The kicker is a at-bat and makes contact with the pitch. The kickball goes soaring in to the air. As a fielder, you need to be ready to catch it.
In this tutorial, we will learn about fly balls and pop flys, what they are, and how to field them in kickball.
Fly balls are kickballs that are hit high into the air, and usually travel a far distance, often into the outfield.
Fielding Techniques (Fly Balls)
As the kickball is in the air, fielders try to position themselves around where they think the kickball will land, then catch the kickball as it comes down.
A pop fly is similar to a fly ball, but pop flys tend to go very high into the air, sometimes even clearing the upper deck of the stadium! However, unlike fly balls, they do not travel very far across the field; they usually have the appearance of going straight up and straight back down. Infielders are usually the ones to catch pop flys.
An infield fly is a shallow, fair fly ball that can be caught by an infielder with regular effort.
Infield Fly Rule
If the bases are loaded or there are runners on first base and second base, and there are less than two (2) outs, an umpire might call infield fly while the kickball is still in the air.
His decision to call infield fly is based on his judgment on whether the kickball can be caught with reasonable effort. If infield fly is called, the kicker is out even if the kickball is not caught.
The runners may try to advance at their own risk whether or not the kickball is caught. However, if the kickball is caught, they must tag up first.
Why Is There An Infield Fly Rule?
The infield fly rule serves to eliminate an advantage that the defensive team would otherwise have if the rule did not exist. If there was no infield fly rule, infielders could intentionally let the kickball fall. This would force the kicker to advance to first base, thus forcing the other runners on base to advance. Then, the fielders could simply pick the kickball up and easily throw multiple runners out. With the infield fly rule, the previous scenario is prevented, and it is more equal for both teams.