Kickball Bunts

What is a bunt? How does it work? When should a kicker use this type of kick? Get ready to learn about bunts in kickball.

Introduction

In kickball, kicking does not only mean that a player's leg and foot make contact with the kickball. In order to successfully get a hit, the kickball must land in fair territory and the kicker must safely reach base. There are many different ways a kicker attempts to hit the kickball:

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In this tutorial, we will learn more about bunts and how they work in kickball.

Bunt

A bunt is when a kicker faces the pitcher and holds his foot horizontally or at an angle in front of home plate. The objective of a bunt is to tap the kickball into fair territory just in front of home plate. Since bunts require fielders to run a long distance in order to field the kickball, this allows more time for runners on base to advance, and for the kicker-runner to reach base himself. Bunts are typically used by pitchers, who tend to be weaker kickers.

When To Bunt

Bunting usually does not allow the batter himself to reach second or third base, but it is very useful in advancing a runner who is already on base. Usually, a batter will execute a bunt toward the end of the game, when it is a close game and it is crucial to advance runners for a greater chance that they will score. Bunting is usually executed by hitters who are average or below average, or who specialize in bunting.

Players usually only bunt when there are less than two (2) outs, and less than two (2) strikes. This is because bunting is a relatively risky maneuver, and because if the batter has two (2) strikes and bunts the kickball foul, he is out.

Sacrifice Bunt

Kickers most commonly use bunts for the purpose of advancing runners on base, at the expense at getting out themselves. This is called a sacrifice bunt: a kicker will bunt the kickball, the fielders will field the bunt and throw it to first base to put the kicker-runner out, thus giving time for the runners already on base to advance.

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