Port Hope Tournament Adult Kickball Rules
Current A. S. A. Softball Rules will govern kickball with the following emphasis and modifications
Points of Interest:
1. 1 Kickball will be provided to each team. Teams must bring 1 kickball to their game to be used.
2. A team consists of 10 field players (at least 5 must be female). A minimum of 8 players (at least 4 must be female) are needed to start and continue a game. Rosters may consist of up to 20 players. All players are eligible to kick, provided the batting order alternates between male and female players. If a male extra kicker is used, a female extra kicker must also be used. Male kicker may not kick consecutively. If male kicker does kick consecutively an out will be called.
3. Games are 7 innings or a time limit of 1 hour. Games will be played on a regulation softball field.
4. Innings will consist of three outs. Outs are made similar to that of softball; forceouts, popouts, strikeouts, etc. An out may also be made when a runner, who is not touching a base, is hit below the shoulders by a thrown ball that is in flight or bounces off the ground. Any ball that is thrown that hits a runner in the head will result in a dead ball and that runner and all other runners will be awarded one base. If runners are between bases when a dead ball occurs the umpire may award the base the runner was approaching and another base for the penalty. If excessive force is used when throwing the ball at a runner an umpire may eject that player. If a runner, in the opinion of the umpire, moves in such a way so the ball hits their head, a dead ball will be called and the runner called out. In this case all runners will be required to return to the base they last occupied.
5. A kicker must wait until a pitched ball is within three feet of home plate before attempting a kick. A 3 - 2 count will be used. A missed attempt or a foul ball will be a strike. Exception: If a foul ball occurs as the second strike an out will not be called unless the ball is caught in the air. A second foul ball as strike two will result in an out. A ball will be called on a pitch wider than one foot on either side of the plate, or a pitch that bounces more than one foot in the air during delivery (bouncy).
1. Three balls will result in a walk. All kickers who are walked will be awarded second base. All other players that are forced to advance due to the walk are awarded to advance to the next base. Please Note: The female will not automatically walk--they MUST kick.
2. Pitch Speed: The pitcher must roll the ball up to a moderate speed. If in the judgment of the umpire the ball is rolled too fast or slow, the umpire will rule the pitch illegal and a “ball” will be called. (Note: The kicker may still attempt to kick the ball after an “illegal pitch” has been called. If the ball is kicked, it shall be declared “live” and the result of the play will stand.)
3. Bunting is allowed.
4. A runner who leaves the base before the pitch reaches home plate, or is kicked, is out and the ball is dead. Leading off and stealing are not allowed.
5. In order to prevent injury and protect the defensive player, a runner who remains on their feet or deliberately crashes into a fielder holding the ball, will be called out. If the offense is considered flagrant the offender shall also be ejected.
1. Dress; all players must wear closedtoe shoes. Baseball or soccer cleats are allowed provided they have rubber, or molded plastic soles. No metal spikes or shoes with detachable cleats are allowed.
2. The manager, or team representative, must list the batting order (FIRST & LAST NAMES) prior to the start of the game. An easy way to keep track when you have an uneven number of Male and Female’s in the same line-up card, because the batting order MUST at all time be rotating males and females. First you must list the Males in one column and the Females in another columnMake sure the males follow the males and the females follow the females (always rotating female and male). Score sheets will be provided by the Recreation Department.
EXAMPLE Line-Up Card
Example of the conversation in the dugout on who is up:
Roy Vultaggio: I will always follow Scott Pratt
Shawnie Stamper: So then I will always follow Erika Pratt - sounds easy enough…
Roy Srini: So that means I will always follow Roy Vultaggio with a different girl inserted in front of me.
WHO IS UP!!
Scott Pratt: I am
Erika Pratt: I follow Scott Pratt since I am the first girl listed, but after this first time I will NOT follow him because of the uneven amount of players. So I will always follow Simone Smead from here on out w/ some guy that will be changing ever time.
On the 3rd out before you leave the dugout MARK which gender made the last out. Then MARK the male and female that last batted, so when you come back in you know where to start.
1. Teams should always hustle before and between innings, as a time limit is in effect.
2. No Scorekeepers: Teams must keep their own score and the winning team must report the game.
3. In the event of a protest, consult the umpire of that game. Protests will be accepted and considered in the following matters only:
Notification of intent to protest must be made to the umpire, & opposing team, at the time of the incident, before the next pitch.
6. Full Game: A full game will consist of 7 innings, however no inning may begin after 55 minutes has elapsed from the time the game began. In the event of rain, darkness, or a 10 run difference (mercy rule) exists after 5 innings, a game will be declared official.
7. Injured Runner: If an accident or injury to a batter prevents them from proceeding in the game, a substitute runner of the same gender may enter the game. If there is no same gender player (if female), then an out will be recorded with the team reaches that point in the lineup.
8. Substitutes: All Substitutes must be of the same gender. Substitute runners must be of the same gender and be the last out or at least not due up to kick for a while. If the player that has substituted to run turn comes up to kick than that player will have to leave the base and take an out (No substitute can be used at that time to replace the substitute).
9. No infield practice is allowed after the first inning.
10. Males and females do not have to alternate defensively, but there does need to be an equal number of males (3) and females (3) in the infield, and in the outfield; 2 males and 2 females. The pitcher and catcher are considered infielders and may be of the same gender provided all other rules are followed. Teams may play with more female players than male players.
11. Outfielders will be required to begin every play with both feet completely on the outfield grass. If an outfielder who is on the infield dirt before the pitch is kicked (illegally positioned) catches the ball before it hits the ground, a dead ball will be called and the kicker will be awarded first base, all other runners will advance one base whether they are forced or not. If the illegally positioned outfielder makes any other play on the ball, a delayed dead ball will be called. In this case, if the batter reaches first base and all other runners advance safely, the ball shall continue to be in play. If the play results in an out, before all runners have advanced safely at least one base, a dead ball will be called and all runners will be awarded one base.
12. Infielders will be required to stay behind the encroachment lines along 1st and 3rd base. Once the kicker touches the ball than the 1st and 3rd base players can cross the encroachment lines. If a player crosses the encroachment lines before the ball is touched, a “NO PITCH” will be called and that pitch will be immediately called a ball.
13. Pitchers will be required to stay within the circle until the kicker touches the ball. Once the kicker touches the ball than the pitcher can leave the circle lines. If a pitcher crosses the line before the ball is touched, a “NO PITCH” will be called and that pitch will be called a ball.
14. Catchers MUST stay behind the kicker at all times. If catcher interferes with the kicker than the kicker will automatically get first base.
15. Umpire decision on calling “Time” due to the kickball’s uncontrolled bouncing and the defense throwing the ball at players (at there own risk of being overthrown) the UMPIRE TIME decision will be based on the Infield Defense controlling the kickball on the infield only or automatically if a player has control of the ball within the Pitcher circle.
16. Base Jockeying once the ball has been controlled by the defense and to keep the players from tempting the defender to throw the kickball at them. The Defense can get the ball to the pitcher within the circle to stop all play from happening and all players must return back to the base once the ball was thrown to the pitcher circle.