Benchball Rules

Pentasport Benchball Rules

***Rules applicable for all sports: To be eligible for playoffs, participants should play in at least 3 regular season games for their team. The purpose of the league reps are not to referee the games. Team captains and their teams are expected to referee their own games responsibly. League Reps will step-in to make important calls and clarify rules at their own discretion. If issues arise, team captains are asked to come together and speak to the League Rep. No other player except for a team captain should approach the League Rep with issues***

  1. Please be at the courts 10 minutes before the start of your game. Teams consist of 6 players (minimum 2 females) on the court at one time. The team with the most points after 50 minutes wins. The league rep will announce that it is the last game when it is almost at the 50 minute mark to their discretion.
  2. Teams begin the game with 5 players on their side of the court and one player standing on a bench located at the back of the opponent’s court. Everyone on your team must have a turn starting on a bench. Any team member may be on the bench after everyone has had a turn.
  3. Players cannot cross the center line (except if they are making their way to stand on the bench). If a player steps on or crosses the line when in the motion of throwing a ball, it will not count).
  4. The object of the game is to throw the ball in the air to your teammate on the bench; if the teammate is able to catch the ball while remaining on the bench, then the thrower joins the teammate on the bench. Once all of the players on a team make it onto the bench, that team wins the game.
  5. Teams play as many games as they can within the time period allotted; each game won counts as a point in the match. The final score indicates how many games each team won.

Gameplay Start

  1. Each game starts with 3 balls on each side of centre. One player from each team starts by standing on the bench in their opponent’s end. The remaining five players on each team start by standing in front of the bench in their respective ends.
  2. A whistle is blown to start the game. The five court players on each team can then rush out to grab the 3 balls to their right and can immediately start trying to throw the balls to their teammate standing on the far bench. You do not need to bring the balls back to the bench, play beings right away.


  1. Players may only have 1 ball in their possession at a time. June 7 2018: If a player picks up a second ball, that ball is considered dead and he/she must roll the ball to the opposing team.
  2. Players may not cross the centre line unless traveling to the bench.
  3. Once a player picks up a ball, he/she has 10 seconds to throw the ball. If a player takes longer than 10 seconds, he/she must roll the ball to the opposing team so that they have a chance to throw it. You cannot repeatedly pick up and drop a ball to keep it for longer.
  4. A player on the bench may only catch 1 ball at a time.
  5. A clean catch is one that is caught without the ball touching the bench, ceiling, wall, or floor. As well, the player catching can’t touch the wall or floor in the process of catching the ball. You may catch a ball from a deflection (as long as it is not deflected off the bench, ceiling, wall, or floor).
  6. A player on the bench may deflect the ball to another player on the bench and if it is caught, this is a clean catch provided both players who touch the ball remain on the bench the entire time.
  7. April 19 2016: Due to safety reasons, players may not be lifted up by another player(s) at any time while on the bench or otherwise.
  8. Once a clean catch is made, the ball may be thrown back to his/her teammates and the thrower of the clean catch may run across centre and join the bench player(s). The runner may not interfere with play while running across to join the bench player(s).
  9. Defending teams cannot go in the taped off area behind the bench on their end. This are belongs to the other team only. 
  10. Players on the bench can retrieve balls behind the taped off area and throw it back to their teammates
  11. Teams cannot hoard the balls; players should make an effort to keep the balls in motion. If the League Rep notices that a team is hoarding the balls, he/she has the discretion to roll some of those balls to the opposing team.
  12. May 29 2018: a player may reach over the centre or taped off area as long as no part of their body touches the line, or touches the floor in an area over the line.


  1. If a team has only 1 player left on the court (i.e. the rest of their players have made it onto the bench), once that player throws a ball that is caught by one of his/her teammates, the game is won (the last player does not have to actually run over and stand on the bench).
  2. In the event that each team has only 1 player remaining on the court, whichever player’s throw is caught by their teammates first will determine the winner. In the event that the catches are simultaneous (or too close to determine which was first), the game will be declared a draw and no points will be given out.
  3. All players, not including the final ball thrower, have to be on the bench at the moment the final ball is caught for the win to be valid.
  4. April 16 2018: In the event where multiple balls are caught resulting in all remaining team members to be eligible to reach the bench, the last player to have their ball caught must remain on the court and throw another ball to validate the win. If multiple balls from the same team are caught at the same time to end the game, the team has the option to choose which player will go and who remains.