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How to Play Dodgeball

Dodgeball is a great game to play for exercise and fun with minimal equipment, and here is how it's done.


  • Step 1: Set up the court Designate a centerline on the court and line the balls along the centerline before the start of the game. Courts should be around 50 feet long and 30 feet wide with walls or fences at either end.
  • TIP: Basketball courts work well for dodgeball.
  • Step 2: Start the game Position an equal number of players at either end of the court. Recruit someone to blow a whistle to indicate the start of the game.
  • Step 3: Get balls Rush to the centerline to grab as many balls as you can at the start signal.
  • Step 4: Throw and catch the ball Throw balls at players to get them out. If you catch a ball thrown by an opposing player, the thrower is out and a player on your team who has been eliminated can reenter play.
  • TIP: You can use a ball in your hands to block balls coming at you, but if you drop the ball you're out.
  • Step 5: Ending the game End the game when all players from either team have been eliminated.
  • FACT: The longest dodgeball marathon lasted for 24 hours and two minutes, performed by the New York Epic professional team.

You Will Need

  • A court
  • Six rubber-coated foam balls
  • Six to 10 players
  • A whistle

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