Kick Off Springtime With A Round Or Two Of Kickball

A red playground ball sits next to the white line on a green grass field.

It won’t be long until the weather warms up, and you’re looking for fun outdoor activities. You can welcome in the spring with a game of kickball! Most likely, you played kickball when you were a kid, and now, you can introduce your own children to the fun.

Since it’s probably been a while since you played, let’s go over a refresher. Then, you’ll be ready to show the fam that you are still a powerhouse!

Kickball Basics

Kickball and baseball have quite a bit in common. The fields look similar, with first, second, and third base, along with the home plate. The pitcher doesn’t have a raised mound, but he or she does have a special spot to stand.

First, the pitcher pitches the ball toward the home plate, ensuring it bounces at least three times. The kicker takes a running start and kicks the ball. After kicking the ball, the kicker runs to first base and keeps going, if possible.

Fielders have three options for getting outs. First, they can catch the ball in the air before it bounces. Second, they can force the runner out by tagging the base with the ball in hand. Third, they can tag the runner with the ball. If the runner gets tagged when not on a base, it’s an out. They don’t have to hold on to the ball to tag the runner. Also, they throw it at the runner to get an out.

Other baseball-like rules apply, too. You have to kick the ball inbounds. If it’s a foul, it counts as a strike. If you get three strikes, you’re out. Each team gets three outs per inning.

Those are the basic rules. If you want to make sure you follow the rules to the letter, you can read the Official Rules of the Game via the World Adult Kickball Association.

Adjusting the Game for Kids

Kickball can be pretty intense, especially when playing with adults. If you are playing with kids, you can make minor adjustments to ensure they have a good time.

First, consider rolling the ball instead of throwing it toward home plate. Balls moving too quickly are hard for kids to kick, and they can get frustrated. Gently rolling the ball will give them the chance to take part in the fun.

Also, consider playing on grass instead of dirt. Grass slows the ball down, making it easier for small kids to play. They will find it easier to kick and play in the field with a grass surface. Plus, kids are less likely to get hurt if they fall on the grass.

Now that you know how to play, it’s time to pick up a kickball and gather some family members to play. Although, don’t be surprised if it gets competitive. Kickball is fun, but it can bring out a competitive streak that adds to the excitement.

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