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Dodgeball Rules


The Team:

Teams will consist of 6-10 players. Six (6) players will play on each side. Any other players will be available as substitutes. Substitutes may only enter the game during timeouts or in the case of injury.

The Field:

The playing field is a rectangular 60 ft long and 30 ft wide, divided into two (2) equal sections by a center-line.

The Equipment:

The balls used will be 6” for elementary age players, 7” for middle-school players, and or 8” for adult players and are rubber-coated foam balls.

The Game:

The object of the game is to eliminate all opposing players by getting them “OUT”. This can be accomplished by:
(1) Hitting an opposing player with a”live” thrown ball below the shoulders.
(2) Catching a “live” ball thrown by your opponent before it touches the ground.
Definition of a live ball: A ball that has been thrown and has not touched anything, including the floor/ground, another ball, another player, official or other item outside of the playing field (wall, ceiling, etc.)


During play, all players must stay within the boundary lines. Players may leave the boundaries only to retrieve stray balls.

The Opening Rush:

The game begins by placing the dodgeballs along the center line. Players then take a position along the line "wall" at the end of the court. Following a signal by the official, teams may approach the centerline to retrieve the balls. Once a ball is retrieved by a player, it must be taken back to the wall before it can be legally thrown.

 Timing & Winning a Game:

The first team to legally eliminate all opposing players will be declared the winner. A 6 minute time limit will be established for each contest. If neither team has been eliminated at the end of the 6 minutes, the team with the greater number of players remaining will be declared the winner.

Time-Outs / Substitutions: 

Each team will be allowed one (1) 30 second timeout per game. A team may substitute players into the game at this time.

10 Second Violation: 

In order to reduce stalling, a violation will be called if a team in the lead controls all the balls on their side of the court for more than 10 seconds. This also applies to teams that are tied.

Rule Enforcement:

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 even if it was not seen by the court monitor. The court monitor’s responsibility will be to rule on any situation in which teams cannot agree. THE COURT MONITOR’S DECISION IS FINAL WITH NO EXCEPTIONS.

Code of Conduct: 

Understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game.

  • Respect the integrity and judgment of court monitor
  • Respect your opponent and congratulate them in a courteous manner following each match whether a win or loss
  • Be responsible for your actions and maintain self-control
  • Do not taunt opponents and refrain from using foul or abusive language

**** For birthday parties, the teams will be divided as equally as possible by the court monitor. Each game will end upon the elimination of all players of the opposing team.

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