Rules to play Kickball
Kickball is a playground game and league game, similar to baseball.
1. The playing field
The field shall be established on any safe terrain suitable for play in accordance with the following provisions
which equal the dimensions of a softball field see Diagram 2:
a. the kickball diamond is a square with equal sides of 60 feet or about 20 paces with a base at each corner;
b. the distance from home plate to second base and from first base to third base is 84 feet 10 1 4 inches or about
28 paces. The distance between any base and home plate shall be measured from the back corner of each;
c. the pitching strip is in the center of the diamond, 42 feet 5 1 8 inches or about 14 paces from home plate, and
directly aligned with the 1st3rd base diagonal;
d. the pitching mound extends 12 feet from the center of the pitching strip see Rule 8.02;
e. the sidelines are lines 10 feet on the outside of and parallel to the foul lines, the area between the foul lines and
the sidelines is the sideline area see Rule 1.07;
f. when available, cones are placed: at the outside corner of first, second, and third base, and not touching the
base; on the foul lines 30 feet or about 10 paces behind first and third base; and on the sidelines 10 from home
g. the kicking box is a rectangle with the front of the box aligned with the front of home plate and the back of the
box aligned with the sideline cones behind home plate. Lines extending forward from the sideline cones
perpendicular to the front of home plate make up the sides of the kicking box. The area directly forward the
kicking box is fair territory see Diagram 2B. The kicker is not required to start in the kicking box, however the
kick must occur within the kicking box.
h. the foul lines are fair territory.The strike zone is a threedimensional irregular pentagon based on the shape of home plate and is one 1
foot in height. The front of the zone aligns with the front of home plate. The sides of the zone extend one 1 foot
to either side of the plate. The back edges of the zone are one 1 foot from the back sides of the plate see
Diagram 4. The strike zone may not be marked by cones or other raised objects.
While participating, players must properly wear the official athletic clothing designated for their use.Athletic shoes are required. Metal cleats are not allowed.
Players may wear protective equipment providing it does not offer the wearer an unfair performance
advantage. Any equipment deemed by the Head Referee see Rule 3.01 as a performance enhancement must
be removed or the player will be removed from play.
The official kickball is the red WAKA Logo Kickball, measuring 10 inches in diameter when properly inflated
to a pressure of 1.5 pounds per square inch.
All player attire is an extension of the player.
Games must be officiated by at least one authorized official, the Head Referee. When available, at least two
officials referee each game: a Head Referee, and a First Base Referee. The Head Referee governs all game play
and issues all final rulings, and has final authority on equipment issues. Other Referees may assist these officials
when available.Prior to each game, the Head Referee must conduct a meeting with the Captains of each team, to address
any ground rules in effect, to ensure the exchange of team lineups see Rule 4.01, and to identify the designated
Captains who will be authorized to discuss calls with the Referees during the game see Rule 5.03.
Referees have jurisdiction over play and may:
a. call a time out;
b. call off a game due to darkness, rain or other cause at the Referees discretion;
c. penalize a player, including game ejection, for any reason. This includes but is not limited to unsportsman like
conduct, fighting, delay of game and excessive verbal abuse. Ejected participants must leave the field area and
may not return to the game.
Referees have jurisdiction over play and must:
a. cancel the game if lightning is seen, or delay it until safe to continue;
b keep a record of the final game score.
Referees may make rulings on any points not specifically covered in the rules at the time of occurrence, but
the ruling shall not be deemed as a precedent for future rulings.
4. Player eligibility
All participating players must appear on written lineups, reflecting that games kicking order, to be exchanged
between the captains of each team before play begins.
A claim of improper kicking order must be made to the Head Referee who will make the final determination.
Such a claim must contain two parts: 1 that the written kicking order was exchanged in accordance with 5.05a; 2
that the claim is made on the field no sooner than the first pitch thrown to the accused wrong kicker, and no later
than the first pitch thrown to the subsequent kicker. The burden of proof rests with the accused team.
Each game shall have two 2 participating teams: the Away team, which kicks first each inning, and the
Home team, which kicks last each inning.
While fielding, each team must field at least eight 8 and no more than eleven 11 players, which must
include one pitcher and one catcher at any time during the game.
For a given game, each team shall have one Captain and one CoCaptain collectively the Captains who
are jointly responsible for the team. The Captains may discuss calls with the Head Referee, but must accept the
Head Referees final ruling. Other players besides the Captains that dispute calls with the Referees are subject to
ejection from the game .
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