Under 10 minutes
To develop an understanding of teamwork.
Skills Practiced: Throwing, catching and evasion.
Before You Start
- Review dodgeball safety rules, especially throwing only below the waist.
- Teach and fairly enforce a consequence for throwing above the waist.
- Explain the rules to players and ask them to explain the game back to you.
Use any rectangle with a center line as a play area and soft, foam dodgeballs, such as Gator Skin balls.
How to Play
- This game is very similar to standard dodgeball.
- Players start spread out with each team on one side of the center line.
- Distribute the balls evenly between the teams.
- Upon the start signal everyone can begin throwing.
- There are four ways to get “out”:
- If a player is hit below the waist.
- If s/he tries to catch the ball and drops it.
- If s/he throws the ball and someone on the other team catches it before it bounces.
- If a player goes out of bounds while trying to avoid being hit.
- When any of the above happens, that player must go out of bounds on the other team’s side.
- Players outside the boundaries must get the ball anytime it goes out of bounds on that side.
- They are still trying to get the opposite team’s players out.
- At any time, players can pass to their teammates, whether those teammates are in or out.
- The game ends when all players from one team are outside the boundaries.
- If a player outside the boundaries hits an opponent, s/he returns to her/his team inside the boundaries.
- Players can be placed outside the boundaries to start with.
- Limit the area where players can go once they get out i.e., only behind the end line.
- Allow players to only throw underhand.