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Throwing Techniques: Dodgeball strategies, secrets and tips: Part 3 of 7

How to strike your opponent more consistently.

  • The lookaway: Don’t look at the person you are throwing at. Either do the lookaway off to the side or ceiling. Or look at another player while throwing. Looking off court, might not be a good idea (you might get plastered), so it would probably be good to look at an opponent that has a ball, and throw at a different person
  • The shinsplinter: I like to aim at the shins. Aiming at the shoes tends to make the ball bounce on the ground before it strikes the opponent. Aiming for the knees tends to make the ball go a little too high sometimes–where the opponent can easily catch it.
  • The wraparound curveball: I’ve seen players grip the ball by wrapping their hand and wrist around the ball, and then throwing it for a curve. It can be tricky to master.
  • The slight curveball: Personally I like to grip the ball a bit on the side to give a slight curve. It’s just enough to be deceptive. Although, I have to admit the wraparound curve does give a much nastier curve that is harder to catch.
  • The Favor Returner: Throw at a person who has just thrown the ball.
  • The Gedemwhileyerdown: Even better yet, hammer it down at someone who just fell down, and then laugh insanely.
  • Practice: Get some dodgeballs to practice with. NADA (National Amateur Dodgeball Association) uses eight-inch rubber-covered foam balls. Get them for $13.88 on S&S Worldwide.
  • The Raisin: Since these balls are filled with foam, you can squeeze them like a sponge. The rubber gator skin coating enables them to retain their raisin like shape for a few seconds. I’ve seen many guys squeeze the crap out of the ball and then throw it.

    The court is still out on the Raisin technique. The unusual shape will enable the ball to knuckle more the air, making it move around unpredictably. In theory that should make it harder to catch. But then the slight unpredictable knuckling movement might make it harder to hit your target.

    Personally, I find it easier to catch a raisin ball than a full round ball. I find the raisin ball has more of a handle for me to grab. A full round 8-inch ball is a bit more slippery–therefore harder to catch. Please leave your experiences with throwing and catching raisin balls in the comments below.

  • The Advanced Raisin: Most people just squish up the ball in any random pattern. But what would happen if you squished the ball a certain way? Think of the many grips a baseball pitcher will use with the seams on a baseball. Perhaps there are ways of denting the ball to make it behave in predicted ways. This is an item that I’m going to be exploring more in the future. If anyone has any advanced raisin techinques, please leave them in the comments below.
  • Attack Strategies: Section four is very related to throwing, as it discusses strategies on attacking.

This is a part three of a seven-part series every Wednesday of Dodgeball strategies covering:
1) Pre-Game
2) Equipment
3) Throwing Techniques
4) Attack Strategies during the Game
5) Ball Control
6) Distractions
7) Catching

50 Responses to Throwing Techniques: Dodgeball strategies, secrets and tips: Part 3 of 7

  1. Fraze September 9, 2008 at 4:56 pm #

    I have sniped SO many people with the Favor Returner. I’m like an assassin lol.

  2. Nichael September 30, 2008 at 12:30 am #

    I jsut want to say that I am firmly against the raisin for the following reasons: They destroy the balls. this is really the biggest reason, but if you squeeze them enough time, the foam becomes less likely to regain its shape thus ruining the game for future players. When you scuff a baseball you remove it from play and if any other type of ball is damaged during play it is discarded, so why would dodgeball be different? However, if you decide that youa re ok wiht ruining balls, holding a ball almsot completely by the skin and throwing results in a pretty good curveball and is called the hammer because that is a good name and because it should be thrown overhand. but BOO RAISINS

  3. cody October 24, 2008 at 11:07 pm #

    it’s against NADA rules to change the shape of the ball in any way, including smashing it into a more compact ball…so the raisin is out, sorry dudes

  4. ur mom November 6, 2008 at 7:04 pm #

    ummmmmm ya lol we played dodgeball in school today and i was destroying everyone, it wasnt even fair, like i got 35 people out and i got out ounce lmao

  5. Joe Irwin December 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm #

    Bout to play a tourney at muskogee, Ok High School and we will see how it goes we are tryiny every single one of these techniques they help.

  6. Ryan Gregerson December 4, 2008 at 5:18 pm #

    These aren’t studlyistical strategies. BBBBBOOOOO like a MAJIGAMATHINGER.

  7. ryan December 17, 2008 at 3:45 pm #


  8. ryan December 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

    run across the line and start punching peole you stupid little weaklings p.s. this site isnt tooooooo bad wink wink

  9. Hilly Bill January 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    Ryan, i could nail u so shut up.

  10. JB March 27, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Regarding the Raisin Techniques … Our city park and rec’s dodgeball league specifically outlaws misshaping the ball beyond a normal grasp at any time. It’s the “No Ball Pinching” rule.

  11. Amanda December 3, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    So I recently joined a dodgeball league (I’m 27) but haven’t played since 4th grade. I have background in softball but I’m sick to death of hearing “you throw like a girl.” Does anybody here have any tips for me about how to put more power into my throw? I’m already doing arm exercises to beef up the muscles a bit.

  12. Nathan December 4, 2009 at 3:46 am #

    Amanda – your comment sent me off into the bowels of Googles bountious hard-drives. I found this very interesting article. It’s pretty academic, but still a worthwhile read: … in case you would rather read than practice 😉 My take from the above article: – Throwing is a complex learning process that requires recruitment, and coordination of the neuromuscular chain. – Throwing well requires proper biomechanical technique. – All novice throwers, male or female, throw like novices because their body is trying to limit the degrees of freedom available in all the parts of the throwing motion. This leads to stereotypical throwing patterns, which in a throwing dominated culture is called “throwing like a girl” (less body in-put, more “wristy”). – Most men/boys who throw well have hundreds (thousands even?) of hours of nervous system training and neural recruitment. Most girls in North America do not receive much practice in throwing (esp overhand) – If you want to throw better, 1) you need to study and 2) gradually learn (neural recruitment means you won’t be able to pull of the cooridination required – at first) the proper throwing motion — this means guided practice, practice, and more pratice. Hey, what’s you Dad up to these days? Call him up for a game of “catch”.

  13. Amanda December 4, 2009 at 9:04 am #

    Hey Nathan! Thank you SO much for that link about the connection between brain & throw. My initial thought was that I was out of practice & my 2nd thought was that I didn’t even know the basic mechanics of HOW to put my body into it rather than just my arm and hand/wrist. I’m definitely going to keep practicing as much as I can. I also tried out my windmill pitch & found that that stills works like a cannon so I’m excited to bring that to the court as well! Thanks again for your great help!

  14. brad January 11, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    If you can dodge a wrench than you can dodge a ball.

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  16. AML August 16, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Very cool topic, how i wish i read this 8 years ago, so I could rock Dodgeball much better. this topic just made me remember my younger years, and i can still recall that i was the best in catching throws and return it to the thrower, but i do need to consider the distance between me and the thrower, so i’l be able catch the ball though. lolz! anyways thanks for sharing this man, you just save me from wasting my time on fb.hehe

  17. Mike October 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    The return the favor is the best. Also what I do is stay at the side of the room lined up with an opponent. Then I beam someone diagonally across the room.

  18. Chris LaMar December 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Hey you could always grip the ball with a more deflated or a foam ball and spin around as fast as you can but not a curveball instead just keep your grip and fall on the ground get back up fast and then spin agian and this time throw it but not at any one this is your distraton get a friend who can throw and let him jump over you after you fall agian and then he will suprise them enough to let your team get them out! it works for me but it is risky since sometimes you sacrafice yourself…

  19. Ann Que March 23, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    Thanks for the tips..have a dodgeball tourny at work today.

  20. Richard Rodriguez September 11, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    After a crushing defeat last night, helpful hints are needed and appreciated.

  21. Samuel C. Lattuca September 14, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Close your eyes.

  22. Edwin Ontiveros November 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    I like the full big ones.They are better than the raisins.

  23. Brendon Bernard June 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    All about the running jump shot!

  24. Deb Chase October 18, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    No squising the ball in my league.

  25. Nathan Norse December 18, 2014 at 3:00 am #

    dodge ball tournament today

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