Kickball Lingo and Terminology
From Playground to Pastime
A large majority of people across the country have had some sort of encounter with kickball, whether it was played with classmates at recess or with family at a picnic. This game, however, has a past that many are unfamiliar with. The game formerly known as "Kick Baseball" was believed to be created nearly a century ago by Nicholas C. Seuss, a park supervisor in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was initially used as a way to teach children the basics of baseball, but bored soldiers during WWII quickly picked the game up. The game took popularity again on playgrounds during the early '90s, and has since birthed into a game played by amateurs and professionals alike
Kickball can be played on any terrain as long as it is suitable for play. This means the game can be played in a grassy field or a sandy beach. The only requirement is that the field equals the dimensions of a softball field.
Sidelines: Lines located parallel to the foul lines and ten feet away from them to outline the legal playing field.
Foul Lines: Anything hit beyond these lines is considered "foul", while everything hit inside them is ruled "fair".
WAKA Logo Kickball: The official (World Adult Kickball Association) red kickball used in most professional leagues. If inflated properly, the ball will measure in at a diameter of ten inches across and a pressure of 1.5 pounds per square inch.
Offense: The team that is up to kick and looking to score points for their team.
Ball: A ball is pitched on the outside of the strike zone or comes more than one foot over home base.
Out: A ball touches a running player on offense, the defense catches a ball that is kicked in the air, three strikes have been called, or a fielder holding the ball touches the base before the advancing runner.
Tag: A defender with the ball in their possession touches a runner who is not standing on base resulting in an out.
Stealing: When the runner advances to the next base before the pitcher notices.