Dodgeball

Object of the Game:
The object of the game is to eliminate all opposing players by getting them “OUT”. Games will consist of 7 games with a 30 minute time limit.

Illegal Equipment:
  1. 1) Jewelry: Includes earrings, rings, watches, bracelets, and necklaces.
  2. 2) Any exposed body/facial jewelry must be taken out.

**Protective gear is highly recommended.

Game Shall be Played Between 2 Teams With 6 Players:
  1. 1) Same Gender: 6 women or 6 men (at least 4 players are required to start the game to avoid a forfeit).
  2. 2) Co-Ed: At least 2 women at all times (again, at least 4 players are required to start the game to avoid a forfeit).
How is a Player “OUT”?
  1. When a thrown ball contacts a player below the shoulders.
  2. Player(s) will be called out if a ball they throw is caught on the fly.
      • If a ball is deflected off a player and caught by a teammate, the thrower is out and the teammate who got hit by the thrown ball is out. 
      • If a player who is in possession of a ball deflects a thrown ball and that deflected ball hits them, they are out. 
      • If a player who is in possession of a ball deflects a thrown ball and that deflected ball hits a teammate that teammate is out. 
      • If a ball hits another ball which a player has in their possession and if the ball is dropped because of the contact from the thrown ball, then the player who drops the ball is out. 
      • If a ball hits another ball which a player has in their possession and that ball is caught by a teammate the person who threw the ball is out. 
      • If a player who is in possession of a ball deflects a thrown ball and that ball hits them, then hits a teammate and then another teammate catches the ball, the player in possession of the ball and the first teammate who got hit by the deflection are out. The caught ball causes the opponent who threw the ball to be out.
  3. If a player ducks to miss a thrown ball or is on the ground and is hit in the head or neck, the player is out (official’s discretion can be used in this situation).
  4. Any thrower committing a headshot will be deemed “OUT”. A head shot occurs when a player is hit directly in the head by a high thrown ball.
  5. Any ball caught in bounds and that catch causes a player to fall out of bounds is legal.
  6. When a player is ruled out, that player must leave the court immediately. Failure to leave the court will result in an additional out.
A Player is NOT Out When:
  1. A thrown ball hits a player in the head or neck (exception: ducking and on the ground).
  2. If a ball hits another ball which a player has in their possession, it does not make either player out.
  3. Trapping a ball between the floor and their hands is not considered a catch or hit, thus a player cannot be ruled out.
  4. Any ball caught in bounds and that catch causes a player to fall out of bounds is legal.
Returnees:
  1. Players who have been ruled out by contact or by official may return to the game when a teammate catches a thrown ball by an opponent.
  2. Players must return to game in the order in which they were put out of the game = first out is first in.
Boundaries:
  1. During play, all players must remain within the boundary lines.
  2. Players may leave the boundaries through their end-line only to retrieve stray balls (they must also return through their end-line).
The Opening Rush:
  1. Game begins by placing the dodgeballs 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.
  2. Following a signal by the official, teams may approach the centerline to retrieve the balls. This signal officially starts the contest.
  3. Teams may only retrieve the three (3) balls on their right of the center hash. Once a ball is retrieved it must be taken behind the attack-line before it can be legally thrown.
Timing and Winning a Game:
  1. The first team to legally eliminate all opposing players will be declared the winner.
  2. A 5-minute time limit has been established for each contest. If neither team has been eliminated at the end of the 5 minutes, the team with the greater number of players remaining will be declared the winner.
  3. In the case of an equal number of players remaining after regulation, a 1-minute sudden-death overtime period will be played.
Time-outs and Substitutions:

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

5-Second Violation:

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

Rule Enforcement:
  1. During pool play or regular-season matches, 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.
  2. 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. THE COURT MONITOR’S DECISION IS FINAL – NO EXCEPTIONS!

**NOTE: During tournament play, all semi-final and final round matches will be officiated by no less than three (3) officials. These officials will rule on all legal hits, out-of-bounds, and 5-second violations.

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