a-z of sport: dodgeball

Dodgeball is a game in which players on two teams try to throw balls at each other while avoiding being hit themselves.

A young lady about to throw a dodgeball

Dodgeball is a popular recreational game, often played by children at school. However, it is popular with adults too. Dodgeball is fun, social and a great way to keep fit with most clubs welcoming all abilities.

There are many variations of the game, but generally the main objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with thrown balls, catching a ball thrown by a member of the opposing team, or forcing them to move outside the court boundaries when a ball is thrown at them.

Dodgeball is usually 6-a-side with a minimum of 2 female players on the team. There are 6 balls, if you hit someone with a throw, they are out. If they hit you, you are out. If you catch a throw you get a player back in and the thrower is out – a double swing! Head shots don't count, and there are certain penalties for this. Each set is normally around 2.5 minutes long, and the team with the most players left at this time wins the set (if they haven't got their opponents out already).

The UK Dodgeball Association (UKDBA) is the National Governing Body for Dodgeball, we work alongside the UKDBA to develop opportunities across the West of England. Visit their club finder for more information on your local clubs. 

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James Tuthill