- This is a Mitcham Town Cluster based event.
- Priority booking is available only to schools in this cluster on the initial booking date of:
- Monday 11th September 2023 at 5pm.
- Booking will then be open to all schools in other clusters on:
- Monday 18th September 2023.
- Schools may choose EITHER a Borough Championships OR a Development Competition per each sport, on the initial booking date.
- They can then book onto the other event, should they wish to for another set of children, on the open booking date, a week later.
- If an event is full, schools will be placed on a waiting list and be notified of this.
- MSSP will contact schools should places become available in the build-up to events.
Team Requirements & Eligibility
- Age: Year 3/4.
- Mixed gender event.
- Games will be 6 a-side. There must be at least 3 girls on the court at any time.
- Squad size: maximum of 10, minimum of 6.
- This is a Cluster Festival event. School squads should be familiar with the competition rules before attending this event, although umpiring will be appropriate for the level of competition.
- The intent and principles of the competition have been designed to support pupils learning of the game and not be restricted by enforcement of the rules. We anticipate that many children may not have played competitively before and aim for children to learn more about the sport throughout the day.
Staffing and Spectators
- Spectators will not be permitted entry to the school/private sports facilities. Primary schools must inform parents in advance when inviting students to take part.
- All staff attending the event must have enhanced DBS clearance and have been fully vetted by their primary school. DBS numbers, Full name and School will be required in advance by the host school.
- Teams must try and get all opposition players out by hitting them under waist height with a ball.
- If a team gets all of the opposite out before the end of the game, both teams then wait to restart via the central timing official.
- Play will start with a set of balls laid out in the middle of the court and players with one foot on the back line.
- Play begins when whistle is blown. Players must exit the middle ‘safe zone’ and retreat to the back line before advancing forward again to throw the ball at the opposition.
- You can go in the safe zone to retrieve the balls at any time, but you can’t throw from the safe zone and you can’t be hit out.
- Any balls thrown too early will not count.
- Players must throw the dodgeballs either over arm or under arm at the opposition.
- If the ball hits a player under waist height without bouncing first they must walk off court and sit in the designated ‘Out-Zone’.
- Anything that bounces first, you cannot be out.
- If a player catches a ball without it bouncing, the player who threw the ball is out. The team who caught the ball then get back ALL players who had previously been out.
- Players cannot exit the court lines during the match, unless to retrieve a stray ball—otherwise they are automatically out.
- Players who are out must sit in the designated team ‘Out-Zone’.
- Balls cannot be kicked.
- Players can block a throw with a ball in their hand. However if that ball is consequently knocked out of their hand, they are out.
- You can be out on a rebound shot, either by hitting a player below the waist without it bouncing or if the ball is caught after a rebound shot e.g a player blocks a ball with another ball and it goes in the air and is then caught before it bounces, the thrower would be out.
- Any players showing foul play will be taken off court and disqualified for that match.
- Foul play consists of purposely aiming at the opposition above waist height.
- There will be no competitive results recorded for this event.
- Teams will be placed into groups to play as many games of Dodgeball as possible against other teams as time permits.
- Warm-up mini games.
- Round Robin group matches.
- REFSPECT winners – Certificate
- Participation certificates will be presented to all participants.
- There is no planned pathway from this event.
MSSP Duty of Care
MSSP have a duty to take all measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing and welfare of all participants and any other attendees involved in the relevant event. MSSP have tried to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken in its duty of care being discharged, and to the requisite standard of care, MSSP have ensured the following guidance and actions have been adhered to and carried out:
- That the advice of the UK Government and public health authorities has been followed
- That the bespoke guidance and protocols issued by the relevant NGB, federation and/or umbrella organisation (if applicable) have been followed.
Safeguarding and DBS
MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation.
We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders:
- have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment
- are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events
All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.
Spectators will not be permitted entry to school/private sports facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from.
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If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here
Please see attached Risk Assessment in the ‘Resources’ sections for event specific planning and considerations.
MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.
For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here
If any staff, adults or children are deemed to be in breach of our REFSPECT codes of conduct they will be asked to leave the event and the Head Teacher of the relevant school will be informed immediately.
Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event.
Please ensure your school only take photographs of their own students and do not share any photos of other children on social media without consent from that school.
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MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.
Comments, Compliments and Complaints
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