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PSL Dodgeball Rules



  • All participants must agree to the waiver of liability.  
  • The waiver can be accepted on each participant player's dashboard.
  • A waiver must be signed for each league that is participated in.
  • All participants in the league assume the risk of injury.  The PSL, its volunteers, and employees shall not be liable for injury to person, loss or damage to personal property arising from or in any way resulting from participation in the league.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.
  • Any behavior that is deemed violent, harassing, and/or inappropriate in any way, as witnessed by the umpire, referee, or PUMP/PSL staff, will result in the actions outlined in our Sportsmanship Policy.
  • A player who is ejected from a match must leave the premises immediately.  Play will not resume until the ejected player has left.
  • Officials reserve the right to end a match at any point if the overall sportsmanship is out of line.
  • Captains are to be the team liaison to discuss any call or rule with an official during match play.
  • Each team must submit a roster with a minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 players.
  • No player may register for more than 1 team within the same league.
  • Rosters must be submitted and a waiver form must be signed before any player may take the field.
  • Rosters must be finalized and no changes are allowed after the 2nd week of play.
  • No player who is not on your roster and signed a waiver form may play in the league.
  • Only rostered players will be eligible for playoffs.
  • A team consists of 6 players (2 females minimum).
    • A team can consist of all females but not all men.
  • A team can start play with 4 or 5 players, 1 of whom must be female.
    • A team may never have more than 4 men on the court.
  • A team may pick up a maximum of 2 players from another PSL team in the league to avoid forfeit.
    • If rostered players arrive late, they must be immediately inserted into lineup for the substitute players.
    • You cannot pick up substitute players for playoffs.
  • All matches will start at their scheduled time.
  • If a team does not have enough players to start the first round by 10 minutes after the scheduled start time, they will forfeit.
  • If enough players to start the first round arrive between 10 and 15 minutes after the scheduled start time, the match will be officiated and played as a scrimmage but will still be recorded as a forfeit.
  • Once 15 minutes after the scheduled start time has passed, the match is still recorded as a forfeit and the teams are allowed to use the remaining time to practice or organize a pickup game. Officials are not required to stay and officiate.
  • Teams forfeiting 2 or more times during the regular season will be ineligible for playoffs.
  • Regulation match play will consist of 13 rounds per match.
  • Each round has a time limit of 4 minutes.
  • Each round will be played as a return game.
    • Players are allowed to return to the round when their teammates catch an attempt from their opponent, knocking them out of the round.  Players re-enter the round in the "first out, first in" order.  Players not starting the round must sit out the entire round.
  • There are no overtimes during regular season play thus ties are possible.



  • The width of the playing area is marked by the outer boundary line of a standard basketball court.
  • The length of the playing area is marked by the black line of a volleyball court.
  • Adjustments to these boundaries may vary depending on the gym.
  • Each team gets one side of the court divided by a 2-foot deadzone.
  • Players may not step into the deadzone except when retrieving balls at the start of each round.
    • Players who do step in the deadzone at the start of the round must exit as quickly as possible.


  • Each round counts as 1 point.
    • A round that ends in a tie means each team receives one half of a point.
  • The team with the most players remaining at the end of a round wins that round.
    • A tie occurs when both teams have the same number of players remaining at the end of 4 minutes.
  • Each team is allotted two 1 minute time outs per match to be utilized between rounds.
    • Only the official may call timeout during a round.
  • Substitutions may only occur between rounds, not during rounds.
  • Three balls will be placed in the deadzone at the center of the court. Teams line up along their respective back court lines, with one hand and one foot touching the back wall.  
  • The official will blow a whistle to designate the start of play for each round.
  • Upon hearing the starting whistle, teams may run into the deadzone to retrieve dodgeballs but may not cross into the opposing team's zone (see deadzone rules for more information).
  • Balls must be taken back into your team's zone before they can be thrown at an opposing player.
  • Play is continuous as each team makes attempts to get the opposing players out until either all players on one team have been put out or time expires.
  • Based on referee discretion, each player has 10 seconds to make an attempt on the other team after gaining possession of the ball.
    • Once the referee informs the player holding a ball to "move the ball" they will start counting backwards from "3".  If the player does not move the ball to the opponent's side by the time the referee reaches "0", the player will be called out.
    • If the ball is dropped or passed to a teammate while the referee is counting down from "3", the player that has possession last will be called out at "0".
  • Players may retrieve any ball on their side of the center line.  Retrieving a ball from the opponent's side of the center line with result in the player being called out.
  • Inactive players may retrieve balls for their teammates following these guidelines:
    • Balls must be rolled, not thrown to teammates.
    • Balls must be retrieved from the team's side of the center line.  A ball retrieved from the opponent's side must be returned to the opponent.
    • Balls must be out of bounds before an inactive player may touch the ball.
  • Players who are called out during match play must quickly move to the sideline.
  • Any player who is called out and attempts to block a ball on their way to the sideline will be removed from the match for the remainder of the evening.
  • Kicking or spiking the ball at the other team is illegal and will result in the offender being called out.
  • If a ball strikes the referee or a player that is already out, the ball is dead.
  • Headshots are not permitted.
    • Headshots resulting from a high thrown ball will not result in the struck player being called out; instead the player throwing the ball is out.
    • Throwing oneself to the ground to dodge an attempt is legal but negates the headshot rule.
    • If a player intentionally contacts the attempt with their head to have the thrower called out also negates the headshot rule.
  • Players may use another ball to block an attempt.
    • After a successful block with another ball, the ball is still live until it strikes the ground or walls.


  • They are struck by a ball before the ball strikes the ground or walls.
    • It is possible to knock more than 1 player out with the same attempt.
  • Their thrown ball is caught by a player of the opposing team prior to striking the ground or walls.
  • They break the deadzone rules listed below.
  • Using another ball to block an attempt and the ball is dropped due to the throw.
    • Players must maintain full possession of the ball they are using to block the attempt.


  • If going out of bounds to retrieve a dead ball, a player must raise their hand to inform the referee and opponent of their move.
    • A player who does not raise their hand and goes out of bounds will be called out.
    • A player who has their arm raised and is hit with a thrown ball will not be called out.
  • Players returning from out of bounds must re-enter from the back of the court.
  • A player who raises their hand as they are falling out of bounds will be called out.
  • Jumping/stepping out of bounds to catch a ball will make the player out, not the thrower.
  • If a player catches a ball and maintains control of it while establishing both feet in bounds, the thrower is out. 
    • If after this happens, the player then steps/falls out of bounds, they are also out.


  • No contact should be made with the opposing players unless accidental.  Players may be called out at the referee's discretion.
  • After entering the deadzone to retrieve the balls at the start of the round, players have approximately 10 seconds to get back of of the deadzone and must return directly to their team's zone or the referee will call the players out.
  • If a ball is thrown from the deadzone at the beginning of the round, it will not count.
  • Players hit while in the deadzone are safe.
  • Besides the opening whistle, players stepping into or touching the deadzone with any part of the body are out.
  • Players may swat, kick, or grab a ball that is stuck in the deadzone as long as they do not touch any part of the deadzone besides the ball.
  • If any ball is stuck in the deadzone for more than 30 seconds, the referee will pause the round and award the ball to the closest team.
  • Players may not place the ball in the deadzone in order to keep the ball in play and away from the opponent.  If caught, the ball will be awarded to the opposing team.


  • No sting dodgeballs
  • Athletic shoes suitable for court play are required.
  • Optional equipment:
    • Knee pads
    • Elbow pads
    • Gloves

  • Playoffs are based on the overall rounds won/lost during the regular season.
  • The number of teams to qualify for playoffs will vary from season to season based on the number of teams registered.
  • Playoff and championship matches will be a best of 13 rounds.

  • All teams tied in the standings will use the following tiebreakers, in order, to determine seeding
    • Most regular season wins.
    • Head to head.
    • Most matches won.
    • Coin toss.
  • 3-way tiebreakers:  When 3 or more teams are tied; all teams will be ranked on the same criteria as opposed to knocking a team out then returning to the top of the tiebreaker list.  Tiebreakers will be applied until all teams that are tied can be ranked using the same criteria.  If the teams did not play one another in an even amount of games then "head to head" will be skipped.

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