Kickball is similar to baseball and softball in that the player positions are nearly identical. The number of players on a kickball team will vary based on the level of play and the rules of the league.
The catcher has three (3) responsibilities:
- Catching each pitch the kicker does not make contact with and throwing it back to the pitcher.
- Preventing baserunners from scoring runs who are advancing to home plate from 3rd base by getting them out.
- Signaling to the pitcher what pitch should be thrown.
Catchers need strong legs and strong arms. While playing defense, they are almost constantly in a squatting position. After receiving a pitch, they can throw out runners who try to steal bases, and need a strong arm in order to out-throw the speedy runners. We will learn more about stealing bases in future chapters.
REMEMBER: Some leagues do not allow stealing in a game. You should refer to a league's rulebook for more information.