Still sportingly violent and exciting, but it’s not Ditchball
It began in 1976 on Hecla Island, Manitoba. The Architecture 1 Class of 76-77 constructed a ditch of snow, and then teams pushed a giant ball — technically a rhombicuboctahedron — back and forth. Ditchball was born.
Shortly after, they wrote a list of rules (pdf). Interesting ones include no limit on the size of the team, and defensive tactics may include “subtle tripping”.
Time altered the game — equipment and style of play, for example. But this year, Ditchball 2014 changed dramatically and was held in direct violation of rule #4, which states, “Ditchball must be played in a ditch.” This year, there was no ditch.
The Students’ Architectural Society in the Faculty of Architecture told UM Today that, due to safety concerns, they were told not to build a ditch. So they had to re-think the game and what Ditchball could be. They devised a series of three new sporting events that were played tournament-style, leading to the final championship game in the afternoon on Friday, Feb. 28. Instead of a ditch, they played on a sheet of ice surrounded by snow walls in front of the John A. Russell building. It was still sportingly violent and exciting. And prior to beginning play, students had a “moment of loudness” to pay respect Ditchball (1976-2013).
For what it’s worth, though, this new game arguably obeyed Ditchball’s founding motto:
In the spirit of sportsmanship of truth
and for the enrichment of most of mankind
and a general good time
Architecture alumni, we want to hear your thoughts on this matter. Is this a travesty, or an acceptable and inevitable result of evolution?