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Dodgeball Rules and Regulations


Teams will be made up of 6-10 players. Six (6) players will compete on a side; others will be available as substitutes. Substitutes may enter the game if a ball is caught and there are less than six of their teammates on the court. Only six member of one team are allowed on the court during the game. The only other time player may enter the game is during timeouts or in the case of injury. In the coed games, men must be substituted for men players and women must be substituted for women, teams are not allowed a cross gender substitution. A minimum of four (4) players must be present to start a game.  All participants must wear athletic court/gym shoes to participate.  Uniforms are required.  Matching uniforms will also work for home or away teams, white or gray may not be used for team uniforms. 

Beginning the Game

Game begins by placing the dodge balls along the centerline – three (3) on one side of the center hash and three (3) on the other. Players then take a position behind their end line. Following a signal by the official, teams may approach the centerline to retrieve the balls. Anyone caught pushing an opponent at the start will be called out. Do not touch the other team “intentionally” at the beginning. Sliding will not be allowed at the beginning of the game, an out will be called.

Players must retreat beyond the attack line before throwing the ball at opponents. After running up to retrieve a ball at the beginning of the game the player’s feet must travel across the red/yellow line and both feet must be on the ground before the ball can be thrown. A player is not allowed to jump back across the line and throw the ball in midair. The player’s feet must be one the ground behind the line.

Object of the Game

The object of the game is to eliminate all opposing players by getting them "OUT". This may be done by:

  1. Hitting an opposing player below the shoulders with a LIVE thrown ball.

  2. Catching a LIVE ball thrown by your opponent before it touches the ground, basket or other object out of bounds.

  3. Crossing the centerline or exiting or entering the court from any line but the back line when retrieving loose balls.

  4.  A player may only kick the Dodgeball to pass it to a member of their team.

  5. Hitting the opponent in the head gets you eliminated.

  6. Catching the ball from opposing player

Declaring a Winner

Each match consists of as many games that can be played within the given time. 

Play continues until one team is eliminated. At that point, the referee calls time and awards the winning team one point for each remaining player for that game.

At the end of the given time the referee will tally up all the remaining players from the games played and determine a winner for the match.  The team with the highest score, most cumulative players not “out,” at the end of the match wins. 

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