Kickball rules probably haven't changed since you were a kid and are based on the rules of baseball; A detailed copy of theFTW Kickball Rule Book is at the bottom of this page.
This is a Co-Ed league with 11 players on defense, and there must be a minimum of 4 girls(no maximum) on defense at a time in order to have a full defensive team of 11 players. (More details in the Rule Book)
The game is 6 innings or 55minutes which ever comes first.
A runner is out if they are contacted with the ball (except contact above the shoulders, unless the runner ducks into the throw or is sliding).
A runner is also out if the defense has control of the ball on a base before a forced advancing runner reaches the base. (If there is no force, then contact must be made with the runner in order to get an out).
A kicker is out if a defender catches the ball in the air. (Catching a ball after contact with a fence or pole in fair teritory is not an out and still a live ball, runners may keep advancing.)
Our league has the following adjustments:
Encroachment/Off-Sides Line moved-up for guys = makes bunting harder and eliminates judgment calls on bunting
- For guys the Off-Sides Line is the perpendicular line from the pitching rubber to the 1st & 3rd base lines, this makes a square which all defenders must start behind until the ball is kicked.
Encroachment/Off-Sides Line line remains for girls.
- For Girls the Off-Sides Line is the imaginary line running from 1st base to 3rd base and defenders have to start behind that line until the ball is kicked.
Encroachment/Off-Sides rules remain for the catcher.
- The catcher must remain behind the kicker until the ball is kicked.
Kicking team has option on off-sides violations. Take the pitch as a ball or take the result of the play. (In the event of a walk, other base runners advance only if forced)
Clearer strike zone - 4” "strike stripe"(TM) added across the front of home-plate to mark the left & right edge of the strike zone.
The bottom of the ball must pass over the "strike stripe"(TM) to count as a strike.
Any pitched ball, that doesn't make contact with the kicker, is called a ball if:
- The pitch is outside the "strike stripe"(TM)
- The bottom of the ball bounces above 1ft off the ground in the strike zone.
- The pitched ball doesn't bounces twice or roll prior to crossing the "strike stripe"(TM).