Chinese Dodgeball

An active, wide, sports game for small groups

How To Play Chinese Dodgeball

Materials Needed

at least 2 balls (dodge balls or volley balls work best)

This is a game that you will want to play in an open area such as outside or in a Gymnasium. The goal of the game is to single highhandedly get everyone else with out going down yourself. It is a good mix for if you have athletic students and others that can't go as long. It is suggested to have at least 10 players. However, it can be played with less but is much more fun with larger groups.

It is a no teams dodge-ball game, everyone starts out on the edge of the boundary or against the wall with the balls in the middle and when the leader yells/whistles the start the students run for the balls. Once some one has a ball they are aloud to take tree steps before they have to throw the ball. So the key is to pick it up and throw it before people have time to run away.

If some one is hit they sit down right where they are. If the ball carrier has run out of steps they can call the name of a person sitting down and have them hold the ball for them. They can then run free and then call on that person again for them to throw the ball back. Once the thrower has the ball back he/she now have three more steps. The sitter can only hold one ball at a time and can not be partial. That is even if the thrower is the one that got them down, they have to hold his/her ball and try to give it back to that same person.

When the person is hit by a ball and goes down all of the people that he/she got down stand back up and are now in the game. In addition any balls that they were holding for other people become theirs to use. If some one goes down and still has a ball being held by a sitter the sitter gives the ball the first standing person to run up an d claim it. If a ball is caught the thrower has to sit down even if it was intercepted while it was being given to a sitter. The sitter has to try to get the ball back to it's owner when he/she calls for it. However, interceptions by other runners are allowed.

Depending on your youths' abilities compared to each others' this game can be from 10 minutes to over an hour. It is a lot of fun and will ware out your more active students and still let your less active students have fun and not be tired trying to keep up.


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Nathaniel Van Patten
on 18 February 2015


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We call this Sproutball and play it all the time at our schools Outdoor School Sites. It's a great game. One thing I always add, is if you don't know who got you out, and that is a real thing not just that you don't want to wait, you have to slowly count to 120, and then you are back in. Head shots are automatically thrower is down. We added groin shots too, since we play with middle schoolers and they think it's funny until it happens to them.

Great game, we almost always have 60+ players at any time, so we use about 15-20 balls. We use small nerf balls like you can get at the dollar tree so that they don't hurt too bad when it's rainy and they get water logged.

Posted by Ryan 4 years ago

If the ball is going between the thrower and the sitter, it can be intercepted by other players:

If they drop the interception, that's like getting hit, right? Do they sit down?
Also, if they drop the interception from the sitter back to the thrower, are they not out since the sitter is not an active player?

OR are they never out during interception attempts?


Posted by Gamer 5 years ago

Great game idea not sure why people are roasting the grammar I think its a great game especially with the rule modification, thanks Stephen!!

Posted by Appreciative 5 years ago

Disappointed to see so much negativity on a post that has been put here to give a games idea to whoever would like to use it. Is it really necessary to correct spelling/grammar if the meaning is obvious? And if you have other ideas, just add them as suggestions, there really is no need to be rude and aggressive.

Posted by just looking for some games... 5 years ago

Always great when youth leaders tell other youth leaders they should "drop the dumb rule." I love when my teens tell me my ideas are dumb and they have WAY WAY WAY better ideas. Great approach...

Posted by Innocentbystander 6 years ago

This game is WAY WAY WAY more fun with this moderation below!

The players sitting can get back in if they peg someone who is active! Drop the dumb rule about the sitting player having to hold the ball for someone and having to pass it to them, and drop the dumb rule about everyone getting back in once the person who pegged them goes down. Instead, if a sitting person manages to get a ball (because they roll after a missed throw...), he/she can try and peg a live person. If they succeed, they are back in! (Teamwork among sitters often ensues, where one sitter will throw to another closer to an active person to give them a chance to get in. Mini-alliances are thus formed Hunger Games style that will need to be broken later to win!)

So fun this way!!! The perfect youth group game.

Posted by Stephen 6 years ago

ha ha- and "ware out" instead of "wear out" :)
Good job the game concept seems pretty good fun!

Posted by Simeon Hawkins 6 years ago

I play this with my Girl Guides, but we call it Elimination. We play with only one ball though.

Posted by Kim 7 years ago

He also said "some one" instead of "someone" I guess that makes this game just unplayable

Posted by Nathaniel Van Patten 8 years ago

Para 2 above:
"Aloud" used instead of "Allowed" and "Tree" used instead of "Three" as in (3)?
Is the game also a typo-call-out?

Posted by college 8 years ago
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