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Dodgeball Rules

What we bring
- Dodgeballs
- Team uniforms

What you bring
- Sneakers

Teams
- Games are 5v5. There must be at least 1 woman on the court at all times.
- If 1 female is not present, then only 4 men can be on the court.
- If 0 females are present, then only 4 men can be on the court.

Sub Policy
- Please refer to the league "Subs" page: http://mercerclubsports.leagueapps.com/pages/subs.
- If you do not have enough players for the evening, you may borrow players from other teams in the league.
- You may register a Non-Rostered Substitute player as a substitute. Non-Rostered Subs must be registered through our website prior to arriving at the field. Non-Rostered Subs will pay $10 to play (given to the league manager) and must show proof of registration to referee when arriving at the field.
- Teams that require more than two subs to field a team will automatically forfeit.  Opposing team may choose to offer players to compete in scrimmage game if desired. The opposing team will be awarded a 7-0 score.

Playoffs

- The number of teams that make the playoffs will vary by league size.  
- Regular season play identifies the teams that will make the playoffs as well as seeding for playoff schedule.  If regular season win/loss records result in a tie for a playoff spot or higher playoff seeding, the playoff tiebreaker rules are as follows:

- Head to head match ups. If still tied, then refer to:
- Highest point differential in head to head match ups - if still tied, then refer to: 
- Highest point differential through entire season.

- Substitutes within the league are not allowed during playoffs.
- Registered subs must have played at least 2 regular season games with the same team in order to be eligible as subs in playoff games.

Game & Field Set-up
- Teams play seven matches. The team who has the most wins out of the seven matches is the winner for the evening.
- A team earns a win if they are able to eliminate every member of the opposing team by hitting them with the dodgeball. You may not hit above the shoulders.
- Team captains act as speaking captains on behalf of their team.

Game Play
- Teams will begin on opposing sides of the court.
- A line of five balls will be placed in the center dividing the two teams.
- When the whistle blows, both teams will run towards the center trying to collect as many balls as they can. Each team must stay on their side of the court.
- Once a player has retrieved a ball, they may throw it at a player from the opposing team; give it to their own teammate to throw; or use the ball as a shield.
- If a player throws a ball at a member of the opposing team and hits the player, then the player who was hit is eliminated and steps off the court.
- If a player throws a ball at a member of the opposing team and the ball is caught, the player who threw the ball is eliminated and steps off the court.

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