Enter competition

This Festival is a participation event and no scores will be recorded. All schools will recieve participation certificates on completion of the Festival.

Format & Rules

  • This is a mixed event. 6 players per team max on the court at any time (preferably 3 x boys 3 x girls).

  • Games will be timed. The duration of each game will be decided on the day.

  • Teams must try and get all opposition players out by hitting them under waist height with a ball.

  • If a team gets all of the opposite out before the end of the allocated time then both teams will restart another game.

  • Play will start with a set of balls laid out in the middle of the court and players must stand behind the line at the back of the court. Play begins when the whistle is blown. Players must exit the ‘safe zone’ before they can throw the ball at the opposition. Any balls thrown in the initial ‘safe zone’ will not count.

  • Players can throw the dodgeballs both under and over arm at the opposition.

  • If the ball directly hits a player under waist height they are out and must sit on the team bench off the court. If a ball bounces then hits a player the player is not out.

  • If a player catches a ball without it bouncing, the player who threw the ball is out. The team who caught the ball then gets back ALL players who had previously been out.

  • Players cannot exit the court lines during the match, unless to retrieve a stray ball.

  • Players who are out must sit out.

  • Balls cannot be kicked

  • Any players showing foul play will be taken off court and disqualified for that match, e.g. purposely aiming at the opposition above waist height, not going out when a leader has said their out etc.

Photo Consent

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event.

First Aid

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but staff may not be available to tend to less urgent first aid if they are preoccupied delivering the event. It is important that schools also provide their own first aid kit and qualified person to tend to their children at our events. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should also be with the travelling group to and from any events.


All MSSP staff at the event are enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a safe, enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we are launching our REF-SPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. For more information about REF-SPECT please click here


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