THE RULES The Do Good and Dodge tournament will function according to national dodgeball rules, with a few small tweaks we've made just for our event. Every team captain will receive a copy of these rules when registration is received. Until then, read on: THE TEAM Teams will be made up of 6-10 players. Six players will compete on a side; others will be available as substitutes. Substitutes may enter the game only during timeouts, in the case of injury or between games (keep in mind that each half-hour match will include several games). It is mandatory to have at least 2 girls per team. If girls can’t be found, two men must dress in full girl-attire, including a mandatory skirt or dress. COSTUMES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. THE FIELD The will be played indoors on a gym court, with the playing field divided into two equal sections by a center-line and attack-lines. THE EQUIPMENT Three balls will be in play at all times. We'll use the rubber balls you remember from elementary school – the ones that make that satisfying "boink" noise when you nail someone. THE GAME The object of the game is to eliminate all opposing players by getting them "OUT". This may be done by: 1. Hitting an opposing player with a LIVE thrown ball below the shoulders. 2. Catching a LIVE ball thrown by your opponent before it touches the ground. *Definition: LIVE: A ball that has been thrown and has not touched the floor/ground, another player, official or other item outside of the playing field (wall, ceiling,etc). Players may deflect an incoming ball using a ball they have in their hands. However, if that ball touches any part of their body, they are out. If a player deflects an incoming ball with their own ball, and another player catches that incoming ball afterwards, the thrower on the opposing team is OUT. If a player deflects an incoming ball with their own ball, and it hits one of his or her teammates, that teammate is OUT. If a player is hit by a ball, but one of his or her teammates catches that ball before it hits the ground, the player is NOT OUT. The player who threw the ball on the other team is OUT. BOUNDARIES During play, all players must remain within the boundary lines. Players may leave the boundaries through their end-line only to retrieve stray balls. They must also return through their end-line. THE OPENING RUSH Game begins by placing the dodgeballs along the centerline. Players then take a position behind their end line. Following a signal by the official, teams may approach the retrieved it must be taken behind the attack-line before it can be legally thrown. TIMING AND WINNING A GAME Matches will be played in a round-robin format, followed by an ultimate showdown finale round between the highest-ranking teams. Matches will have a time limit of 30 minutes imposed. Teams play as many games as they can within the 30 minute time (a whistle will blow when time is up). When the time expires, whichever team has won the most games has won the match. A win is worth 3 points, a tie worth 1 point, and a loss worth no points. Points will be added up after the round-robin, and top teams will move on to the playoff round (the top team from each of the 3 divisions, plus the next top-ranking team from any of the 3 divisions.) If the next-top ranking teams are tied, NHL tie-breaking rules will be used. The playoff round will consist of a 30-minute semi-final and a 30-minute final. TIME-OUTS & SUBSTITUTIONS Each team will be allowed one (1) 30 second timeout per game. At this time a team may substitute players into the game. 10-SECOND VIOLATION In order to reduce stalling, a violation will be called if a team in the lead controls all balls on their side of the court for more than ten seconds. The team controlling all dodgeballs must return at least one dodgeball beyond the opponent’s attack line. RULE ENFORCEMENT Because we're all supposed to be adults, at least in theory, Do Good and Dodge will operate under the Honor System and participants are expected to compete and comply with tournament rules honestly. Referees will officiate each Do Good and Dodge match and will abide by this set of rules to call the games. The officials will rule on all legal hits, out-of-bounds and five-second violations. CODE OF CONDUCT 1. Understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game. 2. Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials. 3. Respect your opponent and congratulate them in a courteous manner following each match whether in victory or defeat. 4. Be responsible for your actions and maintain self-control. 5. Do not taunt or bait opponents and refrain from using foul or abusive language. 6. Have an awesome time.