SF Dodgeball League

Our goal is to create a friendly atmosphere where it’s easy for people to meet and have some fun!

Want to become a true dodgeballer and learn the 5 d’s of dodgeball? Join SF Social dodgeball leagues in San Francisco to learn how to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge! Dodgeball leagues are played in various neighborhoods like North Beach and Mission. We offer coed, super social San Francisco dodgeball to make the game competitive but most of all, fun!

After your SF Social dodgeball game, you’ll head back to the sponsor bar to play your dodgeball opponent in flip cup. Yep, that’s right – the bar is just as important as making it to your dodgeball games!  Come out, play dodgeball, meet new people and HAVE FUN.

Upcoming Dodgeball Leagues in San Francisco

How to Sign Up

  • *Minimum players for a full dodgeball team depends on type of league.
    • Party Dodgeball – 13 player min for team
    • Traditional – 9 player min for team
  • The captain creates a team and teammates “join” the team. The captain can pay for everyone or players can pay individually.
  • You can sign up with friends even if you do not have a full team!
  • *Size of small groups depends on type of dodgeball league
    • Party – 2-12 Players for small group
    • Traditional – 2-8 Players for small group
  • The captain should click “create team” & note estimated players.
  • Teammates join that “team.”
  • Once registration is closed, we will combine your group with other small groups and free-agents.
  • Signing up as a free agent is the best way to meet people in San Francisco!
  • We will place you with a small group and/or other free agents to form a full team after registration closes.
  • If you have a friend that decides to sign up just have them note to be put on the same team as you!


  • Team Size: 9-12 people (6 PLAY 4M2F)
  • Min 4 people to play (1F)
  • “No sting” foam balls
  • Dodgeball win = 2 Points, Flip Cup win = 1 point
  • Play as many games in 45 mins
  • Play multiple variations throughout the night
  • Music during games!
  • Party Dodgeball Variations
    • Traditional
    • Greek Dodgeball
    • Quadrant Dodgeball
    • Protect the Pin Dodgeball
    • Doctor Dodgeball
    • Prison Dodgeball
  • Click here for a full list of rules
  • SF Social Dodgeball FAQ

    What can I expect at an SF Social Dodgeball League?

    A premiere, FUN experience! Plan to arrive at the gym 10-15 minutes before game time to meet up with your teammates and get ready to play in your SF Social dodgeball league. Each match consists of 40 minutes. Teams will play as many rounds as they can within their 40 minute match. A round is completed once one person is left standing. Once your game ends, the night is just beginning. Head to your sponsor bar to compete against your opponent in a mandatory flip cup game.

    How competitive are the dodgeball leagues?

    We put the social in SF Social! SF Social dodgeball leagues are all about meeting new people and having a good time. Shoot us an email if you have questions!

    How many people do I need for a full dodgeball team?

    Full teams are a minimum of 9  players. If you and your crew don’t have a full roster, we’ll merge you with another small group. FYI – merged teams generally have extra players to protect against forfeits. If you’d like to make sure you have a larger or smaller team, you can register as a prepaid team which allows you determine the amount of players on your team.

    How much does it cost to join SF Social dodgeball?

    You can expect your SF Social dodgeball league to be anywhere from $79-89 per player for the entire season. Registration fees are dependent on location and day of the week, so be sure to check the league details carefully. After you sign up, everything else is taken care of for you. Your registration includes league shirt, referees, venue costs, insurance, equipment, prizes, league management and so much more!

    Don’t forget, when you sign up with SF Social, your league registration helps provide free youth sports programs in San Francisco through the Volo City Kids Foundation. #playwithpurpose

    What are the SF Social dodgeball gender requirements?

    In 6v6 dodgeball, if playing with a full team there can be a maximum of 4 males on the court at any given time. The minimum to play an official game is 4 players, and 1 of those players must be female.

  • SF Social Dodgeball Rules

    Basic Rules

    • Rule number one – Be Nice!
    • 6 v 6
    • 4 males max on court (can change in case of extra players mentioned below)
    • Minimum 4 players to play, 1 female
    • If both teams have extra players, total number of players on the court can be increased at the ref’s discretion and consent of both teams
    • Boundaries are court specific
    • At the start of each game, when retrieving balls you must go back and touch your start wall before throwing
    • Ref can move balls if balls are all on one side or on the sideline
    • No squishing balls before throwing
    • You can use the ball to block
    • Dodgeball wins count for 2 points & flip cup wins count for 1 point; playoff seeding based on total points

    Game Play

    Matches are 40 minutes

      • Play as many games as possible; the team with the most wins gets the 2 dodgeball points.
    • Foam balls used; regular & small
    • Referee keeps track of score, time, variation of games played, and makes sure players follow the rules 
    • NO head shots
      • Head shots will result in a dead ball and player will be safe unless they are ducking or diving; in which case they are out 
    • A player is OUT if they cross the throwing line 
    • If a player is hit they are OUT, unless the ball already hit another person or surface  
      • If you get hit and catch the ball before it touches another surface then it’s a catch and you are safe – the thrower is out 
      • You cannot get multiple players out with one ball; ball is dead after first person is hit 
      • Player must raise hand when they are out 
    • Players can hold 2 balls max. at a time and can hold balls for 5 SECONDS at most
      • Players who fail to comply may be warned by the ref and called out if issue persists
    • If teammate is hit by a ball, but then another teammate catches it, the person on the other team that threw the ball is out and the teammate is safe

    Game Variations


    • Re-entry: NO 
      • Played like normal dodgeball EXCEPT: 
        • When you are out, you go to the baseline of the OPPOSING team and MUST be TOUCHING the wall at all times (with hand or foot)
        • Run the baseline collecting and throwing underhand balls at the opponent  


    • Re-entry: YES 
      • Once you are hit, you are out and go to the sideline
        • Player waits in the order for someone on their team to catch the ball so they can return to play
        • Once everyone on your team is out, the game is finished

    4 Quadrant 

      • Re-entry: NO 
      • Follows same rules for outs as traditional dodgeball
      • Played on a court divided into 4 equal zones with 2 teams; both teams split in half – same team is diagonal from each other
      • The object of the game is to eliminate EVERYBODY in another quadrant 
        • Once EVERYONE in a quadrant is eliminated, this quadrant becomes a FREE QUADRANT – ANY player from ANY team is allowed to go into this quadrant to gather & throw or get hit 


    • Re-entry: YES
      • Played like normal dodgeball EXCEPT:
        • Each team has 3 plastic bowling pins at the back center of their side of the court, evenly spaced on the last line before the wall 
        • The game ends when all of a team’s players are eliminated OR when all of a team’s pins are knocked over
        • Balls may be used to hit players or pins 

        Prison Ball

    • Re-entry: YES (if you catch the ball in prison
        • Played like normal dodgeball EXCEPT:
        • When a player is hit, they go to the baseline of the opposing team with one body part touching the back wall (prison) 
        • To get out of prison, you must catch a ball in the air thrown by your teammate; ball cannot bounce off any surfaces before you catch it 
        • A player in prison may NOT eliminate anyone from the opposing team
        • Prisoners remain in prison until the game is over or ball is caught
        • The ref will establish a neutral zone between prisoners and throwers (no one can catch a ball in that zone)

        Doctor Dodge

    • Re-entry: YES (only by doctor) 
    • Each team chooses a doctor, and tells the ref who it is 
      • When players are hit, they sit on the ground and wait for their team’s doctor to save them
        • If hit you must wait 5 seconds before getting tagged in (raise one hand and count with your fingers)
        • Seated players may not intentionally interfere with game play
        • Live players may not hide behind sitting players (or us e them as a shield)
      • When the doctor saves the sitting players by touching them, they can get up and resume play 
      • The game ends when one team is entirely eliminated OR when the doctor gets out

    League wide policies:

    • Teams without the minimum number of players 10 minutes after their scheduled start time forfeit the game 
    • Forfeit Rule: All teams make the playoffs at the end of the season, unless you forfeit twice within the regular season 
    • Playoffs only: If the league host does not recognize one of your players, they may need to show ID to prove they are on the roster. All players playing in playoff games must have played in at least 1 regular season game. No guest players during playoffs.

Player Perks

Players registered with SF Social enjoy player perks such as:

  • Team T-Shirts
  • Referees
  • Equipment
  • Prizes
  • End of Season Free Beer Party
  • Special Sponsor Opportunities (see what can happen in our leagues!)
  • Invitation to all Volo City Events

Post Game Social

We are known as the most social league in SF and that’s because we care about the bar experience!

What to expect at the bar

  • Food & Drink Specials
  • Dedicated space & reserved tables for your league
  • League staff at the bar
  • When possible, multiple sports will go to the same bar so you can meet lots of new people!

Contact Us

For assistance and inquiries about scheduling, rules, and officiating, contact us at info@sfsocialsports.com!

To learn more about SF Social, read About Us or our Frequently Asked Questions.