While some might view Ivy League graduates and snooty, snobbish and generally out of touch with the common man and woman, something as pedestrian as dodgeball has become wildly popular among many Ivy League students. While most people play a relatively loosely organized style of dodgeball, the folks at Princeton University have formalized rules for holding dodgeball tournaments even in the stodgy, hallowed halls of one of America’s first and most prominent Ivy League universities. But even the stodgy, wealthy elite recognize the fun and health benefits of dodgeball and set forth some basic rules to help ensure fair and properly officiated dodgeball competitions.
Princeton University Dodgeball Tournament Rules
In accordance with the Princeton Ivy league-style dodgeball tournament rules of 2012, each player on either team will start the contest with one foot in contact with the baseline along their respective team’s side. The referee of the contest will blow his or her whistle, as which point players from both teams can sprint to the center line where the competition balls are lined up and waiting on the playing surface at the center line. Although the balls can be picked up, any player who touches the opposite side of center line at any point during the game is out. Once a player has picked up a ball, he or she cannot throw it immediately if having crossed the clearance line. Instead, the contestant must back up until both of his or her feet are behind the clearance line before throwing the ball at an opponent.
Ways Players Are Removed from the Game
As always, if a contestant is hit by a ball and unable to catch it before it hits the ground, that player is out. If the player catches a ball thrown at him or her, the player who threw the ball is out of the game/ Anyone who kicks a ball automatically is out. After 15 minutes of play, the team with the fewest players remaining loses, allowing the other team to advance in the tournament. The process is repeated until two teams remain and face off in the final round.
What kind of dodgeball rules do you follow?