Dodgeball Rules

The Team

  • Teams will be made up of 6-10 players.
  • Six (6) players will compete on the court at a time; others will be available as substitutes.

The Field

  • The playing area is equal to the basketball court dimensions.

The Game

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

  • Hitting an opposing player with a LIVE ball thrown below the shoulders. 
  • Catching a LIVE ball thrown by your opponent before it touches the ground.
  • A player may deflect a thrown ball if he is already holding a ball in his hands and remain in the game
             This ball can then be caught by him or a teammate and the thrower is out

    Definition of LIVE ball: A ball that has been thrown and has not touched the floor, another player, official or other item outside of the playing field (wall, ceiling, etc).
  • Teams may not cross the center line to retrieve or throw a ball **see exception below

The Opening Rush

  • Game begins by placing the dodgeballs along the center line.
  • Players then take a position behind their end line.
  • Following a signal by the official, teams may approach the centerline to retrieve the balls.
  • The ball must be taken behind the volleyball 10 foot line before being thrown.

**During the opening rush, players may cross the line - referees can refrain from calling this fault unless a clear advantage is gained by this action.

Timing & Winning the Game

  • The first team to legally eliminate all opposing players will be declared the winner.
  • A 5-minute time limit has been established for each contest.
  • If neither team has been eliminated at the end of 5 minutes, the team with the greater number of players will be declared the winner.
  • In the case of an equal number of players remaining after regulation, a 2v2 one minute game will be played on the volleyball court.  

One Minute Rule

  • When there is one minute left in the game, the remaining players may advance over the half court line to the other team's volleyball 10' attack line.

5-Second Violation 

  • In order to reduce stalling, a violation will be called if a team controls all six (6) balls on their side of the court for more than 5 seconds.
  • In this case, one team member will be eliminated.

Rule Enforcement 

  • Rules will be enforced primarily by the honor system.
  • All contests will be supervised by a court monitor.
  • The court monitor’s responsibility will be to rule on any situation in which teams cannot agree.

SHU Code of Conduct (adopted from N.A.D.A.)
1. Understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game.
2. Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials and N.A.D.A staff.
3. Respect your opponent and congratulate them in a courteous manner following each match whether in victory or defeat.
4. Be responsible for your actions and maintain self-control.
5. Do not taunt or bait opponents and refrain from using foul or abusive language.

  • Dodgeball Rules

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