San Antonio SSC Dodgeball Rules
SAN ANTONIO SSC LEAGUE POLICIES
There is no maximum number of players allowed on a team’s roster provided all players have signed the Team Roster and Waiver Form. It is the responsibility of all team captains to ensure players are in compliance with this policy. Teams have up until the third week of the season to make changes to their roster. After the third week, rosters will be frozen. Roster changes that require additional T-Shirts will be subject to availability. All roster changes must be communicated to and approved by the league office.
To be eligible to participate in the league, each player must sign the team waiver form. Waivers can be downloaded by clicking here. Captains are required to turn in completed waiver forms to a San Antonio SSC Coordinator prior to their first game. Players not present for their team’s first game must still submit a signed waiver form prior to participating.
Players that register individually agree to the waiver policy electronically, so there is no need to submit a separate waiver form.
All SSC participants must be 21 years of age or older prior to their first scheduled game.
Players that have participated in Division 1 Collegiate or Professional sports must be a minimum of two years removed from participation to be eligible to play in a similar San Antonio SSC sport.
Players may only be on one roster for any given sport on a given night, regardless of if multiple divisions are offered. Violation of this rule may result in game forfeiture by both teams.
The San Antonio SSC reserves the right to request a photo ID from any player at any time for any reason.
Roster checks will be performed by a San Antonio SSC Gameday Coordinator at the request of the challenging team. Only individual players may be challenged. Entire teams may not be challenged. The challenging team must provide legitimate reasons for submitting a roster check request. Challenging teams must report their intention to initiate a roster check to an SSC Official as soon as possible to ensure the preservation of playing time. Teams lose the ability to challenge a player’s eligibility after the third game, except in the case of a late-arriving player.
Everyone loves a little competition, but one team dominating a league season after season can spoil the fun for everybody.
If a team retaining more than six players has won three championships in consecutive seasons for which they have been registered, the San Antonio SSC will have the option to, in its discretion, request that team to form two or more separate teams to promote parity in the league or withdraw their registration. That team will then have the opportunity to form two separate teams with each subsequent roster approved by the SSC.
We are all adults, and the SSC expects all participants to act like it. Unsportsmanlike behavior may result in that player being ejected from the game. An ejection may result in further suspension from participation in current and/or future SSC sports and events. Ejected players are required to leave the playing area immediately. Refusal to leave the playing area may result in a team forfeit and/or further suspension.
OVERLY COMPETITIVE PLAYERS:
All San Antonio SSC sports are intended to be recreational. Any player who is deemed to be excessively competitive and/or overly aggressive may be removed from competition at the discretion of an SSC staff member.
San Antonio SSC T-Shirts are your team’s uniforms. All players must wear the appropriate color uniform with the current San Antonio SSC front logo to participate. Past season’s uniforms are not permitted, even if they are the correct color. Any player not wearing the appropriate uniform will be sidelined for that game.
The San Antonio SSC T-Shirt must be worn on the outside of any jacket or sweatshirt worn during play.
Players are permitted to modify their uniforms in any way provided they do not cover up or obscure any of the logos printed on the shirts.
If a team is short the minimum number of players to play a regulation game, the game will be ruled a forfeit.
If the forfeiting team is short the minimum number of players to play an exhibition game, a $50 forfeit fine will be assessed. This fine is transferred in full in the form of a gift card or voucher to the offended team who showed up with no game to play. Provided the fine is paid on time, the offended team can collect the forfeit fine from a San Antonio SSC Coordinator the following week.
Forfeit fines must be paid prior to the end of the offending team’s next scheduled game. Payment can be made to an SSC Coordinator by either cash or check made payable to “San Antonio SSC”. Unpaid forfeit fines may result in additional forfeits and/or suspension from the league. Teams with outstanding fines from past seasons will be barred from future registration in any San Antonio SSC sport or event until they are paid in full.
If game forfeiture notice is submitted to the San Antonio SSC via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5:00 PM on the preceding day (Friday for weekend games), no forfeit fine will be assessed.
The minimum number of players to play an officiated exhibition game, and avoid the forfeit fine, is four.
Whenever possible, the San Antonio SSC will separate divisions based on playing experience and/or ability. In the event multiple divisions are not possible, all players will be placed into a single division.
Division placement for all teams will be at the sole discretion of the San Antonio SSC.
Any team that wins a super social championship will automatically be placed in the social division for the next season in which they participate. Top finishers from the previous season may also be moved up at the discretion of the San Antonio SSC.
Any player, or team based on the majority of their players, that is determined to be in the incorrect division may, at any point during the season, be asked to switch divisions at the discretion of the SSC.
Whenever possible, the San Antonio SSC will hold a single-elimination playoff tournament after the regular season has concluded. The number of teams to advance to this playoff tournament will vary from season to season based on team records and available venue space. The playoff tournament may be held on a day and time other than the normal day and time of regular season games.
GAME RESCHEDULING POLICY:
In the event of inclement weather or any other event that causes games to be postponed, the San Antonio SSC will make every effort to reschedule all games. In the event of multiple cancellations, the San Antonio SSC reserves the option to shorten the regular season and/or the play-off schedule. Make-up games may be scheduled on days other than the regularly scheduled days of the week. Neither refunds nor pro-rated refunds will be given if the season is shortened due to inclement weather or due to actions taken by the venue.
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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