Dodgeball League

Adult and Teen Dodge Ball League Poster

The Elgin Recreation Center will be hosting Dodgeball Leagues Thursdays, April-May 2020. 

Teen Games will be from 4:00-6:00PM every Thursday. 

Adult Games will be from 6:00-8:00PM every Thursdays. 

The length of games and number of games per evening will be determined by the number of teams registered by the beginning of February 2020.

Teams will consist of 6 players on the court at a time and an unlimited number of registered alternates. All players who wish to play, even as substitutions, must have paid and registered prior to the date of play.

When registering, please complete the entire registration online, or in person at the Elgin Recreation Center. In order to complete registration, you will need to provide a copy of some form of identification and pay all fees associated with the league. 

Rules & Guidelines


The Elgin Recreation Center Gymnasium will be converted to full court dodgeball with balls lined up on the center line.


The Elgin Recreation Center will provide six (6) dodgeballs for use during the regularly scheduled games. Teams are encouraged to have their own uniforms or wear an agreed upon color. Scrimmage jerseys are available upon request. Shirtless play is not permitted.

Athletic shoes and athletic attire are required to participate in the game; players without proper footwear are not permitted to play. For example, sandals, slippers, flip flops, marking shoes, dress shoes and going barefoot are not allowed. Jewelry is permitted, however Elgin Recreation Center Staff reserves the right to require any jewelry be removed that is deemed unsafe.


1. Each team will designate a team captain or two (2) co-captains prior to the season beginning

a. Only a team captain or co-captain may dispute a call with a referee

2. Each team will be required to provide one (2) referee per game, either for the game prior or the game after the one they are playing in

a. Between the two (4) referees, they will appoint a Head Referee

b. Teams failing to provide a referee will receive a forfeit

3. Issuing ejections for unsportsmanlike behavior is at the discretion of the Head Referee or Elgin Parks Employee

4. Teams shall designate one (1) person each to keep a score sheet. This sheet will be turned in to the Elgin Parks & Recreation Employee upon completion of the game


All participants in the adult league must be 18 years of age or older. All participants in the teen league must be between 13 and 17 years of age. Players may only play on a team on which they are registered.

Elgin Parks & Recreation reserves the right to suspend any player at any time for unsportsmanlike conduct, violation of any rules, or failure to pay appropriate registration – without a refund.


A team consists of six (6) players on the court at a time, and any number of registered alternates. The minimum number of players on the court is four (4) and the maximum number of players on the court is eight (8) if both teams playing agree to the change prior to the beginning of the match. Every player present is required to participate in the game for which they are present. All players must have signed an activity waiver, provided a copy of their ID and paid the registration fee prior to playing.

During the regular season, a team can recruit players from other registered teams to play if they do not meet the minimum number of players required. No unregistered players may participate in league games. If a team cannot field at least four (4) players, they automatically forfeit.

Each team shall have one (1) Captain or two (2) Co-Captains who are charged with:

• Making sure that only players registered on their team are participating on their behalf

• Disputing a call on the field and remaining professional

• Making sure everyone on their team understands and follows the rules

• Turning in the game results to the Elgin Parks & Recreation employee

• Providing the referees as they are scheduled


Players should have no intention or unwelcome physical contact with opposing players. Doing so will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and it will be at the discretion of the referee to issue warnings or eject offending players. A player must make the referee aware if he or she feels any contact was unwarranted.

Trash talking is permitted as long as it is not cruel, racially motivated, hateful, or a personal attack on another player. The trash talking should only be good natured and shall not be allowed to get out of hand. Threats of physical violence are in no way allowed. The team captain shall ensure that their players behave themselves.

Due to City of Elgin regulations, consumption of alcohol or use of drugs on city grounds (including Elgin Recreation Center, parking lot and surrounding parkland) is strictly prohibited. If a person is seen consuming alcohol or using drugs on city property they will be asked to leave. If said person does not leave, police will be called.


To ensure the Elgin Recreation Center stays a safe, family friendly environment for all patrons the following list of rules that will be strictly enforced.

• Understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game as laid out by the Elgin Parks & Recreation Department

• Zero Tolerance Policy for violence or abusive language; you will be ejected from the league forfeiting all fees and banned from the premises if appropriate

• Any team which consistently exhibits poor sportsmanship will be eliminated from the league with forfeiture of all fees. Be responsible for your actions and maintain self-control.

• Abusive language or harassment of any Recreation Center member of staff or referees is strictly forbidden; you will be ejected from the league forfeiting all fees

• Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are not allowed on the premises – any evidence of the use of drugs or alcohol prior to the game will result in the police being called

• No food or open containers are permitted in the gym at any time

• Respect the facility. All Elgin Recreation Center Guidelines must be followed at all times while on the premises

• Respect your opponents and congratulate them in a courteous manner following each match, whether it ends in victory or defeat

The Elgin Recreation Center staff reserves the right to remove anyone from the premises at their discretion. Upon registration, all players must sign that they agree to follow the Code of Conduct.


Dodgeball is primarily self-refereed and played with honor rules. Players are expected to honestly call any hits or catches they are party to. When in doubt, call yourself out.

Substitutions and time outs are not allowed during the game unless there is an injury. The same players who started the game shall end the game. Substitutions may occur after each individual game i.e. when you switch sides.

Games are played until one team is eliminated. Winner of the match will be determined by who wins the best 2 out of 3 games. After each round, the teams will switch sides of the court.

All games must begin the night with a handshake between team captains and end the night with each team shaking hands/high fiving and congratulating the other team on a good game.


The purpose of team referees is to assist in facilitating the game and providing an honest and fair judge in the event the honor system fails. Referee responsibilities include:

• Set up the balls on the court in preparation for the game

• Call the opening rush – “3-2-1-Dodgeball!”

• Counting players down when they are holding the ball for too long and announcing “dead” balls

• Make sure eliminated players line up against the wall in the “resurrection” line

• Calling players out when they have been hit and do not leave the court

• Ensuring players do not cross over the boundaries or step on or over the center line


The primary purpose of the game, and this league, is to have fun. This league is not designed to be highly competitive, but rather a fun experience for all participants. Any player or team making the experience less enjoyable for everyone as a whole will receive a warning. After multiple warnings, the team or player will be asked to leave.

1. While playing, each participant must accurately call any hits and catches

a. Two (2) referees will be stationed at the center line to help facilitate the game with one (1) additional referee stationed closer to the field of play. Referees are to ensure fair and honest play.

2. There are 6 balls, split into 2 even groups near the ends of the centerline. During the opening rush (when the game starts), you may only grab the balls to your right. Players are not allowed to intentionally interfere with the opponents during the opening rush.

3. You are out if:

a. You step on or over a sideline or centerline

b. A thrown live ball hits your body

c. You throw a live ball and it is caught by an opponent

d. You throw a high throw or headshot

e. Kick a ball at an opponent during a game or showdown

4. A ball must be picked up in order for the release to be legal. Smacking, spiking, kicking or scooping a call are not allowed, and the hit won’t count; however if caught by the opponent, the catch it legal.

5. Balls must touch the back wall before they are live.

6. A thrown live ball can only hit out 1 player. Thrown balls that hit the ground, the wall, other balls, or other objects before hitting the opponent are considered dead balls and are ineligible to hit players out.

7. If a player is hit, they should drop all held balls, raise their arm to signal that they are out and leave the court immediately and minimize gameplay disruption. Once on the sidelines, players are not allowed to kick or pass balls to their teammates. If this occurs, the ball will be turned over to the other team.

8. You may block a thrown ball with a held ball. However, if you drop the blocking ball during the act of blocking, or if you fail to make a clean block (as in the thrown ball still ends up hitting or grazing your body afterwards), you are out.

9. No headshots or high throws are permitted. No player may intentionally throw and hit another playing above the shoulders, just as no player may intentionally move their body in order to receive a head shot. If at any time a headshot is thrown, the thrower should immediately apologize to the recipient of the headshot.

10. If you are out, line up on the side in the order you got out (think of it as being in an “resurrection” line). If your teammate catches a ball, the player at the start of your team’s “resurrection” line comes back into play after touching the wall (the teammate must be in the line at the time of the catch to be eligible to be brought back in).

11. You can only hold a ball for 10 seconds, afterwards, it will be considered dead. Dead balls need to be rolled over immediately to the other team.

12. If the game comes down to 1 player per side, they have 10 seconds to hit each other out; if not, "Showdown" comes into effect. The game is paused, each player gets two balls, two balls are lined up at the ends of the centerline, and the centerline is dissolved. The first player to get the other player out wins.