It is important for you to understand the basic structure of a kickball game. In this tutorial, we will learn about the start of a kickball game and what you can expect to see as a spectator or player.
Each team has a manager who acts as a head coach. He makes important strategic decisions before and during the game, such the kicking order (the order in which kickers in the game will kick) and which defensive position each player will have for the game. Before the game, he creates a written lineup, which lists the kicking order and the defensive position for each player. He then presents it to viewers and the head referee.
Referees officiate the game; they are unbiased observers who make official decisions that determine the outcome of the game. They perform many duties before the game as well, such as checking players' equipment, the lines on the field, and the condition and number of kickballs available for play. While the manager is responsible for producing two (2) copies of their written lineup, the umpire ensures that both copies are identical. For reference, each team gets a copy of the other team's written lineup.
The home team is always on defense first, and they will take their positions as the starting pitcher throws his warm-up pitches. The away team kicks first, so once the first kicker is in the kicker's box, the head referee calls, Play! and the game begins.