San Antonio SSC Dodgeball Rules
There are no maximum number of players allowed on your roster. Players will not be allowed to participate without signing the San Antonio SSC roster/waiver form. New shirts cannot be ordered. The only way to add a new player to your roster after the registration deadline is by first dropping another player. Teams have up until the third week of the season to do so. After that, rosters are frozen. The additional player must obtain the uniform from the dropped player in order to play. If a team wishes to add a player only after the registration deadline, this can only be done if the league has the uniforms in stock.
In order to participate in the league, each player must sign the team waiver. Waivers can be downloaded by clicking here.Â Captains need to print, have all players sign, and turn in the first night of play. Players not present the first week of play will still be required to sign a waiver with our staff before participating. A San Antonio SSC staff member will keep your team waiver at the field, or a new one can be printed out. Players who sign up as individuals, agree to the waiver electronically when they register.
A. All San Antonio SSC participants must be at least 21 years old before the season starts.
B. Players that have participated in Division 1 or professional sports must be 2 years removed from participation if they wish to play in a similar San Antonio SSC sport.
C. San Antonio SSC will have the right to request ID from any player. Any player in the super social league who is determined a social player by the San Antonio SSC will have their league fee credited towards a future season. If more than one player fits in the category, the San Antonio SSC has the option to move the team to the social division.
D. Players may only play for one team and be on one roster, regardless of if multiple divisions are offered. One can play, for example, softball on Tuesdays & softball on Thursdays, but not for two teams in the same day or night. Any player that break this rule will cause both of their teams to forfeit games played on that day.
We are all adults, and the San Antonio SSC expects all participants to act like it. Unsportsmanlike behavior may result in that player or team being suspended from participating in all San Antonio SSC sports. Being ejected from a game may carry a suspension.
San Antonio SSC uniforms are your team’s uniforms. All players must wear their current San Antonio SSC uniform (past season’s uniforms are not permitted) to participate and any player not wearing his/her uniform will be will be sidelined for that game. Missing or swapped uniform players’ names will be taken and if they are not on your roster, a loss will be assessed for that game.
Names on uniforms, numbers, cut-off sleeves, corporate logos, etc, are permitted, as long as they do not cover any logos originally printed on the shirts.
All Dodgeball matches are “best of 7″ series. All games have a 5 minute time limit. After 5 minutes, if the game has not concluded, the team with the most number of players remaining gets the win. If the same number on both sides, the overtime rule applies (see below). Teams will change sides every three games. Teams will play two matches each night.
All games must start on time, no exceptions. Two points are awarded for a win and one for a tie
If a team is short the minimum number of players by game time, the game will be considered a forfeit.
If the forfeiting team does not have enough players to play an officiated exhibition game, a $50 forfeit fine will be assessed. This $50 fine will go towards your opponent’s bar tab for the following week. Provided the fine is paid on time, the bar tab voucher can be obtained from the league director the following week. Teams that receive a forfeit fine must use it the following week or lose it. If there are enough players of the forfeiting team that are able to play, and an officiated game is played, no forfeit fine will be assessed.
All fines must be paid before your next scheduled game by either cash or check (made payable to the San Antonio SSC). If payment is not received by the end of this next scheduled game, your team will be assessed a loss for this game. Teams will not be allowed to play any proceeding games until the fine is paid in full. Teams that have any fines from the last regular season game will not be allowed back into the San Antonio SSC for any sport until these fines are paid in full.
If notice is given to the San Antonio SSC via e-mail (email@example.com) by 5pm on the preceding day, (Friday for weekend games), your team will not be assessed a forfeit fine. This will allow the opposing coach to inform his team of the impending forfeit.
The minimum number of players to play an officiated exhibition game is as follows. Thus any amount less than this would incur the forfeit fine: 4
The San Antonio SSC will supply dodgeballs for each court
OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGES IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE GYM:
Any outside food or beverages (including water bottles) will be confiscated by Factory of Champions staff. As no alcohol is allowed in the gym either, we will have a great post game happy hour after each and every game!
DODGEBALL GAME RULES
PLAYERS ON THE COURT:
The maximum numbers of players on the court is 8 (at least 3 women); minimum number of players is 6 (at least 2 women). There are no limits to the number of females allowed on the court at one time. However, there cannot be more than 5 men on the court under any circumstance. Players that arrive late must wait until the next game begins to enter. Substitutions can only be made after the completion of a game, or in the case of injury. The first player out of that game would be the substitute. Teams may not substitute male for female.
The playing boundaries are a volleyball court, marked with sidelines, end-lines, and a center hash mark.
BEGINNING THE GAME:
Prior to beginning a game, two 8″ dodgeballs are placed along the center line on each side of the center hash mark. One 7″ ball is given to each team. A standard game consists of two 7″ and two 8″ Gator Skin balls. Players then take a position behind their end line and wait for the official’s whistle to begin play. Following the whistle by the official, players are allowed approach the center line to retrieve the balls located on the center line. They are also fair game to be hit by their opponent who already has one ball in hand.
Will be called if players cross their end line prior to the official’s signal to start the game. Result: Play will be stopped and one ball from the middle will be given to the opponent. Repeat for each infraction.
During play, all players must remain within the boundary lines (A player may have one foot out of bounds at the back boundary only to grab a ball that is out of play. Two feet out of bounds is never permitted.). If any part of the player’s body touches outside of the side boundaries or middle line, that player will be called out. A player may be tossed a stray ball from out of bounds by a sidelined teammate, provided the player receiving the ball remains completely within his/her team’s field boundaries (cannot cross the center line). A stray ball is one that has not been picked up and is lying on the ground. Players that are playing in the game may not retrieve a ball that is out of bounds, unless no one has gotten out and they have no substitutions. The ball becomes dead when it hits any wall, curtain, or basketball hoop.
PLAYER “OUT” SIGNAL:
Every player who is out (see “player out”) and is still in bounds will raise their hand over their head as they are exiting the playing field so that they are not targeted by the opposing team. Once a player is OUT, they must drop any balls in hand and exit the playing field at the nearest sideline. If an OUT player intentionally contacts a live ball before exiting the playing field, he/she will sit out the next game.
An OUT is scored by:
a. Attacking player hitting an opposing player below the head. If a player ducks or takes a position with their head below where their shoulders would normally be when standing, i.e. crouching, kneeling, sitting, diving, rolling or laying, and this clearly is the cause for the player being hit in the head, the player is out and the throw is considered legal.
b. Catching a ball thrown by your opponent (opponent is out). Please note that a player DOES NOT come back in when this occurs.
c. If a thrown ball deflects off the defender and is caught in bounds by a teammate, the defender is saved and the attacker is out.
d. If a thrown ball hits multiple players before contacting the ground, they are all out.
e. Causing an opponent to drop a held ball as a result of contact by a thrown LIVE ball (usually occurs when a ball is being used to block a thrown ball). A player may block a thrown ball with a ball being held, provided the held ball is not dropped as a result of the contact with the thrown ball.
f. An opposing player stepping out of bounds.
NOTE:A ball deflecting off a held ball and striking the holder or a teammate is a dead ball.
A PLAYER SHALL NOT:
(Player will be declared out)
a. Attacking player is out if they hit an opposing player in the face with a high velocity ball, unless the player is ducking, bending down, or it contacts another part of their body first.
b. Hit an opposing player while they are using the “player out” signal.
c. Have any part of their body contact the playing surface over a sideline or the center line.
d. Stand behind the end line if they are out. One must stay to the sides.
e. Leave the playing field to retrieve an errant ball, avoid being hit by, or attempt to catch a ball.
f. Kick the ball
g. Excessively squeeze or compact the ball while attempting a throw
STALLING AND 5-SECOND VIOLATION:
The following procedure will be used to prevent “stalling”:
After a catch, players must release their ball within 5 seconds. Players are not allowed to catch and release to reset the 5 second clock.
If players are holding onto the balls, the referee will begin to count to 5 out loud (only the referee may initiate the 5 count). All players with a ball in hand are on the clock. Any player who does not throw the ball across the court during that count will be called out. If a player has two balls in their hand, only the first must be released under that count. Placing the ball on the ground instead of throwing it across the court under the count will still be an out.
If the balls leave the playing court, the substitutions or teammates must immediately place the balls back on the court. Players are not permitted to hold the balls out of bounds until their teammate is ready to receive it.
The San Antonio SSC will provide an official at each court. Arguing with the official call will get one removed from the game. No exceptions or warnings. The only person that is able to speak to the officials is the team captain, who may do so in between the games or after the match.
The San Antonio SSC will not tolerate any unsportsmanlike conduct by ANY player in the league. A player that is ejected twice during the season is subject to removal from the league and no refunds will be given.
OVERTIME (GAME ENDING ON DOUBLE VIOLATION):
The overtime period of any game will begin with a minimum of three (3) players from each team (at least one girl). All overtime periods begin with each team having 2 “balls in hand.” The first team to eliminate any ONE opposing player will be declared the winner.
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