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.
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.
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.
The Final Inning