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dewald/malay - The Cincinnati EnquirerGLENN HARTONG "Holy...
The Cincinnati EnquirerGLENN HARTONG "Holy Flippin' Flapjacks" co-captain, Weller Park in Montgomery. This year, girls make up a quarter of the teams, and a couple of teams are coed. A five-player team pays $40 to get into the game, pushing the jackpot this spring to $1,600 for the winning team. Winners stand to take home $200 or more apiece after some money is given to a charity and judges are paid to offset expenses. Cautioning kids Parents have mixed feelings about the game. They see some benefits, but worry, especially when their kids are out in a car. Pat Linhardt has warned his closest neighbors that his son, Kyle, is involved in the game. He's cautioned Kyle, a junior, to be "real darn careful about driving." "It's not bad for kids to have to organize something, make their own rules and then follow them. But the whole aspect of them running around trying to shoot each other gets a little crazy," Linhardt of Symmes Township, said. In the Dewald family, two sons and a daughter have graduated through the game. Son Chad, the eldest, is given credit for setting the rules. "It was a real good way of getting to know your classmates. Really, it was just good clean fun," mother Marty Dewald said. Dewald thinks her kids learned something along the way. Chad strengthened his arbitration skills when he had to settle player disputes as a game judge. Planning ambushes and other trickery exercised a lot of creativity, she said. In lieu of drinking Sycamore High School officials began cracking down on the game in the late 1990s. They banned any Dart Wars activity on school grounds and school-sponsored events in 1999 after a carload of students was rear-ended jumping from a vehicle to shoot another team. Associate Principal Jim Skoog has gained a reputation as the "commandant" in charge of confiscation. It is his job to police the parking lot and take guns and darts that are visible in cars. The first day of Dart Wars this year, he collected 25 guns and put five teams out of business. They were disqualified for breaking the "no-school" rules. "We nailed a bunch of them, and that's the easy way to do it. Nobody knows the rules or reads them all. They just start to play," Skoog said. He's talked to police in both communities about calling a halt to Dart Wars. Officers suggested that Montgomery and Blue Ash could pass resolutions to outlaw . the game, he said. So far, nothing has been done. "That's the only way that it would stop," Skoog said. Players say it would be unfair to kill off Dart Wars. "As long as there is no damage to property, it's not hurting anything. It's not illegal," Andrew Shaver said. "I think it's something for kids to do instead of going out drinking or something like that. It's a good alternative."

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 06 May 2004, Thu,
  3. WEST,
  4. Page 10

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