Dodgeball is a game in which players on two teams try to throw large balls at each other while avoiding being hit themselves. It is usually 6 a side with a minimum of two female players per team.
At the beginning of a dodgeball game, the balls are lined up on the central dividing line. The players then rush towards the centre line simultaneously and try to grab one of the dodgeballs and throw or roll it backwards to their teammates.
Once the game has commenced, players throw balls at members of the opposing team in an attempt to eliminate the players. When a player has been hit by a dodgeball and no one catches it before it becomes dead, that player has been eliminated and must move to his team's designated bench area. The same rule applies if any number of people try to catch the ball but drop it.
If a player catches a ball thrown by the opposing team on the full, then the player who threw the ball is eliminated, and the team that caught the ball can reinstate the player that has been out the longest.
This is a team sport that encourages players to use good hand-eye co-ordination alongside speed and agility to avoid being hit by the opposing teams ball. It will help to improve cardiovascular fitness as well as muscle definition in both the lower body and the arms.
If you are looking to try dodgeball then you can visit the UK Dodgeball Association, which is the national governing body at www.ukdba.org. Some of our leisure centres have partnerships with local dodgeball teams. To find our if there is a dodgeball team playing at a centre near you find your local Everyone Active run leisure centre and give us a call.
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