Dodge Balls Rules

1. Team Size

A. Six (6) players constitute a full team.

B. You may start and finish the game with five (5) players.

C. Co-Rec. teams must start all games with no more male players than female players: 3 males and 3 females, 2 males and 4 females, etc.

D. Teams must arrive ready to play no more than 5 minutes after the scheduled game time or else a forfeit will be declared.

2. Equipment

A. Players must wear proper attire (athletic type shoes, shirts etc.).

B. Official "dodge balls" will be supplied.

C. Six dodge balls will be used per court.

3. Playing Time, Time-outs, and Player Substitutions

A. Matches will be decided using the best of 7 format. The first team to win 4 games will be declared the winner of the match.

B. Each team is allowed one 60 second time-out per match.

4.Ways in which a player is called out:

Player A throws the ball and it is caught by player B—player A is out—in addition, team B is allowed to have one player come back in from the sideline.

Player A throws the ball and player B attempts to catch it but doesn’t—player B is out.

Player A throws the ball at player B-1, it bounces off player B-1 and player B-2 catches it. Player B-1 is not out, player A is out

Player A throws the ball at player B who deflects the ball with their ball—neither player is out

Player A throws the ball and hits Player B-1. Player B-2 then attempts to catch the ball but is unsuccessful and is hit by the ball. Player B-1 and Player B-2 are out.

Exception: Players may step on the center line when retrieving balls at the start of the game.

If a player steps out of bounds (steps on the line) except to retrieve a loose ball off the end line they are out.

Notes:  Once a live ball comes into contact with another ball at anytime the balls become dead.  If you block a live ball with another ball and drop the blocking ball you

5. Boundaries

A. During play, all players must remain in the boundary lines.

B. Players must pass through their end line only to retrieve stray balls. A stray ball is one that has not been picked up and is lying on the ground.

C. When retrieving a ball, the player must also immediately re-enter the playing area only through their end line.

Note: A player not immediately re-entering the playing area may be declared out.

D. A player may be handed a ball, provided the player receiving the ball remains completely within their teams’ field boundaries.

E. A player may be declared out if:

• They enter or re-enter the field through the sideline.

• They leave the playing area to avoid being hit by or attempt to catch a ball.

6. Beginning the game

A. The game begins by placing an equal number of dodge balls along the centerline on each side of the hash mark. A standard game consists of 6 balls, 3 on each side of the hash mark.

B. Players take position behind their end line.

C. Following the signal by the official, teams may approach the centerline to retrieve balls. Teams may only retrieve balls placed to the right (as they face the centerline) of the hash mark. If balls remain on the centerline after a team has retrieved and moved their balls beyond the attack line, either team may retrieve those balls.

7. Opening Rush Rule

A. Each and every ball retrieved at the opening rush must first be taken or passed beyond the attack line and into the team’s back court before it may be legally thrown at an opponent.

8. Area of Eliminated Players

A. Eliminated players will form line on their side of the court next to the end line. These players must remain in the order that they were eliminated with the first person eliminated closest to the end line. Every time a ball is “caught” the eliminated players from that team can re-enter the game in the order eliminated.

B. Eliminated players may throw an out-of-bounds ball back to their team; they may not throw a ball at the other team or hold on to the ball. If an eliminated player holds on to a ball, the official or supervisor will warn them to throw the ball to a teammate or roll it away from them. If they do not comply within 5 seconds after the warning, one of their teammates will be eliminated by the opposing team’s choice.

C. Players who are substitutes and not involved in the game are only allowed to retrieve dodge balls that go beyond the curtains and into other courts.

9. Stalling and 5-second Violation

A. A team trailing during a game must be given the opportunity to eliminate an opposing player. This requires that the trailing team must have a ball at their disposal.

B. It is illegal for the leading team to control all the balls for more than 5 seconds. If the leading team controls all the balls they must get at least one ball across the attack line and into the opponent’s back court. If this is not done within 5 sec., a 5-sec. violation will be called.

C. A team may avoid a 5-sec. violation by rolling or throwing a ball into the opponent’s back court, not throwing at the opponent.

Note: Only an official can call a 5-sec. violation.

First Violation: Stoppage of play and the balls will be divided evenly between teams.

Play will continue with “Balls in hand.”

Second Violation: Free throw for opposing team – a penalty in which one player is allowed an unobstructed throw at their opponents without risk of elimination. This is possible because a caught free throw doesn’t result in an out for the thrower.

Third Violation: Ejection of one player from the offending team, at the choice of the opposing team.

10. Rule Enforcement

A. Rules will be enforced primarily by the “honor system”. Players will be expected to rule whether or not a hit was legal or whether they were legally eliminated.

Share |