Dodgeball Lesson Plan for Physical Education

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn to play dodgeball, practice the requisite skills, and demonstrate their abilities to perform various physical movements in a competitive game.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand and demonstrate the rules of dodgeball
  • Demonstrate awareness of their physical actions and responses
  • Employ various forms of throwing and movement in a competitive game


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.


Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Dodgeball
  • Stretching


  • Foam or rubber balls appropriate for dodgeball
  • Racquetball or basketball court


  • Explain to students that dodgeball is a team game, where players try to win by throwing balls at the opposing team.
  • Show the students the ball you will be using. Select a volunteer and lightly bounce the ball off them to show that it doesn't hurt.


  • Remind students that it is always important to warm-up before physical activity. The warm-up should include:
  • Stretches of the legs, arms, shoulders, and back
  • A brief run around the gym

Dodgeball Skills Training

  • Ask students what skills they think they will need in order to play dodgeball. Try to get them to focus on the concepts of throwing and dodging.
  • Line up students facing a wall. Give them each three balls, and ask them to throw them at the wall. Once they have, ask them to retrieve their balls as quickly as they can and return to this position.
    • What's a good throw look like? Are there different ways to throw a ball?
  • Demonstrate overarm, underarm, sidearm and ''dummy'' throws. Have students attempt each throw as you demonstrate it.
  • Have students practice each throw, aimed at the wall. You can shout out different throws at random intervals, increasing the speed of the commands, to get students to think about how they are throwing and switch between various forms quickly.
  • Once students have practiced their throws, ask them to practice their dodging. Organize students into pairs.
  • Tell students to stay on the balls of their feet and to keep their feet moving. Shout out commands like left, right, forward, back, jump with one foot, jump with both feet, duck, etc.
  • Once students have practiced these movements, give each pair three balls.
  • Tell them that one partner will throw the ball, and the other will try to dodge it. Since this is just a practice exercise to work on dodging, students may only throw soft, underarm balls. Switch partners after each set of three balls.

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