Dodgeball Rules

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 thrown ball
  • Catching a LIVE ball thrown by your opponent before it touches the ground.
  • A player is eliminated if they drop a ball while attempting to make a catch or a ball is knocked out of their hand by an attacking ball.
  1. DURATION OF THE GAME Games are played as x2 20 minute halves with a few breaks in between. If there are games that run long, or short, this may affect the set time for the game, and the halves. At half time, teams will swap ends of the court.
  2. THE FIELD The game may be played indoors or outdoors. The playing field is usually a rectangle at least 50 ft long and at least 30 ft wide, divided into two (2) equal sections by a centre-line and attack-lines 3m from, and parallel to the centreline.
  3. THE TEAM The number of players shall be SIX (6) players NOT including sweepers.
    • There must be a minimum of two (2) Males, and Females on the field always.
    • This league requires your team to have a minimum of four (4) players, including one Male or Female to start the game
    • Please consider our Default, Forfeit, and Substitute Policy
  4. SUBSTITUTIONS Players should wait until in between games to substitute. Players who are not in the starting 6 should sit away from the court, and out of play, (unless acting as a sweeper).
  5. THE OPENING RUSH The game begins by placing the dodgeballs evenly along the centre line. Players then take a position behind their end line. Following a signal by the Staff (blowing the whistle or yelling “DODGEBALL!”), teams may approach the centreline to retrieve the balls. This signal officially starts the contest. Teams can retrieve as many balls as possible. Once a ball is retrieved it must be taken behind the attack-line by the person who collected it, before it can be legally thrown.
  6. SQUEEZING/TUGGING BALLS Players are NOT allowed to kick or squeeze the balls so that they impact the shape of the balls. If you tug a ball in the opening rush, with another player both players are required to drop the ball, and let it land where it’s dropped. 
  7. TIMING AND WINNING A GAME The first team to legally eliminate all opposing players will be declared the winner. If neither team has been eliminated after a decent period, the team with the greater number of players remaining will be declared the winner. If there are even team mates on the field, Golden Point rule will be established. The Staff will allow time for games to finish, which may result in the halves being affected.
  8. BOUNDARIES During play, all players must remain within the boundary lines. Players may leave the boundaries through their end-line only to retrieve stray balls. They must also return through their end-line.
    • 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)
    • Dead ball: A thrown ball becomes dead if it touches another ball, the floor, walls or any other object (including a person, or another player
  10. DEAD ZONE is the middle area between the centre line, and attack line. You may enter the dead zone, after the opening rush, but not to cross the centre line after the opening rush is finished. If you cross the centre line, you are out.
  11. GOLDEN POINT If a game goes on continually for a long period of time and there is an even number of players, there begins a Golden Point game. The original six players are welcomed back on the court for a new game, the first person that makes a hit, wins that game for their team.
  12. MAKING A CATCH If you catch a ball of the opposing team’s throw, you win another one of your players to enter the field. Players that are eliminated are able to return as a result of a caught ball. Players must return in the order in which they were eliminated – first off is first back on. Sometimes you need to make the other player aware you caught their ball, as it may not always be obvious to them.
  13. DEFLECTING A BALL you can use the Dodgeball in your hand/s, as a mechanism to deflect or divert a ball without touching your body. This must be a clear direction divert, if the ball still fumbles its way onto make contact with your body, you did not successfully deflect the ball. (Failed deflection). If in the act of deflecting a ball, the ball you were using to shield drops out of your hands, that is also a failed deflection, and you are out.
  14. HEAD SHOTS If a player is hit in the head by a Dodgeball, intentionally, or unintentionally, that player is safe. If the player is intentionally moving their head into the ball, the hit is counted, and the player is out.
  15. KAMIKAZE this technique is used for high risk execution. A player may jump over the middle line, and into the oppositions side, while in the air, the ball they throw must land on another player, before the executor lands on the ground. In doing this technique the player forfeits their position on the court and must immediately go off. If Urban Rec staff do not see the technique performed successfully, and with sureness, the technique will not be called.
  16. DODGING OUT OF PLAY If you are dodging a ball, and a consequence you step out of the court boundaries, then you are out.
  17. HOT BALL To reduce stalling, a violation will be called if as player hold a ball for more than 10 seconds. The staff will count you down after yelling “Hot Ball” If you still have not thrown the ball after the 10 seconds, you will be sent off.
  18. THE SWEEPER (applicable to large uncaged courts only)
    • There is 1 sweeper permitted at all times to help retrieve the balls from the outside of the court.
    • When the sweeper is not retrieving balls, they must back against the wall
    • Sweeper is to retrieve the balls, and return to original position, not stand in any other area of the court
    • If a player is out, they may take on the role of the sweeper, any other additional players who are out can help retrieve the balls from the outside of the court, without crossing half way, but they then must immediately return to their position in the “out box”
    • Balls are to be fed back into the game immediately, no balls may be kept out of play
    • Balls are to be rolled into the court, not hand fed into the players
    • Sweeper is not allowed to travel past half way of their own side of the court
    • If no sweeper is available, players may exit the court from the rear to retrieve their balls, must not cross the halfway lines, and must re-enter the court from the rear.
    • Only players in the game may touch and interfere with the balls. This means if you were not in the starting 6, or a sweeper, you are only a spectator, you cannot touch the balls. 
  19. WINNING TEAM The winner is the team with the greater number of goals at the end of the game. A draw will be awarded if both teams have an equal amount of goals. The winning team receives 3 points, 1 point each for drawn game and no points for a loss. Your Fun Points will affect your position on the standings. If two teams are matched on competition points, the team with the higher fun points rating will be favoured up the ladder.
  20. FAIRPLAY SYSTEM Each league night you will have an Event Host onsite, but these guys are not official referees. Urban Rec is a recreational league which practices a fair-play and fun-first policy, meaning you should be making your own calls on the game. The Event Host will be there to make the calls not made by individuals, keep time, and help guide the games within the game play rules. The Urban Rec Event Host has the final say on any issue that cannot be self-resolved.
  21. SPORTSMANSHIP All Urban Rec participants have read and agreed to the Urban Rec Code of Conduct. We also exercise a strict Disciplinary Policy. If you are seen to be rude in any way or not playing within the respect of the rules and Code of Conduct, you will be asked by the Urban Rec Staff to sub out of the game. If after returning to the game your attitude does not improve you will be asked to leave the venue, and an assessment will be made if you can play again. We do not tolerate idiots. Play fair.