Dodge, dip, dive and throw your way through an action-packed evening of craziness! Teams of 5 will compete against each other for the title of Bigwave media Business Games 2018 Dodgeball Champions. The games are played on 1/4 of a tennis court, from tram-line to tram-line with 5 balls per game.

All you have to do is hit an opponent in their own half with the ball and they are out, simple. Oh, and don’t forget to avoid balls being thrown at you! Great fun and energetic, no previous Dodgeball experience is needed, just an appetite for a bit of fun. The ball used are PVC coated foam balls designed to minimise injuries and accidents.


Please ensure that all participating team members arrive at the venue by 6.00pm at the latest for pre-event registration, briefing and handing out equipment this will enable a prompt 6.30pm start. Registration will take place at the Exeter University Tennis Centre, in the Covered Tennis Centre – next to the Main Hockey Pitch on the Sports Park, Streatham.

Playing by the rules

  • Teams of 5 players
  • Teams must be of mixed gender
  • A minimum of one female on the pitch for all games
  • Maximum of 10 players in a squad

This year we will be using the King Court format. Easy – work your way up to the top court: The King’s Court…

The Draw / Tournament

  • 12 playing areas
  • Random draw live on the evening of the event to determine starting position
  • You win and you move up a court (If you win on the KING’S COURT you move up to be the KING)
  • You lose and you move down a court (If you lose on COURT 2 you move down to be the JOKER)
  • Finish at the top for maximum points
  • Finish at the bottom for less points
  • Team 1 will start as THE KING (but will drop down to the KING’S COURT after 1st game); Teams 2&3 will start on the KING’S COURT; Teams 4&5 will start on the QUEEN’S COURT; Teams 6&7 will start on the JACK’S COURT etc.; Team 26+ will start as the JOKER
There are vending machines for hot and cold drinks within the Sports Park, as well as a water fountain for refilling of bottles. Toilets are located in the main Sports Park reception building.
  • The playing area is across half a tennis court, between the tram-lines
  • The playing area will be marked on the floor
  • The balls will be placed on the half-way line

There will be 24 rounds of games (to give the Joker the chance of getting to the top)

The final position determines the points scored:

  • THE KING = 26 points
  • THE JOKER = 1 point

The final game will see companies on each court play for position

  • Win the final game on the KING’s COURT for 25 points
  • Lose the final game on the KING’S COURT for 24 points
  • Win the final game on THE QUEEN’S COURT for 23 points
  • Lose the final game on THE JACK’S COURT for 22 points etc
  • The game starts with team members behind the base line, the 5 balls per game will be placed on the half-way line. Once the hooter goes, both sets of players rush to get the balls and start the game
  • If you throw a ball that hits an opponent without bouncing in your own half first, they are eliminated
  • If you throw a ball that an opponent catches that doesn’t bounce first, you are eliminated
  • If you catch a ball without it bouncing first, the opponent who threw it is out, ALSO an eliminated teammate can re-join the game
  • Games last until you eliminate all opponents or 5 minutes has been played
  • The winning team is the team that has eliminated all
  • The balls used are soft sponge-coated, approximately football sized
  • Players should be comfortable participating in this activity and aware that they will be hit by balls throughout the evening


  • Please wear loose sports clothing – i.e. t-shirts, shorts, tracksuits, polos etc
  • Trainers must be worn
  • Please look after your own belongings – there are areas allocated within the covered courts but it is not monitored by staff

Time / Location

To be confirmed for 2019

To be confirmed for 2019

University of Exeter Sports Park, Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4QN


Public Transport

The Streatham Campus is served by the D and H bus routes. The D bus route includes Digby, St Luke’s Campus, the City Centre and Streatham Campus. The H bus route includes the RD&E hospital, St Luke’s Campus, the City Centre, St David’s station, Cowley Bridge and Streatham Campus.

Exeter St David’s Station is approximately 10 minutes walk from the Streatham Campus. See Streatham Campus map for the walking route.

Travelling by Car
From Motorway (M5)

  • From the M5 Leave the M5 at Junction 29, signed Exeter Airport.
  • At the traffic lights at the end of the motorway off slip road, turn right onto the B3015, signed City Centre, and at the first roundabout turn right, signed Exeter Business Park.
  • Go straight over at the next two roundabouts, signed Pinhoe, and join the Monkerton Link Road. At the traffic lights bear left onto the B3212, signed City Centre. Take the right-hand lane and at the second set of traffic lights turn right, signed University.
  • Pass under the railway bridge (Polsloe Bridge), drive up the hill and at the fourth set of traffic lights turn right onto Mount Pleasant Road, signed University. (Henry’s Bar
  • is on the corner of this junction).
  • At the first roundabout take the second exit onto Union Road. Go straight over at the first set of traffic lights onto Prince of Wales Road.
  • Continue along Prince of Wales Road for approximately 700 metres and the University’s Streatham Drive entrance is on your right. This entrance gives access to all car parks

We recommend once at the Campus you use Car Park B, follow the signs to Car Parks. Please be aware that the car parking may be ‘Pay & Display’. Once parked walk beside the sports courts towards the sports hall.

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