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Format & Rules

  • Games will be 5 minutes long

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

  • If by the end of the 5 minutes both teams have players left in, the team with most players will be awarded the win.

  • If a team gets all of the opposite out before the end of the game, the winning teams gains 1 point onto a tally. Both teams then restart another game until the 5 minutes is up. Games keep being played until the 5 minutes is up with points being tallied. Team with the highest tally at the end of the 5 minutes will be awarded the win.

  • Play will start with a set of balls laid out in the middle of the court and players with one foot on the back line. Play begins when 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 must throw the dodgeballs under arm at the opposition.

  • If the ball hits a player under waist height they must walk off court and sit on team bench.

  • If a player catches a ball without it bouncing, the player who threw the ball is out. The team who caught the ball then get 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.

  • Teams will be awarded 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss.

  • Any players showing foul play will be taken off court and disqualified for that match.

  • Foul play consists of: throwing the ball over arm consistently, purposely aiming at the opposition above waist height.

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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