Every Wednesday, all the teachers have a mandatory “fun” sports afternoon. Very few teachers actually enjoy it but everyone goes. The principal thinks it’s a good idea, so everybody puts on their sports clothes and drags themselves down to the gym. (Or finds a very good excuse!)
Today was no exception. At 2:30, we all grudgingly put our sneakers on and trudged down to the gym. Usually we “play” from 3-4pm but today we had to be in the gym early. It turned out that a “professional dodgeball master” (a direct quote from another teacher) had been hired for the afternoon to show us how to play dodgeball properly.
It was amazing. He had a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation, complete with videos and flowcharts. (He’s in bright yellow, on the bottom right.)
He then had the school dodgeball team (mostly Grade 6 students) and a few “volunteer” teachers go through a game step by step by painful step. For nearly an hour and a half, we watched the perfect dodgeball game progress in super slow motion with long-winded explanations for each move.
Or at least I assumed they were long-winded. The Korean words I know that would apply to dodgeball are: ball, player, dodgeball and time. There were a few words of Konglish as well: Out-o = out, pass-ush = pass. So to me the lecture sounded a bit like: blah blah ball, blah player blah out-o player blah blah blah blah ball. Dodgeball blah blah blah….
Finally, after no actual dodgeball being played, there was the obligatory group shot. The dodgeball coach (who was remarkably energetic even after 2 hours) exhorted us to pump our fists in the air and yell “fighting!” (Or fight-o! as they say in Japan…)
It was not the most interesting way to spend an afternoon but one must keep one’s principal happy, mustn’t one?! 😀