Dodgeball Rules

•• Rules For All Sports: To be eligible for playoffs, participants must play in at least 3 regular season games for their team. The purpose of the League Rep(s) are not to referee the games. Team captains and their teams are expected to referee their own games accordingly and responsibly. League Rep(s) will step-in to make important calls and clarify rules at their own discretion. If issues arise, team captains are asked to speak with the League Rep(s). No players except for captains should approach the League Rep(s) with issues. ••

  1. Teams will be split off onto two courts where there will be round robin play for 1.5 hours. Each team will get a minimum of 24 games total against 3 or 4 other teams.
  2. Each match against an opposing team consists of a best of 3 games (the team that wins two of the three games wins the match). In the event a team wins the first two games, the last game still must be played.
  3. (Updated 10/14/18) The team with the highest number of matches won (1st place) will get 3 points in the standings, 2nd place will get 2 points, and 3rd place 1 points. If there’s a tie for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, the ranking will be determined by the teams’ head-to-head records (in sets).
  4. Teams consist of 6 players on the floor to start each game (2 of which must be girls)
  5. Dodgeball is self-refereed, and played within the honour system. The League Reps will be there to help with officiating and the 10 second countdown. In the event there are 5 teams on site, the team that is sitting off during that match is expected to volunteer 4 referees (2 on each side).
  6. There are 6 balls, split into 2 even groups near the ends of the centerline. During the opening rush (when the game starts), you may only grab the balls to your right. The ball must touch the back wall before being thrown.
  7. You are out if: 1) you step on or over a sideline or centerline; 2) a thrown live ball hits your body; and 3) you throw a live ball and it is caught by an opponent.
    • In the scenario where a ball hits and bounces off you, you are out at the specific point in time of any one of the below situations:
      • the moment ball touches teammate
      • the moment teammate catches ball
      • the moment ball hits ground
      • the moment ball hits wall
    • Theoretically then, if your opponent hits you and the ball bounces up in the air, you still have time before any of the four situations above occur to throw your ball and get your opponents out.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
  12. 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 centerline, and the centerline is dissolved. The first player to get the other player out wins.
  13. (Updated 11/01/18) Headshots: All shots to the head count as a hit. However, in accordance with league regulations, any intentional headshots, repeat violations, or intent to injure by throwing at an opponents’ head may result in a warning, and subsequent removal from the set and/or game by a league rep. Further disciplinary action may be taken by the committee.
  14. (Updated 11/26/18) There are NO sacrificial throws allowed. That means players can not deliberately jump over or cross the middle or any boundary lines to throw a ball — that thrown ball will not count and the player who threw it is automatically out. However, if the thrown ball is caught, the catch will still count.

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 i) Game will be set for 50 mins. Team with the most amount of wins within that hour will win the head to head matchup. Breaks will be given at set intervals.

ii) Every 3 games played will have a 1 min break. After 25 mins there will be a 5 min scheduled break.

iii) If teams are tied at the end, one more match will be played as a tie breaker. Regular rules apply, winner takes all.