Kickball Innings

Chapter 2.2

What is an inning? How many innings are there? Get ready to learn about innings in kickball.

Innings

Kickball is similar to baseball and softball in that games are not contained by a clock or any form of measurable time. Instead, kickball games are comprised of innings. Each inning has two (2) halves called half-innings divided into a top half and a bottom half.

Rookie Road Kickball Inning Image

Since there are two (2) half-innings in an inning, each half-inning is known as the top-half and bottom-half. You may hear the phrases top of the inning and bottom of the inning when referring to these halves.

Rookie Road Kickball Half-Inning Image

There is a transition period between the top-half and bottom-half of each inning called the middle of the inning. During this time, teams switch roles on the field from fielding (on defense) to kicking (on offense).

How many innings are there in a kickball game?

The number of innings in a kickball game will vary based on the level of play and the rules of the league. As long as you understand what the concept of an inning is, you'll be able to adapt to any changes to the basic rules. With that said, we've seen leagues define four (4) innings or five (5) innings in a game.

How do innings work?

In each half-inning, one team takes a turn to kick (on offense) while the other team is fielding (on defense). When the half-inning ends, the teams switch and the team playing defense is now on offense. A team can only score when it is their turn to kick; they cannot score while fielding. Half-innings end when the offensive team has three (3) outs. We will learn more about outs later in this chapter.

PRO TIP: The away team always bats first at the top of the inning, while the home team bats second at the bottom of the inning.

The Final Inning

In kickball, the final inning refers to the last inning in the game.

Rookie Road Kickball Final Inning Image

Sometimes the bottom of the final inning is not played or ends before three (3) outs are made. The game is over and play will end immediately in the final inning if:

  1. The home team is in the lead at the end of top-half of the final inning
  2. The away team is in the lead at the end of the final inning

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