Once the official signals the start of the competition the teams have to win the best of 5 games to claim victory of the match. Teams can have 6 players on the court but need a bare minimum of 4 to avoid a forfeit. For co-rec leagues there must be a minimum of one female on the court at the start of the game.
A player is considered out when they are struck by a ball thrown by an opponent or when a ball they have thrown is caught by someone on the other team. Players intentionally aiming or striking another players head with a ball will be declared out. And if a ball hits off two or more opponents everyone hit will be declared out.
If a ball is caught, not only is the thrower declared out - the team that caught the ball can regenerate one of their teammates who was already out. When a player is in possession of the ball they have 15 seconds to throw it before they will be declared out.
Dodgeball is commonly offered as a special end of the semester tournament and as a league in the Spring and Summer semesters.
To participate in a dodgeball game players must wear athletic attire, sneakers and no jewelry.