Dodgeball is a popular team sport played by two teams of players, with the objective of eliminating all opposing players by hitting them with balls and avoiding being hit themselves. The game is played on a court, and players can only move within their designated side of the court. It can be played in a variety of settings, from school playgrounds to organized leagues, and is enjoyed by people of all ages. The rules of dodgeball can vary depending on the region or organization, but the basic principles remain the same. Grab the kids and head outside for some fun!
- Number of players: from 8 children
- Ages: from 6 years old
- Supplies: Soft foam or rubber balls (typically six to ten balls), A playing area, such as a gymnasium or outdoor field, Boundaries to define the playing area (such as cones, lines or walls).
- Played outdoors
- Play time: about 25 min
- Divide the players into two teams, and have them line up on opposite sides of the playing area.
- Each team begins with a set number of balls, which they can use to throw at the other team. The objective is to hit members of the opposing team with a ball and eliminate them from the game.
- If a player is hit by a ball and it touches any part of their body, they are out of the game and must leave the playing area. If a ball is caught by a player from the opposing team, the player who threw the ball is out of the game instead.
- Players who are out can be brought back into the game if a teammate catches a ball thrown by the opposing team, allowing them to re-enter the game.
- The game continues until one team has eliminated all the players from the opposing team.
- Speedball: A faster-paced version of dodgeball with fewer balls and no boundaries, requiring players to move constantly to avoid getting hit.
- Doctor Dodgeball: A variant where each team has a designated “doctor” who can bring back eliminated players by tagging them.
- Pin Guard: A variant where each team has a “pin” that must be protected by players, and if it is hit by a ball, the team loses the game.
- Prison Ball: A variant where eliminated players go to a designated area (such as “jail”), and can be brought back into the game if a teammate throws a ball to hit a target.
- Stun Ball: A variant where players who are hit by a ball are “stunned” and cannot move or throw for a set period of time, making them vulnerable to further attacks.
The educational advantages of the Dodgeball game
- generate fun atmosphere
- build relationships and improves team cohesion
- develop gross motor skills and quick reflexes
- children develop and enhance agility
- learning and listening to the rules of the game
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