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:
- Kicker's Box
- Sideline Area
- Team Sideline
- 1st Base
- 2nd Base
- 3rd Base
- Home Plate
- Extra Base
- Pitcher's Mound
- Pitching Strip
- to help referees judge fair balls and foul balls
- to form the sidelines and sideline areas
- to form the kicking box
- to establish baselines between the bases
The Head Referee
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.