A dodge occurs when a bell which is hunting takes a step backwards and then continues to hunt in the original direction.
The diagram shows the line of two bells dodging. The bell represented by the blue line is ringing a dodge while hunting down. This is known as a down dodge. The bell represented by the red line is ringing a dodge while hunting up. This is known as an up dodge.
You can practise dodging using specific kaleidoscope ringing exercises or by ringing Treble Bob Hunt. Both concentrate the dodges into a small number of changes giving you plenty of practice and ropesight is simplified.
To dodge successfully you need to be able to change the speed of your ringing at both handstroke and backstroke. At first your teacher will tell you when to ring quicker or slower to strike your bell in the right place. However you will quickly be expected to do this yourself by using your listening skills.
When dodging 3/4 down you hunt down from the back – all the blows are quick blows with the exception of one:
When dodging 3/4 up you hunt up from the lead – all the blows are slow blows with the exception of one:
Good ropesight whilst dodging takes time to develop. The first step is recognising which bell you are dodging with. You will always strike over this bell twice – at handstroke when dodging up and at backstroke when dodging down.
It is harder to see which bell you are striking over on the other stroke as this depends on the work that the other bell is doing [see above]. If you are finding this difficult study the method being rung by the other bells and learn what the pattern is. Eventually you will be able to see the bells without doing this.