Kickball Left Fielders

Chapter 4.7

Who is the left fielder on a kickball team? What is his job on the field? Get ready to learn about the left fielder in kickball.

Introduction

Kickball is similar to baseball and softball in that the player positions are nearly identical. The number of players on a kickball team will vary based on the level of play and the rules of the league.

REMEMBER: The same players on a kickball team play both offense and defense.

Each player has a role to fulfill on the field. In this chapter, we will learn about the left fielder and what his roles are in a kickball game.

The Left Fielder

The left fielder is the defensive player (specifically, an outfielder) who is in charge of fielding kickballs that are hit into left field.

Rookie Road Kickball Left Fielder Image

He covers everything from shallow left field to the outfield fence, and from outside the left foul line to left-center field. Since his coverage is so large, left fielders must be fast runners (as do all outfielders).

Left Fielder Responsibilities

As a left fielder, your responsibilities are the following:

Position Difficulty

Left field is sometimes known as the easiest defensive position. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, left fielders usually do not have to make as far of a throw as the other outfielders. By the time the ball reaches the outfield, the runner has usually already passed first base, so left fielders rarely have to throw to first. Rather, they usually throw to second base or third base, which are closer to left field.

Pulled Kickballs

Also, the tendencies of kickers influence the difficulty of kickballs hit into left or right field. Kickers tend to pull the kickball, which means that they hit the kickball on the same side of the field as they kick from in the kicker's box. Since most kickers kick with their right foot, this usually means that left field gets more kickballs than right field, since those righties are pulling the kickball to the left.

Pushed Kickballs

However, when kickers push the kickball, or kick it to the opposite side of the field, there is more spin, which makes the kickball harder to field. Since there are fewer kickers that kick with their left foot, and since those lefties tend to pull the ball to the right, left field does not get many pushed balls with spin. Therefore, left field usually gets easier, albeit more, kickballs to field.

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