Does anybody remember warball at Oak Avenue Intermediate School? I teach middle school in San Jose, and I wish we had a war ball room here. There was nothing like a good warball game to burn off adolecent energy.
It was my best memory from Oak. Maybe my only good memory. I hope they still play it there, but somehow I doubt that they do.
Do I ever! I remember everyone lining up in the gym and pounding the heck out of each other for PE. I agree with you that it's unlikely this game is still played at Oak Ave. Too violent...
I haven't been to TC for many years now. I grew up on Emperor Ave, right outside that south gate by the baseball fields (before they built that huge house where the parking lot was). Does anyone else remember way back even further when there were ducks (and maybe chickens?) kept in the area by the baseball fields against the fence next to the houses? I remember walking over there with my brothers and friends before we even attended Oak and looking at them. I think some of the older kids in the neighborhood helped take care of them.
I think an enclosed war ball room would still fly in today's school environment, BUT, they would never allow Killer Ball (I think that's what we called it). Coach Moore actually allowed us to use the medicine ball. Being the biggest strongest of the players I was a designated medicine ball thrower. It was hard to ever hit anyone with it but I did one time get off a glancing blow that knocked my opponent about 10 feet and down.
I loved the rainy days because we would get to play war ball in gym and dance in the gym at lunch (the only legal way to press tightly against those wonderful buds the girls were growing).
Wow! I haven't thought about Warball in years. I loved it!! I'm sure it couldn't be played in schools anymore. I remember looking forward to the game every week. Even the tough guys fell to the less tough from time to time.
Oh, yes! Coach Moore and warball at Oak Avenue Junior High. How well I remember, though I don't recall playing it at TCHS. That ball could really sting, so you more or less caught it for your own survival. I doubt whether they still allow it, however, as it might disturb the poor darlings' self esteem.