The Foul Lines
We've learned in past chapters about the foul lines. They extend from home plate to the outfield fence and distinguish foul territory and fair territory, which we'll learn more about later in this chapter.
Fair Territory vs. Foul Territory
Is The Kickball Fair Or Foul?
Whether the kickball lands in fair territory or foul territory influences the result of that play. The kickball is determined to be fair or foul once it stops rolling or when a fielder touches it. There are several rules associated with the foul lines.
- touches the ground, a fielder, referee, or obstruction in fair territory and remains in fair territory
- travels into foul territory after passing the 1st to 3rd diagonal
- is touched by a fielder, kicker, or baserunner in fair territory and then rolls into foul territory
- touches an obstruction on the field
- touches the ground, a fielder, referee, or obstruction in foul territory first
- touches the ground in foul territory before reaching the 1st to 3rd diagonal
- enters foul territory before reaching the 1st to 3rd diagonal and being touched by fielder or referee
- was kicked by the kicker above the knee
- was kicked by the kicker more than once in the kicking box
- was kicked by the kicker outside the kicking box
Touching The Lines
The Foul Poles
The foul poles are tall yellow poles that mark where the foul lines meet the outfield fence. They have wire netting attached that is parallel to the outfield fence. Each field has two (2) foul poles, one for the left foul line and one for the right foul line.