Dodgeball Rules

Dodgeball Rules

Cities and Sports is all about fun.  We want you to enjoy yourself and play some great games. 

To make our games complete we must abide by a few rules.  We have listed the rules for dodgeball.


1. A team consists on up to 14 players, but 8 play at once.  The format is 5 males and 3 females playing at one time.  A team must have a minimum of 6 players from the team roster on the court with at least 2 females at one time.  If your team only has 2 females, only 5 males can play.  If the minimum number of players is not met, it can result in a forfeit unless the opposing team consents to play.  If the opposing team consents, then it will be an official game.  The decision must occur before game play begins.  


2.  All players must be wearing athletic attire.  No street shoes or marking shoes will be allowed.  We reserve the right to disqualify any team for inappropriate attire, poor sportsmanship or conduct.  


3.  A team may have additional players that may enter in succeeding matched, but no substitutions can occur once the match has started.  The 8 people that start that match, are the same 8 people to continue that match.


4.  A game will be 9 matches.  Each match will last a maximum of 6 minutes.  The match is over when all of one team’s players are eliminated, or if time elapses, the team with the most players left wins.  If, after time has expired, there is a tie, then there will be a 2 minute sudden-death period between the remaining players where the first team to have a player eliminated loses.

If there is still a tie then it is a double sudden-death overtime in which there will be a “duel” between the two team captains.


5.  Six balls will be used.  4 Large and 2 small balls.  The 2 small balls can only used by females.  If a male does catch a small ball, the female is out.  However, he must throw the small ball down to be used for a female.  If a male throws, or deflects using a small ball it will not count.


6.  Officials will place all 6 balls at the mid-court line.  Players must start behind their own end line before the start of play.  Play will commence upon the sounding of the whistle or horn.  Any or all members of either team may try and gain possession of any of the 6 balls located at the centerline.  Once in play, the balls must be carried back past the strike like, then play can begin- in other words a ball can’t be thrown until it is carried back to the strike line.  Each team must have at least 1 large ball at all times.  If they do not have a large dodgeball, the opposing team must give them one ball by throwing it over the mid-court line.  Players must throw the balls within 10 seconds of possession.  The team with the majority of the large balls, must throw first.


7.  A player will be eliminated when at least on of the following events occurs: (1) A player is struck below the neck by a ball thrown by their opponent (the player will still be considered eligible if the ball that struck them was caught by themselves or a teammate before it hit the ground or wall.) (2) The ball their threw was caught by someone on the opposite team.  If this happens the opposite team also gets a player out of the Queue (penalty box).  (3) They step over the mid-court line.  A ball is considered dead once it hits the wall, curtain or floor.  Deflections off the floor, wall, court dividers, rafters, do not count as an out if caught.  Deflections off a teammate-where the ball does not hit the ground or wall before hitting the second player do count, and both players are out.  If a dodgeball hits an opposing player but gets caught by one of the hit player’s teammates, the thrower is out, a player gets reinstated, and the player who got hit stays in.


8.  When a player gets out, they must stand on the sideline.  They can only reenter if someone on their team catches a ball.  They must enter in the same order that they got out.