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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 this 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, and 7) Catching.

By Matt Maldre on May 18, 05 | 3:24 am  |   [153696] Hits  |   permalink | archives

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i like this alot...its teaching me stuff i know and dont know...i will use it in the future

Posted by: Mike on May 18, 05 | 10:51 am

I'm in complete agreement. Some of these tips can be applied to life off the Dodgeball Court too ... As soon as I can compose an example that makes sense, I will! Ha! ;^)

Posted by: Tom on May 18, 05 | 12:52 pm

something that can be applied to both on court and off court is: don't throw up.

Posted by: spudart on May 18, 05 | 7:00 pm

Yikes! Has that been an issue? ;^]

Posted by: Tom on May 19, 05 | 5:36 am

lol...thats a good one

Posted by: mike on May 19, 05 | 11:16 am

Sick tips! these will be really useful for my next match

Posted by: Dodge on Mar 29, 06 | 10:28 am

NEW! I just updated this section by adding some thoughts on throwing a raisin and an advanced raisin. Any ideas?

Posted by: spudart on Apr 25, 06 | 1:35 am

Another thought on the advantages of the raisin ball. When it's all squised down to be smaller, there's less air drag to slow the ball down, so in theory a raisin ball should travel faster.

Posted by: spudart on May 02, 06 | 5:49 pm

I play at school with the raisen balls and a good technique is throwing a ball u think some will catch but then throw another directly at the victim!

Posted by: jeff "yoda" on Jun 01, 06 | 9:16 pm

the raisin... a good technique...

it's sorta risky though. just make it EXTREMELY flat and then throw it like a frisbee. i donno, but hey, i won most games with this technique cuz the "raisin" shape makes it like a razor which makes it hard to catch. a good thing to do is throw a weak raisin (put it almost right in front of the boundry)at your victim. then, throw a "whip" at them and bam... there out! you can also curl your wrist to your shoulder, then when the raisin is starting to become a ball again, throw it like a frisbee with almost ALL of your energy.

Posted by: Sammy on Nov 28, 06 | 7:53 pm

oh, an add to my last post... when you throw the weak raisin, run up to the boundry line (careful!!) and while the person that got the raisin waiting for it to become a ball, whip it! it's a risky, but good move. but since the ball is close range, you can sorta just guess where there gonna hit you. if they don't throw, then whip it!

the throw high then whip thing is good, but you should only do it once per enemy or people will catch on to it and learn to avoid it.

catching, a risky thing. try to catch high balls aimed for your head (or tall people's heads) then jump forward and catch the ball, then before you reach the ground, whip it at an unsuspecting opponent. they might catch it, but when you do this, tell someone to throw the ball at the person you whip it at just in case they catch it. oh, only catch if you have no balls. my team was stupid enough to catch with one ball in there other hand. do the raisin when someone has 1 or more balls in there hand so they can't catch it, but it's also an awesome throw!

if there is only one person left on both teams, your coach might make it a no boundry game. when this happens, gather all the balls you can and duck incoming balls (powerful throwers 90% aim high) . then use them as blockers. when the other player has no balls, and you're close, they should be running. you should be able to keep up. then when they are just about to get a ball to throw at you, jump and weakly throw the ball. jump forward so the ball doesnt go hitting there head. then beep!! winners!

never catch low balls unless your down on the ground doing the very risky sitdown technique. i know a friend that throws up to the ceiling... never do that unless your doing the up and whip technique.

after this long comment / guide, i hope it helped...

Posted by: Sammy on Nov 28, 06 | 8:06 pm

DUDE ur sight is cool.My dodgeball team freakin rocks we kick butt and we win all of the time u will never be as good i will go pro and make thousands maybe millions maybe billions idk stuff happens and u know crap happens and othercrap happens u know what im talkin about u know ireally like dodgeball and my mom and other stuff thats squishy and u can throw and stuff thanks for listening nobody ever does.

Posted by: Big daddy luis on Jan 10, 07 | 1:36 pm

I just love dodgeball. But i cant figure out how to stopp gettin balls to the face. Man if ucan help thanks i just love love love it just love it i want more. pleas help make an ameture league Nice car THANKS

Posted by: Ronald McDonald on Jan 10, 07 | 1:41 pm

i use an advanced raisin in order to throw:

grasp the ball tightly to get a firm grip, and aim for the head. Throw exactly like a baseball, wrist action and all. IF THROWN CORRECTLY, the ball will do an extreme dip, right into the nutsack of your intended opponent...they never expect it

Posted by: mitch on Jan 23, 07 | 1:44 pm

Hi...anyone got tips for females on a co-ed dodgeball team? Especially on how to attack guys who whip the ball at your face??

Posted by: on Jan 26, 07 | 12:24 pm

This site is awesome. glad to hear from some other dodgeballers. On throwing techniques I would say the best technique is deffinately the lookaway. I have been playing dodgeball for the past 3.5 years ad have developed a technique I call the stranger. Opponents have even called it THE PERFECT STRANGER. I use it 2 ways: over handed and side armed I find both effective. The trick is to not change direction of your throw until the last second. over hand works well with someone on your team holding a ball to protect you and aiming a person with a ball and throwing at a semi close standing opponent without a ball. Always throw low. I find the best possible use of the sidearm stranger is to allow a player on the other team standing with a ball off to the side to think you dont know they are there and then run towards the middle looking at another player and then when they raise their arm to throw nail them in the shins. I have used this with such success that I became known for it and had to use it sparingly. Which is why you should use many different techniques to keep them off guard.

Posted by: Austin on Mar 01, 07 | 11:59 pm

I like to put top spin on the ball, although this takes away from the overall speed and isn't as fast as a strait shot it is very hard to dodge. You simply put top spin as your throwing the ball (push down with your fingers so they spin the ball), i like to aim for the torso or legs with this throw.

Another strategy is to stay along the edge of the court, i have survived many games and gotten many kills in this fashion. Just stay near the edge most of the game and stay "quiet" only take shots if you know you can hit. Your sure to have at least one chance to run accross the court and peg one of thier unsuspecting throwers at the line (hopefully one of the good ones :P)

Posted by: godfather on Mar 06, 07 | 8:21 am

At my school we play with volleyballs they hurt like hell but these tips still apply can u get some tips on playing with volleyballs It would help me alot

Posted by: j mic on May 04, 07 | 8:50 pm

gator skin and other balls made of foam are completely horrible. Dodgeball should be played no other way than with good old welt raising rubber.

Posted by: beast on Jul 28, 07 | 4:59 pm

i agree foam balls are kind of kiddish. Play w/ the rubber air filled balls. You should try getting rocked in the face by those. We've broken noses and glasses but hey if you hit in the face the thrower is out unless you've moved into it. Their is a NADA tournament being held here in Port Huron and i hope they aren't expecting to use foam balls. If so ill bring our own and show them how to play. Literally your fingers will bleed.

Posted by: Chad-wick on Oct 25, 07 | 12:00 am

Hey what i do is throw an extreme over hand that stars out low but rises to just below the waist, for maximum backspin i'll hold it so i can use the air hole with my middle finger.

Posted by: Neil on Nov 09, 07 | 5:20 pm

hello i am 35 years of age i live with my mother ur dodgeball techniques helped me quadracticly i now know how to pwn mad noobs in real life i am now only the second worst dodgeballer

Posted by: Cornelious on Nov 30, 07 | 7:31 am

My team plays is a tournament every year and the biggest problems we have are accuracy (wasted shots) and being intimidated (wussing out). So thats my biggest team tip- make every shot count and be aggressive.
As far as throwing strategy goes....Throwing as hard as you can is not really a good idea unless you just have the other team pinned against the wall. I've noticed when people throw as hard as they can, they usually can't hit the broad side of a barn. I prefer using spin, rather than speed. My favorite is to sling the ball at someones feet using an excessive amount of back spin. The ball looks like it will hit the floor in front of them and then climbs to hit them in the shins. It's hard to catch too.

Posted by: on Feb 17, 08 | 8:59 am

If your opponents have just one person left and your team has at least 2, have one of your players throw a lob to the farthest part of the court, and have your more accurate player let loose on the hopefully distracted opponent.

Pump fakes work too.

When you want to catch a ball, make sure it does not have much movement. Bat the ball you want to catch straight into the air, and POOF! Easy catch.

t-shirt, sweatpant/shorts, and tennis shoes gives you a good start. Jeans, cargos, and cargo shorts aren't recommended because they are not as flexible.

I just got back from winning first place at a dodgeball tourny, and I used all of the above to win it.

Posted by: Balla on Apr 23, 08 | 8:48 pm

Actually I never look at online guides... I'm just playing the game and as I find out new strategies or secrets I post them... just like anyone would do on any forum. I didn't even know you could break the gnomes untill I accidently broke one with my bike... then it said 1/25 gnomes broken.

Posted by: application outsourcing on Jun 30, 08 | 3:07 am

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

Posted by: Fraze on Sep 09, 08 | 5:56 pm

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.


Posted by: Nichael on Sep 30, 08 | 1:30 am

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

Posted by: cody on Oct 25, 08 | 12:07 am

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

Posted by: ur mom on Nov 06, 08 | 7:04 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.

Posted by: Joe Irwin on Dec 04, 08 | 4:09 pm

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

Posted by: Ryan Gregerson on Dec 04, 08 | 5:18 pm


Posted by: ryan on Dec 17, 08 | 3:45 pm

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

Posted by: ryan on Dec 17, 08 | 3:47 pm

Ryan, i could nail u so shut up.

Posted by: Hilly Bill on Jan 20, 09 | 6:47 pm

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.

Posted by: JB on Mar 27, 09 | 11:52 am

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.

Posted by: Amanda on Dec 03, 09 | 8:13 pm

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".

Posted by: Nathan on Dec 04, 09 | 3:46 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!

Posted by: Amanda on Dec 04, 09 | 9:04 am

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

Posted by: brad on Jan 11, 10 | 7:27 pm


Posted by: on May 25, 11 | 5:55 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

Posted by: AML on Aug 16, 11 | 12:49 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.

Posted by: Mike on Oct 18, 11 | 11:46 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...

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