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 shortstop is the defensive player (specifically, an infielder) who is stationed in the area in between second base and third base. Unlike the other infielders, the shortstop is not really assigned a specific base.
As a shortstop, your responsibilities are the following:
- catch kicked kickballs that enter his area (in between 2nd base and 3rd base and in shallow left-center field)
- cover third base or second base when necessary
- be able to throw the kickball to first base where most outs are made
- make double plays with the second baseman
Field Position Awareness
Like the second baseman, the shortstop is around the center of the action when a kickball is hit into play. The shortstop must have good awareness of players' positions around the infield and know where to throw the kickball next.
Fielding Ground Balls
The shortstop fields many ground balls, often he fields the most ground balls out of all the infielders. Ground balls are kickballs hit fast and low to the ground so that they bounce. Since ground balls travel very quickly, it is important for infielders to get a hold of them quickly so they can throw the baserunner out.