The monthly intramural athletic tournaments are underway at Oracle Charter High School.
Intramural sports are one way the Physical Education and Athletic Department have combined to get students and teachers active at Oracle. These monthly tournaments are held not only for pure pleasure, but also a way to boost school culture amongst students and teachers. And, athletic tournaments give all individuals an opportunity to elevate heart rate levels, burn excessive caloric intake and a chance to accumulate 10,000 steps taken in a day. The Oracle Charter School Physical Education and Athletic model is to create healthy well rounded individuals. By providing students with a variety of activities, students are able to try and choose an activity that they enjoy.
It is imperative that students actively practice elevating their heart rates on a daily basis. By putting your body in to this target heart rate zone, individuals can lessen their risk of injury, increase their likelihood to burn fat and increase the ability for muscles to utilize oxygen to move with less effort. When individuals reach their target heart rate zone, they are burning more of the fat that is stored in the body. If a person is able to exercise at a level of 80% of their maximum heart rate level, the body will then burn up more body fat, (and the junk food calories that may have been consumed throughout the day).
Our first event of the 2013-2014 school year was conducted on September 5, 2013. A combination of 37 students and 5 teachers participated in in a dodge ball double elimination tournament. In the lead up to the event there was a buzz in the air throughout the school. During the transitional time between class periods you could hear many students and teachers quoting the lines delivered by Patches O’Houlihan from the blockbuster hit “Dodgeball”; “If you could dodge a wrench, you could dodge a ball.” When the school day let out, there was a stampede of participants and spectators down to the gymnasium in anticipation to see their favorite teachers and peers get eliminated by powerful, laser beam throws.
There were 6 teams that entered the tournament. Each team was composed of 4 males and 2 females. Only 1 of the 6 teams did not include a teacher. As the rules stated, only 1 adult is permitted to the team. Along with the students being in charge of organizing their teams, they were to create a team name to represent their team identity. The 6 team names were: Cappy, Williams & Bugs, The Dodgers, Chameleons, Team Cheated and 3 Inch Hair. Each game was composed of two teams and had a 5 minute time limit. If the clock ran out, the team with the most participants was declared the winning team. This tournament was a double elimination tournament, allowing for both a winners bracket and a losers bracket. A champion was crowned when the winner’s bracket and the loser’s bracket faced off against one another.
With this particular tournament, The Dodgers won 4 straight to be named the OCS Dodgeball Champions. In their first contest of the day, The Dodgers easily beat team Cappy. For their second match up, The Dodgers had to take on a previous Dodgeball Tournament Champion of Williams & Bugs. The Dodgers MVP, Nelson Modi came through to almost single handedly take out every person on the defending champions. This game was the quickest game in the tournament, with it lasting a staggering 1 minute and 49 seconds. Williams & Bugs breezed through the loser’s bracket beating 3 Inch Hair and the Chameleons easily to set up a rematch against The Dodgers. The rematch proved to be a more evenly matched contest; however The Dodgers had too much power and experience and defeated Williams & Bugs for the second time.
The tournament was a huge success for everyone involved. The students really enjoyed themselves and the teachers were able to connect with students outside of the classroom. A special thanks to teachers Mr. Caputimino, Ms. Wedmore, Mr. Guarino and Mr. Pawlowski for participating in the tournament and a special thanks to Mrs. Baier, Mrs. Longman and Mrs. Kelley for helping make the tournament run so smooth. The next tournament will be on October 3rd and the sport will be Ultimate Frisbee. The PE and Athletic Department look forward to another great turnout and more after school enjoyment.