University of Hartford

Dodgeball Rules

(Revised 10/4/04)

Official NADA rules will be observed with the following modifications

 

THE GAME

  • The game will be played between 2 teams minimum of 5 to start, maximum of 10 players.
  • Games will consist of 10 minute running. One full time out per game.
  • Games may be shortened due to time restraints.

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Each player must present a valid UH ID card to be eligible to participate
  • All players must meet the following eligibility requirements.
  • Full-time and graduate students must have a valid UH ID and show proof of insurance before the season.
  • Faculty/Staff members must have a valid UH ID and must be members of the sports center.

 

Rosters will be checked throughout the season for eligibility

 

Good sportsmanship is a requirement of all participants.  Players and coaches are to conduct themselves properly at all times.  The Intramural office reserves the right to suspend or disqualify individuals or groups for unsportsmanlike conduct.  The team captain assumes full responsibility for the conduct of the team and spectators.  Teams must have a cumulative 2.5 sportsmanship rating average in order to be eligible for the playoffs.

 

                                                                                Summary of Dodge Ball Rules

 

  • Object of the game is to eliminate all opposing players by getting them “OUT”.  This may be done by 1) hitting an opposing player with a thrown ball below the shoulders.

2) Catching a ball being thrown by an opponent before it touches the ground.

  • Game begins by placing the dodge balls along the center line.  Players then take a position behind their end line.  Following a signal by the official, teams may approach the centerline to retrieve the balls.  This signal officially starts the contest.
  • The first team to legally eliminate all opposing players will be declared the winner.  A 10 minute time limit has been established for each contest.  If neither team has been eliminated at the end of the game, the team with the greater number of players remaining will be declared the winner.  In the case that there is an equal number of players remaining after regulation, the game will result in a tie.
  • Rules will be enforced primarily by the “Honor System”.  Players will be expected to rule whether or not a hit was legal or whether they were legally eliminated.  All contestants will be supervised by a field monitor.  The field monitors responsibility will be to rule on any situation in which teams cannot agree.  THE FIELD MONITOR’S DECISION IS FINAL- NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • During play, all players must remain within the boundary lines.  Players may leave the boundaries only to retrieve stray balls on their own side of the field.

 

Sportsmanship Rating

 

Good sportsmanship is a requirement of all participants.  Players and coaches are to conduct themselves properly at all time.  The IM office reserves the right to suspend or disqualify individuals or groups for un-sportsman like conduct.  The team captain assumes full responsibility for the conduct of the team and spectators.  Un-sportsman like conduct includes activities but are not limited to an ethical, fair, honorable individual; it consists of acts of deceit, disrespect, or vulgarity and includes taunting.

 

Each team will receive a sportsmanship rating from the official(s) and/or supervisor at the conclusion of the game.

 

1)       The officials will rate each team using the following guidelines:

 

4         (Excellent) – Maintains an excellent attitude of complete cooperation.  Full and complete support of the officials, staff and supervisor.

3         (Above Average) – Given to a team when there is no incident of poor sportsmanship.  Respect for opponents, officials, and staff.

2         (Average) – Given to a team that is beginning to show poor sportsmanship, disrespect towards officials, minor infractions are present.  Poor behavior limited to individuals, not to entire team.

1      (Below Average) – Given to a team if players, other then the captain, persist  in questioning  officials decisions repeatedly or argue with the officials and staff.  Frequent use of profane or vulgar language, players endangering the welfare of others, alcohol or drug use by players or spectators, spectators clearly related to the team fail to cooperate with the officials and staff.

0      (Poor) – Given to a team when players possess all the behaviors of a 1 rating.  In addition they disregard warning of unnecessary roughness, un-sportsman like conduct, abusive language or action, Etc.  Examples include fighting, bench clearings, ejected players for fighting, destructive or damage to IM property, no attempt of a team to control their fans and their interference in a game, striking an official or staff member.