HW Cup - Dodgeball

Rules & Regulations
  1. General Rules

    • Each starting line-up must consist of at least ONE female player.

    • Each team can only send in a maximum of TEN players.

    • In court, each team must have a maximum of SIX players with a minimum of ONE female player; failure to abide by this rule will result in the team being disqualified (walkover). Winning team will be awarded with THREE points. 

    • There are 6 balls, split into 2 even groups near the ends of the centreline. During the opening rush (when the game starts), players may only grab the 3 balls to their RIGHT.

    • Players are considered OUT if:

      • They step on or over a side-line or centreline

      • A thrown live ball hits their body and the ball then becomes dead;

      • They throw a live ball and it is caught by their opponent.
         

    • All players hit by the live ball are out. Thrown balls that hit the ground, the wall, other balls, or other objects before hitting the opponent are considered dead balls, and are ineligible to hit players out.

    • Players may block a thrown ball with a held ball. However, if players drop the blocking ball during the act of blocking, or if players fail to make a clean block (as in the thrown ball still ends up hitting or grazing players’ bodies afterwards), players are considered out.

    • Players who are out must line up on the side in the order they got out (think of it as being in a “resurrection” line). If players’ teammates catch a ball, the player at the start of the resurrection line comes back into play after touching the wall (the teammate must be in the line at the time of the catch to be eligible to be brought back in). If players step in from the side lines, they will be considered dead.

    • Players in the resurrection line cannot hold game balls.

    • Players can only hold a ball for 10 seconds; beyond that will be considered dead. Dead balls need to be rolled over immediately to the other team.

    • The game will be played for 10 minutes. If all players have been eliminated and there is still time left on the clock, the game will be reset. After 10 minutes, the game will turn to sudden death of 2 minutes.

      • After 2 minutes of sudden death, the team with the higher number of players standing will be considered the winner of the match. If the number of players is equal at the end of the 2 minutes sudden death match, it will be considered a draw.

      • Each side will begin with 3 balls on the ground.

      • No tanking will be allowed (players are only to dodge and catch the balls).
         

    • Ball treatment:

      • No kicking, crushing, dunking or playing basketball with the dodgeball is allowed.

      • Kicking a ball at an opponent during a game or in a showdown will result in the kicker being called out.

      • Players are not allowed to intentionally interfere with the opponents during the opening rush.
         

    • Substitution and Timeouts:

      • Not allowed during a game unless there is an injury. The same 6 players who start a game shall end the game. Substitution may occur after each point is made.

      • Only substitutes (players who did not start the game) are eligible to replace an injured player. A male substitute can only replace an injured male player, but a female substitute can replace either an injured male or female player.

      • In the case where no substitutes are available, the team will play short, or forfeit the game if the injured player is the last live player.

    • Attire & Safety

      • Players must wear proper gym strip with their respective house’s jerseys. Shirtless or other shirts are not allowed. Clothing must not endanger the safety of other players.

      • Players may not use clothing or accessories to provide unfair advantage, or unfairly inhibit or assist the movement of the ball to make a catch or throw.

      • Clothing (uniforms and accessories) is considered part of a player’s body. However, fallen off garments not attached to a body cannot be hit, or called out.

      • Players are not allowed to play with gloves; bare hands only. Wraps for supporting recovering injuries are acceptable.

      • Players without proper footwear are not permitted to play. For example, sandals, slippers, flip flops, marking shoes, dress shoes and going barefoot are not allowed.

    • Officials

      • Each game will have one referee, who will make the official calls of the game. The referee may seek assistance from the linesman.

      • There will be one volunteer at each side of the court who will help the referee to spot if players step out of the court line.

      • Two ball pickers will be present in each side of the court to return balls to the playing area.

      • 2 referees will be allocated for semi-final and final games.

      • Student helpers will be assigned as the linesman for every game