Kickball Outs

What is an out? How many outs are an in inning? Get ready to learn about outs in kickball and how they affect the structure of a game.

Introduction

We've already learned about innings and the structure of a kickball game in chapter 2.2: Kickball Innings. A half-inning ends with three (3) outs are made.

Now, let's dive deeper and explain the concept of an out.

Outs

An out is a concept in kickball and other sports like baseball and softball that describes when a player, who is either currently at-bat or on-base as a baserunner, is taken out of play. The team at-bat is on offense and is kicking. Once they get three (3) outs, the half-inning is over and teams switch roles on the field.

Kickball Out

Each team on offense has an indefinite number of chances to score per each half-inning. However, their chances are limited by outs.

Getting Out

There are lots of ways players can get out in kickball. It all depends on the level of play and rules of the league you are playing in. Be sure to consult the rulebook for your league. As a result, we'll cover the most important ways players can get out in this tutorial, but below is a complete list:

Strike Out

All pitches in kickball result in either a strike or ball for the kicker. Three (3) strikes and the kicker is out. This is called a strikeout. A strike can happen in two (2) ways:

  1. Any pitch that ends up in the kicker's strikezone and is not kicked by the kicker.
  2. Any time the kicker attempts to kick the kickball but misses. This is called a swing and miss.

We'll learn more about the strike zone in future chapters. For now, understand that the strikezone is an imaginary 3D zone extending 1ft in all directions of home plate. It is used to by the Head Referee to determine if a pitch is a ball or a strike. It is up to the Head Referee to create a mental picture of the strikezone in his mind when calling a pitch.

Kickball Strikeout

REMEMBER: Depending on the level of play and the league's rulebook, foul balls may count as strikes or they may not. Some leagues instead have a rule that puts a limit on the number of fouls a kicker can make before they are automatically called out.

Caught Kickball

If the kicker kicks a kickball into the air and a fielder on the defensive team catches it, the kicker is out.

Tag Out

An offensive player can also become out when he is not kicking. When an offensive player is no longer at-bat and is instead attempting to advance bases, he is called a baserunner/runner. Baserunners cannot be out if they are touching the last base they safely advanced to.

Kickball Tag Out

Tag outs occur when a baserunner is not touching the base (off-base), and a fielder who is in possession of the kickball touches the baserunner with the kickball or pegs him.

IMPORTANT: Depending on the level of play and the league's rulebook, pegging may or may not be allowed to ensure the safety of players.

Thrown Out

A baserunner can also be thrown out. This happens when the kickball is thrown to a fielder occupying the next base the baserunner is advancing to. Once the fielder has possession of the kickball he steps on the base and, if he steps on the base before the baserunner reaches it, the runner is out.

Force Out

Two (2) baserunners cannot occupy the same base at the same time. If two (2) baserunners occupy consecutive bases, and the latter baserunner attempts to advance bases, the baserunner in front of him must also advance the same number of bases. If a baserunner is tagged or thrown out because he was forced to leave his base in this situation, it is called a force out.

Kickball Force Out

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