dodgeballDodgeball is back and the number of teams is limited so be sure to sign up today for another night full of costumes, prizes and tons of fun on Friday, February 23 at 6 pm in the Capital High School Gymnasium.


How many people can be on a team? Can it be co-ed?

8 people per team. Yes, it can be co-ed.

How many divisions are there?

Four: middle school, high school, adult, and uber-competitive. The age of the oldest player will determine which division. For example, if there are 6 high school students and 2 college students, the division will be adult, or uber-competitive if that’s what you choose.

How many games do we get to play?

Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three games. The first one is warm-up and doesn’t count towards the standings. After that it’s double elimination.

Can people just come and watch?

Yes. Admission is $2 per person. Children under 10 are free.

Can we dress up in costumes or as a theme?

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it!

How much is it to play?

$25 per team, no matter which division.

How do we register and pay?

Register using the form in the sidebar. Print out the permission slips (players under 18 must have a signed permission slip by parent/guardian – no exceptions!) at Payment MUST be received by February 19 at 4:00 p.m. or you will not be registered to play. Mail permission slips (if applicable) and payment made out to: Youth Connections, P O Box 4572, Helena 59604 or drop off at Helena Middle School. All-adult teams can mail payment to address above, just reference the team name to receive credit for payment.

Do we have to have all the names of the players when we register?

No, just a team name and captain. You can register your team and if members are under 18 years of age, permission slips will need to be mailed in with payment.

Can we change players after we register?

Yes. If players are under 18, we will need a signed permission slip from a parent/guardian. Players can bring those with them to the tournament if they are a late addition to the team.

Can one player be on more than one team?

Yes, however, if both teams end up playing at the same time, the player will have to decide which team to play on. They will not be allowed to get “out” in one game then jump into the other game.

Can we register 10 people on our team, but only play with 8, thereby being able to sub in players?


Are there prizes?

No, we know that bragging rights are all you need! There will be a raffle for all registered players. Must be present to win.

Do players under 18 have to have parent permission?

Yes. Permission forms are also found on Players under age 18 without a signed permission slip will not be allowed to play.

Will there be concessions?

Yes. Pizza, bottled water, sports drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase.

What time do we need to be there?

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Play starts at 6:00 p.m.

What does the money go to?

After expenses, the remainder will go to support additional alternative activities for teens.

What if we have more questions?

Contact Coleen Smith at 324-1032 or


The Team: will be made up of 8 players.

The Ball: will be an 8.25” rubber-­coated foam ball.

The Game:

The object of the game is to eliminate all opposing players by getting them “OUT”. This may be done by:

  1. Hitting an opposing player with a LIVE thrown ball below the shoulders.
  1. Catching a LIVE Ball thrown by your opponent before it touches the ground. Note: When a ball is deflected off another ball: The player deflecting the ball is out when:
    1. They get hit in the body (including above the shoulders) after the ball is deflected.
    2. They attempt to catch the deflected ball but the ball used for deflection is hit out of their hand. They attempt to catch the deflected ball and drop the deflected ball.
  2. The player throwing the ball is out when:
    1. The person deflecting the ball catches the thrown ball. The thrower is out if the deflector has both the deflected ball and the ball used for deflection in their hands or they intentionally put down the ball used for deflection and catch the deflected ball (determined by court monitor)

Definition: LIVE: A ball that has been thrown and has not touched anything, including the floor/ground, another ball, another player, official or other item outside of the playing field (wall, ceiling, etc).

Timing and Winning a Game:

The first team to legally eliminate all opposing player will be declared the winner. A 3 ­minute time limit has been established for each contest. If neither team has been eliminated at the end of the 3­ minutes, the team with the greater number of players remaining will be declared the winner.

In all overtime periods, the first team to legally eliminate any one opponent will be the winner.

5­ Second Violation:

In order to reduce stalling, a violation will be called if a team in the lead controls all ten (10) balls on their side of the court for more than 5 seconds. This also applies to tied teams.

First Violation: Stoppage of play and balls will be divided evenly and play continues with players starting on the end line.

Second Violation: Ejection of one (1) player from offending team.

Rule Enforcement:

Rules will be enforced primarily by the “Honor System”. Players will be expected to rule whether or not a hit was legal or whether they were legally eliminated. All contests will be supervised by a court monitor. The court monitor’s responsibility will be to rule on any situation in which teams cannot agree.

The court monitor’s decision is final ­No Exceptions.

Code of Conduct:

  1. Understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game.
  2. Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.
  3. Respect your opponent and congratulate them in a courteous manner following each match whether in victory or defeat.
  4. Be responsible for your actions and maintain self­-control.

Download the Official Rules


Team Name (required)

Team Captain (required)

Team Captain Phone (required)

Team Captain Email (required)


1. Teams consist of 8 players.
2. All players under the age of 18 must have a permission slip signed by a parent/guardian. Submit with payment. For last minute changes of players new players must bring a signed permission slip to tournament.
3. Registration fee: $25/team, must be received by Wednesday May 3 at 4pm
- Checks made payable to: Youth Connections
- Can be mailed to: P O Box 4572 Helena, MT 59604, or dropped off at Helena Middle School 1025 N. Rodney.
- All money raised from this event will help Youth Connections put on future activities


We need your support!

February 23  (6:00pm – 9:30pm)
Capital High School Gymnasium

This is a fundraiser for the future Youth Connections Activities. We know that kids who are involved in positive activities will not be involved in negative ones. Funds generated from this tournament will  provide additional activities for youth in Helena.

We anticipate 300 participants and attendees. It will be advertised with posters around town and in the middle and high schools, Youth Connections coalition email to 2000+ people, Facebook, Instagram, and Coffee Break radio show.
Sponsorship levels include:
1st PLACE LEVEL – $500
Banner at the event, announcements at the event, identified as a major sponsor in all media, logo on the registration form and posters, acknowledgement during interviews, listed on the FB event.
Logo on the registration form and posters, acknowledgement during interviews, listed on the FB invite.
Logo on the registration form and posters.
Yes! I want to help keep kids drug/alcohol free by providing an alternative activity to drinking.

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Mailing Address



Contact Name

Sponsorship Level

For additional information, please contact Coleen Smith at 324-1032 or