3.5 stars


Dodgeball is a classic youth group game - definitely needs to be played in a place where balls cannot cause too much damage!

Split your group into two teams.  They line up at opposite ends of the hall or gym. In the middle, place 5 or 6 balls.  See diagram below

5 or 6


Start by yelling "Dodgeball".  The two teams then race to the middle, grab the balls, and start throwing them at the other team.

  • If you are hit directly by a ball, you are out and must leave the playing area
  • If you catch someone's throw, they are out, and in addition, you can bring one of your 'outed' team members back into the game.
  • If you fumble whilst trying to catch a ball, you're out.
  • You can use a ball you are holding to deflect a ball thrown at you.

The game continues until a team runs out of team members. 



  • Free / Low Cost
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Primary or Elementary School
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

  • Medium (11-29 mins)
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A big issue I have with dodge ball is that someone almost always gets hurt.
- Chelsea (26 Feb 2013)

My favorite game.
- sam (25 Oct 2013)

Try using large marshmallows. They do not hurt when you get hit with them. They do not damage anything (unless you step on them while on carpet) and they can be used in any size room.
- Brandon (15 Jun 2015)

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