Rules of How to play Kickball
Another sport that traces its roots back to the U.S., kickball is the footed version of popular sports like softball and baseball. Kickball was created in the early 1900s in Cincinnati on a school playground. It is a fun alternative for students and adults that may not share a passion with softball or baseball.
How to play Kickball
The object of kickball is to kick the pitched rubber ball, that’s about 8 to 16 inches in circumference, as strategically as possible to avoid getting out. Players will advance the bases until a run is scored. The team with the most runs at the end of a game is declared the winner.
Aside from a regulation rubber ball and an area with a backstop, there’s hardly any equipment used in a game of kickball. Unlike softball or baseball, there are no gloves in kickball, and plays will have to be made barehanded.
Rules of Kickball
- Teams can consist of anywhere from 5 to 11 players, with one player acting as the pitcher and one player acting as the backstop.
- Kickball field dimensions aren’t really set in stone, however bases are typically 60 feet apart from each other. Pitchers should begin their roll at least 20 feet away from home plate.
- Since the ball is pitched with the intent to be struck, strikeouts are not allowed in kickball. The only way to get someone out is by catching the ball, tagging them on the base path, or throwing the ball to the appropriate base.
- With the small base paths, there is no leading off or stealing in kickball.
- Kickball can be played on turf, natural grass, concrete, or a traditional softball field.
- The sport of kickball has a community that believes players should hold themselves accountable to ensure a fair game is being played. For example, if you know you’re out than you should take yourself out instead of deceiving the opposing team.
- There are no set innings that should be played in a game of kickball, however in the event that a game comes to a tie, additional innings can be tacked on until a winner emerges.
Kickball is a great pickup recreational sport that encourages good sportsmanship and gets people moving. This is why there is no target age limit for the sport.
Written by: Devin Pickell