Dodging For The Dogs 2nd Annual Dodgeball Tournament Sunday January 13, 2019
Dodgeball Tournament Rules
- The Dodgeball Court will be Approximately 90 feet x 30 feet. There will be a Center Court line, where balls will be lined up to start. Since this court is larger than typical Dodgeball courts, there will be two additional lines, 25 feet from the wall, which the opposing team cannot cross unless it is the Showdown.
- Dodgeball is primarily self-refereed, and played with the honor rules. There will be one referee to watch the time and to announce the Showdown. Referees start the game, confirm hits and catches, and count ball possession time.
- There are 6 balls, lined up on Center Court. At the start, all players must be touching the back wall. When it is Go time, all balls at Center Court are fair game.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Have fun, shake hands, make friends and be spirited!
- If there is only 1 player left from each team, showdown goes into effect after 10 seconds. The procedure for showdown is:
- Referees count down 10 seconds, ending with “showdown” to pause the game.
- The centerline boundary and throw lines are dissolved, while the sidelines remain active boundaries.
- Players begin with 2 balls in their hands at their respective walls.
- The other 2 balls go at the ends of the centerline.
- When ready, showdown begins with a “3, 2, 1, showdown” from the referee.
- Tagging the opponent in a showdown will not count; balls must be released in order to hit someone out.
- There is no 10 second dead ball count.
- If a victor can’t be determined, then a showdown rematch will occur.
All participants must attend the Players meeting at noon prior to the first match being played at 12:30pm. All rules will be discussed then.
Depending on the number of teams registered, two courts may be playing at the same time.
ATTIRE & SAFETY
- Shirtless play is not allowed. Clothing must not endanger the safety of other players.
- Players may not use clothing or accessories to provide unfair advantage, or unfairly inhibit or assist the movement of the ball to make a catch or throw.
- Clothing (uniforms and accessories) is considered part of a player’s body. However, fallen off garments not attached to a body cannot be hit, or called out.
- Players are not allowed to play with gloves, bare hands only. Wraps for supporting recovering injuries are acceptable.
- Players without proper footwear are not permitted to play. For example, sandals, slippers, flip flops, marking shoes, dress shoes, and going barefoot are not allowed.
- Since this is a fundraiser, you are welcome to be creative in your dress, as long as it is appropriate. Feel free to dress up in costumes or team uniforms that go with your team name or business. However, proper gym shoes are required for your safety on the turf.