Here are 10 easy rules that capture the basics of dodgeball.

  1. The typical dodgeball court is about the size of a small volleyball court, with a centerline and 2 sidelines.
  2. Dodgeball is primarily self-refereed, and played with the honor rules. During league play, there are 4 referees, in which 2 are stationed at the end of the centerline, that  help facility the game. Referees start the game, confirm hits and catches, and count ball possession time.
  3. 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.
  4. You are out IF:
    1. You step on or over a sideline or centerline
    2. A thrown live ball hits your body
    3. You throw a live ball and it is caught by an opponent
  5. A thrown live ball can only hit out 1 player. Thrown balls that hit the ground, the wall, other balls, or any objects before hitting the opponent are considered dead balls– making it ineligible to hit players out.
  6. 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, you are out.
  7. IF you are out, line up on the side in the order you got out (think of this as a “resurrection” line). If your teammate catches a ball, the player at the start of the “resurrection” line comes back into play after touching the wall.
  8. You can only hold ball for 10 seconds, afterwards, it will be considered dead. Dead balls need to be rolled over immediately to the other team.
  9. If the game comes down to 1 player per side, they have 10 seconds to hit each other out; if not, a “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.
  10. Have fun, shake hands, make friends, and be spirited!!!!!