Dodge Ball Rules

  1. Every team will play in the round robin and will be guaranteed a placement in the knockout round.
  2. A team’s ranking in the knockout round will be based on the team’s results during round robin play.
  3. During each game, there are 4 referees, 2 are stationed at the end of the center line, that help facilitate the game and 2 on each end line. Referees start the game, confirm hits and catches, and count ball possession time.
  4. There are 6 balls, split into 2 even groups near the ends of the center line. During the opening rush (when the game starts), you may only grab the balls to your right.
  5. You are out if: 1) you step on or over a sideline or center line; 2) a thrown live ball hits your body; and 3) you throw a live ball and it is caught by an opponent.
  6. A thrown live ball can only hit out 1 player. Thrown balls that hit the ground, the wall, other balls, or other objects before hitting the opponent are considered dead balls, and are ineligible to hit players out.
  7. You may block a thrown ball with a held ball. However, if you drop the blocking ball during the act of blocking, or if you fail to make a clean block (as in the thrown ball still ends up hitting or grazing your body afterwards), you are out.
  8. If you are out, line up on the side in the order you got out (think of it as being in an “resurrection” line). If your teammate catches a ball, the player at the start of your team’s “resurrection” line comes back into play after touching the wall (the teammate must be in the line at the time of the catch to be eligible to be brought back in).
  9. You can only hold a ball for 10 seconds, afterwards, it will be considered dead. Dead balls need to be rolled over immediately to the other team.
  10. If the game comes down to 1 player per side, they have 10 seconds to hit each other out; if not, “Showdown” comes into effect. The game is paused, each player gets two balls, two balls are lined up at the ends of the center line, and the center line is dissolved. The first player to get the other player out wins.
  11. Have fun, shake hands, make friends and be spirited!