The Dodge Ball competition will be held at St. John's Methodist Church, Luton on Saturday 7th December, immediately following the Figure Marching. The expected start time is 2.00, and the competition will finish by 3.45 pm. Teams wishing to take part must advise Dan Young by 8pm on Friday 6th December. Companies may enter more than one team.
Unfortunately, owing to the size of the hall at St. John's it will not be possible for spectators to sit in the hall to watch the games. Adult spectators will be able to stand down the sides of the hall. Children will have to wait in the hall or on the stage between games.
The playing area, about the size of a badminton court, is divided into four sections as shown below. The different areas will be marked off with cones.
2 (handsized) bouncier balls (slightly smaller than a football) are used
Teams will consist of between 4 and 6 players.
Teams must wear a matching strip.
The match will end when either all of one team has been eliminated, or after a predetermined time, in which case the winner is the team with most players still in their court.
Depending on the number of entries, each match will consist of either 1 or 3 ends.
The format of the leagues will be determined by the organiser, depending on the number of entries.
[if 3 ends] 1 Point for each 'end' Won, ½ Point for any Draw
[if 1 end] 3 Points for a win, 1 Point for a Draw
The number of players left on the winning team is also recorded (Player Difference), so if the winning team had 4 players left in the court, they will score 4 PD points and the losers -4 PD points.
Playing the game
Each team starts off with all players in their court. Players must not touch the ground outside their court area unless they have been hit. Any player that touches the ground outside their court must go to the bin.
Any player in the bin that touches the ground outside the bin is OUT and must retire to the side of the court and play no further part in that end.
Each team starts with 1 dodgeball (so game starts with 2 dodgeballs in play).
Balls are thrown to hit opposing team members below the WAIST.
When players are hit they go to the bin area behind the opponents line, and get there by going around the outside of the court. From this position they can continue to attack the opposite team.
Players may try to block by using their hands and arms.
Play is continuous unless the referee calls a time-out.
Winners are the first team to knock all the opposing team into the bin area (or out).
Players can retrieve the dodgeball from the bin, the off court areas or from the opponents' court as long as their feet to NOT cross the court lines (i.e. their feet do not leave their court).
A ball rebounding off a wall, backboard etc. does not eliminate a player.
There is one referee and 2 assistants for each court. The referee's decision is final. Players are encouraged to be honest and make the referee's decision easier.
After the start, it is okay for teams to have both balls on their side of the court;
Players may crouch down to try and defend themselves, but may not kneel down;
Balls may be thrown directly from the court to the opposite bin without attempting to hit a player on the opposing team.