Kickball Walks

Is there a limit to the number of balls a player can earn when at-bat? Get ready to learn about player walks in kickball.

Introduction

We've already learned about the strike zone, and how pitches can result in either a strike, ball, or foul for the kicker.

Kickball Strike Zone

In this tutorial, we will learn what happens when a kicker earns the maximum number of balls during an at-bat called a walk.

Walks/Base-on-Balls

A walk, also known as a base-on-balls, is when the kicker is automatically entitled to reach first base.

Kickball Base On Balls

A walk can be drawn when the pitcher throws four (4) pitches outside the strike zone that the kicker does not swing at.

First base can also be rewarded to the kicker in other situations:

PRO TIP: When a kicker draws a walk, he is not credited with an at-bat. Rather, it counts as a plate appearance. We will learn more about the difference between at-bats and plate appearances in future chapters.

Intentional Walk

Sometimes, if the pitcher is facing an especially skilled and powerful kicker and there are baserunners on base, the pitcher will purposely throw four (4) balls in a row and give that player a walk. This is to take away the kicker's opportunity to hit a home run or another powerful hit that would drive the baserunners home.

Kickball Intentional Walk

Can Runs Be Scored Through Walks?

Yes! When a kicker who draws a walk advances to first base and there is already a runner on first base, that runner is pushed to second base. If there is a runner on second base, he must advance to third base, and so on. If a kicker draws a walk when the bases are loaded (each base is occupied by a baserunner), all the runners must advance: including the runner at third base, who advances to home plate and scores. This does not happen very often, but it does happen!

Kickball Bases Loaded

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