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.
The act of throwing the kickball in this specific manner is called pitching, and the throws themselves are called pitches. The kicker attempts to kick these pitches in order to reach base and become a baserunner.
Choosing A Pitch
Therefore, it is the pitcher's job to throw strategic pitches that will either result in strikes or the kicker making an out. To accomplish this, pitches can have different speeds and movements that make them tricky to hit, and there is a certain method to throw these specialized kinds of pitches. We will learn more about different types of pitches and pitchers in future chapters.
IMPORTANT: Depending on the level of play and the league's rules, there may be a restriction on pitching style and the number of bounces the kickball can take before it reaches home plate. Refer to your league's rulebook for more information.
Fielding 1st Base
The pitcher can also act as a fielder if the kickball is in play within his general area like in no man's land. On some plays, he will cover 1st base if the first baseman must leave the base to field a kickball. We will learn more about the 1st baseman later in this chapter.
The pitcher is important because he is the defensive team's first line of defense in preventing kickers from reaching base. The more kickers the pitcher gets out at home plate, the less baserunners there are, which means the opposing team has less of an opportunity to score.