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    Dodge Ball Tournament Rules-For Kids

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    I HAVE DODGE BALL TOURNAMENTS AT MY CAMP EVERY DAY.  ALTHOUGH MY CAMPERS ENJOY PLAYING MANY OF THE OTHER ACTIVITIES WE HAVE, BY FAR THE DODGE BALL TOURNAMENTS ARE THE HIGH LIGHT OF THE CAMP.  I’M NOT ASHAMED TO SAY IT IS A BIG REASON FOR THE CAMP’S SUCCESS. THAT’S NOT TO SAY YOU CAN JUST HAVE DODGE BALL TOURNAMENTS AND NEGLECT EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ADD THEM TO YOUR CAMP.

     

    TOURNAMENT ORGANIZATION:

     

    •  SEPARATE AGE LEVEL:  THIS CAN VARY DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF YOUR CAMP.  I WOULD SUGGEST K-2ND GRADE, 2ND-4TH GRADE AND 4TH-8TH GRADE.  I INCLUDED 2ND AND 4TH GRADE TWICE BECAUSE YOU MAY WANT TO USE YOUR BEST JUDGE ON WHICH KIDS CAN HANDLE THE OLDER GROUP.

     

     

    • LARGER CAMP SEPARATION: K-1, 2ND-3RD,4TH-5TH,6TH-8TH. USE YOUR BEST JUDGEMENT.  IN ALL MY ACTIVITIES SEPARATE BY AGE AND ABILITY.  FOR THE MOST PART KIDS WANT TO STAY WITH THEIR AGE GROUP BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THEIR CLOSEST FRIENDS ARE.  TIP: ALWAYS MAKE CAMPERS AWARE THAT THEY CAN COME TO YOU OR ANOTHER COUNSELOR IF THEY’RE NOT HAPPY IN THEIR GROUP.  LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU’RE WILLING TO MOVE THEM WITHIN REASON.  FOR EXAMPLE, IF A LESS ATHLETIC 4TH GRADER WAS PUT WITH A 3RD-4TH GRADE GROUP, BUT THE MAJORITY OF THEIR FRIENDS ARE WITH THE 5TH GRADERS, IT’S OK TO MOVE THEM.  AT THE SAME TIME, IF A 2ND GRADER WANTED TO BE WITH THE 5TH GRADER GROUP, THAT WOULD BE TOO MUCH OF A JUMP.

     

     

    • HOW TO MAKE TEAMS: HOPEFULLY YOU KNOW THE ATHLETIC ABILITY OF THE CAMPERS BUT IF YOU DON’T, NOT TO WORRY.  AFTER THE FIRST DAY YOU’LL BE ABLE TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS.  KIDS WILL NOT BE AFRAID EITHER TO LET YOU KNOW THE TEAMS ON NOT FAIR.

     

     

    • TEAM NAME & CAPTAIN: PICK A CAPTAIN FOR EACH TEAM AND GIVE THE TEAM A FEW MINUTES TO DECIDE ON A TEAM NAME.  ASK THE CAPTAIN WHAT NAME THEY DECIDED. KIDS CAN BE CREATIVE AS LONG AS IT’S PG.

     

     

    • WHITE BOARD/CLIPBOARD: WRITE THE TEAM NAMES ON A WHITE BOARD IN THE CLASSROOM WHERE THEY HAVE LUNCH AND BREAKS.  MAKE SURE YOU USE WHITE BOARD MARKERS.  ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE BORROWING SOMEONE ELSE’S ROOM FOR A SUMMER.  YOU WANT TO WRITE THEM ON A CLIP BOARD, SO WHEN THE KIDS GO FROM THE CLASSROOM TO THE GYM/PLAYING AREA, YOU’LL KNOW WHAT TEAM THEY’RE ON IF THEY FORGOT.  THIS WILL  BE USED TO KEEP TRACK OF WINS, LOSSES AND TIES. YES I SAID TIES.  NOTHING WRONG WITH GIVING A TIE IN A TOURNAMENT.

     

     

    • EQUIPMENT/GYM ORGANIZATION: I PLACE ONE COUNSELOR NEAR EACH TEAM.  THAN I’LL PLACE A ROW OF CONES ON THE HALF COURT LINE AND ANOTHER ROW DOWN THE CENTER OF THE GYM MAKING A + SIGN.  THIS WAY YOU CAN HAVE 4 TEAMS PLAY AT THE SAME TIME.  THEY’RE ONLY PLAYING VS ONE TEAM, BUT THERE WILL BE TWO GAMES GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME.  YOU’LL NEED 3 DIFFERENT COLORS OF PINNIES/VESTS OR WRIST BANDS , DODGE BALLS AND I SUGGEST DOME CONES.

     

     

    • SCORING: KEEP TRACK OF HOW MANY WINS, LOSSES AND TIES EACH TEAM HAS.  THIS WAY YOU CAN SEED THE TEAMS.

     

     

    • SEEDING: IF YOU HAVE 4 TEAMS ITS EASY. 1 VS 4 AND 2 VS 3. WINNERS PLAY EACH OTHER.

     

     

    • IF YOU HAVE 6 TEAMS. 1 AND 2 SEED GET A BYE IN THE QTR’S. WINNER FROM 4 VS 5 PLAY 1 SEED IN SEMI’S. WINNER FROM 3 VS 6 PLAY 2ND SEED IN SEMI’S. WINNERS PLAY IN FINALS.
    • IF YOU HAVE 8 TEAMS. QTRS  1 VS 8, 2 VS 7, 3 VS 6, 4 VS 5.  SEMI’S WINNER FROM 1 VS 8 PLAYS WINNER FROM 4 VS 5. WINNER FROM 3 VS 6 PLAYS WINNER FROM 2 VS 7. THAN LAST TWO WINNERS PLAY IN FINALS.

     

    • TIP: IF TWO TEAMS HAVE EXACTLY THE SAME AMOUNT OF WINS,TIES AND LOSSES YOU CAN HAVE THEM PLAY AGAINST EACH OTHER ONE MORE TIME TO SEE WHO RECEIVES THE BETTER SEED.

     

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH AN AWESOME KID DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT!  I CHOSE THIS VIDEO BECAUSE IT’S VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT MY CAMP TOURNAMENTS LOOK LIKE.  MUSIC PLAYING, KIDS CHEERING AND SURROUNDING THE WINNER AT THE END!  YOU CAN INVITE PARENTS TO WATCH THE TOURNAMENTS!  I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND EVERY DAY, BUT MAYBE ONCE EACH WEEK.

     

    • TIP: IF ONE OR TWO TEAMS ARE GETTING ALL THE WINS, THAN I SUGGEST TO END THE TOURNAMENT IN ONE DAY.  IF IT’S A TIGHT TEAM RACE YOU CAN THAN LET THE TOURNAMENT RUN WITH THE SAME TEAMS 2 OR 3 DAYS.  I RARELY GO 3 DAYS BECAUSE I LIKE TO GIVE LOTS OF KIDS A CHANCE TO BE THE CAPTAIN.

     

     

    • TIP: START THE TOURNAMENT EARLIER IN THE DAY.  PLAY FOR 20-30 MINUTES. WRITE THE RECORDS ON THE WHITE BOARD DURING A BREAK.  PLAY AGAIN LATER IN THE DAY AFTER THEY’VE PLAYED SOME OTHER GAMES AN UPDATE THE WHITE BOARD.  OPTION: PLAY A 3RD TIME AT THE VERY END OF THE DAY.  UPDATE THE WHITE BOARD BEFORE THEY COME IN THE NEXT MORNING.  THEY’LL BE LOOKING FOR UPDATES THE MOMENT THEY WALK INTO CAMP.

     

     

    • OPTION: IF TWO TEAMS ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY FINISHING THEIR GAME, YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS.  GIVE THE WIN TO THE TEAM WITH MORE PLAYERS OR PLACE THE LINE THAT THEY ARE ALLOWED TO GO BEHIND VERY CLOSE TO THE CENTER OF THE GYM.  I GIVE EACH PLAYER TWO THROWS.  THE KIDS LOVE THIS!

     

     

    • TIP: DON’T USE JAIL BREAKS IN A TOURNAMENT.  IF I YELL “JAILBREAKKKKKK!” AND THE KIDS HIT THE BACK BOARD OF THE OTHER TEAM THAN THEIR ENTIRE TEAM IS FREE FROM JAIL.  JAIL BREAKS ARE GREAT IF IT’S NOT A TOURNAMENT. YOU MIGHT NOT EVEN WANT TO INCLUDE K-2ND IN THE TOURNAMENT, BUT THEY CAN STILL PLAY DODGE BALL.  USE YOUR BEST JUDGEMENT.

     

     

    • FYI: THE FIRST WEEK OF MY CAMP IS ONLY SOCCER.  SINCE I’M THE MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS COACH, IT’S A GREAT WAY TO GET A PREVIEW OF MY TEAM BEFORE TRY-OUTS IN SEPTEMBER AND TO TEACH SKILLS/STRATEGY.  I BRING THIS UP ONLY BECAUSE YOU CAN PLAY SOCCER DODGE BALL IN A SOCCER CAMP.  OBVIOUSLY IT’S MOSTLY KICKING, BUT I LET THEM USE A THROW-IN TO HIT THE OTHER TEAM IF THEY CATCH SOMEONE ELSE’S KICK.

     

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    2 Comments

    1. Steve

      I am looking to assist in a dodge-ball coaching opportunity this summer in our local recreation department. Your post was timely and informative.

      Would it be wise to allow a younger kid a chance to move up a class even if they show the ability to maybe handle the task?

      Steve

      • admin

        Hey Steve, Glad I could help! I like your name, same as my Son

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