Schools

Dodgeball is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports in the UK with Active Lives data ranking dodgeball as the 4th most participated sport in English schools and the 5th in Welsh schools. Dodgeball in schools is also in high demand with 33% of children expressing a desire to play more dodgeball than they are currently playing, higher than any other sport.

At British Dodgeball we want to provide school teachers, school coaches, students and leaders with the necessary tools to deliver dodgeball. We want to put a platform in place that enables dodgeball to grow within schools and across the United Kingdom.

Dodge Start is a new resource to help you start each day with some dodgeball fun! We have developed a downloadable resource on how to deliver a class bubble dodgeball competition and one of our member clubs Eden Dodgeball has developed a series of resources that can be done at home, in the garden or in the park. All available here…
START YOUR SCHOOL DAY WITH DODGE START
SCHOOL BUBBLE COMPETITION GUIDANCE
EDEN DODGEBALL CLUB LOCKDOWN PRACTICES

Read below for information on resources, equipment, membership, competitions, challenges and training.

In this section you will find information on the correct equipment to use, the rules to play and resources to get you started with dodgeball at your primary school. You will also find the link to our schools competition pathway with over 30 events available to enter.

To play dodgeball safely and correctly at school in any setting you need to be using the correct equipment. We only recommend size 1 foam dodgeballs for primary schools.

Rules

Primary School Competitions

Our School Competition offer for dodgeball has been put together to support as many children as possible to play dodgeball at a competition or festival that enables them to benefit the most.

We have been working in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust to support the network of School Games Organisers deliver an inclusive dodgeball festival that children will benefit from. To compliment this inclusive offer we are running a series of County Schools Championships.

Entries into our County Schools Championships are now open. The 2022/23 dodgeball season will see British Dodgeball expand their successful Primary School Championships pathway to allow more children to enjoy playing dodgeball. The County Primary Schools Championships are open to children in year 6 but children in younger years can attend at the discretion of the competing school.

Find out more by visiting our Schools Competitions page

 

Primary Lesson Plans

Our comprehensive dodgeball lesson plans are designed by PE experts and offer a detailed scheme of work consisting of 6 lesson plans per year group. Lesson plans are accompanied by up to 3 instructional videos and 5 printable resources, and use methods that will challenge and support pupils in order to enhance their learning.

Our lesson plans offer progressive drills and skill based activities that are in line with the PE National Curriculum with a specific focus on one or more of Physical, Social, Problem Solving or Tactical skills. You will find 3 levels of assessment for each lesson that are split into emerging, expecting and exceeding criteria so that pupils can be assessed accurately and easily.

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In this section you will find information on the correct equipment to use, the rules to play and resources to get you started with dodgeball at your secondary school. You will also find a map which shows which schools in your area are looking to play dodgeball fixtures with other secondary schools.

Equipment

To play dodgeball safely and correctly at school in any setting you need to be using the correct equipment. We recommend size 2 and size 3 cloth balls for secondary schools. Size 2 cloth dodgeballs are suitable for under 15’s and under 13’s (secondary school) and size 3 cloth dodgeballs are suitable for adults and under 17’s (secondary school).

Rules

Secondary School Competitions

The 2022/23 dodgeball season will see British Dodgeball launch our first ever National Secondary Schools Championships. These championships are for children in years 7 & 8. Entries into our Local Area Schools Championships competitions are now open.

Find out more by visiting our Schools Secondary Competitions page..

Lesson Plans

The British Dodgeball Secondary Scheme of Work is designed to teach Physical Education in Secondary Schools through dodgeball-based activity. The scheme of work contains one unit of 6 lessons for Lower KS3, Upper KS3 and KS4 which have been designed in line with the National Curriculum (2014), and has been created to aid teachers in teaching a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum. The first unit has been developed to introduce, consolidate and build upon learning contained in the KS2 British Dodgeball Primary Scheme of Work which pupils may not have completed. The upper KS3 and KS4 units build upon the previous to form a spiral curriculum (Bruner, 1960).

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British Dodgeball offers free club membership to all schools, colleges and universities. Membership is a requirement for schools competing in our leagues and open competitions, including our schools championships events. Membership is valid for 1 year and can be completed via the Just Go platform.

BENEFITS OF EDUCATION MEMBERSHIP
– 50% discount on the British Dodgeball Introduction to Officiating Dodgeball online course
– 50% discount on the British Dodgeball Introduction to School Dodgeball online course
– Entry into a bi-monthly prize draw to win equipment for your school
– Eligible to participate in British Dodgeball Schools Championships

Becoming a member of British Dodgeball provides us with the opportunity to better understand your needs for dodgeball and how we can support you. It also enables you to keep up to date with all dodgeball developments via our regular communications.

Face to Face Training

Leadership Qualification – £250

Our leadership workshop can be delivered to any school group from year 5 upwards. Our experienced instructors can tailor the practical course to the needs of the specific group over 3 hours in the school hall. Leaders will learn the importance of health & safety, basic dodgeball skills, communication, an introduction to coaching, an introduction to refereeing and understand the rules of the sport.

Contact aden@britishdodgeball.com to book a course.

British Dodgeball Level 1 Coaching Award – £60pp online, £40pp groups of 10+

It is our belief at British Dodgeball that the training we provide will enable coaches and those working with groups to empower people from all different walks of life to be healthy, active and enjoy the full benefits of sport and physical activity. Our Level 1 Coaching Award not only provides candidates with a knowledge of the sport, but also on how to work with different participants, how to be inclusive and provides an understanding of the importance of a positive well-being, improving self-esteem and taking part. This short 4 hour course is available online, or as a one off course to groups.

Access the online Level 1 Award in Coaching Dodgeball, or contact aden@britishdodgeball.com to book a course.

British Dodgeball Level 2 Coaching Award – £120pp open course, £80pp groups of 10+

Our Level 2 course is an 8 hour practical course that is perfect for anyone wishing to coach dodgeball within their community at clubs or within the school. Going into more detail than the Level 1, participants will understand dodgeball rules and game play, core skills of the sport, coaching, variations and inclusive practices, refereeing, planning and delivery and evaluating and concluding.

Book to attend an open Level 2 Certificate In Coaching Dodgeball course, or contact aden@britishdodgeball.com to book a closed course.

Online Training

Introduction to Dodgeball

This online self-learning course gives an introduction to the correct rules, equipment and sporting code used in dodgeball. It will also help you consider how to lead safe sessions and coach the basic skills of dodgeball.

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Introduction to School Dodgeball

This school-specific course gives an introduction to the correct rules, equipment and sporting code used in dodgeball in addition to training regarding the planning and teaching dodgeball as part of PE lessons. Ideal for primary teachers, secondary PE teachers and school sports coaches.

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Introduction to Coaching Dodgeball

This online self-learning course is ideal for players who know the sport and now wish to begin their coaching journey. It gives an introduction to coaching approaches used in dodgeball as well as training on planning and delivering effectively to groups of people.

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British Dodgeball Level 1 Coaching Award – £60pp online, £40pp groups of 10+

It is our belief at British Dodgeball that the training we provide will enable coaches and those working with groups to empower people from all different walks of life to be healthy, active and enjoy the full benefits of sport and physical activity. Our Level 1 Coaching Award not only provides candidates with a knowledge of the sport, but also on how to work with different participants, how to be inclusive and provides an understanding of the importance of a positive well-being, improving self-esteem and taking part. This short 4 hour course is available online, or as a one off course to groups.

Access the online Level 1 Award in Coaching Dodgeball, or contact aden@britishdodgeball.com to book a course.

Dodge Five Series
These resources offer plenty of skills and drills ideas for your dodgeball sessions.

Dodge Five Activity Cards
Dodge Five Remixed Activity Cards
Dodge Five Game On Activity Cards
Dodge Five Dodgefit Activity Cards
Dodge Five @Home Activity Cards

Education Packs
These cross-curricular lessons allow you to integrate dodgeball into the curriculum and are differentiated to provide a suitable challenge for 5-13 year olds.
Education pack – English
Education pack – Maths
Education pack – Foundation Subjects

The Dodgeball Code Resources
The Dodgeball Code
The Dodgeball Code certificate

Other Resources
Inclusive Activity Guide
Primary School Dodgeball Day Guidance Booklet
Dodgeball Match Scorecard

British Dodgeball School Awards

British Dodgeball is proud to support grassroots dodgeball across the UK. This sport has the ability to revolutionise the health of the UK’s young people in times that are difficult for health. The role of school physical education is more important than ever. Thousands of schools offer dodgeball to the delight of so many young girls and boys. Each year we ask you to nominate and vote for your school as a part of our school awards.

Past Winners

2019 – Lawford Mead Primary School, Essex

2022 – Grange Farm Primary School, Leeds

 

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