• When: June 7, 2014 at 7PM
  • Where: Metuchen SportsPlex (http://www.metuchensportsplex.com/)
  • Cost: 6 Play in a Game (may have 2 additional players)
    • Register by May25
    • Adult Teams = $125  Teen Teams= $75
    • Register After or Day Of
    • Adult Teams= $150   Teen Teams= $100


When registering a team, the person’s name associated with that registration will be the Team Captain, who is responsible for making sure team has at least 6 players (allowed up to 8) and will be the one who will be checking in the team the day of tournament.

Dodgeball Tournament Coordinator: Ryan Toth-  ryanptoth[at]yahoo.com.



The Team

Teams will be made up of 6 players. At least one of these players must be female. Up to 2 additional players may accompany the team as substitutes. Teams should be same color shirts/uniforms.

The Format

The tournament will be a round robin format. Teams will be divided randomly onto one of 3 courts and will play each of the other teams assigned to that court in a round-robin style, playing a single four-minute game.

Round-robin games will determine seeds and playoff bracketing that will have two skill divisions for the playoffs: the Vegas League and the Average Joes’ League. All of the matches will be four minutes long including playoffs. For fun we will have the Champions of both leagues meet for the ultimate title of “Grand Champion”.

Each league will have a single elimination tournament to determine a winner. Games will be best two out of three four minute games. Refs will monitor all games.

The Game

The object of the game is to eliminate players on the other team. You can do this by throwing a live ball and hitting an opposing player anywhere besides their head or face (because that is just plain mean). If a player ducks and gets hit in the head then they are still out. If you catch a live ball from an opposing player, then the thrower is out and a new player from the catching team can come in. First out first in.


Once play begins players may not step outside of the boundaries or lines or they will be called out. If they step out at all to get a ball they are out. They must stay in at all times. Other teammates or other players from other teams will help the current team playing get balls and hand it to them. Once a player is out they can help their team get balls. If a player steps OVER the midline while throwing or on the rush they will be called out. Or if a player steps OVER a boundary line they will be called out.

Head Shots

High throws or attempts to hit someone in the head will result in the refs giving you a warning. Three warnings and you’re out. And seriously, that is just poor form so don’t do it. If someone is ducking, diving, dipping, or otherwise “dodging” and gets hit in the head, though, they are OUT.


You may use a ball to block an incoming ball. If you lose control of the held ball you used to block – you drop it and it hits the ground or another object – then you are out. If you are blocking and the opposing ball hits your ball and then hits you, you are OUT – you didn’t block very well. If an incoming ball hits your ball and then then you catch it, that is a legal catch. NOTE: An incoming ball is only live to the first contacted person. So if a ball hits your ball and then your teammate, your teammate is still in. Or if a ball hits your ball and then your teammate catches it  – nothing happens.


Each game will last four minutes and the team with the most players at the end of the time limit will win the game. If teams are tied they go to an overtime. When the first person on a team gets out the game is over and the other team wins. Only 1 minute overtime, if no one out then it is a tie. No ties in playoffs you keep playing. Referees must yell out when 1 minute is left in a game then 30 second mark and 10 second mark.

Time-Outs & Substitutions

There will be no Time-Outs allowed, except in the case of injuries. Substitutions are not allowed during any individual game. Teams may switch the roster with substitutes before the start of any game.

Rule Enforcement

All contests will be supervised by an event referee. THE REFEREE’S DECISION IS FINAL NO EXCEPTIONS

Bulldog Dodgeball Code of Conduct
  • Be a good sport
  • Remember this is for kids and some may be present
  • Say thank you to your refs – they are all volunteering and doing their best
  • Understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game
  • Be nice to other teams – they are here for the right reasons too
  • Don’t be a hyena out there