Let's face it, nothing defines recess more than kickball. Everybody loved the game in grade school and CSS wants to kick-start a co-ed adult open pickup game on a regular basis. It is open to any skill level and the main goal is to get outdoors, meet new people, and have fun. Come by yourself or with friends, either way we'll make sure the teams are even. The meetup is free and we will play using the official size WAKA red kickball. Here is a basic video about kickball if you have never played before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdX7cZYgQ6k
The event needs at least 9 people to play, otherwise it will be cancelled so RSVP today! If you don't RSVP and just show up, there's no guarantee that there will be room for you (maximum limit is 22 players). Also, RSVP-ing is important, so that people will know whether or not there's enough people for a game. If your plans change, please update your RSVP a good hour (or more) before the pickup game.
Lastly, here are the rules we will abide by when we play:
OBJECTIVES AND TEAMS: Kickball is a game between two teams of at least 6 players or more each. The objective of each team is to win by scoring more runs than the opponent. The winner of the game shall be that team which shall have scored, in accordance with these rules, the greater number of runs at the conclusion of the seven to nine inning game. Players may not wear shoes with any metal on or in them whatsoever including steel toe boots. A standard game consists of 9 innings of play.
PITCHING AND CATCHING: The pitcher must start the act of pitching within the pitching mound and have at least one foot on the pitching mound when releasing the ball. Pitchers may throw fast or slow. No player may field forward the 1st-3rd base arch other than the catcher until the ball is kicked, and no player may advance forward the 1st-3rd base diagonal until the ball is kicked, thus no leading off. The catcher must field behind the kicker, within or directly behind the kicking box, and may not cross home plate nor be positioned forward of the kicker before the ball is kicked.
KICKING: All kicks must be made by foot or leg, below the knee. Any ball touched by the foot or leg below the knee is a kick. All kicks must occur: at or behind home plate. The kicker may step on home plate to kick, however no part of the planted foot maybe in front of or cross the front edge of the home plate. Within the kicking box the kicker must have at least a portion of the plant foot within the kicking box during the kick. The kicker may line up outside of the kicking box. The batter must run to first base after any ball that is kicked. Foul lines extend out from first and third base, and a ball must be inside these lines to be in play (otherwise, it is foul). If a ball clears the outfield wall for a home run, the kicker and all runners on base run the bases unopposed to home plate. One run is scored every time a runner reaches home.
RUNNING AND SCORING: Runners must stay within the base line. Fielders must stay out of the base line. Fielders trying to make an out on base may have their foot on base, but must lean out of the baseline. Runners hindered by any fielder within the base line, not making an active play for the ball, shall be safe at the base to which they were running. Neither leading off base, nor stealing a base is allowed. A runner may advance once the ball is kicked. A runner off of his/her base when the ball is kicked is out. Hitting a runner's neck or head with the ball is not allowed, except when the runner is sliding. Any runner hit in the neck or head is safe, and advances to the base they were running toward when the ball hits the runner. If the runner intentionally uses the head or neck to block the ball, and is so called by the Organizer and/or Assistant Organizer, the runner is out.
A tag-up is a requirement to retouch or stay on a base until a kicked then caught ball is first touched by a fielder. After a tag-up a runner may advance. A runner failing to tag-up as required is out. All ties will go to the runner. Running past another runner is not allowed. The passing runner is out. A run scores when a runner touches home plate before the third out is made, EXCEPT that no run can score when the third out is made during a force play situation, or when the kicker is put out before touching first base. At the end of a game the team with the most runs wins. Any ball thrown 10 or more feet out of play (non fair territory), a runner gets a free base. If the runner is more than half way to the base they are running to, when the ball goes out of play they get the next base as well.
FOULS: A count of three fouls is an out. There are no strikes.
OUTS: Each team gets three outs per inning. An out is: 1. a count of three fouls; 2. Any kicked ball (fair or foul) that is caught by a fielder; 3. A ball tag on a base to which a runner is forced to run, before the runner arrives at the base; 4. A runner touched by the ball or who touches the ball at any time while not on base while the ball is in play; 5. A kicker that intentionally hits the ball with their hand or arm; 6. A ball tag of a runner on base, in which the runner does not tag-up as required when a ball is caught; 7. A runner off of his/her base when the ball is kicked; 8. A runner that passes another runner. Exception: A kicker/runner cannot be tagged out after overrunning first base.
OVER THROWS: During games balls are from time to time over thrown/missed. Any ball that is thrown to a teammate or at another player, that is missed and goes more than 10 ft. outside of the home to first or third to home base line will be considered an over throw and all players will advance 1 base. If a player is 1/2 way to a base they get to go ahead 1 and 1/2 bases.