrapped it fro the timetable.

In year 11, on our dinner break we used to play "fighting football" which was basically no rules soccer. One day a very unpopular boy named Ashley asked if he could play. We told him no initally but he persisted.

We let him play, passed him the ball and both teams jumped on him lol.

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09-04-2017, 12:12 PM
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Sounds like your school was full of idiots Ruby, and sorry to hear that. We played Dodgeball too, but injuries weren't supposed to be the norm due to some idiot farmer jock clique. The worst injury anyone suffered in ours with dodgeball was when a kid who weighed more than 50 pounds over any of us fell on top of me one game. Hobbled off and the coach was concerned, but he cared about his students a lot. Like during the mile around the track, he let people who couldn't run, just walk. Hitting someone in the head was an accident of the highest order, and apologies ensued. Not to say folks didn't get hurt, but it was never malicious as you sadly experienced. Sad

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09-04-2017, 02:34 PM
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I liked having options. Being able to take a lifeguarding certification course and get credit for it was cool.

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