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Registration Deadline: August 25, 2015
Captain's Meeting: August 26, 2014 at 4pm or 6pm
McLane Student Life Center (SLC), Room 308
Games Begin: August 27, 2015
Season Length: 2 days
Tournament Format: Pool Play to All-University Tournament
Location of Games: McLane Student Life Center (SLC) Gym

The Team:

  • Six players at a time are allowed on the court.
    • A team must have at least four players to start a game. If fewer than four players are ready to play at game time, a forfeit will be declared.
  • Substitutes may only enter the game in case of injury.


  • Teams will be given points for dressing up in costume.
    • Each team that dresses up will be awarded 25 intramural points for their organization/residence hall.


  • A five minute time limit has been established for each contest.
  • One minute rule: When there is one minute left in the game, the remaining players may advance to the other team's attack line.
  • Five second rule: in order to keep the game flowing, no player may hold onto a dodge ball for more than five seconds at one time.


  • The first team to legally eliminate all opposing players within the time limit will be declared the winner.
  • If neither team has been eliminated at the end of the five minutes, the team with the greater number of remaining players will be declared the winner.
  • In the case of an equal number of players remaining after regulation, a one minute sudden death overtime period will be played. In the sudden death period, the first team with a player knocked out loses the game.

During Play:

  • The object of the game is to eliminate all opposing players by rendering them "out". This may be accomplished by:
    • Hitting an opposing player with a live thrown ball.
      • You must hit your opponent below the shoulders.
      • Hitting an opponent's head will render the thrower out. The player who was hit in the head will remain active.
      • Exception: The opponent’s head was below shoulder level when they were hit in the head, then they will be considered out and the thrower will remain active.
    • Catching a live ball thrown by your opponent before it touches the ground or any other object.
    • Stepping on or over the center line during the first three minutes of the game, or the other team's attack line (during the fourth minute of the game).
  • "Live" Definition: A ball that has been thrown and has not touched anything, including the floor, ground, ceiling, wall, another ball, another player, official or other item outside the playing area.
  • The winner will be the first team to win 2 games. (The best 2 out of 3).
  • During play, all players must remain within the boundary lines.
    • You may not run out of bounds to avoid being hit by your opponent.
  • The game begins by placing the dodgeballs along the center line. Players then take their positions behind their respective end lines. Following a signal by the official, teams may approach the center line to retrieve balls. The official's signal officially starts the contest.
    • Once teams retrieve the balls, they must be taken behind the attack line (10 ft. volleyball line) before they can be legally thrown.
  • Players are expected to play in an honorable manner, and rule whether or not they were legally eliminated. All contests will be supervised by an official whose rulings are final.

Common Foul:

  • Hitting an opposing player’s head with a dodgeball will result in the thrower being automatically "out" and removed from the game. The person who is struck in the head will remain active.

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Waco, TX 76798
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