Kickball is like Baseball/Softball but with kicking . . . . .lots and lots of kicking!!!
There are no set teams for Kickball; the game organizer divides the players into groups in an attempt to create roughly equal teams.
We welcome anyone over 18, both men and women; whether you're experienced or new to the game. All we ask is that you give it 100%; we value effort over ability.
Kickball rules are very similar to softball/baseball rules except, instead of throwing/tossing a baseball/softball and hitting it with a bat, a round 10 inch kickball is rolled to the "batter/kicker" who kicks the ball as far as they can.
The "kicker" does not have to attempt to kick every ball that is rolled to him/her but if they do attempt to kick it, they are limited to three attempts to put the ball in play. Putting the ball in play means kicking it between the 1st and 3rd base lines and past the bases. If a fielder touches the ball before the ball passes the bases but the ball is between the 1st and 3rd bases line then the ball is considered to be in play.
If the kicker fails in all three of her/his attempts to put the ball in play (kicks the ball foul all three times) then they are considered out. There is no "bunting"; in other words, you cannot simply tap the ball lightly so it only travels a few feet; any kick must travel past the location of the "pitcher/roller" to be considered a legitimate attempt. One exception to this rule is if it's obvious the kicker is trying to kick the ball as hard as she/he can and, due to the angle or point of contact, the ball travels straight up in the air or spins in such a way so that it doesn't travel past the "pitcher/roller" the ball will be considered in play. The event host will have the final say as to whether it was a good attempt.
Base runners cannot leave their base until the ball has been kicked. An out is recorded by either catching the kicked ball before it touches the ground, stepping on a base in which a base runner is forced to run towards because there is another base runner running to the base he/she just left or by "tagging" a base runner with the kickball while they are off the base.
"Tagging" usually means holding the kickball and touching the base runner with it when they are off the base but you are also allowed to throw the kickball at the base running to try and get them out. In order for the throw to count, the ball cannot hit the ground before it hits the base runner, cannot hit the base runner above the shoulders and the base runner must be off the base while play is in session.
There are no set fielding positions; players rotate to the next position each inning. For example, if you start off as the catcher the first inning, the next inning you will play 1st base, the inning after that you will play 2nd base, and so on.
If there are any disputes, the event host has the final say, period. We're looking for people who like to compete but do not go overboard about it.
If you're the type of player who harps on other players inadequacies or has a negative attitude if the game doesn't go your way or you just generally think you're God's gift to Kickball, you may want to join a league and pass us by.
We want positive people who enjoy playing with other like-minded individuals.
In case you’re wondering, yes, the field is big enough to have all three games going at the same time, so if you have friends who aren't into softball but may want to play kickball or flag football, please let them know.
Refunds offered if:
Additional notes: Any cancellation within 3 hours of a FULL EVENT will only be refunded if that spot is taken by another member within that 3 hour period. You need to take yourself off the RSVP List; simply placing a comment on the game page or e-mail is not enough.
Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.
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