Rotary Club of Harker Heights Dodgeball Challenge

Tournament Regulations


Releases/Only One Team Per Player


No player may play until they have signed the proper Release form and given it to the Registrar. For players under the age of 18, they must have a parent or legal guardian sign the Release. Minimum age to play is 15.


No Release, no play. No exceptions.

A player may only register with and take the court for a single team during the entire tournament.

Honor System and Referees


This Tournament will be run under the Honor System: if you know you are out, then depart from the court.  The referees are there for situations where it is legitimately uncertain if someone is out and to prevent the game from stalling. This is a competition for pure fun, not to see if you can somehow avoid being called out by the referees.  We expect honesty and sportsmanlike behavior from all players.


By the same token, any decision by a referee is final. They may confer with one another at their discretion, but any referee’s ruling is like those of Judge Roy Bean: there is no appeal. If you are called out, please LEAVE THE COURT IMMEDIATELYPlease do not bicker and argue.


Team Captains


Each team shall designate a Team Captain. It is the responsibility of the Team Captain to know when his or her team is due to be on the court for a game and to have the team present at the proper court at the proper time.  Unexpected circumstances may dictate changes in scheduling that will be announced over the PA system during the Tournament, and it is the responsibility of the Team Captain to be aware of such changes and communicate them to his or her team, and have them at the proper court at the proper time to play.


Teams With More or Fewer Than 8 Players

Only 8 players per team may participate during a game, and only the players starting on the court at the beginning of a game may compete in that particular game for each side. No substitutions during a game.


Teams with less than 8 players present when the signal to commence play is given may play with however many players they have available at that time and no more. Late arriving players may NOT enter the court. A forfeit will only occur if a team has no players present when the signal to commence play is given.




Foam-core dodgeballs will be used at the Tournament, but even so, a blow by a dodgeball to a pair of eyeglasses is a situation to be avoided. Therefore players cannot wear eyeglasses on the courts.




We are all here to have some fun, so let us practice good sportsmanship at all times. Keep language and behavior appropriate. Be a good winner and a gracious loser as the case may be. May the best team win!


Rotary Club of Harker Heights Dodgeball Challenge Rules


The Opening Rush


Three dodgeballs will be placed on each side 7’ back from the center line, with two additional balls on the center line. Teams line up on the backline and wait for the signal to begin play. All dodgeballs may be immediately picked up and thrown at an opposing player.


A Player is Out If:


1) The player is hit with a ball thrown by an opposing player before that ball touches the ground or another player.

2) The player throws a ball and a member of the opposing team catches that ball before that ball touches the ground or another player.

3) The player drops a ball while attempting to block a ball.

4) The player crosses the center line (except during “Showdown”), the sidelines or the backlines.


A player may reach over a line to retrieve a ball, but may not cross the line.


General Rules


Teammates do NOT return to the game when a ball is caught.


A trapped ball (a ball that is caught at the same time the ball hits the ground) does not count as an out for either the thrower or catcher.




If play stalls, the referee will initiate a five-second countdown. The team with the most balls must throw a ball within the five-second countdown. If both teams have the same number of dodgeballs, then both teams must throw at least one ball. If a player or players fail to throw a ball within the five seconds, then the referee will select one player to be out on each team required to throw a ball.


Head Shots


Head shots are NOT allowed and any player that commits a deliberate head shot will be called out. If a referee determines a player was struck on the head unintentionally, such as by ducking into the shot, being struck by chance, etc., then no out will be called on the throwing player.




The first team to legally eliminate all opposing players will be declared the winner. A 3-minute time limit has been established for each contest (other than the Semifinals and Finals). If neither team has been eliminated at the end of the 3 minutes, the team with the greater number of players remaining will be declared the winner. If both teams have the same number of players at the end of the 3 minutes, the game is a tie.


Total players remaining in games won or tied across all games played will be the tiebreaker to determine which teams will play in the Semifinal rounds. If necessary, a single tiebreaker match will be played.


Semifinal or Final “Showdown”


If a Semifinal or Final game comes down to 1 player per side, they have 10 seconds to hit each other out; if not, “Showdown” comes into effect. The game is paused, each player gets two balls and goes to their respective backlines. Two balls are lined up at each end of the centerline, and the centerline is dissolved. The first player to get the other player out after play resumes wins.