10 Easy Dodgeball Rules

Below are 10 easy rules that capture the basic rules of Dodgeball. Please visit here for the full version.
  1. The typical Dodgeball court is slightly larger larger than a Volleyball court, with a centre line and sidelines.
  2. There are 6 Balls, split into 2 even groups on the centre line. During the opening rush (when the game starts) you may only grab the balls on your right.
  3. If you ever touch a sideline or the centre line, you are out.
  4. If a ball thrown by the opponents hits you before it touches anything other than you, you are out. You may block with a ball, but if you drop the blocking ball while in the act of blocking, you are out. If you fail to make a clean block (as in the thrown ball still ends up hitting you after the attempted block), you are out.
  5. If you throw a ball and it is caught by an opponent, you are out.
  6. If you are out, line up on the side in the order you got out (think of it as being in an “resurrection” line).
  7. If you make a catch, the person who threw it is out and the player at the start of your team’s “resurrection” line gets to come back into play (the teammate must be in the line at the time of the catch to be eligible to be brought back in).
  8. If you get caught back in, you must touch the wall before doing anything else.
  9. You can’t hold a ball for more than 10 seconds, if you do it must be rolled over to the other team immediately or risk being called out (to see why you may be called out see the full rules).
  10. Have fun, shake hands, make friends and be spirited!