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Kick Baseball

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To score more runs than the other team.

-Fundamental Movement Skills:

  • Locomotor

    • Run

  • Manipulative Send

    • Kick

  • Manipulative Receive​

    • Trap

-Equipment List:

  • 4 bases

  • One soccer ball


-Equipment Link:

-Setting Up:

  • A baseball diamond—bases 30 yards (26 meters) apart

  • On a baseball diamond, set up a defensive alignment consisting of a back catcher, a pitcher, players on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, a shortstop playing between 2nd and 3rd, and 4 out fielders.

  • Line up the offensive team behind the back-stop in the order they will be kicking the ball. The batting order is maintained throughout the game.


  • Set a specified time before the game begins (try 40 minutes). 10 minutes from the desired end time, have the teams complete the inning they are in (so that both teams have had an equal number of times at bat) or 5 innings, whichever comes first–if there is a tie and 1 team needs to advance then break it by the score at the end of the previous inning. The team with the most runs at the end of the game is the winner. A team’s inning is over when they have 3 outs.

  • Rules

    • Each batter is allowed a maximum of 3 pitches to get a hit. No bunting is allowed–if the ball does not pass an imaginery line between 1st and 3rd,the pitch counts as a strike. A third pitch foul is considered a strike, and the batter is out. Infield fly rule is in affect–when there are less than two out and a runner on first or first and second or the bases are loaded, the batter is automatically out on an infield fly. Third ball foul constitutes an automatic out. Fly balls are automatic outs and no runners can advance on a fly.

    • Pitchers pitch to their own team. Pitchers may not interfere with defensive play.

    • If a pitcher contacts the ball after a hit, the batter is out and all runners return to their bases.

    • Running the bases--the ball must be contacted before the runner leaves the base (no lead offs or steals (automatic out if runner leads off or steals a base)). Runners may advance (two bases if ball is out-of-bounds) or score on overthrows. Sliding into bases is not permitted. Base runners run parallel to third base line past home plate–to make an out the catcher must receive the ball and touch home plate before the runner passes by.

    • Draw a commitment line (5 yards (4 meters) from third base)–once a runner has passed the commitment line he/she must continue to home plate.

  • Safety Considerations

    • Use a safety-base on first if possible (this base is twice as wide and allows the player on first base to keep his foot on the bag and allows the runner to run over the bag without tripping over the first base player’s foot. Back catcher and pitcher need to wear a face mask. Players cannot wear steel cleats on their feet.

-Questions & Notes:

  • Variation:

    • Bladder Kickball.

      • Use the bladder of a broken soccer ball.

      • This ball greatly reduces the distance a batter can kick the ball and adds a lot of fun to the game, especially when kick baseball is brought indoors—be sure to reduce the distance between bases because it is difficult to kick a bladder very far.

      • The bladder is placed on home plate and kicked into play. No pitcher is used.

  • Questions for understanding:​

    • Which offensive tactics are most useful for the teams?

      • What makes it easiest to throw the disc where you wish?​

    • Which defensive tactics are most useful for the teams?

      • What makes it easiest to receive the disc the easiest?​

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