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A team game. Players must dodge or catch balls thrown by the opposition whilst attempting to strike their opponents in the same way. The game has rapidly grown in popularity over the last decade, particularly amongst schools.

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The Basics

  • Two teams start on opposing sides of a court. A minimum of six dodgeballs (there can be more) are lined up in the centre of the court and players from each team race to retrieve them in order to start the game. 
  • A game then proceeds with both players trying to take the opposition’s players out of the game, either by striking them with a ball they have thrown before it bounces, or by catching a ball thrown by an opponent – a successful catch also allows the defending team to regain a player that has previously been taken out of the game.
  • The match proceeds until one team has no players remaining on their side of the court.


  • Dodgeball is particularly popular in Spain where it is considered one of the most important games played by students in the north of the country – with associations, championships and leagues included as part of the game.
  • The sport shot to further prominence across the world following the 2004 film starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, which revolved around two opposing gyms entering a dodgeball tournament to determine the superior institution. 
  • In 2012, the University of California held the largest recorded game of dodgeball, with 6,084 participants taking part. The record for the longest game in the sport's history also happened in 2012, in Vermont, where the match took more than 41 hours.

National Governing Body

UK Dodgeball Association – please click here for more information.


  • Intra-School Primary: Competition Card
  • Intra-School Primary: Challenge Card
  • Intra-School Secondary 
  • Local Inter-School

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