OFFICIAL RULES DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT

THE TEAM

Teams will consist of 4-6 players. 4 players will compete on a side; others will be available as substitutes. The substitutes can only be switched between games, not during a game.
Each team must have 1 girl that is competing during each game. There can never be 4 males on the court at once.

THE FIELD

The game will be played in two pre-divided courts in Ovnshallen. Separated by nets.
There will be a center line where the balls are placed initially and 2 attack lines, a certain length from the center line.
Players may pass the attack lines to accumulate balls but cannot throw a ball ahead of your own attack line.

THE GAME

The object of the game is to eliminate all opposing players by getting them “OUT”. An OUT is scored by:

Hitting an opposing player with a LIVE thrown ball below the shoulders. If you hit a player above the shoulders, no one is out. NOTE: If a player ducks and this clearly is the cause for the player being hit above the shoulders, the player is out and the throw is considered legal. NOTE: A player who is hit by a ball that is deflected off of another player is not out.

Catching a ball thrown by an opponent. Any ball can be caught that has not yet hit the ground, netting, or ceiling. In the event of a caught ball, the thrower is deemed OUT while the first player out from the catching team is allowed back into the game.

After being deemed OUT, players must stand out of bounds in between the courts. Players who are OUT may not touch the balls or interfere with the game in any way.

BOUNDARIES

During play, all players must remain within the boundary lines showed by the netting and tape. Any player that crosses the black and yellow boundary lines (including the center line) will be deemed OUT.

THE OPENING RUSH

Game begins by placing the dodgeballs along the center line. Players then take a position behind their end line, with one foot and one hand touching the back wall. Following a signal by the official, teams may approach the centerline to retrieve the balls. This signal officially starts the contest. Once balls are retrieved from center line, they must be brought back to the respective end lines before they are considered “live”.

TIMING AND WINNING A GAME

The first team to legally eliminate all opposing players will be declared the winner. A 6-minute time limit has been established for each contest. If neither team has been eliminated at the end of the 6 minutes, the team with the greater number of players remaining will be declared the winner. If there is a tie, then it will go into overtime.

OVERTIME

If an equal number of players remain after regulation play, a sudden-death overtime period will be played.
The overtime period will begin the same as the start of a regular game with balls placed on center line and an opening rush. The first team to eliminate any ONE opposing player will be declared the winner.

5-SECOND VIOLATION AND TIMEOUTS

No Timeouts allowed or substitution.
In order to reduce stalling, a violation will be called if a team in the lead controls all 2 balls on their side of the court for more than 5 seconds.

RULE ENFORCEMENT

Rules 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. All contests will be supervised by a referee for each team playing (2 referees). The referees’ responsibilities will be to rule on any situation in which teams cannot agree. THE COURT REFERES DECISION IS FINAL – NO EXCEPTIONS.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game.
Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials and staff.
Respect your opponent and congratulate them in a courteous manner following each match whether in victory or defeat.
Be responsible for your actions and maintain self-control.
Do not taunt or bait opponents and refrain from using foul or abusive language