UK Dodgeball

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The UK Dodgeball Association is the officially recognised National Governing Body of Dodgeball in the UK. Founded in 2005 the association is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the sport and represents the home nations internationally.

Dodgeball is a fast paced high intensity game played right across the world by people of all ages. Dodgeball is a non-contact elimination game played by 2 teams of 6 players. The object of Dodgeball is to eliminate your opponents before they eliminate you.

The UKDBA is the National Governing Body for the sport of Dodgeball and has rule variations for adults, under 16's and under 11's. You will find all of these including the court dimensions below.

To ensure maximum enjoyment and that the game is played safely and correctly it is important to use the correct dodgeballs for the correct age group.

Playing Dodgeball

Starting the Game

  • 2 teams of 6 players begin the game with 1 foot or hand touching the
    end line or wall
  • 3 balls in the centre zone
  • Maximum of 3 players race to collect the balls from the centre zone
  • Balls must then go back beyond the player return line

Playing the Game

  • A game = 3 minutes
  • A match = best of 3, 5 or 7 games
  • Substitutions are allowed between the 3 minute periods
  • You can use a ball in your possession to block a thrown ball - when blocking you must be in full control of the ball at all times

5 Second Rule and Valid Throw

  • The leading team (the team with the most players on court) has 5 seconds from the referees call to throw the majority of the balls in their possession. If both teams have equal number of players then the 5 second rule applies to both teams
  • The leading team can always hold on to 1 ball
  • The losing team (the team with the least players on court) can hold on to the balls for as long as they like
  • The leading team in a game must make a valid attempt when throwing the balls (Valid attempt = throw with intent to get someone out)

Elimination (Getting Out)

  • Hit by a Dodgeball thrown by an opponent on the full
  • An opposition player catches a Dodgeball that you have thrown
  • Stepping over the centre zone lines or out of court
  • You lose control of the ball you are holding due to an opponent's throw
  • Punching or kicking the Dodgeball


  • A successful catch brings a teammate back in to the game. First Out First In
  • The catcher may fumble the ball and make a successful catch as long as the ball has not touched anything else.

The Save Rule

  • You can SAVE a teammate from getting OUT if you catch a ball deflected off them without the ball having touched another player or surface
  • A SAVE does not eliminate the thrower

Winning a Game

  • Eliminating all the opposition players
  • Having more players still in play at the end of a game

Variations for under 16's:

  • A game = 2 minutes
  • A match = best of 3, 5 or 7 games

Head shots

  • Head shots do not count and both players will remain IN, unless:
  • They have their back turned to the opposition and are struck on the back of the head
  • They use their head to block an opposing throw
  • They are ducking down whilst the ball strikes them on the head and the head is therefore preventing the ball from hitting another part of the body
  • The thrower is out if they strike an opponent above the shoulders deliberately

Elimination (differences)

  • Stepping over the 2nd centre zone line at the start of a game or the 1st line during play
  • A referee will only call a player out if they step over the side lines by a large distance or to avoid being hit by the ball

Valid Throw

  • Players will not be called out for an invalid attempt. However throws must not be deliberately thrown out. Players will receive a warning for an invalid attempt, a further invalid attempt may result in a player being called out

Variations for under 11's: (including all of the above under 16 variations)

  • 2 teams of 4 players begin the game with 1 foot or hand touching the end line or wall