Kickball Field Components

What are the bases? What is the dugout? What and the foul poles? Get ready to learn about the major components that make up a kickball field.

Kickball Field Components

There are several major components of a kickball field that every fan and player must know. You may hear these components be called by multiple names:

Cones

Cones serve a few purposes in a kickball game:

Kickball Cone

As a result, cones are placed on 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, and are used to form the kicking box.

Kicking Box

The kicking box is formed from the cones placed 10ft diagonally from the tip of home plate.

Kickball Kicking Box

The kicking box is home to three (3) people in a kickball game:

  1. The Kicker
  2. The Catcher
  3. The Head Referee

The Kicker

The kicker stands in the kicking box during his at-bat when it is his turn to kick.

The Catcher

The catcher squats behind him catching any pitch thrown by the pitcher.

The Head Referee

Behind him is the head referee, responsible for determining the strike zone and calling strikes and balls.

Sideline Area

The sideline area is the area on a kickball field in between the foul lines and the sidelines. 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.

Kickball Sideline Area

Team Sideline

The team sidelines are located just outside the sidelines and are home to spectators and players on a kickball team who are not actively playing. It is also where the player benches and dugout are on some fields.

Kickball Team Sideline

Dugout and Player Benches

Depending on the kickball field, it may have a dugout or player benches, which is where players and coaches sit during the game. There are two (2) dugouts, one for the home team and one for the away team. They are located along the sidelines on opposite sides of the field.

Kickball Dugout

Home Plate

Home plate is one of the most integral components of the field. When looking at a kickball diamond from above, it is located at the bottom-most corner, marked with a five-sided piece of white rubber. It is where kickers take their turn to kick, and where baserunners must safely return in order to score a run. We will learn more about kickers, baserunners, and scoring in future chapters.

Kickball Home Plate

Bases and Bags

Bases, also called bags, are 15-inch white squares of rubber or canvas that mark the three (3) corners of the infield (the fourth corner is home plate). In order to score, baserunners must advance bases until they eventually reach home plate. We will learn more about baserunners in future chapters.

Kickball Base

1st Base, 2nd Base, and 3rd Base

When running the bases, runners start from home plate and always go counter-clockwise to reach each base. As the names describe, the first respective base reached is called 1st base, followed by 2nd base, and lastly 3rd base.

Kickball Advance

PRO TIP: Teams are allowed to have base coaches, but there is no concept of a coach's box in kickball like there is in baseball. Instead, base coaches just stand close to 1st base and 3rd base in the sideline area. Base coaches act as an extra set of eyes, directing their players when to stay on base and when to run to the next base.

Extra Base

Some leagues describe an optional extra base on the field positioned next to 1st base on the foul line. The purpose of this additional base is to avoid interference and collisions between fielders and baserunners.

Kickball Extra Base

Pitching Mound

The pitching mound is a circle of dirt in the center of the infield where the pitcher stands to deliver his pitches. It is called a mound because it is slightly sloped, like a small hill.

Kickball Pitching Mound

Pitching Strip

The pitching strip is located on the pitcher's mound. When beginning the delivery of a pitch, the pitcher's back foot must be behind and in contact with the pitching strip.

Kickball Pitching Strip

Fence

Since most kickball games take place on a multi-purpose field like a softball or baseball field at a local park, there may be a fence that encloses the field. It is used to keep the kickball from leaving the field and hitting spectators.

Kickball Fence

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