An American-invented sport that dates back to 1942, kickball involves a minimum of nine players, who play both infield and outfield positions. The recreational sport follows many of the same rules as baseball, except that kickball uses a large rubber ball instead of a smaller, hard ball and feet instead of bats. The following are the basic rules of the sport.
1. Kickball is played in six innings. Each team comes up to the plate to kick the ball once per inning and continues kicking until the team accrues three outs. An out occurs when a kicker fails to put a ball into play after three good pitches. Kickers can also fly out, be tagged out, or forced out, as in baseball.
2. Double kicking is not allowed. Likewise, a player may not kick a ball above their knees. The latter is considered a foul.
3. The kicker can run through first base and not be tagged out by the first baseman for being off-base.
4. Pitchers must toss the ball in a fashion that allows it to roll before reaching the plate. Alternatively, the pitcher can throw the ball so it bounces at least twice before making it to the kicker.
5. The ball must cross the plate before a kicker attempts to kick.