Overview of Tournament Format
The format will be a Blind-Draw Double-Elimination Tournament for all divisions. To participate in the “COED” Division the team must have at least two female players on the court for the start of each game. Each team will be blindly/randomly placed into their division’s bracket. After a team loses their first game they will enter the lower/loser’s bracket and continue playing until they incur their second loss. The team advancing all the way through the upper/winner’s bracket will then play the last remaining team from the lower/loser’s bracket. The lower/loser’s bracket team will then have to win two consecutive games against the upper/winner’s bracket team to win their division’s tournament. The upper/winner’s bracket team will only require one win to claim the division championship.
IMPORTANT: Each set of games will commence at a specific time listed on the bracket. Therefore, each team is expected at their respective court two (2) minutes prior to the game start time. We will announce the team names over the loud speaker at the event prior to the start of each match. If no team members are at their assigned court by two (2) minutes after the game start time, the game is forfeit to the opposing team; granted that the opposing team is at the assigned court in the same time regulations. If some, but not all, of a team’s players are at their assigned court by two (2) minutes after the start time the team will play with those player’s only for the duration of the game.
King of the Court
Unlimited Additional Games (for Fun) for Eliminated Teams
For any/all teams who are eliminated from their division’s tournament, we will open a court for those teams to continue playing dodgeball games after intermission. The format will be a friendly ‘King of the Court’ style where each interested team will play games in order of sign-up (we will use a white-board to keep track). If your team wins its game, you will continue to play until beaten or you decide you’ve had enough dodgeball and decide to give up the court. Two referees will assist in each of these games, but the honor code still applies. Get your dodgeball fill and have fun!
OUR DODGEBALL RULES:
1. Teams and Players:
a. Teams must consist of six or more players. Only six will participate in a single game.
b. A player must be eighteen (18) years or older at the time of the tournament. There are
no rules with respect to the gender make-up of teams. To participate in the “COED
Division” the team must have at least two female players on the court for the start of each game.
c. There shall only be six players per team for a game. There are no substitutions during a
game. A team may alternate players for different games.
2. The Court:
a. The game will be played on a lined court. There is a center line and
outside boundary lines. Court dimensions may or may not meet official dodgeball regulations due
to limited space or inclement weather.
b. Team Sides: During game play, any players from a team must remain on their team’s
side which is the space between the sidelines from the end-line to the center line. Each
team’s attack line is the center line.
3. Game Balls: The games will be played with six (6) Dodgeballs of the same color.
4. The Game:
a. Each game begins with each team having six (6) players. The object of the game is to
eliminate all opposing players by getting them “OUT.” Play is continuous as each team
makes attempts at throwing the other team’s players out until all of the players of one
team are out.
b. Opening Rush: The game begins with three (3) balls placed equidistant from
the center line on each team’s side. All players must take a position behind their end
line. Following a whistle by the official, teams may retrieve the three balls on their
team’s line. Each team may only retrieve the three balls on their side of the
center line. Once a ball is retrieved, it is live and may be thrown.
c. A player may NOT step on or over the Center Line.
d. A player is “OUT”:
i. When they are struck by a “live” ball thrown by an opposing player before the
ball strikes the ground or other permanent structure/surface. A player has been
struck by a ball if it has touched their clothing, uniform or jewelry; and,
ii. When their throw attempt is caught by a player of the opposing team, inside the
boundaries, while the ball is “live”, even if it hit another player first; and,
iii. When a player leaves the Court as set forth more specifically in h. below.
e. A ball that hits a player remains live and may be caught by that player or another player
on his team. If caught by the hit player, the hit player is not out. If caught by another
player, the hit player is out, the throwing player is out, and a player returns to the hit
player’s team as a result of the catch (see i. below).
f. If a thrown ball hits more than one player while live, and hits the ground, all players that
have been hit are out.
g. A “live” ball is a ball that has been thrown by an opposing team player that has not
touched the floor/ground, another ball, an official or any other item outside of the
playing field. A ball remains live after hitting another player until it becomes dead as
i. During play, all players must remain inside the boundary lines of the Court,
except when retrieving a ball.
ii. No player may leave the court of play to avoid being hit by a ball; if doing so, the
offending player is out.
iii. Stepping over any boundary line is considered leaving the court.
iv. If a player is hit by a live ball while out of bounds to retrieve a ball, the player is not out.
v. If a player goes out of bounds to catch a ball, it is NOT a catch of a live ball, and
no player is out. The player going out to catch the ball may return to the court
as if retrieving a ball, the throwing player is not out.
vi. A player may not step on or past the center line; if so you are out. If a player throwing
a ball steps on or past the center line after clearly releasing the ball, the ball is live and
the throwing player is out. If it is not clear that the throw was released before
the player stepped on or over the attack line, then the thrower is out and the
throw is NOT LIVE and cannot put any other player out.
vii. Retrieving: A player may leave the boundaries to retrieve stray balls, but must
retrieve a ball and return to the Court immediately upon retrieving a ball
through their team’s end-line. A player may not retrieve a ball that is not on
his/her team’s side of the CENTER LINE.
i. Effect of Being Out and Return:
i. When a player is out, they must immediately drop any ball in their possession
and retire to the Player Return Area below their team’s end-line to line up with
any teammates in the order in which they are put out.
ii. Players that are out are not permitted to retrieve balls or deflect balls to the
players on the Court.
iii. Players are allowed to return from the Player Return Area if their teammate
catches a live ball from the opponent. The players must return to the Court in
First Out First In order and must return through their team’s end-line.
j. Blocking: A player may block a live ball with another ball in his possession. The ball that
has been blocked is no longer a live ball, and cannot put another player out except the
blocking player (see ii. Below). All blocks must be made cleanly. If a player using a ball
i. Drops the blocking ball as a result of contact from a live ball; or,
ii. The thrown ball strikes the blocking player after the block; or,
iii. Hits the fingers or hand of the blocking player, then the blocking player is out. A
player may block a live ball, then throw the blocking ball down and catch a live ball,
which will result in the throwing player being out.
5. Timing and Winning a Game: The first team to legally eliminate all opposing players will
be declared the winner. There will be no time limit per game, and no overtime.
6. Time Outs: There are NO time outs.
7. Rule Enforcement:
a. Rules and outs will be enforced on an honor system. Each player is expected to leave
the Court when they are out. Players who do not leave the court when out may be
ejected from games and/or the remainder of the tournament.
b. Officials: There will be two officials per court during tournament play to assist in rule
interpretations and to assist in calling outs. However the presence of an official does
not remove the obligation of a player to call himself or herself out; the honor system
takes precedence whether or not the official observed a player get out.
c. Challenges to Rule Interpretation: In the spirit of the game and in respect for the other
players, there will be no protests allowed. Protesting teams will be given a box of
tissues for their tears and are encouraged to return next year for another chance.
8. Special Circumstances:
a. A player exhibiting poor sportsmanship, continued questioning of the official’s
judgment, or using repeated profane language will be ejected from the game, under the
sole discretion of the official. If a player is ejected, they will remain out for the
remainder of the game and the team must continue play shorthanded. At the sole
discretion of the official, a player may be ejected for all remaining games. If player is
ejected from all remaining games his/her team will only be allowed five (5) players
on the court at the start of subsequent games, playing short handed the rest of the tournament.
b. When, in the opinion of an official, a player shows signs of impairment or injury that
may endanger themselves or others playing the game, the official will suspend the game
and such player will be immediately removed. A team may substitute for the player, if a
substitute is available, and the game will be continued from the point where it was.
9. Good Luck and Have Fun!
(Last Updated 7/10/2015)
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