Kickball Base Hits

Chapter 6.6

What is a base hit? What is it called if a kicker-runner gets safe on 1st base, 2nd base, or 3rd base? Get ready to learn about the base hits in kickball.

Introduction

We've already learned about the kicker and what it means to be at-bat. A goal of the kicker is to get on-base by kicking pitches thrown by the pitcher.

In this tutorial, we will learn about base hits in kickball, what they are, and how they impact a kickball game.

Base Hits

If the kicker successfully makes contact with the pitch and the kickball lands in fair territory, the kicker becomes a kicker-runner and must try and reach first base. If the fielders cannot throw the kicker-runner out on time, he can safely reach a base. This is called a base hit. A base hit is an umbrella term for any hit that results in a kicker-runner safely reaching a base.

Rookie Road Kickball Base Hit Image

Singles, Doubles, and Triples

The most common types of base hits are singles, doubles, and triples. Their names come from how many bases a kicker-runner touches before they safely land on a base.

Single

A single is a base hit that brings the kicker-runner safe on first base.

Rookie Road Kickball Single Image

Double

A double is a base hit that brings the kicker-runner safe on second base.

Rookie Road Kickball Double Image

Triple

A triple is a base hit that brings the kicker-runner safe on third base.

Rookie Road Kickball Triple Image

Choosing What Base To Stop At

The reason a kicker-runner would stop at a certain base, as opposed to trying to reach a more advanced base, is based on a judgment call by the player and/or the base coaches. If the fielders have successfully collected the kickball and could reasonably throw the kickball to the next base before the kicker reaches it, the kicker would prefer to stop at an earlier base. Hard hit kickballs usually result in the kicker reaching a higher base, because it would take the outfielders more time to get the kickball back to the infield in order to throw the kicker out.

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