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A player dodging a ball.

Dodgeball means any game in which players try to hit other players with balls and avoid being hit. There are many such games; see List of dodgeball variations. This article is about a well-known form of team sport with modified rules that is often played in physical education classes and has been featured in a movie, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. It is typically played in elementary school, but has emerged as a popular middle school, high school and college sport as well. It is also popular in informal settings and is often played on a playground, in a gym, or in organized recreational leagues. There are many variations of the game, but generally the main objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with thrown balls, catching a ball thrown by a member of the opposing team, or forcing them to move outside the court boundaries when a ball is thrown at them. Just remember the 5 D's of dodgeball Dodge, Duck, Dip,Dive and Dodge



Four to 8 players start on each team's side of the court, though six players per side is most common. Rules dictate both a minimum number of players needed to start the game and a maximum number of players allowed on the court at any one time. The maximum number of players per side is typically the same as the number starting the game.

After a player is eliminated, he may re-enter the match if another player on his team catches an opponent's thrown ball (provided his team does not already have the maximum amount of players on the court). Players must re-enter the game in the order in which they were eliminated.

Some leagues allow players that have been eliminated to assist their team by directing thrown balls back to the players on the court, while other leagues confine eliminated players to a designated area off the court and prohibit them from participating in the game until they are allowed back on the court.


One to ten dodgeballs can be used in a game, but three, or six dodgeballs are most common[citation needed]. Exceptions are usually made if a court is particularly small or if many people participate.

There is no standard worldwide measurement or material for a dodgeball. It can vary in size from that of a softball to that of a soccer ball, and is made out of anything from cloth to hard rubber. However, most dodgeballs are roughly the size of a volleyball and composed of foam with a thin plastic shell. Some leagues allow the use of multiple sizes of dodgeballs in a single match (often with restrictions on whether men or women can throw certain sizes), while others use one standard size for all balls.

Rules of play

Once the game has commenced, players throw balls at members of the opposing team. When a player has been hit by a ball that subsequently becomes "out" due to hitting the ground or a court obstruction, that player has been eliminated and must move to his team's designated bench area. If a player catches a ball thrown by the opposing team, then the player who threw the ball is eliminated and the team that caught the ball can reinstate one of its eliminated players. A player who moves completely out of bounds when a ball is thrown at the player and does not catch that ball is also eliminated.

Players can pick up dead balls and throw them back at the other team. Players are allowed to leave the confines of the court to gather balls, but cannot throw the ball until they are back inside the court. A ball thrown from outside the court cannot eliminate an opponent who is hit, but the thrower can be eliminated if the ball is caught.

Depending on the rules of a particular game, a ball in the possession of a player can be used to block incoming balls thrown by the opposing team.

Once all the players on one team are eliminated, the game ends.


In literature, dodgeball in which smaller or weaker children are forced to play against older and stronger children is sometimes depicted as licensed bullying for the amusement of cruel gym teachers.[1] Other writers retain better memories of it.[2]

  • In the Babymouse series' 2nd book Babymouse:Our Hero baby mouse plays dodgeball but fails as a kindergartener but wins at age 10. Dodgeball has made cameo appearances in other books such as Babymouse:Heartbreaker & Babymouse:The Musical.
  • The 2004 movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is generally credited with reviving interest in the sport, especially among young adults.[3]
  • The South Park episode "Conjoined Fetus Lady" and Season 1 of Freaks and Geeks depict dodgeball as a potentially violent sport.
  • In The Simpsons episode "My Fair Laddy", the new gym teacher has the students play "Bombardment", a variant of dodgeball.
  • In According to Jim Jim, the main character, while a kid, hit Pierson with a dodgeball during a game. Pierson called for a timeout, but Jim argued that dodgeball does not have timeouts. Pierson never forgave Jim for that hit even after 30 years, when he became a vicar.
  • In the movie Chicken Little in gym class the little animals appear to be playing dodgeball.
  • In the Total Drama Island episode "Dodgebrawl", the campers compete in a game of dodgeball.
  • In the series Ed, Edd n Eddy, the character Edd never removes his hat from his head due to what he calls the "dodgeball incident."
  • In the 2006 movie Jackass: Number Two, one of the skits involves playing dodgeball both in the dark and using medicine balls rather than traditional dodgeballs.
  • In the Discovery Channel series Wreckreation Nation, host Dave Mordal competes in a WASA Dodgeball tournament in Denver, Colorado.
  • In Greek, the ZBZs take on the IKIs in an all-girl match, resulting in a winning blow by Jordan to Frannie.

In addition, the dangerous nature and associated risks of dodgeball have resulted in controversies, lawsuits, and calls to eliminate the game from school physical education programs.[4]

Variations of Dodgeball

See also


  1. ^ Ford, Jeffrey (2007), "Botch Town", in Jonathan Strahan, Best Short Novels 2007, Science Fiction Book Club, pp. 472–473, ISBN 978-1-58288-267-3 
  2. ^ Rhodes, Richard (1990), A Hole in the World (Anniversary ed.), University Press of Kansas, p. 159, ISBN 978-0-6716-9066-3,, retrieved 2009-08-16 
  3. ^ All Grown Up, Dodgeball Hurtles Toward a Higher Popularity
  4. ^ School dodgeball goes to court in New York


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From Wikiquote

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a 2004 film about a group of misfits entering a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Written by Rawson Marshall Thurber.
Grab life by the balls. (taglines)


Peter La Fleur

  • It's time to put your mouth where our balls are.
  • I found that if you have a goal, you might not reach it. But if you don't have one, then you are never disappointed.
  • I'd love to, but I don't think they make a 'sorry your dodgeball coach just got crushed by two tons of irony' Hallmark card.
  • You had me at blood and semen. Wait, what about eggs, you know... that kind [Peter points towards Kate in his office]
  • Hey, White. I didn't think Nazi camp got out until eight. Did you decide to skip arts and crafts?
  • Thank you, Chuck Norris.

White Goodman

  • Ball me Blazer.
  • Oh, now he's a philosophizer.
  • Cram it up your cram hole!
  • That's me, six years and six-hundred pounds ago.
  • Here at Globo Gym we understand that ugliness and fatness are genetic disorders, like baldness or necrophilia, and it's your fault if you don't hate yourself enough to do something about it.
  • Good luck losing with these losers in Las Vegas, La Fleur!
  • Yeh, that's me taking the bull by the horns, it's how I like to run my business. It's a metaphor. But that actually happened though.
  • Let's not find ourselves shackled by the bonds of employer-employee relations. Unless of course you're into that sort of thing, in which case I got some shackles in the back. Just kidding. But seriously, I've got 'em.
  • [When asked how he knew where Kate lived] It's called the Freedom of Information Act for a reason. The hippies finally got something right. Just kidding. But not really.
  • Nobody makes me bleed my own blood! Nobody!
  • My gym has shareholders, yours haven't even got... cupholders!
  • Go on and make your jokes Mr Jokey... Joke-maker!
  • I earned this body, and I built this temple with nothing more than some elbow grease and a little can-do attitude... and yes, a large inheritance from my father, Earl Goodman.
  • Here at Globo Gym, we're better than you. And we know it.
  • I wouldn't sell my gym to you for all of King Midas' silver.
  • Your Gym is a skid-mark on the underpants of society.
  • Well, isn't that convenient for you... and the clock!
  • I won that tournament! Fuckin' Chuck Norris!
  • Of course you'll still be yourself in a legal sense, but think of it as a thinner, more attractive you than you could ever become without us. And with our competitively priced on-site cosmetic surgery, we can turn that Frankenstein you see in the mirror every morning, into a Franken Fine!
  • I don't know if you've ever seen a hundred thousand dollars before, except perhaps in the movies. But let me show you something that gets lost in the translation. [opens briefcase revealing single stack of bills]
  • Turn it up high Reggie, I wanna burn.
  • I know you, you know you, and I know you know that I know you.
  • We are the Globo Gym Purple Cobras, and we will, we will, rock you!
  • You're going down, La Fleur! You're going down like a sweet muffin!
  • Are you ready for the.. HURRICANE!
  • We're sweating like grease monkeys out here, I can't hold onto a ball!
  • You and your lovable band of losers have already lost!
  • What? You like it it those freaks in loser town? [Kate says "They're not freaks, they're people, just like you and me"] Ha, ha, people just like you and me? That's what I love about you Kate, you've got a "personality"!
  • I've got some great news, you're fired! Yeh, I told the bank you were stealing and drinking on the job, and they bought it! Can you believe it?!
  • And they love you. Whoo, do they love you. You're their Fonzie, Pete. "Heeeeey." Right?
  • Differences? You slept with three of my female trainers!
  • Donde Esta La Biblioteca, Pedro?
  • In 30 days I'll be bulldozing that shit heap you call a gym into permanent nothingness, And I can only hope that you, and the mongrel Race that comprise your membership are inside it when I do.
  • Fucking Chuck Norris

Patches O'Houlihan

  • I ain't crazy, and I ain't a guy! I'm Patches O'Houlihan, and I'm your new coach.
  • [When questioned on learning how to dodge balls] That's what this sack of wrenches is for. If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball! [Throws wrench at Justin, hitting him square in the face] Any other questions?
  • If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball!
  • Just remember the five D's of dodgeball: Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and... Dodge.
  • Holy hell son, you're about as useful as a cock-flavored lollipop!
  • Necessary? Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine? No! But I do it anyway, cause it's sterile and I like the taste.
  • Oh my sweet dick, it's magic!
  • Take care of your balls, and they'll take care of you.
  • If you want dodgeball victory you gotta grab it by its haunches and hump it into submission, that's the only way!
  • Remember, dodgeball is a sport of violence, exclusion and degradation. So, when you're picking players in gym class, remember to pick the bigger, stronger kids for your team. That way you can gang up on the weaker ones, like Winston here.
  • And can someone catch a god-damn ball! It's like watching a bunch of retards trying to fuck a doorknob out there!
  • [Deep breath in] I love the smell of queef in the morning!
  • I've got some hookers in my room... wanna go celebrate? My treat!
  • Suit yourself, queer! [when Peter declines the above offer]
  • You couldn't hit water if you fell out of a boat!
  • Come on! I've seen better runs in my shorts!
  • They're too good and you suck something awful.
  • You have to get angry,you have to be MEAN! (hits gordo in the balls) You angry now.


  • They must masturbate a lot, Cotton.
  • I feel like I'm watching a Cher video, Cotton.
  • Pepper needs new shorts!
  • I sure do like pumpkins, Cotton.
  • That'll buy you one heck of a pumpkin, Cotton!
  • I don't know how they can play in diapers, Cotton. I never could.
  • I feel shocked!
  • Hold your phone, she's got a cannon!
  • [Peter puts on blindfold] He won't be able to see very well through that Cotton.
  • Ouchtown, population: you, bro!
  • Effin-a, Cotton. Effin-a.
  • Great shot by the submissive!


  • Oh, snap!
  • We're gonna get our taints handed to us!
  • They got guys named Laser, Blazer, Taser and all other kinds of 'asers'!
  • That guy's a dickhead.
  • We could sell blood and semen.
  • He'll probably fall off the rollercoaster and break every bone in his body. [Off the others looks] I'm just sayin'.. Happened to my cousin Ray-Ray. Boop, dead.

Steve the Pirate

  • Bollocks!
  • Gar, this sucks!
  • Steve's gotta go drain the sea monster.
  • I'm gonna send you to hell!
  • An' I'll be splitting my buried treasure with ya... when I find it, that be..
  • Arr, Steve the Pirate be in no man's debt! I'll make a barter with you, true as the north star!


[Patches has everyone lined up to explain the strategies of dodgeball]
Patches: If you're gonna learn to be true dodgeballers, then you've gotta learn the five D's of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge! If you master the five D's, no amount of balls on earth can hit you. [Justin raises his hand] Queerbait, go ahead.
Justin: Um, me? Or...I--Um...shouldn't we learn by...y'know, like dodging balls that are thrown at us, or...?
Patches: That's what this sack of wrenches is for. [empties the sack] If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.
Justin: What?
[Patches hurls a wrench in Justin's face, and he squeals in pain]
Patches: Any other questions?
Justin: [screams] Oh, my God! [still writhing in agony on the floor]

Cotton: It appears that Average Joe's is forfeiting the final match.
Pepper: That's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for 'em.

[after watching Gordon throw a ball that missed a slowly moving target]
Patches: You couldn't hit water if you fell out of a boat! Where's your killer instinct, son? You gotta get angry! You gotta get MEAN! That's the only way you can play!
Gordon: Well, I guess I'm not really an angry person.
[Patches punches Gordon in the crotch and watches as he collapses]
Patches: Are you angry now?

Cotton: It appears that Peter La Fleur has blindfolded himself.
Pepper: Yeah, he will not be able to see very well, Cotton.

Peter: You want to join the cheerleaders to prove to a girl that you are not a loser?
Justin: Yeah, why?
Peter: Nothing. It's just... I guess high school's changed a lot since I was a kid.

Peter: Alliteration aside, I think I'll take my chances.
White Goodman: Yeah, you will take your chances.
Peter: I know. I just said that.
White Goodman: I know you "just said that".
Peter: I'm not sure where you're going with this.
White Goodman: I'm not sure where you're" going with this.
Peter: That's what I said.
White Goodman: That's what I'm saying to you.
Peter: Okay.
White Goodman: Touché.

[Average Joe's is overwhelmed by their opponent, leaving only Gordon to fight them off in the remaining half of the match]
Patches: You ain't gonna be able to beat em. They're too good and you suck something awful.
Gordon: Yes, sir, I sure do.

Kate: Don't worry about him, Justin, he's a jerk.
Dwight: Yeah, he'll probably fall off the rollercoaster and break every bone in his body.
Kate: Nice, Dwight.
Dwight:I'm just saying, it happens. My cousin Ray-Ray, boop. Dead.

[Peter is the only player in his team left to fight off the girl scouts in the regional qualifying match. Tired of the brats, he hurls the ball, knocking a scout to the ground]
Peter: I'm so sorry, are you okay?
Girl Scout: Why would you hit a girl? Why?!
Peter: I'm so sorry, really.
[another girl scout whacks Peter out with a ball]
Girl Scout: In your face! In your face!
Peter: You're adopted. Your parents don't even love you.

Peter: I think the lady asked you to leave.
White Goodman: This doesn't concern you, La Fleur.
Peter: Not nearly as much as your hair does, that's for sure.

White Goodman: This is it, La Loser!
Peter: Just don't go crying to mommy when I spank you in front of all these people.
White Goodman: And don't go crying to your daddy, after I wipe it up with your face!

Kate: Joyce? How'd you make it?
Joyce: I wouldn't miss this for the world!
Kate: You are so sweet. (kisses Joyce passionately)
Dwight: I told you she was a lesbian.
Peter: Wow, good call.
Kate: Hey! I'm not a lesbian.
Peter: You're not?
Kate: No. I'm bisexual. (kisses Peter)
Dwight: Oh, snap!

Announcer: During the ADAA-approved random drug screening, one of your players tested positive for three separate types of anabolic steroids, and a low-grade beaver tranquilizer. Therefore, Troop 417 is disqualified.
Girl Scout: God damn you, Bernice! [throws her cap at a large, well-built girl scout with a moustache and hairy arms]
Bernice: [begins crying in a deep voice]

Peter: Thank you, Chuck Norris!
Chuck Norris: Thank you Peter.


  • Grab life by the balls.
  • Go Balls Deep! (Banner on display in arena.)

External links

Wikipedia has an article about:
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Simple English

Dodgeball is a sport played by throwing soft balls at people in a square court. The goal is to be the last one to be hit with the ball. Players may only throw balls at people who are not on their own team. If a player is hit by the ball, he or she should go to the outside of the court to the other team. From the outside, players throw the ball at players still on the inside.

Dodgeball is often played in elementary schools in physical education classes. Many school children play this game. In recent years, many adults who played it as children have formed adult leagues and clubs. Also, some schools have banned it (this means that made it against the rules to play it), because players can get hurt when playing the game. Tournaments are sometimes held in schools.

Dodgeball, because of its recent popularity, inspired a film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, and a game show, Extreme Dodgeball.

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