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Official Kickball Rulebook 2018
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Table of Contents
Hi and welcome! We’re excited to have you participating in TAO’s second annual Lyft Kickball Tournament.
This rulebook is designed to give you an overview of kickball and the rules for TAO’s tournament. If you’d like to learn more about the sport of kickball before playing, you can learn with our FREE tutorial content below:
In addition, we’ve provided over two-hundred (200+) glossary terms for you to look up if you get confused reading a word or phrase.
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Spirit of the Game
We want you to have fun during this event. Sportsmanship is very important to TAO and all of its participants. Any issues arising from play will be dealt with by TAO in accordance with the 2018 rulebook.
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The tournament format is four (4) innings or thirty (30) minutes in length, whichever occurs first.
Our format for Eugene and Bend is still TBD since we're not sure how many teams will be participating in either region.
Portland Round Robins
For the Portland round robins, there will be four (4) groups of five (5) teams each for a total of twenty (20) teams. There will be two (2) days of this for a total of forty (40) teams competing in the region.
Each team will play two (2) games against two (2) different teams within their respective groups.
Providence Park Playoff Seeding
Seed 2 from Group 1 vs. Seed 1 from Group 1
Seed 2 from Group 2 vs. Seed 1 from Group 2
Seed 2 from Group 3 vs. Seed 1 from Group 3
Seed 2 from Group 4 vs. Seed 1 from Group 4
Winner of Group 1 vs. Winner of Group 2
Winner of Group 3 vs. Winner of Group 4
The lower seeded teams will kick at the bottom half of each inning. In the event that both teams are the same seed, then the team that scored more runs in the previous match, kicks at the bottom half of the inning.
Winner of Group (1 or 2) vs. Winner of Group (3 or 4 )
2018 Official Kickball Rulebook
Below is the official kickball rulebook for TAO’s 2018 tournament.
Please note, that we have chosen to use the pronoun “he” in this document purely for the sake of convenience and clarity, as “he or she” and “him or her”, etc. eventually became too confusing and time-consuming. Absolutely no gender inequality in any form was intended.
At any point, if you’d like to read more about kickball for more in-depth content, check out
Kickball The Field
In order to understand the many rules of kickball, we must first learn about the playing surface where the game is played.
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- touches the ground, a fielder, referee, or obstruction in fair territory and remains in fair territory
- travels into foul territory after passing the 1st to 3rd diagonal
- is touched by a fielder, kicker, or baserunner in fair territory and then rolls into foul territory
- touches an obstruction on the field
- touches the ground, a fielder, referee, or obstruction in foul territory first
- touches the ground in foul territory before reaching the 1st to 3rd diagonal
- enters foul territory before reaching the 1st to 3rd diagonal and being touched by fielder or referee
- was kicked by the kicker above the knee
- was kicked by the kicker more than once in the kicking box
- was kicked by the kicker outside the kicking box
Kickball Game Structure
In TAO’s tournament, each game will last four (4) innings or thirty (30) minutes, whichever comes first.
If the score is tied at the end of the game, the team that scored the most recent run is the winning team.
Bottom of the Final Inning
- The home team is winning at start of the bottom of the final inning.
- The home team takes the lead at any point in the bottom of the final inning.
The Home Team
The Away Team
The kicking order describes the order of appearance kickers take for their at-bats on a kickball team. In TAO’s tournament, teams are allowed to have twelve (12) kickers in the kicking order. The kicking order is immutable, meaning it cannot change once it is submitted.
Improper Kicking Order Claim
If you notice that the opposing team is kicking out of order, you can make a claim to the Head Referee. A claim can be made any time during the kicker’s at-bat, but not after the next kicker is at-bat. The result of an improper kicker is an out and the previous play being invalidated.
Ejections, Injuries, Substitutions
An ejection is an immediate exit of a player, coach, or spectator.
An injury is when a player can no longer play kickball due ro sustaining a physical ailment.
Kickball Strike System
The strikezone is an imaginary 3D zone extending 1ft in all directions of home plate. It is used to by the Head Referee to determine if a pitch is a ball or a strike. It is up to the Head Referee to create a mental picture of the strike zone in his mind when calling a pitch.
A strike can happen in two (2) ways:
- Any pitch that ends up in the kicker’s strikezone and is not kicked by the kicker.
- Any time the kicker attempts to kick the kickball but misses. This is called a swing and miss.
All pitches in kickball result in either a strike, ball, or a foul for the kicker. It's all based on the where the pitch ends up in the strike zone and how the kicker reacts to the pitch. Four (4) balls and the kicker is awarded 1st base and if there’s a baserunner already there he gets to advance to second base. This is called a base on balls.
A ball can happen in two (2) ways:
- Any pitch that ends up outside the kicker’s strikezone and is not kicked by the kicker.
- If the kickball does not touch the ground two (2) times and roll before reaching the kicking box
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- A strikeout
- Four (4) fouls during an at-bat
- Caught kickball by a fielder
- Force out
- Tag out
- Baserunner touches the kickball
- Interference by the kicker or baserunner
- Failure of the baserunner to tag up
- Baserunner is off-base when a kick is made (leading off is not allowed!)
- Improper kicking order
- Baserunner passing another baserunner
- Baserunner outside 4ft of the baseline
- Baserunner failing to touch a base in the circuit
- Baserunners that are assisted in their running
- Kickers failing to use the extra base → TAO’s tournament does not use an extra base
- Players occupying the sideline area
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When a kicker successfully kicks the kickball, he becomes a kicker-runner trying to advance to 1st base to become safe. Once a kicker-runner is declared safe on any base, he will become a baserunner with a goal of scoring runs for his team.
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When To Run
Deciding To Run
It is up to the baserunner to decide if he should advance to the next base. Base coaches are available to each team at 1st base and 3rd base to advise baserunners when they should run. As a baserunner you should factor in the following when deciding to advance to the next base:
- How many outs are there? If there are 2 outs and a force play is not at your base / next base, you should run.
- If there’s potential for a force out at your base / next base, you should run.
- If the kick is a fly ball, you should remain close to base so you can tag up if the kickball is caught.
Fielders are not allowed to restrict baserunners from running the bases and should remain outside of the baselines. For example, the second baseman can have his foot on second base, but must stay out of the baseline.
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Sliding is a technique that baserunners use in order to avoid being tagged out with the kickball. When a baserunner approaches a base, and a fielder near him has the ball, the runner will drop to the ground and -- using his momentum from running -- slide feet-first into the base. Although sliding seems counterintuitive since it actually is slower than running, it is harder for fielders to tag a runner who is sliding.
Tagging up is the act of touching the base with your foot that you were previously safe on. It is only required after a catch is made. After a tag up is made, the baserunner can advance to the next base in the circuit.
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Overrunning 1st Base
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Running Past Another Baserunner
Live Kickball vs. Dead Kickball
Head / Neck Shots
Number of Fielders
TAO encourages three (3) female fielders to participate.
Kickball is just like baseball and softball in that there are certain player positions for fielders that are recommended, but not enforced. The only required positions in kickball are the pitcher, catcher, and basemen. As long as fielders maintain proper field position, it is up to you how to structure your team. Below is a brief description of player positions you should consider.
There are nine (9) fielding positions you should know:
- Pitcher (P)
- Catcher (C)
- 1st Baseman (1B)
- 2nd Baseman (2B)
- 3rd Baseman (3B)
- Shortstop (SS)
- Center Fielder (CF)
- Right Fielder (RF)
- Left Fielder (LF)
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If you would like to learn more about kickball player positions, check out Chapter 4: Kickball Player Positions. For TAO’s tournament each team will be allowed to have a 10th player on the field. This player can roam in any position.
Proper Field Position
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Quick Rule Lookup
In addition, we’ve provided the most common rules below as a reference.
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This pitch was unfair, is it allowed?
The pitcher must keep at least one foot behind the pitching strip when pitching the kickball to the kicker. All pitching styles are legal and there is no limit to the number of bounces. It is up to the Head Referee to determine if a pitch is a ball or a strike.
What is proper field position? How is it enforced?
Proper field position describes where fielders must be during play. The 1st to 3rd diagonal is an imaginary line connecting 1st base to 3rd base. All fielders besides the pitcher and catcher must be on or behind the 1st to 3rd diagonal and in fair territory to be in proper field position.
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Is pegging legal?
Pegging is when a fielder throws the kickball at a baserunner. If a player is pegged it is considered a tag out. However, it is illegal to peg a baserunner in the head. All pegs must be performed below the neck. How many kickers in the kicking order? Each team can have 12 people kick, but the kicking order must not change.
Can fielders change positions?
Yes, but players can only do so at the start of each inning.
Is an out recorded if the pitcher holds the ball on the mound prior to the baserunner being safe?
No, in TAO’s tournament this is not the case. Outs can only be made through one of three (3) ways:
What happens if the kickball becomes deflated during play?
What happens if a player is injured?
Are substitutions allowed?
Yes, any player can be substituted depending on the player’s position. If the player is a pitcher or a catcher, that player can only be substituted once (1) every inning. Baserunners can be substituted only if they are safe on base at most two (2) times during a game. The kicking order must remain the same if the player is substituted.
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