Sunday, December 5, 2009


The field next to Rocky Hill Elementary
1200 Morrell Road
Knoxville, TN 37919


FREE! Thanks to your very gracious friends at AAF-Knoxville


From Kingston Pike, head south on Morrell Road
Go approximately 1.5 miles
Rocky Hill Elementary is on the left


Samantha DeMange
865 789.0252


The rules for kickball are closely related to those of baseball. The main difference is that kickball involves a big rubber ball .

The ball is about the size of a basketball.

Kickball is played on a field with 4 bases arranged on the corners of a diamond-shaped "infield". However, since the game is played mostly by grade school kids in low-budget districts, the "bases" are reduced to "this patch of rocks", "this smashed tin can", or "this cool shaped stick".

Player positions are also similar to those of baseball. There is an "infield" and an "outfield." The infield contains the positions that involve the bases, while the outfield is mainly designated to catching or retrieving the ball when it is kicked out of the infield. Actual playing positions vary depending on the number of kids that are actually playing. If there are only a few children playing, the positions are usually spread out, but if there are a good number of players, participants will position themselves wherever there is space (and no cooties).

Game play goes as follows:

  • The ball is rolled towards home plate, and the player which is up (kicking), tries to kick the ball . If the ball is caught in the air, the kicker is out. A player is also out if the ball is thrown at them, and hits them while they are not touching a base.

  • If a thrown ball misses them, they may only run to the next base, which is known on the kickball field as the "one base on an overthrow" rule.

  • Also similar to baseball, if the ball is thrown to the first base man, and it is caught by the first base man while he/she/it is touching first base, the player running to first base is out. This is known as a "forced out" in that the runner was forced to run to that base. A "forced out" can occur on any base that a runner is forced to run to.

  • Once a team gets 3 outs, the teams switch sides. A team gets one point for having a runner make it all the way around the bases and back to home base.

The game is over when the beer runs out, the ball pops, or the ball is lost in such acts as kicking the ball into the street or onto a roof. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins. However, if a team loses the ball by kicking it one the roof etc., that team automatically loses. Also, the person that did it becomes instantly unpopular.

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