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

COMPLETE TEAM
10-14+ PLAYERS
  • *Minimum players for a full dodgeball team depends on type of league.
    • 10v10 – 14 player min for full team
    • 8v8 – 10 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.
SMALL GROUP
2-13* PLAYERS
  • 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
    • 8v8 – 2-9 Players for small group
    • 10v10 – 2-13 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.
FREE AGENT/SOLO
1 PLAYER
  • 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!
CORPORATE/ALUMNI TEAM
FULL TEAM

Basics

  • 10v10: Max 10 people to play (7 males max); Min 4 people to play (1 female min)
  • 8v8: Max 8 people to play (6 males max)
  • Dodgeball win = 2 Points, Flip Cup win = 1 point
  • Play as many games in 40 mins
  • NO HEAD SHOTS
  • Play multiple variations throughout the night
  • Music during games!
  • Click here for a full list of rules

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!
  • 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 10 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?

    Please view the full dodgeball rules for specific gender requirements.

  • SF Social Dodgeball Rules

    10 v 10 Basic Rules

    • If both teams have the same amount of extra players, total number of players on the court can be increased (at ref’s discretion)
    •  ***Referee has the ability to have more people play if both teams agree***
    • 10 v 10
    • 6 males max.
    • Minimum 6 players, 2 females to play
    • Boundaries are court specific
    • Game variations played throughout the night
    • At start of game, when retrieving balls you must go back and touch your start wall before throwing the ball
    • Host can move balls if balls are all on one side or on the sideline
    • If you win dodgeball for the night you get 2 points, if you win Flip Cup you get 1 point
    • No squishing balls before throwing

    *Playoff seeding is based on TOTAL POINTS from the season*

    Game Play

    Matches are 40 minutes

      • Play as many games as possible – the team with the most wins will be declared winner
    • Foam balls used – regular & small
      • Small balls can ONLY be used by females
    • Referee keeps track of score, time, variation of games played, and makes sure players go out when hit and following the rules
    • NO head shots
      • Head shots will result in a dead ball and player will be safe UNLESS they are ducking or diving
      • Then they will be considered out if ducking or diving while hit in the head
    • A player is OUT if they cross the throwing line
    • If a player is hit and the ball touches the ground – they are OUT
      • *A player may re-enter the game if their teammate catches a ball*
      • If you get hit by the ball and catch it before it hits the ground, equipment, or floor, then it’s a catch and you are safe – the thrower is out
      • You cannot get multiple players out with one ball – considered a dead ball after first person is hit
      • Player MUST raise hand when they are out
    • NO Blocking (the ball is an extension of you) – stops people from holding balls, creates more action.
      • If opponent’s ball hits off the ball in your hand – you are OUT
    • Players can hold 2 balls max. at a time and can ONLY hold balls for 5 SECONDS at most
      • Players who fail to comply may be warned by the ref and called out if issue persists

    Game Variations

       Greek

    • Re-entry: NO
      • Played like normal dodgeball EXCEPT:
        • When you are out, you go to the baseline of the OPPOSING team (you stay on the baseline until the game is over even if there is a catch) – UNDERHAND ONLY here
        • Players on the baseline MUST be TOUCHING the wall at all times (with hand or foot)
        • Run the baseline collecting and throwing balls at the opponent

    **Look for second page**

    Traditional (most common)

    • 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 normal dodgeball
      • Played on a court divided into 4 equal zones (quadrants) 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

       Pinball

    • 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 (more often) when all of a team’s pins are knocked over
        • The balls may be used to hit players or hit pins

       Prison Ball

    • Re-entry: YES (if you catch the ball in prison ONLY)
        • Played like normal dodgeball EXCEPT:
        • When a player is hit, they go to the baseline of the opposing team (prison) behind the opposing team
        • To get OUT of prison, you must catch a ball thrown by your teammate (in the air – cannot hit anything or bounce before)
        • A player in prison (prisoner) may NOT eliminate anyone from the opposing team
        • Prisoners remain behind the opposing team (in prison) until the game is over or ball is caught
        • A neutral zone will be between prisoners and throwers (no one can catch a ball in that zone)

       Doctor Dodge

    • Re-entry: YES (only by doctor)
    • Each team declares a leader (doctor) who tries to AVOID getting hit
      • When players are hit, they sit on the ground and wait for their team’s doctor to come and 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 use them as a shield)
      • When the doctor saves the sitting players, they can get up and resume play
      • No one can shield or intentionally stand in front of the doctor or they will be called permanently out of that game
      • The game ends when one team is entirely eliminated OR when the doctor gets out (game is over if doctor is hit)

    League wide policies:

    • Teams without the minimum number of players will forfeit after 10 minutes from their designated start time

    *Forfeit Rule*: All teams make the playoffs at the end of the season, unless you forfeit twice within the regular season.

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.