THE TEAMTeams will be made up of 4 players. A minimum of 3 players will compete on a side;
others will be available as substitutes. Substitutes may enter the game in the case
of injury and/or between games.
THE FIELDThe game may be played indoors or outdoors. The playing field shall be a rectangle
at least 40 ft long and at least 20 ft wide, divided into two (2) equal sections by
a center boundary line.
THE EQUIPMENTThe official ball used in tournament and league play will be an 8" rubber-coated foam
ball. Participants must wear shoes. No metal cleats will be allowed if playing outside.
THE GAMEThe object of the game is to eliminate all opposing players by getting them "OUT".
This may be done by:
1. Hitting an opposing player with a thrown ball below the shoulders.
2. Catching a ball thrown by your opponent before it touches the ground. Game begins
by placing the dodgeballs along the centerline or giving equal number of balls to
each team. Players then take a position behind their end line. Following a signal
by the official, teams may approach the centerline to retrieve the balls. This signal
officially starts the contest. The first team to legally eliminate all opposing players
will be declared the winner. A 10-minute time limit has been established for each
contest. If neither team has been eliminated at the end of the 10 minutes, the team
with the greater number of players remaining will be declared the winner. In the case
of an equal number of players remaining after regulation, 3-minute sudden-death overtime
period will be played.
RULE ENFORCEMENTRules will be enforced primarily by the "honor system"*. Players will be expected
to rule whether or not a hit was legal or whether they were legally eliminated. A
field or court monitor will supervise all contests*. The field or court monitor’s
responsibility will be to rule on any situation in which teams cannot agree. THE FIELD
MONITOR’S DECISION IS FINAL – NO EXCEPTIONS.
BOUNDARIESDuring play, all players must remain within the boundary lines. Players may leave
the boundaries only to retrieve stray balls.
MATCH PLAYOutdoor matches will be decided using a "best-of-three" format in which the first
team to win two (2) games will be declared the winner. Indoor matches will use the
“best-of-five” format in which the first team to win three (3) games will be declared
PROTESTSProtests will only be accepted in cases involving use of an ineligible player. Protests
of judgment calls will not be accepted.
1. Understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game.
Code of Conduct
2. Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.
3. Respect your opponent and congratulate them in a courteous manner following each
match whether in victory or defeat.
4. Be responsible for your actions and maintain self-control.
5. Do not taunt or bait opponents and refrain from using foul or abusive language.