Southwest Dodgeball Tournament Official Rules
The Team

Teams are co-ed and made up of 10-14 players. 10 players will compete on
each side; additional team members will be available to rotate in. 4 women
have to start each game.

The Field

The game will be played outdoors on grass. The playing field will be a rectangle
40 feet long, 23 feet wide, and a 3 foot sideline, divided into two equal sections
by a center-line and throw lines 5 feet from, and parallel to the center line.

The Equipment

The official ball used in the tournament play is a 7 inch rubber-coated foam


The tournament kicks off with all teams playing five 20–minute matches, totaling 100 minutes worth of dodgeball.
Matches may consist of 5-10 individual games.
Teams earn points for each match won.
At the end of Match Play, the teams with the greatest number of points move on to the Tournament Round.


The teams with the greatest number of matches won move on to single-elimination tournament style play.
Teams play 20 minute matches with the winner moving on to the next round, until the Dodgeball Grand Champions are crowned.
Awards await the winners.

The Game

-You are out when a ball hits you then hits the ground.
-If a ball hits the ground or wall before a player it is a dead ball.
-You cannot get more than 1 player out on a single throw.
-You can deflect a ball using another ball.
-If a ball is deflected it becomes a dead ball.
-If you catch a ball the person who threw the ball is out.
-If you throw a high ball over the fence you are out.
-When you are tagged out, hold your hands above your head as you walk
quickly to the sidelines.

The Opening Rush

The game begins by placing 6 dodgeballs along the center line. Players take a
position at their fence. Following a signal by the official, teams may approach
the centerline to retrieve the balls, this starts the game. The two balls
positioned to the teams left are their balls. The two balls in the middle are fair
game for either team. Once a ball is retrieved it must be taken behind their own
throw line before it can be legally thrown.

Timing and Winning

Each round in pool play will be 20 minutes. The team with the most games
won within that time will win the match.

Warning System

If a player is not playing in the spirit of the tournament they will receive a
yellow warning card from the official. If it happens a second time that player
will receive a red card and will be removed from the tournament; with no
refunds issued.
The first time a player throws a high ball, they will receive a yellow card. If the
player does it a second time that player will receive a red card and will be
removed from the game.


In order to reduce stalling, the referee will give a verbal encouragement to get
the teams to throw the ball. The team with more balls will have 5 seconds to
throw the balls they possess.

Rule Enforcement


Southwest Dodgeball Code Of Conduct
  1. Understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game
  2. Respect the integrity and judgement of the game officials and S.D. Staff
  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