Rules

Official Kickball Rules

Last Updated July 14, 2015

*Rules may be updated at any time

Teams –

     Everyone participating must be at least 18 years old by the first game of the league. A team must have at least half of their team each week to be eligible to play (i.e. 9 players with 3 girls – team must have 5 players with 2 girls). Everyone on the team must sign the Waiver of Release before playing in their first game. There are no changing teams. Once a player plays for 1 team, they are considered part of that team (including substitute players). Any player arriving late to a game must arrive half way through the game to be eligible to play (i.e. bottom of 4th in 7 inning softball and kickball games). Any eligible player arriving late, must wait until the end of that half inning and be placed at the bottom of the batting order.

Subs

     Teams are allowed to have people sub for their team during the season. Subs must have played in at least (1) regular season game to be eligible to play in the playoffs. They must sign the waiver before playing (only need to sign once).  Teams may not play with more subs than regular players in playoffs.  Subs may only play on one team during a season.  They may not sub for multiple teams.

Game Set-up

Dimensions

The bases of the field are 60' apart around the diamond. The pitching mound is a 9'X9' square that is aligned evenly across the diamond with 1st and 3rd bases. A diagonal line going across the diamond from 1st to 3rd base is an additional Fair/Foul line. The ball must cross this line to be a Fair Ball. Also, when a female is up to bat, fielders may not cross the line until the ball is kicked.

Bases

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Base will have a 1.5'X1.5' box in which the base will sit in. Home Plate will consist of 2 actual Plates, 1 Orange and 1 White. The White Base is for the fielder, and the Orange Base is for the Runner.

Game Time/Rules

Length

A game will last 7 innings or 45 minutes, whichever comes first. A game is official after 5 full innings or 4 ½ if the Home team is winning. A regular season game may end in a tie. The maximum amount of runs a team may score in 1 inning is 10. Any team winning by 20 or more runs will automatically be declared the winner. In the Playoffs, games must be played until a winner is declared. Starting in the 8th inning, 2 fielders will be removed and 1 fielder each subsequent inning after (i.e. 7 fielders in the 8th inning, 6 in the 9th, etc) until only 5 fielders remains. Teams may not go under 5 fielders in a game. In the 8th inning, 1 Female and 1 Male must be removed and then alternating gender from the 9th inning on.

Game Play

General

Teams will play Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine the home team before the game begins. In the playoffs, the higher seeded team will be the home team. Teams will play with 9 fielders (no more than 6 guys) and must always have a catcher. NO METAL CLEATS! Any rule not specifically stated inhere, will follow standard softball rules. There is no infield fly rule, however, any team deemed taking advantage of this rule, will only be able to attain 1 out on the play.

Batting Order

Teams must have a batting order for each game. No more than 3 guys may kick in a row. Any team playing short a female player must take an automatic out where their spot in the batting order would be. Any team with 3 females but needing more to fill out their batting order may re-bat a girl starting with the first girl in the batting order. Any players arriving late may be added to the bottom of the order, however, the 3 to 1 ratio of males to females must remain throughout.

Pitching/Catching

Pitching the ball may only be underhand. All pitches should be kickable. No bouncing balls. The pitcher must stay in the pitching box until the ball is kicked. There is no set strike zone, however, the umpire will work with the pitcher to make sure the pitches are "kickable." The pitcher must be able to roll the ball over home plate. The umpire may request a pitching change if necessary.Teams must always have a catcher, even if they are playing shorthanded. Catchers must stay at least 3 feet back from the kicker until the ball is kicked.

Fielding

Teams may have no more than six guys in the field at 1 time. Fielders must play the same position throughout the entire inning. There are no changing positions during an inning unless a pitching change is necessary. Outfielders must play on the outside of the base paths. When making a force play at a base, the fielder only needs to have control of the ball and their foot inside the box.

Pitcher's Box

During a play, once a fielder has control of the ball in the pitcher's box, the play is dead.  It does not have to be the pitcher.  It can be any fielder.  They must have control of the ball with both feet in the box.  Once the play is dead, any runner that is less than half way to the next base will go back to the previous base.  Any runner that is more than half way will be granted the base to they are running to.

Kicking

All kicks must be made by the foot or shin. The kicker may not stop the ball and then kick it. The player must kick the ball from behind or at home plate. Any kick made past home plate will be a foul ball. A kicked ball must pass the diagonal line from 1st to 3rd to be fair, however, if a fielder picks up the ball before then it is declared a fair ball. There are NO WALKS. The kicker begins with a 1-Strike count. Each foul ball counts as a strike. 3 Strikes, and the kicker is out.

Fouls

A foul ball will be called when the following occurs -

  • A kicked ball lands out of bounds
  • A ball that is kicked in front of home plate
  • A kicked ball that does not pass the diagonal line going from 1st to 3rd
  • A ball kicked that crosses into foul territory before passing 1st or 3rd base

Base Running

Runners must stay within the base line. All ties go to the runner. When running to 1st Base, the runner may run past the base. A runner is only considered rounding the base when they make an actual attempt to go to 2nd Base. Any runner stopping and turning in towards the field to walk back to the base, will not be considered making an attempt to advance to 2nd Base. Any runner interfered with by a fielder in the base line will be automatically safe, unless the fielder is making a play on the ball. When running to a base on a force play, the runner only needs to be in the box before the fielder reaches with control of the ball.  Any runner doing the following will be automatically out –

  • Sliding or Diving
  • Base Stealing
  • Leading off before the ball is kicked
  • Intentionally touches or stops the ball during a play. (play is automatically dead)
  • Tagged by the ball while standing on the same base as another runner

On a caught fly ball, fair or foul, a runner may tag up and advance to the next base. When running to home plate, the runner must touch the ORANGE home plate. On a force play at home plate, the fielder must tag the WHITE base. A runner may only advance 1 base on an overthrow.In the event of an injury, a designated runner may be used. The designated runner will be the last out of the same gender.


Outs

When the following occurs, the runner will be out -

  • Gets 3 strikes while kicking
  • Leading off the base
  • Sliding or Diving
  • Intentionally stopping the ball during a play
  • A runner is tagged by the ball while not on a base
  • A fielder reaches the base with the ball before the runner
  • A kicked ball is caught in the air
  • A fielder tosses the ball at a runner and hits the runner*
  • *If the fielder hits the runner above the shoulders, the runner will be automatically safe. Any runner hit above the shoulders while ducking will be at the umpire's discretion to determine out or safe.

Umpires

An umpire will be provided at all games. Umpires will have final say on all calls. The umpire may request a new pitcher if the pitcher is having a hard time throwing kickable balls. The umpire will make strike, foul, out, and safe calls. There is no arguing with the umpire. The umpire has the right to eject any player for unsportsmanlike conduct or arguing.

Alcohol/Miscellaneous -

Lehigh Valley Sport and Social supports and follows all rules at venues where games are played. There are NO GLASS CONTAINERS allowed at any venue which allows for the consumption of alcohol. Teams are expected to cleanup after themselves each week and throw out any garbage.

Venues Locations -

Lehigh Valley Sport and Social will make every attempt to maintain dates, times,and locations of all games in a given league. There may be events outside of Lehigh Valley Sport and Social's control that will affect the league scheduling and result in a change in date, time, location, and number of games played in a given week.

Sportsmanship – *Sportsmanship to be determined at the discretion of the league official or Lehigh Valley Sport and Social Representative on site.

  1. All players on all teams MUST adhere to good sportsmanship.
  2. There will be escalating penalties for any player/team not using good sportsmanship.
    • First offense – asked to sit out for a few plays
    • Second (2) time being removed from a game, player will be finished for the game.
    • Any player ejected from the game/match, will be ineligible to play the following week.(In days where more than (1) game is played by a team,player will have to sit for game immediately following ejection).
    • Any player ejected twice (2) in a single season will be removed from the league and no longer eligible to play for the rest of the season.
    • Any player ejected in multiple leagues may be ruled no longer welcome in Lehigh Valley Sport and Social.
  3. Lehigh Valley Sport and Social will keep a running log of any incident that occurs.

Forfeits –

1. Any team, who forfeits their game/match for the week, must contact Lehigh Valley Sport and Social by 2PM the day of the games to avoid a fine.
2. Once a forfeit has been announced, Lehigh Valley Sport and Social will contact the captain of the other team by 3PM the day of the game to have them inform their team.
3. Any team forfeiting their game after the 2pm deadline will be charged the referee fees for both teams from the forfeited game, to be paid the following week.