Kickball Player Positions
Kickball is just like baseball and softball in that there are certain player positions for fielders that are recommended, but not enforced. The only required positions in kickball are the pitcher, catcher, and basemen. It is up to the coach or manager of the team to define how to structure the positions and alignment on the field.
Kickball teams consist of nine players on the field during an inning. Some leagues allow up to 12 players on the field at one time during an inning. We will assume your league is playing with nine fielders in the lineup. There are nine basic field positions in kickball:
- Pitcher (P)
- Catcher (C)
- 1st Baseman (1B)
- 2nd Baseman (2B)
- 3rd Baseman (3B)
- Shortstop (SS)
- Center Fielder (CF)
- Right Fielder (RF)
- Left Fielder (LF)
If your kickball league allows for more than nine players on the field, we recommend having those players fill in extra gaps in the outfield or between the bases. Most kickball leagues have a rule that states fielders must stand a minimum distance away from the kicker while he is at-bat. This is called proper field position, and requires all player to be behind a diagonal line created by first base and third base. This line is called the 1st to 3rd diagonal.
In a kickball game, you'll always have a pitcher. Your pitcher is one of the most important positions, since he pitches the ball to the kicker. If you're playing pitcher, make sure you understand the strike zone and how to throw various types of pitches. In some situations, you may need to cover first base to get an out.
If you're playing catcher, you will squat behind home plate and catch pitches thrown by the pitcher. Make sure you don't interfere with the batter, but be ready to grab the ball and throw it to a baseman if a base runner is stealing base!
There are three basemen positions you can play.
- First baseman
- Second baseman
- Third baseman
As an outfielder, you'll stand in the outfield either in center field, right field, or left field. Your job is just as important as an infielder. You are the last line of defense for a hard kicked ball near the fence. You can play center fielder, right fielder, or left fielder.