VAVi SPORT & SOCIAL CLUB OFFICIAL ADULT DODGEBALL RULES

Please read and understand these rules before you play in your first Dodgeball game. VAVi Dodgeball Rules are based on International Dodgeball Federation Official Rules with the following exceptions/changes:

(1) HAVE FUN!! This league is meant to be a fun and social league!

(2) The referee’s decision is final – NO EXCEPTIONS. Team Captains are the only players who may approach the referee between games only. Technical Fouls and Ejections will be issued to players at any time for violating the rules or displaying unsportsmanlike conduct before, during, or after the game. Rules discrepancies and clarifications can be directed to Cjimerson@govavi.com

(3) Please be honest when you get hit by a ball and remove yourself from the game immediately. We want to keep this league fun and fair for everyone!

(4) You will play one match per night against one team. A normal match contains a maximum of 5 sets. A normal set contains a maximum of 3 games. Win the set by winning 2 games. Win the match by winning 3 sets. Rules may be modified for playoffs and time restrictions. Fifth Set: If the 5th set starts BEFORE forty-five minutes after the scheduled start of the match, a normal best-of-three set will be played. If the 5th set starts AFTER forty-five minutes after the scheduled start of the match, a single-sudden-death game will be played to determine the winner.

(5) 8 players on the court, 5 Males (max) and 2 Male/Female (min) with a 5 total player minimum to avoid forfeit, play each game with substitutions between games only. The first player who gets out will be the first player who goes back in the game if a catch is made by your team.

(6) You must THROW the ball to get someone out (No Kicking!). The first throw of the game must be made by a female. You always have 5 seconds to throw the ball once it is in your possession (possession will be determined by the referee and does not necessarily mean ball-in-hand). Your team has 10 seconds to pick up a ball and another 5 to throw it back across the court.

(7) If the ball hits you, then hits the ground, you are OUT. If you hit someone in the head with the ball who is standing straight up and not attempting to dodge, you are OUT. The referee will issue warnings for high shots so keep the ball low (that’s the strategy anyway, right?). Please see ‘Ricochet Rule’ for a better explanation.

(8) If you touch the floor of the other side of the center dividing line (the line is neutral) with any part of your body, you are OUT. Please see ‘Lines & Out of Bounds’ for more boundary lines.

(9) Technical Fouls and Ejections will be issued to players for displaying Unsportsmanlike Conduct before, during and after the ‘Match.’ A Technical Foul will result in removal from one ‘Game’ and your team will play one person down for the remainder of that ‘Game.’ If a player on your team is Ejected your team must play one player down for the remainder of the ‘Match.’ Please see the ‘Technical Fouls’ and ‘Ejections’ sections below. Teams/Captains should self-police their players to make sure their teammates are not putting themselves in a position to get ejected.

(10) HAVE FUN!! Yeah we know that was Rule #1 also, but it is the most important so it’s worth mentioning one more time.

VAVi SPORT & SOCIAL CLUB OFFICIAL DODGEBALL RULES

Technical Fouls:
Please see Rule #4 above to clarify meanings of ‘Game’ and ‘Match.’ Technical Fouls will be issued to players for violating the rules or displaying unsportsmanlike conduct. Any player that receives their first Technical Foul in any one ‘Game’ may not play for the remainder of that ‘Game.’ The First Out, First In Rule (see ‘Rules’ section below) will still apply with the remaining 7 players of that ‘Game,’ but the removed player may not sub back in until the next ‘Game.’ A Technical Foul that is issued between ‘Games’ counts toward the following ‘Game,’ therefore the next ‘Game’ must be played with 7 players as stated above.

Ejections:
The referee has the right to Eject players from the game without issuing a Technical Foul first. If a player is Ejected from the gymnasium the team must play one person down for the remainder of the ‘Match.’ The Ejected player will also be suspended for their next scheduled ‘Match.’ For extreme unsporting acts, including fighting or verbally assaulting the referee or another player, VAVi reserves the right to suspend that player indefinitely.

If a male is ejected, a male player must sit out for the remainder of the ‘Match.’ If a female is ejected, a female player must sit out for the remainder of the ‘Match.’ Teams may play with the maximum allowed on the court at their next scheduled ‘Match.’

Teams/Captains should self-police their players to make sure their teammates are not putting themselves in a position to get ejected.

If an unsporting act occurs after the match or is reported at a later time, VAVi reserves the right to Eject that player from their next scheduled ‘Match.’

Honesty Policy:
Every player is required to leave the game once they are hit and know they are hit. This includes grazing of the shirt or body. The fun of this game hinges on the honesty of its players. The referee will call everything that he sees but cannot be expected to see every single play; therefore, we are instituting this policy in order to keep the game fun and fair.

Rules:
If a catch is made prior to the ball touching the ground, a player from the “Catching” team may return to the game using the FOFI (First Out, First In) Method. Again only one of the 8 designated players is allowed to come back in the field of play. As soon as a player gets out, they must line up against their wall starting from the center and working their way out. Players that are not in the game need to stand or sit away from this line.

No High Balls:
No throw may be made above the shoulders of the tallest player on the opposing team. If this action becomes persistent, the referee has the authority to ask the violating player to leave the game/match.

General:
The first throw of each game must be done by a female player. The players have 5 seconds to get rid of the ball once the referee blows the whistle to signal the start of the game. If a female does not throw the ball within the first 5 seconds, the ball will be forfeited to the other team.

Balls caught or picked up by any player must be thrown by that player. Players have 5 seconds to throw the ball once in their possession.**Please note that the Referee will determine “possession” by if a player has control over a ball and may start the count once he/she deems possession has been made. This does not necessarily only include a ball in hand.** Failure to do so results in forfeiture of the ball to the opposing team. If a team has one 5 second violation in a game and then obtains a 2nd, the player in possession of the ball during the 2nd violation will be called out. The 5 second violation count will reset after this second violation or at the start of a new game. Players cannot intentionally put balls just over the centerline to reset the ball count. Those balls will be deemed as dead by the referee and must be turned over to the other team. Once a ball stops dead on the court, that team has 10 seconds to pick it up and another 5 seconds to throw it at the other team. Failure to do so results in forfeiture of the ball to the opposing team. The referee will not count out loud to 10 seconds; it will be his call if he feels a ball has been dead for around 10 seconds. If one player has a ball in his/her hand, blocking an opposing team’s thrown ball does not reset that person’s 5second count. Meaning everybody on the court only has 5 seconds to throw the ball—no exceptions.

Players may not deliberately pass a ball to another teammate. You may save the ball from going over the line by hitting it back towards your team, but you may not pass the ball to your teammates. If a player passes a ball to another teammate, he/she will get a warning and the other team will get the ball. If the player passes the ball again, he/she will be called out for the remainder of that game. To be clear, the referee WILL ONLY CALL this if it is OBVIOUS that a player has passed the ball to his/her teammate.

Once a thrown ball touches an object other than a person in play, that ball is ruled dead and no plays may be made on that ball. Other objects include the floor, ceiling, the wall, another ball (even if a person is holding that ball and it drops from his/her hand), etc. That means, if the ball hits any of these items, it is dead.

Once play is stopped by a referee, the ball must start in the possession (in the hands of) any player on the team. Meaning that if a ball is on the floor and a whistle is blown to stop play, a player must have a ball in hand once the whistle is blown to re-start play.

Ricochet Rule:

If a ball hits someone on your team and then hits another player on your team before hitting the ground, the second player is ONLY out if he/she made an effort to try to catch the ball. (If he/she does catch the ball, then neither he/she nor the first person who got hit is out, and the person who threw the ball from the opposing team is out.) That is, if it hits somebody and then accidentally hits another player when he/she is not looking, that other player is to remain in the game.

***If the first ball is thrown, hits you and ricochets into the air, then a second ball is thrown at you, you catch the second ball and the first ball hits the ground after you catch the second thrown ball, you are out and a player on your team comes into the game. The player who threw the second ball that is caught is out.

***If the first ball is thrown at you, hits you and ricochets into the air, then a second ball is thrown at you, hits you then the floor and the first ball is caught by a teammate, you are out and a teammate comes in. The player who threw the ricocheted ball that is caught is out.

***If the first ball is thrown, hits you and ricochets into the air, then a second ball is thrown at you, you catch the second ball and the first ball is caught by a teammate, both players on the opposing team who threw the first and second balls are out and two of your teammates come in.

Lines & Out of Bounds:
Players are not allowed to cross the center court line at any point during the match. If they do, they will be called out. However, the line is neutral, so touching the line does not result in a penalty, it is when the player crosses the line that he/she is out. If a player crosses the line in the motion of or after throwing a ball, they will be called out and if a player on the other team is hit then they will be allowed to stay in the game. (e.g. No “suicide” throws allowed where a player jumps, throws the ball in mid-air, and lands on the other side of the line. That player will be called out and if anybody is hit, he/she will be allowed to stay in the game.)

Players are not allowed to hide in the net when trying to dodge a ball. The net represents a wall. If the player jumps entirely out of bounds to avoid being hit, the referee will call that person out!

Substitutions
Only roster players may play on a team and no last minute substitutions are allowed. However, please see below “ringer clause” To add a player to the roster you must contact the VAVi office at least 24 hours before game time.

*Ringer Clause: If before your game or during the first 10 minutes of your game, you feel that a player on the opposing team is not on an official roster and could possibly affect the outcome of your game, it is the responsibility of the team captain to approach the umpire/referee and log a complaint. If the opposing team captain confirms a player on their team is not on their roster and a possible “ringer”, then the non-rostered player in question must sit out that game or the rest of the game. However, if both teams agree to play with a sub or non-rostered player, then it will be played as a true game and the player must sign a waiver form.

Complaints about subs, non-rostered players or “ringers” cannot be logged after 10 minutes into your game or at the end of your game. If you have additional questions about a non-rostered player at your court orfield, you may also call VAVi’s After-Hours Phone at 858-220-8328.

End of Game:

In the case of a 1v1 scenario: If a ball dies on one side of the court (i.e. stays dead for 10 seconds), the referee will throw the dead ball out. The players will have EXACTLY 5 SECONDS AFTER THE BALL ENTERS THEIR SIDE OF THE COURT to throw it back across (much like the beginning of the game). If they don’t get it back over within 5 seconds, the ball is forfeited to the other side. If that player doesn’t get it back within 5 seconds, the ball is forfeited to the other side once again. If this player doesn’t get the ball back within the 5 seconds, he/she is called out and the game is over.

In the case of a 2v1, 3v1, 4v1, etc. scenario:
If a ball dies (10 seconds of laying still) on the side of the team with one player left, the referee will give that ball to the other team. He will continue to do this so long as the team with one player decides not to throw the ball.

Tournament
The top 4 teams will go to the tournament based on season rankings. The top teams will be determined by record (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss). All playoff games and the Championship Game will be played best of 5 sets.

In case there is a two-way tie between teams, the following tiebreaker system will be used:
~Head-to-head matchup
~If there is still a tie or if they played each other twice and both have a 1-1 record we will move on to Head-to-head set differential (Head-to-head sets won minus sets lost). If the two teams never played each other, or if there is still a tie, we look at:
~Overall season set differential (Overall season sets won minus overall sets lost)
~In the case that a tie still persists, a coin flip will determine the winner.**

In case there is a three-way tie between teams, the following tiebreaker system will be used:
~Head-to-head matchup
~ If the winner of the head-to-head match can’t be determined (ie. 2 teams played each other twice or each team has a 1-1 record), then the head-to-head set differential will be used and compared for all 3 teams. (ie. Average Sets won minus average sets lost). Whoever has the highest average set differential will take the higher playoff seed.
**Average set differential will be used when two tied teams in the three-way tie played each other twice. If Team A and Team B played each other twice and Team C only played them once, we will use the average set score for Team A and Team B’s two games. To determine this, we will add up the sets won for both teams in both games and subtract the sets lost. This number will then be divided by 2 to determine the average.
~Overall season set differential (Overall season sets won minus overall sets lost)
~In the case that a tie still persists, a coin flip will determine the winner.**
**This rule will only be used in certain instances, but we will try to incorporate it as much as possible! Depending on the amount of time available on the night of the playoffs, we may be able to play 1 tiebreaker game for the tied teams. This will consist of 1 regular game (not set) that will last 10 minutes. At the end of the 10 minutes, if no team has won yet, whichever team with the most people on the court will be declared the winner. If there is still a tie, Rock Paper Scissors (best of 3) will determine the winner.

**PLEASE NOTE: If one of these teams in the tiebreaker forfeits anytime during the season, that game will be counted as a 3-0 loss for the forfeiting team.

The VAVi Sports Director has final say over any appeal of the rules and has the ability to make decisions on any rule that is not covered in these rules.

For more information about our Basketball leagues please contact Clayton at CJimerson@govavi.com

**All rules are subject to change: Last Updated Feb 2020**

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