While uncommon, kickball players sometimes commit actions that are more dangerous or severe than simply forgetting to tag a base. These actions result in penalties, infractions, or warnings, that often might lead to a player or coach being ejected from the game.
Interference occurs when a person (be it coach, player, or fan) illegally disrupts the game or changes the course of the play in ways that are not allowed or expected to happen. Interferences vary in degrees of severity, and different rules decide the penalty for different kinds of interference. We will learn about interferences in greater detail in the next chapter.
Fights occur when members of the opposing team begin physically attacking each other during the game. They usually are started by one or two (2) players, then quickly involve many members from both teams until quelled by a referee. Fighting is not allowed in kickball. Players that participate in a fight will be ejected.
Unsportsmanlike conduct covers many actions from players and coaches that are not allowed. The punishment for acts of unsportsmanlike conduct varies and it is up to the referee to assess the penalty. Some actions of unsportsmanlike conduct include the following:
- Inciting or trying to incite a specific response from spectators.
- For kickers, purposely committing any action with the intent of creating a position violation.
- Not immediately leaving the field after being ejected from the game.
- A player other than the team's captains, continuing to overtly express disapproval of the referee's decisions, even after the referee has given him a warning.
Delay Of Game
We learned about proper field position for fielders in Chapter 8.3: Field Position. Fielders (on defense) must be behind the 1st to 3rd diagonal prior to a pitching throwing the pitch. The pitcher must be on the pitcher's mound and the catcher must be in the kicker's box.
Sideline Area Warning
Only the kicker, referees, and base coaches can be in this area when a pitch is made by the pitcher. An infraction will be given to any player that is present in this area if they are not kicking. Any additional infraction will result in an out for the player when it is his turn to kick.