Rules

BRIEF SUMMARY

If a ball hits your clothes or your body (except your head), you are OUT. If a ball you throw is caught by an opposing player, you are OUT. PERIOD.

SAFETY & SPORTSMANSHIP

NO HEAD SHOTS!

NO TAUNTING OR BAITING!
NO FOUL OR ABUSIVE LANGUAGE!
A PERSON WHO VIOLATES THESE RULES WILL BE BARRED FROM THE BUILDING AND THEIR TEAM WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!

THE GAME

The object of the game is to eliminate all opposing players by getting them ‘OUT.’


An opposing player is OUT if he/she is hit on the shoulder or lower by a LIVE thrown ball. A thrown ball is LIVE until it hits an opposing player, the floor, another ball, a referee, or any other object; after that, the ball is DEAD until put back into play.

  • A throwing player is OUT if the ball he/she throws is caught by an opposing player 
before the ball hits the floor, another ball, another player, or any other object.
  • A player is OUT if he/she steps across a boundary line to throw a ball or to avoid a 
thrown ball.
  • A player using a ball to defend against a thrown ball is OUT if he/she drops the ball when 
it is hit by the thrown ball. 


DIVISIONS OF PLAY

The Youth Division consists of players enrolled in Grades 6 through 8. The High School Division consists of players enrolled in Grades 9 through 12. The Adult Division consists of players age 18 or older who are not enrolled in high school. 


THE STARTING TEAM


Each team starts the game with 6 players on the court. For High School and Adult Divisions, at least 2 starters must be female. All remaining players registered to a team may substitute into the game at timeouts or in case of injury. 


THE OPENING RUSH


The game begins with balls placed on the centerline of the court and all players behind their team’s endline. At the referee’s whistle, players rush the centerline to retrieve the balls. Once a ball is retrieved, it must be taken behind the endline or thrown to a teammate behind the endline before it can be thrown at an opposing player.

BOUNDARIES


During play, all players on the court must remain inside the boundary lines EXCEPT they may leave and return through their endline only to retrieve stray balls. A player with one foot out- of-bounds (centerline, sideline, or endline except when retrieving a ball) will be called OUT.

TIMEOUTS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

Each team is allowed one 30-second timeout per game, to be timed by the referee. Teams may substitute players during the timeout (substitutions must be of the same gender).

RETURNING TO PLAY AFTER A CAUGHT BALL

A team that catches a LIVE ball thrown by an opposing player is entitled to return a player who is OUT to the court, on a first OUT/ first IN basis. No team may have more than 6 players on the court at any time.

5-SECOND VIOLATION

A team that is tied or ahead in players and that controls all balls on its side of the court may not delay throwing a ball into the opposing court for more than 5 seconds. The referee will count the 5 seconds aloud. A team that violates the rule must give 1 ball to the opposing team.

TIMING AND WINNING THE GAME

Each game is 3 minutes long, timed by the referee. The team that legally eliminates all opposing players in that time is the winner. If each team has players on the court at the end of 3 minutes, the team with the greater number is the winner. If each team has the same number of players at the end of 3 minutes, the game goes to sudden death overtime.

SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME

A tie at the end of regulation results in a 3-minute sudden death overtime. Each team has 3 players on the court, and each player has a ball. Play starts at the referee’s whistle. The game ends when the first OUT occurs.

MATCHES

Teams play a best-of-three match. Teams will play all three games of the match even if one team wins the first two.

PLAYOFFS

Dependent on number of entries in a division, four or eight teams with the best records will advance to single-elimination playoffs. A team’s record is determined first by the number of matches won, then by the team’s cumulative winning percentage of games played, then by the cumulative number of the team’s players remaining on the court at the end of all games played. Ties that remain for entry into playoffs or seeding within playoffs after application of these factors are settled by coin toss. Each playoff match is single-elimination best-of-three games. Teams are seeded for playoffs by best record.

CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Understand and follow the rules.
  • Respect the referees, all referee decisions are FINAL.
  • Respect your opponent and show good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Stay in control