This requires a long wall or side of a house and a big rubber or kick ball.
Everyone lines up and one person throws the ball at the wall in an attempt
to hit a part of someones body. If they do, then that person is it and
must now throw the ball. The object is not to throw the ball hard, but
accurately in order to catch someone trying to dodge the ball.
Contributed by: Laura J. Rhinehart
Kids would form two teams. One team would form two lines facing each other.
They had playground balls for ammunition (two balls was the norm.) The
other team would scatter about between the lines of the first team. The
first team would then throw balls at team two. If a member of team two
was hit below the shoulders, s/he was out and had to stand aside. If a
player on team two caught the ball in the air (not after a bounce), s/he
received a free "life" (ie-if s/he is hit again, s/he has used up a "life"
and is not out.) A player may not receive more than three "lives." The
fourth, fifth, etc. time a player catches the ball, s/he may bring players
who were out, back into the game by calling a name. If and when all players
of team two are out, the teams switch places.
VARIATION: If a player on the opposite team catches a ball you threw
before it bounced, the thrower is 'out'
Contributed by Sarah Buhman
We played Dodgeball in a circle (the circles were actually painted onto
the blacktop on the playground). However many kids wanted to play, were
divided up into 2 teams. One team was inside the circle and the other half
spread out around the outside. We used a red rubber playground ball (about
14 inches in diameter) and threw it at the players inside the circle. The
kids inside were allowed to run around where ever they wanted, but could
not go out. We could only throw the ball to hit the kids inside below the
waist. If a ball was thrown and hit someone above the waist, the thrower
had to stop playing. If a kid in the center was hit, they became one of
the players outside the circle. The game was over when only one person
was left inside the circle.
Contributed by Cherie Robinson
An indoor variation on the dodgeball theme.
You form a circle and choose a person to start. That person tosses a
ball (preferably a soft one, like Nerf) to someone across the room. If
you catch it, you toss it to someone else. If you drop it, you sit down.
Last person standing is the winner. It's a good rainy day game and nobody
gets hurt, and hopefully nothing gets broken. :)
Contributed By Jennifer Smith
Variation 1: Setup: You need a large open space and at least enough soft-mediem
hard balls to have one team have enough balls to have one per player. You
can have a lot more, or a lot less. You divide into equell teams. Playing
area: Mark a large rectangle with a line through the middle. Rules: You
throw the ball tring to hit one of the members of the other team. If they
catch the ball, the person is out. If the ball hits a person in the head,
the person is out who threw it. That all happens before the ball bounces.
If the team with a person out hits a member of the other team, all their
members are in again. If it bounces, the ball does not follow any of the
Variation 2: The only change of rules is that the team with the person
out must hit the player of the other team to get the team member in.
Contributed by Tom Bowersox
You divide up in two teams. Drag a garden hose or other similar divider
between the yard. The teams each go to their own side, and may not
cross the divider. Gather as many balls as possible and split them
up between the two teams to start. You throw a ball at the other
team, if you hit them below the head, they are out. If they catch
the ball, you are out. The last person in is the winner.
Contributed by Kari Busch
This was Dodgeball played with frisbees instead of balls. Usually
there were two teams and a boundaries that you had to stay inside of.
We usually had a few frisbees, 2, 3 or 4, depending on how many kids were
playing (sometimes up to 15 or 20 at a time). We always played that
if you caught someone's thrown frisbee then the thrower was out.
played until one person or team remained.
Contributed by Brian Litteral