8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 | Halstead Ball Diamonds


  • Teams of 8-13 players (all ages welcome)
  • Registration at start of event
  • Self-officiated
  • This event is FREE.


The object in a kickball match is for one team to score more runs than the other, thus winning the game. Each player tries to do this by kicking the ball and running all the bases and scoring a point. When not kicking, the opposing team attempts to prevent opposition players from scoring runs and get them out by catching the ball or being forced out at a base, for example. It is recommended that teams should number between 8 and 11 with no more than 13 players.

Games will consist of three innings, but this can be flexible depending on the number of teams entered.

Kickballs are made of inflated rubber and can be a variety of sizes and usually measure between 8 and 16 inches in diameter.

In kickball, the order of kickers is not specified, but the usual convention is to have an order of girl/boy or boy/girl.

Unlike baseball, there are no strikeouts, leading off, or stealing.

The play comes to an end once the ball returns to the pitcher.

A player can be out in kickball when:

  • The ball is caught by an opposing team member.
  • They are tagged out by an opposing player.
  • The player is forced out at a base by an opposition team member.
  • To score a run, a runner simply has to safely reach the home plate before the end of an inning.

In kickball, fair play is taken very seriously, and players are expected to monitor themselves and “walk” if they themselves think that they are out and not wait for the referee’s decision. Any kind of cheating or poor sportsmanship will result in a player being asked to leave the field of play immediately.

All participating players must appear on written lineups, reflecting that game’s kicking order, to be exchanged between the captains of each team before play begins.

Pitching: Each team will pitch to the other team. Pitchers must pitch from the pitching mound and cannot go in front of the plate until the ball is kicked. Slow to moderate pitches only. If the kicker requests a slower pitch, the pitcher is obligated to do so. The pitcher should try his/her best to give the kicker a pitch that they feel most comfortable kicking.

Kicking: All kicks must be made by foot. A kicker can be called out if they get three strikes or four foul balls.

A play ends when the pitcher has control of the ball and is near the mound/pitching circle. Any runner who interferes with the ball on its way back to the pitcher will be called out.

You may decide at the beginning of the game that players may or may not bunt.

The ball can be thrown at any player and must hit shoulder and below. The runner will be called safe if it hits their head unless they are sliding/ducking the ball. If a player is hit in the head, they get the base they are running to. No leading off or stealing is allowed. A runner off his/her base when the ball is kicked is out.

Absolutely NO WHINING ALLOWED. Umpire’s rulings are final!!!

Team members: You may put the teams together anyway you’d like, but the kids should line up boy/girl as best as possible. Sometimes near the end of the lineups, we may have 2 or 3 boys or girls in a row.

Players must stay out of the baseline; otherwise, the runner advancing to the base will be called safe. Students playing a base position should make every attempt to position their foot on the side of the base to leave room for the runner.

Any player who deliberately crashes into a defensive player holding the ball, waiting to apply a tag, will have to sit out from the game.

On an overthrow, the runner may advance at their own risk. They are allowed to run more than one base if they want.