According to "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," the sports comprises five elements: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge. Nowhere in Patches O'Houlihan's instructional video does it mention disorderly conduct.
Tell that to Dominique Jude, a 27-year-old Milwaukee mother who has been charged with the misdemeanor after allegedly grabbing a 12-year-old boy in a profanity-laced episode during a birthday game of dodgeball at the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Waukesha, Wis., according to WISN-TV.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by the local television news station, the boy threw a dodgeball at Jude's face as well as her son's head. Witnesses alerted police they saw Jude grab the boy, scold him and order other children to launch dodgeballs in his direction. When contacted by WISN-TV, Jude claimed she was simply asking the boy: How would you like it if someone hit you in the face?
The point of dodgeball, of course, is to eliminate opponents before they do the same to you by hurling a large rubber ball at them hard enough so they cannot catch it. However, many schools have banished the activity, claiming it encourages bullying. Sky Zone, which offers dodgeball-themed birthday parties at a voluntary cost for individuals of $11 per hour, declined WISN-TV's request for comment.
Jude is scheduled to appear in court next month and reportedly faces up to 90 days in jail.