Kickball Rules

SSC Policies

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Kickball Rules

DEL VALLE SOFTBALL COMPLEX:

Visible alcoholic beverages, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in Travis County Parks. Any alcohol must be in an opaque plastic cup. This also includes carrying a 12-pack or case of beer uncovered to the field. Everything must be in a cooler or backpack at all times. Beverages may be consumed in the dugout, common area, and coach’s boxes, but not on the field of play itself. All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

GILLIS PARK

Visible alcoholic beverages, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in City of Austin Parks. Any alcohol must be in an opaque plastic cup. This also includes carrying a 12-pack or case of beer uncovered to the field. Everything must be in a cooler or backpack at all times. Beverages may be consumed in the dugout, common area, and coach’s boxes, but not on the field of play itself. All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

HAVINS FIELDS (WALNUT CREEK METRO PARK):

Visible alcoholic beverages, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in City of Austin Parks. Any alcohol must be in an opaque plastic cup. This also includes carrying a 12-pack or case of beer uncovered to the field. Everything must be in a cooler or backpack at all times. Beverages may only be consumed in spectator areas and in between fields. Alcohol is strictly prohibited within the confines of the dugout and playing field at all times. All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

PAN AM REC CENTER FIELD:

Visible alcoholic beverages, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in City of Austin Parks. Any alcohol must be in an opaque plastic cup. This also includes carrying a 12-pack or case of beer uncovered to the field. Everything must be in a cooler or backpack at all times. Beverages may only be consumed in spectator areas and in between fields. Alcohol is strictly prohibited within the confines of the dugout and playing field at all times. All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

RICHARD MOYA PARK:

Visible alcoholic beverages, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in Travis County Parks. Any alcohol must be in an opaque plastic cup. This also includes carrying a 12-pack or case of beer uncovered to the field. Everything must be in a cooler or backpack at all times. Beverages may be consumed in the dugout, common area, and coach’s boxes, but not on the field of play itself. All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

SOUTH AUSTIN REC CENTER FIELD:

Visible alcoholic beverages, glass, and Styrofoam are are not permitted in City of Austin Parks. Any alcohol must be in an opaque plastic cup. This also includes carrying a 12-pack or case of beer uncovered to the field. Everything must be in a cooler or backpack at all times. Beverages may be consumed in the dugout, common area, and coach’s boxes, but not on the field of play itself. All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

SOUTHEAST METRO PARK:

Visible alcoholic beverages, glass, and Styrofoam are are not permitted in Travis County Parks. Any alcohol must be in an opaque plastic cup. This also includes carrying a 12-pack or case of beer uncovered to the field. Everything must be in a cooler or backpack at all times. Beverages may be consumed in the dugout, common area, and coach’s boxes, but not on the field of play itself. All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

PLAYING AREA:

Some fields may have out of bounds areas. The umpire will declare these areas before the start of each game. If the ball enters one of these areas, the ball is dead and play will stop. Extra bases may be awarded depending on the particular field at the discretion of the umpire.

OFFICIALS:

The SSC will provide Umpires for all games. Arguing with Umpires will not be tolerated.

The umpire will be the official keeper of time and score in the game.

EQUIPMENT:

The SSC will provide all field equipment and kickballs.

Shoes are required for all players.  Shoes with metal or ceramic cleats are not permitted.

PLAYING ROSTER:

The maximum number of players on the field is ten. The minimum number of players on the field is eight. The maximum number of males on the field is six.  The minimum number of females on the field is two.

If a team is short the minimum number of players by game time, the game will start as scheduled with that team automatically becoming the visitor and KICKING first. If the minimum number of players does not show up upon completion of the first half of the first inning, the game will be considered a forfeit.

The minimum number of players to play an officiated exhibition game, and avoid the forfeit fine, is five.

Teams lose the ability to challenge a player’s eligibility after the third inning, except in the case of a late-arriving player.

There are no substitutions in the kicking line-up.

If a team plays with fewer than four females, they must play short in the field and will receive an automatic out when that position is reached in the kicking order.

All late arriving players may be inserted at any time. Late arrivals must be inserted into the bottom of the kicking order, or as close to the bottom to ensure gender rules apply.  If a team has their fourth female show up during the game, they will no longer be forced to take an automatic out.

LINE-UP CARDS:

Completed line-up cards must be handed to the umpire before the game begins. Cards must be filled out with each player’s first name and gender. The umpire’s card will be the official card. All changes to your line-up must be reported to the umpire.

FORMAT:

Each game consists of seven innings or as many as can be played in the time allotted, whichever is fewer.  No new inning shall begin after 45 minutes unless, at the discretion of the umpire, time permits.  The inning in play when the umpire declares time has expired shall be completed to determine a winner. Regular season games may end in a tie.

The game clock will start when the umpire calls for the captains to meet at home plate.

The home team will be determined by a coin flip or with a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Games will be considered complete after seven innings or time has expired, whichever occurs first.  In the case of inclement weather or lighting failure, games will be considered complete after 30 minutes or 4 ½ innings provided the home team is leading.  Games that have not reached this point will resume from the point of interruption at a later date.

No new innings will start after the umpire has declared time expired. After the game is completed, teams are required to quickly clear the dugout for the next game.

FIELDING:

In addition to standard softball rules, a runner can be put out by throwing the ball and hitting that runner in the area at or below the shoulders.  Throwing the ball at a base will not put out a runner.

Hitting a runner with the ball above shoulder level is not allowed and the runner is safe, except for the following situations:

– If the runner intentionally uses the head to block the ball (runner is out).
– If the runner is ducking, diving, or sliding (i.e. attempting to dodge the ball) and is hit in the head because of this (runner is out).
– If the runner intentionally hits or kicks the ball out of bounds after being tagged out, the ball is dead and all runners must return to their original bases.

The maximum number of infielders is 6 (including the Pitcher and Catcher). Outfielders must stay in the outfield grass (or at least 15 feet outside the basepaths) until the ball is kicked. If an outfielder comes into the infield area before the ball is kicked and is in any way involved in the play, all affected runners will be ruled safe.

Fielding positions can be changed between players on the field while on defense, however new players may not substitute in except for a pitching change, the team is short fielders, or due to an injury. The batting order must always stay the same despite any changes in field position.

Fielders may occupy any defensive position, regardless of gender, provided overall roster and field requirements have been satisfied.

Except for the pitcher and catcher, no fielder may advance past the imaginary line running through first and third base until the ball has been kicked.  If a fielder advances past this line and is in any way involved in the play, all affected runners will be ruled safe.

The catcher must maintain a position well away from the kicker and at least five feet behind home plate until the ball is kicked.  If it is determined that a catcher’s actions or position interfered with the play, all affected runners will be ruled safe.

A fielder may not kick the ball in order to advance it to another fielder.  If a fielder kicks the ball during a play, all runners will be ruled safe and awarded based as determined by their position at the time of the infraction.

Fielders must stay out of the base path unless in the process of an immediate attempt at playing the ball.  Fielders attempting to put a runner out may have one foot on a base, but must lean out of the base path to avoid obstructing the runner.

Obstruction on the part of the fielder shall be at the sole discretion of the umpire with the runner being awarded a minimum of one base.

Once the ball has been returned to the infield and all action by runners has stopped, the umpire will call time to stop the play.

INTENTIONAL DROP RULE:

While there is no infield fly rule in SSC Kickball, if an infielder is deemed to have intentionally dropped a fly ball or line drive in fair territory in order to gain a defensive advantage, the umpire shall declare the play dead, rule the kicker out, and return runners to their original bases.

PITCHING:

Kickers will start with a one-ball/one-strike count. With two strikes, the batter has one courtesy foul. The second foul with two strikes will be called strike three and the batter will be ruled out.

All pitches must be underhand and straight.

If, in the umpire’s judgment, a pitcher delivers a curveball or uses a motion other than underhand, the umpire will use a visible and audible signal to declare the pitch illegal. The kicker, however, still has the option to kick the ball. All action will stand if the kicker elects to kick the ball.

A pitched ball must either roll or bounce at least twice before reaching the strike zone to be considered a strike.

A pitched ball may not bounce higher than one foot (as measured from the bottom of the ball). If the ball is bouncing higher than one foot off the ground at any point before it reaches the strike zone, then it is a ball.  However, the kicker does have the option of kicking it if he/she wishes.

The strike zone extends to two feet on both sides and one foot in front of home plate.  There will be a box around home plate which marks the strike zone. If any part of the ball falls within the zone or hits the line (and meets the conditions above), then it is a strike.

All walks are one base awards.

If the pitcher desires to walk a kicker intentionally, he may do so by notifying the home plate umpire who shall award the kicker first base.  No pitches are required in order to award an intentional walk.

KICKING:

All players kick, however no more than two males may kick in a row. Females can re-kick if necessary. (For example, if a team has nine males and four females, one female would be designated in the line-up to kick twice to ensure proper ratios).

All kicks must be made by the foot only and touched only once.  If a knee ball or double-kick occurs, the ball will be ruled foul.

The plant foot must be on or behind the line in front of home plate. If the line is crossed and the ball is put in play on the ground, it will be ruled foul.

If any foul kicked ball is caught on the fly by the fielding team, the kicker will be called out.

Kickers may not stop the ball with their foot and then kick it.

Males must kick the ball past the 1st-3rd base line. Females must kick the ball past a line that is 27.5 feet from home plate. Any kick that does not reach the respective line will be considered foul once it comes to a complete stop.  Note:  A kick only needs to reach the line.  It does not need to remain on or beyond it in order to satisfy the bunt requirement. If the ball is fielded before it reaches this line, it is in play and considered fair.

A kicked ball that is contacted by a fielder before it contacts the ground will be ruled fair or foul depending on its position when contacted by the fielder.

BUNTING:

Bunting is allowed. However, when a male is kicking, the pitcher shall be allowed to advance as far forward as the first bunt line prior to the ball being kicked.  When a female is kicking, the pitcher must remain within the pitching area until the ball is kicked.

KICKING OUT OF ORDER:

If the error is discovered while the incorrect kicker is hitting, then the correct kicker will assume the ball/strike count of the incorrect kicker. If the error is discovered after the incorrect kicker has safely reached base, the incorrect kicker will be called out, and all runners will return to their original base. The opposing team must make the umpire aware of “kicking out of order” before a pitch is thrown to the next kicker. If it is not, then the incorrect kicker will stay on base with the kicking order continuing thereafter in the proper order.

BASERUNNERS:

Runners must stay within established base paths.

There is no leading off or stealing of bases. Doing so will result in the runner being called out.

Every field has an extra first base bag, known as the “safety” base, located outside the baseline. This is the bag that the runners must touch when running through first base. The inside bag is for the fielders.

SSC Kickball is non-contact and all players must avoid unnecessary contact at all times. Runners must give themselves up, get out of the way, or slide.

Excessive or unsportsmanlike contact will result in an immediate ejection.  At the discretion of the SSC, an ejected player may face further suspension.

Interference on the part of the runner or the fielder shall be at the sole discretion of the umpire.

Runners may tag on all fair and foul balls. In a tagging situation, the runner may leave base as soon as the ball is FIRST touched by a member of the fielding team.

All ties will go to the runner.

On an overthrow, all players may continue to advance provided the ball is still in play. The ball is dead if it touches sideline players, spectators, equipment, or goes out of bounds.

When two runners are on the same base at the same time, the fielder has the choice of tagging either runner with the ball.

The runner who is tagged is out and the other runner is safe and may stay on the base.

HEAD FIRST SLIDE:

Runners may not engage in a “head first” slide when approaching any base on the field. If a runner’s momentum has caused them to overrun a base, they may “dive back” in a head first manner to regain possession of that base.

COURTESY RUNNER:

Injured kickers may receive a courtesy runner once they have safely reached base, all action resulting from their hit has stopped, and time has been called by the umpire.

If a female kicker is injured, the last female out becomes the courtesy runner.

If a male kicker is injured, the last player out will become the courtesy runner, regardless of gender.

SCORING:

The maximum number of runs allowed per inning is seven. After the seventh run crosses home plate, play will stop regardless of the number of outs.

The only exception to the seven-run rule shall be in the final inning with the scoring team behind.  The scoring team shall have the opportunity to score as many runs as needed in order to gain a run advantage.  If multiple runs are scored on the final play that gives that team a run advantage, all runs shall count and that half inning will be over.

The run rule will be put into effect and the game called if one team is ahead by 12 runs or more upon completion of the fifth inning (top of the fifth if the home team is ahead).

PLAYOFF RULES:

The run rule will be put into effect and the game called if one team is ahead by 12 runs or more upon completion of the fifth inning (top of the fifth if the home team is ahead), or ahead by 15 runs or more upon completion of the fourth inning (top of the fourth if the home team is ahead).

If extra innings are required in a playoff game, both teams will have the opportunity to kick. The player who was at-kick the previous inning when the third out was recorded will start at second base with no outs. The kicker will start with a 3-2 count and no courtesy foul (1-pitch format). This format will continue for all extra innings until a winning team is established.

STANDINGS:

Teams earn three points for a win, one point for a tie, and zero points for a loss.  Teams are ranked in order based on the following criteria:

  • Total Standings Points
  • Head to Head
  • Total Runs Allowed
  • Total Run Differential

TOURNAMENT VARIATIONS:

Each game consists of seven innings or as many as can be played in the time allotted, whichever is fewer.  No new inning shall begin after 45 minutes unless, at the discretion of the umpire, time permits.  The inning in play when the umpire declares time has expired shall be completed to determine a winner. Preliminary round games may end in a tie.

Any rules not specifically mentioned here follow those set forth by the SSC governing softball.

DYNASTY RULE:

Everyone loves a little competition, but one team dominating a league season after season can spoil the fun for everybody.

If a team retaining more than six players has won three championships in consecutive seasons for which they have been registered, the SSC will have the option to, in its discretion, request that team to form two or more separate teams to promote parity in the league or withdraw their registration. That team will then have the opportunity to form two separate teams with each subsequent roster approved by the SSC.