KICKBALL RULES

Below is a summarized version of our rule book, you may also scroll down and click the official rule book below.

League Rules

  1. Let’s Kickball is a social league so have fun! Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated!
  2. You must be at least 21 years old to play.
  3. A League Manager will be present each week for the games, along with a referee for each game.
  4. Games are one hour or seven innings long, whichever comes first. During the regular season games can end in a tie.
  5. Only registered players are permitted to play.
  6. Game attire should consist of athletic shoes, pants or shorts, and all players must wear their team jersey (which will be given out at the 1st game). We advise all players to STRETCH before every game!
  7. Before each game one player from each team will “Rock, Paper, Scissor” to see which team kicks first.
  8. As runs are scored help change the scoreboard, make sure you and the referee’s are on the same page.
  9. In the event of severe weather the league will notify all players via email at least 90 minutes before the games regarding cancellations; however we do play in the rain.
  10. Always use the safety base when running to 1st base, and in slippery conditions runners are allowed to overrun 2nd and 3rd base, as long as they do not attempt to advance to the next base.
  11. Games will start on time; teams need a minimum of 8 players to start a game, 3 being male or female (an automatic out will be taken for each missing male/female). Teams with 7 players or less will start each inning with 1 automatic out (must be co-ed but there are no male/female minimums). Once the missing players arrive restrictions are lifted.
  12. If you are the last game of the night, please help collect cones and bases and place them on home plate.
  13. Alcohol is prohibited at the fields, and make sure to dispose of all garbage!

Game Play Rules

  1. ONLY team captains may discuss calls with the referee.
  2.  Number of players in the field must be at least 8 and no more than 11 (3 being male/female).
  3. Pitches must be by underhand, bounce at least twice before reaching home plate (rolling the ball is perfectly legal), and be made on or behind the rubber. While there are no speed restrictions to pitching remember that everyone is here to have fun (don’t be that guy, you’re not Nolan Ryan).
  4.  A combined Four strikes and/or fouls is an out, and Four balls is a walk.
  5.  Kicking must be made from the knee down. Kicks must be made within the kicking box and players must line up inside or within 5ft from the box. A double kick or a ball kicked when both feet are in front of home plate results in a dead ball foul.
  6.  Encroachment occurs when a fielder crosses the imaginary line between 1st & 3rd base before the ball is kicked, also the catcher may not encroach. They must stay outside and behind the batter’s box until the ball is kicked. If encroachment occurs the play is dead and the fielding team gets a warning, if it happens again the kicker has the option of taking a walk.
  7.  Play stops when the pitcher has the ball in the vicinity of the mound.
  8.  Bunting is permitted, however consecutive bunts in the same inning results in an out (only 1 bunt in a row is allowed and a bunt must be intentional, not a miss kick).
  9.  Leading or stealing off base is not allowed.
  10.  Pegging by throwing or kicking is allowed, head hunting is not.  Only one extra base is permitted to all base runners on an overthrow or a peg to 1st base, 3rd base, or Home Plate. The runner still must attempt to run, the extra base is not guaranteed.
  11.  Line Ups; Captains should exchange line ups with the opposing team at the start of the game. Captains need to call out the kicking order at the start of each inning, and whoever is on deck needs to act as the back stop behind the referee to stop any loose balls :)
  12.  The mercy rule is optional. Teams losing by fifteen or more runs any time after the fourth inning can choose to concede the game. Play can continue but the score will not change.
  13.  The schedule consists of 8 week of play, which includes playoffs (everyone makes the playoffs, but teams with better records will be placed in higher brackets).

OFFICAL RULE BOOK

CLICK HERE FOR FULL LIST OF RULES

Field
Field of play will equal the dimensions of a standard softball field, with bases set 60 feet apart from each other, 2nd base being 84 feet 10 inches from home plate. The pitching mound strip being directly aligned with 1st & 3rd base, being 45 feet 5 inches. The pitching mound shall be a 12ft radius around the pitching strip.
Equipment
Athletic shoes are required. Rubber bottom cleats may be worn, however metal cleats are not allowed. Shorts or pants are allowed. The fields consist of dirt and or grass.

Officials
Games will be officiated by 1 to 2 refs who will be scheduled and provided for all games. The home plate referee is the head umpire and issues all final rulings. Only a team captain or a co-captain may dispute a call with the referee. The referee has jurisdiction over the play and may penalize a player (i.e. game ejection, for unsportsmanlike conduct). Ejected players may not return to the game and if necessary may be asked to leave the premises.

Teams

When playing the maximum number of players in the field is 11, the minimum amount of players is 8. Players can rotate playing in the field from inning-to-inning, but there must be at least 3 male/female in the field at all times.

If a team cannot field at least 8 players, 3 being male/female, the team missing players will be forced to take an out (up to 2) for every required player missing at the beginning of each offensive inning. Once players arrive those restrictions are lifted. Every player present is required to play at least 1 inning in the field. Any team playing with unregistered player(s) is subject to forfeiture of the game and expulsion from the league. Teams with less than 6 players must forfeit the game.

Any team that forfeits three or more games may be removed from the remaining schedule and not be allowed to participate in any playoff situations. No refunds will be given in the result of any expulsion or suspension.

Before each game one player from each team will “Rock, Paper, Scissor” to see which team kicks first.

Games will start promptly and teams must have a minimum of 8 players to start a game (3 being male/female).

Team Captains
Provides lineup sheets to the opposing captain and calls out kicking orders during game.

Set the example for the rest of the team.

Communicate any changes in regard to scheduling or rules with the team.

Makes sure that everyone on the team understands the rules.

Stay in contact with their LKB field managers.

Make sure that everyone on the team is eligible to play, with proof of eligibility if needed (i.e. ID).

Sportsmanship
Any intentional unprovoked or unwelcome physical contact with opposing players will not be tolerated. Doing so will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and it will be at the discretion of the referee to issue warnings or eject offending players. A player should make the referee aware if he or she feels any contact was unwarranted and intentional.

Trash talking should not be cruel, racially motivated, hateful, or a personal attack on another player. Threats of physical violence are in no way allowed. The team captain shall ensure that their players behave themselves.

Uniforms
Each player on an official team roster will receive a league-issued shirt at the start of the season. The shirt must be worn and visible during each and every game of the season. During games the shirt is considered an extension of the player. League shirts shall also be worn at the sponsor bar to determine whether a player is eligible to receive league discounts. Names, nicknames, numbers, and team logos are all welcome additions to the team T-Shirts. While shirt customization is allowed, teams/players must abide by the following rules when personalizing shirts:

No design or additions may be made to the uniform that obscures or alter the LKB logo or Sponsors

No additional company patches or logos may be added to uniform

Any player that alters the LKB uniform improperly may not wear that uniform to play in and being that a player cannot play without a uniform a player can buy a new uniform to play in.
Alcohol, Controlled Substance & Safety Policy
Individuals (players, fans, or friends of players) will, at the discretion of LET’S KickBall, be ejected immediately if any of the following are true:

Suspected of excessive pre-Game alcohol consumption

Suspected of abusing a controlled Substance

Deemed unruly or a danger to themselves or others at any time
The extent of the player’s suspension will come from the league and any LKB hosted events will be at the discretion of the field and league managers. These policies are in place for the safety, enjoyment, and continued camaraderie of all players, sponsoring venues, sponsor bars, and the entire organization.

GAMEPLAY RULES

Game Duration
One Hour or 7 innings long, whichever comes first

Dead Ball / Ball in Play
1. A ball will be considered in play unless otherwise here listed.
2. Play will stop when the Head Referee declares a dead ball.
3. When a dead ball is called:
a. Runners may not continue to advance
b. Fielders may not continue making outs
4. Dead balls will be declared when:
a. The pitcher has the ball in their possession and under control, and is standing on the mound
b. A runner, on or off base, intentionally touches a live ball
c. A kicker intentionally hits the ball with any other part of their body besides their leg
d. Any non fielder or non permanent object, except a Referee or a runner, touches or is touched by a ball in fair territory
e. A ball leaves the field of play and passes beyond foul territory, or otherwise in the opinion of the Head Referee enters an area outside an acceptable playing area
f. Last strike foul balls that result in an out will be ruled a dead ball
g. A ball is popped or deflates significantly during the run of play
5. Any ball that touches a player or Referee in fair territory remains live

Pitching
1. Pitches must be pitched by hand
a. While there are no speed restrictions to pitching remember that you are here for fun (don’t be that guy, you’re not Nolan Ryan)
2. To be considered a strike a pitch must:
a. Bounce at least two (2) times before reaching home plate (rolling the ball is perfectly legal)
b. Cross home plate within the strike zone
3. The strike zone is defined as the area within one foot of the left and right outer edge of home plate and one foot in height above home plate
4. The pitcher must:
a. Start their forward motion within the pitching mound
b. Keep one (1) foot on, or behind, the pitching rubber at the point of pitch release
c. Have both feet behind the pitching rubber at the time of the kick in order be able to make a play for the kicked ball without committing encroachment

Fielding
1. No fielder may cross the pitching line until the ball has been kicked.
2. The catcher must stay outside and behind the batter’s box until the ball is kicked.
3. A fielder may:
a. Tag the original location of a base that has become displaced during play
b. Stand in the baseline while attempt to make a play on a ball
c. Tag or hit a runner in the head if the runner is attempting to slide
d. Throw or kick a ball into a runner to get them out
e. Have their foot on a base, while trying to make an out, so long as they lean out of the baseline
4. A fielder may not:
a. Interfere with a runner in the baseline while not attempting to play a ball
b. Throw or kick a ball into a runner’s head to get them out
c. Intentionally throw a ball out of play, causing a dead ball situation, to stop advancing runners

Encroachment
1. The fielding team will be deemed to have encroached and the ball will be called dead when, before the ball is kicked, any of the following has occurred:
a. Any fielder crosses the pitching line
b. The catcher is positioned in front of the batter’s box.
2. A warning will be issued for a first encroaching offense
3. Subsequent encroaching offenses and the kicker will be given the choice of accepting a walk to first base

Kicking
1. Bunting is permitted, however consecutive bunts in the same inning results in an out (only 1 bunt in a row is allowed and a bunt must be intentional, not a miss kick).
2. All kicks must:
a. Be made with the foot or leg below the knee.
b. Be made within the kicking box
3. A kick will be ruled a foul if
a. The ball is kicked or touched twice by the kicker
b. The ball is kicked or played using any body part above the knee
c. The ball is kicked in front of home plate (this also results in a dead ball).
4. Kickers may line up outside of the kicking box (within 5 ft)
5. Any lower leg contact will be considered a kick
6. One foot must be on or behind home plate at the time the ball is kicked
Kicking Out of Order
If the error is discovered while the incorrect kicker is kicking, then the correct kicker will assume the ball/strike count of the incorrect kicker. The opposing team must make the referee aware of “kicking out of order”. If not, then the incorrect kicker will stay on base. If the incorrect kicker reaches base safely and the opposing team brings it to attention before the next pitch is made, the incorrect kicker will be called out and must return to the bench and the correct kicker will miss his or her turn to kick.

Strikes
A strike is:
a. A pitch that enters any part of the strike zone (1 foot high/ 1 foot left/ 1 foot right of the plate) and is not kicked
b. An attempted, but missed, kick by the kicker

Fouls
A foul ball is:
a. A kicked ball that rolls into foul territory on its own prior to reaching first or third base
b. A kicked ball that lands in foul territory
c. A kicked ball that is touched twice by the kicker while they are on or behind home plate
d. The playing of the ball by the kicker with anything other than the foot or leg below the knee
e. A kick occurring outside of the kicking box, including in front of home plate
f. Any ball not called as foul by the Head Referee will be considered a fair ball

Outs
1. Three (3) outs will constitute a team’s half of an inning.
2. An out has occurred when:
a. A kicker reaches a combined count of four (4) strikes and or fouls
c. Any fair or foul fly ball is caught before hitting the ground
d. A fielder with the ball touches the runner’s force base before the runner reaches that base
e. A runner is touched by a ball, or touches a ball, while not on a base
f. A runner attempts to steal a base
g. A runner is off base when the ball is kicked
h. A runner passes another runner
i. A runner is physically assisted in their advancement by a teammate or coach
j. A runner intentionally and grossly exits the baseline
k. A runner, on or off a base, intentionally touches a live ball
l. A runner misses a base and continues to the next base
m. A runner fails to properly tag up on a caught fly ball
n. A runner, coming from home plate, steps on first base when required to use the extra base
o. A kicker has kicked out of order
p. A player from the kicking team intentionally interferes with a fielder’s attempt to field a live ball
q. Consecutive bunts in the same inning (only 1 bunt in a row is allowed and a bunt must be intentional, not a miss kick).
r. A failure to produce the correct amount of male/female players, results in an out per male/females missing.
3. An out has, not occurred when:
a. A dead ball is called prior to any action that would otherwise be an out
b. A player, while not sliding or attempting to slide, or intentionally using their head to block a ball, is hit in the head with a ball

Balls
1. Four (4) balls will constitute a walk.
2. A Ball is:
a. A pitch outside of the strike zone that a player does not attempt to kick
b. A pitched ball that does not touch the ground at least two (2) times before reaching the kicking box
c. A pitched ball that is higher than one (1) foot off the ground, as measured from the bottom of the ball, as it enters or passes through the kicking box prior to reaching the kicker.
d. A pitched ball that does not reach the kicking box
e. Encroachment committed by any field player during a pitch
f. Interference with a kicker by any opposing player during a pitch

Walks
1. A player is walked when they receive four (4) balls
2. A walked player will freely advance to first base, advancing any additional teammates one base as required.
Batting Lineup
All players present will bat. If a team does not have enough male/female for a lineup, that team will take an automatic out each inning for each absent male/female (i.e. if a team is short 2 females they will start each offensive inning with 2 outs). An asterisk will be placed in the spot where the missing player should go. They may fill in to that spot upon arrival.
Pinch-Running & Batting
If an injury or any other circumstance comes up to where a batter/base runner prevents him/her from proceeding in the game, the player of the same gender who made the last out for the offensive team will bat/run.

Running
1. All ties go to the runner. If a runner arrives at a base at the same time a fielder tags the player or the base, the runner will be safe.

2. Runners must:
a. Run within the base lines
b. Only run once a ball is kicked
c. Tag up, or stay on base, until a fly ball is first touched by a fielder. Failing to do so will be an out.
d. Use the safety base at first base.

3. Runners may:
a. Follow a natural running arc
b. Change their course to avoid interference with a fielder making a play
c. Leave the baseline for a reasonable distance in order to avoid being hit by a tag, a throw or a kicked ball. The Head Referee may call a player out if, in his judgment, the runner has significantly and unfairly left the base path.
d. Continue to advance bases so long as the ball remains in play
e. Overrun first base, when traveling from home plate, so long as they do not actively attempt to advance to second base.
f. Only allowed to advance one base on an overthrow or a peg. The exception to this is if the play was made on a runner advancing to 2nd base, then the ball is live and all runners may advance freely.

4. Runners will be ruled safe if:
a. They are obstructed by a fielder within the baseline so long as that fielder is not making a play for the ball
b. While not sliding, they are tagged, or hit, in the head by a ball
c. A base has been displaced during play and the runner has returned to the base’s original and correct location prior to being tagged

5. Runners will be ruled out if:
a. They intentionally interfere with a fielding player attempting to make a play
b. They pass another running
c. They lead off from, or steal, a base
d. They are assisted in running by other players, coaches or bystanders
e. They attempt to significantly leave the base lines
f. They attempt to use their head or neck to block a throw or tag
g. They are hit or tagged in the head while a sliding
Scoring
At the end of the 7 innings or one hour whichever comes first, the team with the most runs is the winner. Games may end in a tie during the regular season.
Mercy Rule
If a team is behind by more than 15 runs after the 4th Inning of play, then the Game can be called off by the officials and losing team captain, if agreed the team ahead will be granted the win. Play can continue, but the score will not change.

Playoffs
Regular season team standings are determined by 1) number of wins, 2) point differential and 3) sportsmanship.
All teams make the playoffs and will be seeded according to their regular season standings with lowest seeds playing highest seeds. In some instances bye weeks will be worked in and different brackets for Division 1 and Division 2.

Inclement Weather
In the event of heavy rain or snow that results in the conditions of a Game being unsafe or travel being unsafe, LKB will update all team captains and players with any postponements no later than 90 minutes before Game time.
In the event the Games have been started and then have to be called off due to inclement weather while underway, the Games will be restarted from the beginning if less than half of the Game has been played. However if the game has passed the 4th inning and must be called, the scores will stand and the game will count as an official game.

Any Games postponed for weather will be rescheduled and information on the rescheduled Game will be sent to all players and staff by email. During rainy or wet field conditions players may safely overrun 2nd and 3rd bases, but must proceed straight towards left field when overrunning 2nd base or foul territory when overrunning 3rd base. If the Runner turns towards 3rd base or home plate, the Runner can be tagged out. Runners must make an attempt to stop.
Season Abandonment

Registered teams that miss two weeks of play will be considered to have abandoned their place in the league. Teams in this category will be contacted by a LKB official to confirm their status. Teams failing to respond within three business days will be removed from the season schedule and will forfeit their registration fees. Teams that do respond will be required to supply reasoning for lack of attendance and petition the league for reinstatement. Season abandonment and reactivation decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the league management and must be resolved before returning to play in the current season or in subsequent seasons.

Ejected Participants
Any ejected individual must get approval from Let’s KickBall prior to attending or participating in future games, or league hosted events, including Post-Game Parties. Attempted participation without approval is subject to further penalties. Rulings may include, but are not limited to, probation, game/league suspension, or permanent expulsion.

IMPORTANT
Let’s not forget, this is a social league so have fun!
While we appreciate the level of competitiveness in our league, we do not tolerate any unsportsmanlike behavior. This includes anyone who:
Antagonizes players on other teams or their own teammates
Exhibits excessive uncontrollable play
Inappropriately “mouths off” to the referee(s)
Verbally or physically threatens a member of our staff
Any player ejected from a game will be suspended for a minimum of one game.
LKB reserves the right to remove any player from a game(s), season, and or future events.
All players must be 21 years of age or older. Players may only play on a team on which they are registered.