We've already learned about the kicker in the previous tutorial. To recap, the kicker is an offensive player who stands in the kicker's box and takes his turn to kick awaiting pitches thrown by the pitcher who is located on the pitcher's mound. The kicker's objective first and foremost is to make contact with the pitch.
Objectives of a Kicker-Runner
The kicker-runner's objectives are the following:
- to safely reach base
- to not get put out
- to run around the bases in order of 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, and home plate to score a run
Overrunning is a tactic used by kicker-runners when trying to reach first base. Often, if a kickball is not hit hard, the kicker is only concerned with reaching first base -- he can worry about second base and third base later.
Therefore, his running path is straight to first base. Since it is hard to stop exactly at first base when sprinting, kicker-runners will often let their momentum carry through, and end up running past first base. In this process, if he touches first base before an infielder can tag or throw him out, he is safe. However, he must return to first base immediately after overrunning it, or he may be called out.
Becoming a Baserunner