GENERAL KICKBALL INFORMATION
● Co-ed, 10 players on the field (max. 6 men and 4 women).
● Minimum age is 21 years old.
● Games on Tuesday nights between 5:00 and 8:00, lasting 1 hour.
● Four-week season plus one-week playoff.
● Location of games - Fields near Bethesda: Wood Acres Park
● Food and drink specials following each game at Tommy Joe’s Bethesda located at 7940 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814. Featuring $2.00 Miller Lite drafts.
● Line-up cards filled out before the start of each game (2 men to 1 woman-batting ratio).
● SSB provides jerseys, field equipment, balls, and umpires.
● Weather - The SSB will make-up one rained-out games. Weather hotline: 301-565-3837.
Note: SSB does not provide refunds for any teams or players unless we cannot place you in a league or on a team.
Regular Season (Tuesdays)
Post Season Dates
Game 1 – June 20th
Game 3 – July 11th
Rain date/Playoffs 1 – July 25th
Game 2 – June 27th
Game 4 – July 18th
Rain date/ Playoffs 2 – August 1st
No Games – July 4th
All games are played at either 6pm or 7pm on Tuesday evenings.
- Period 1 – Early Bird Registration from May 16th until May 23rd
- $40 per player
- Period 2 – From May 24th thru June 6th
- $45 per player
- Period 3 – From June 7th thru June 13th
- $50 per player
Batting Linup Sheets and Scoresheets (links not yet active)
Kickball Team Captains Packet - all the info a Team needs in one doc.
TEAM CAPTAINS SHIRT PICK UP and KICK-OFF HAPPY HOUR
All SSB players and friends are welcome to the season kick-off happy hour!! Great drink and food specials! Team captains can pick the shirts up and then meet up with your team afterward!
Only team captains or representatives can pick up all of your team tee-shirts. Unless special exceptions are made, teams will receive a $50 fine if no one shows to pick up the shirts on shirt night. Free Agents and players are encouraged to come to the happy hour and get their shirts from their team captain.
Rules – Kickball Summer 2017
START OF THE GAME: The Home team takes the field first and uses the first base benches. Before the game, Team Captains meet with the umpire to exchange Line-Up Cards review rules and. All games must start on time to avoid forfeit.
LINE-UP CARDS: Batting line-up cards are to be filled out with players’ first name and last initial. Before the start of each game, Team Captains will give a copy of the card to the opposing team. All changes to your line-up must be reported to the umpire and opposing team. Teams not handing in their card before the game will be penalized one out during their first at-bat. If the card is not handed in by the end of the first inning then that team will forfeit the game. See BATTING LINE-UP below for explanation of 2-man 1-woman ratio.
GAME TIME: Games will stop after 7 innings or at the time limit, whichever is reached first. No new innings will be started after the 45-minute mark. A hard stop time limit will occur at 55-minutes. If 7 innings are not completed when 55-minutes is reached, the score will revert to the last full inning played. Exception: If it is the bottom of an inning and the at-bat (home) team takes the lead, then the at-bat (home) team is awarded the win. There is no minimum number of innings for a complete game if the time limit has been satisfied. The umpire's clock is the official game clock. They will inform both teams when the game clock has started. Only one warm-up pitch is allowed between innings. Teams must hustle on and off the field. If a rainout occurs while a game is in progress, 4 innings must be completed for the game to count. If the home team is ahead after the completion of the top of the 4th inning, the game will be considered complete.
GAME UNIFORMS: SSB tee shirts are your team’s softball uniforms. All players must wear their current SSB tee shirt to participate. Swapping shirts is not allowed. Players swapping shirts will be ejected.
EQUIPMENT: The SSB will umpires, field equipment (bases, pitchers mound, etc) and a playable ball for each game. No additional equipment will be supplied.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON FIELD: Maximum of 10 players on the field. Minimum of 8 players on the field to avoid forfeit (see Forfeit rules). Players may rotate positions freely between innings.
Gender Rules: A maximum of 6 men are allowed to play in the field at any time, regardless of the total number of players. There is no maximum number of women allowed on the field.
- All players must bat/kick. Only players in the line-up are eligible to play in the field.
- There is no maximum number of players allowed in the line-up.
- The line-up needs to stay the same for the whole game, except late arriving players can be added to the bottom of the line-up only. Notify ump and opposing team of late players.
- Maintain a 2 to 1 kicking ratio for men to women.
- You cannot have more than 2 men bat in a row.
- Men are not allowed to bat more than once in the line-up.
- If the line-up starts with 2 men, it must end with a woman.
- If a team has not enough women, then women can bat multiple times in the line-up in order to satisfy the 2 to 1 ratio.
- If a team has not enough men, go to a 1-to-1 man/woman ratio or have 2 women bat in a row.
KICKING OUT OF ORDER: If the error is discovered while the incorrect batter is batting, then the correct batter will assume the ball/strike count of the incorrect batter without penalty. If the error is discovered after the incorrect batter reaches base safely, the incorrect batter will be called out and all runners will return to their original base. If the error is discovered after a pitch is thrown to the next batter, then the incorrect batter will stay on base without penalty and the game continues.
POSITIONS: Between innings, players may move freely from the bench to the field and from one field position to another. The batting order must stay the same for the whole game, except a player arriving late can be added to the bottom of the line-up.
Cones are located in the outfield 60 feet outside the baseline. Outfielders must start their play outside the cones. The outfielder can move inside the cones only after the ball is hit. If the outfielder is inside the cones and is involved in the play, all runners will be safe.
KICKING: All kickers will get 4 legal rolls. A legal roll must be at a speed that is considered reasonable (any rolled ball of excess speed will be a re-rolled) between the inside lines of the kicker box. Any roll that is not deemed legal will be re-rolled. No excessive Bouncies (Any rolled ball that bounces from the ground between the pitching plate and home plate). ONLY WOMEN WILL BE ALLOWED TO BUNT, ANY MAN BUNTING THE BALL the play is dead, which will results in an out for the MALE Kicker, any base runners must return to last base occupied.
FOUL BALLS: A kicker with two strikes is allowed one foul ball (4th ball). Two fouls with two strikes, the kicker is out. A foul ball above the kicker's head may be caught for an out.
SCORING LIMIT: Teams can score a maximum of nine runs during one inning, regardless of the number of outs. Exception: In the bottom of the last inning.
MERCY RULE: The game will end if there is a 10 run deficit after the completion of five innings.
RUNNING: No leading or stealing. Runners can leave the base once the ball is hit. Injured players may be substituted with a pinch runner once they reach first base. The last player out of the preceding inning will become the pinch runner.
OUT OF BOUNDS: The umpire will describe out-of-bounds for each field before the game.
IN BOUNDS OBSTACLES: If the ball is goes near any in-bounds obstacles (e.g., trees) the fielder has the option to put both hands up to signal to the umpire that the ball is unplayable. If judged as necessary by the umpire, the umpire will call an official time-out to stop the play.
NO METAL SPIKES ARE ALLOWED. Any equipment in question should be brought to the attention of the umpire. The umpire or SSB Staff member will make all final decisions with regard to equipment discrepancies.
- Pitching must be underhand
- The strike zone extends one foot on either side of home plate
- The ball may not bounce, spin or curve. Otherwise it is a ball
- 3 pitch limit per kicker
- The pitcher must remain at or behind the pitching line until the ball is kicked
- The catcher must remain behind home plate until the ball is kicked
- 2 strikes is an out
- 2 Foul Balls equals one strike
- A strike is:
a. any pitched ball within the strike zone that is not kicked
b. any attempted kick that misses the ball
c. any ball kicked with the kicker beyond home plate
d. a ball that does not initially move forward past the home plate
- 2 balls is a walk
- A ball is:
a. A pitch outside the strike zone
b. A pitch that bounces, curves or spins
c. A kicked ball when a fielder is in front of the pitchers strip when the ball is kicked o A catcher coming within three feet of home plate before the ball is kicked
- An out occurs when:
a. 2 strikes
b. A runner touched by a ball at any time while not touching base, even if the ball hit a fielder first
c. A runner leading off a base
d. A runner who slides or dives into a base
e. A force out when a runner is forced to run
f. Any kicked ball that is caught before hitting the ground
Administration – Kickball Summer 2017
ROSTER: There is no maximum number of players allowed on your roster. Players will not be allowed to participate without signing the SSB waiver/roster. After sign-up night, teams must DROP a player(s) before they can add a player(s). The drop-add period is until Week 4. The additional player must obtain the tee shirt from the dropped player in order to play. All players must be 21 years old.
PLAYER PARTICIPATION: Teams can only play with players listed on their roster. Recruiting players from other teams in the league is prohibited, unless the opposing team captain agrees to it before the start of the game. Players from outside the league cannot be used at all. Teams that break these rules will have to forfeit all affected game(s).
FORFEITS: If a team does not have the minimum number of players by game time, they must still start the game. If the minimum number of players do not show up by the completion of the first 1/2 of the 1st inning the game will be considered a forfeit and fines will be assessed.
FORFEITS FINES: If a team does not have the minimum number of players by game time, a $50 forfeit fine will be assessed. If a team e-mails SSB by 5pm on the day preceding the game day to inform of a forfeit, no fine will be assessed. This will allow SSB to notify the opposing Team Captain and they can inform their team of the upcoming forfeit. All fines must be paid before the next scheduled game.
RAINOUT INFORMATION: Rainout information will be available at 301-565-3837 after 4:30 pm the day of the game. If lightning occurs near the field during a game, all games will be cancelled. LEAVE THE FIELD IMMEDIATELY. The SSB will attempt to reschedule rained out games.
SSB SPORTSMANSHIP: This is a social league and unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated. The umpires will call unsportsmanlike conduct for rough play, abusive or insulting language; aggressively challenging the umpire or other inappropriate behavior. Severe cases of unsportsmanlike conduct (e.g., fighting) will result in the offending player(s) being disqualified for the remainder of the season. Refunds will not be given. Only Team Captains will be able to discuss a rule with the umpire and no judgment calls will be discussed. Players can be ejected without warning for:
- Wearing metal spikes.
- Intentionally throwing the ball above a runners shoulders.
- Unsportsmanlike conduct. Each team will be given one warning. After that players will be ejected.
- Unnecessary contact. Also, if the umpire considers a slide to be unsportsmanlike, that player will be ejected.
Following the game, the umpire will rate each team between 1 and 5 for sportsmanship with 5 being the best. SSB will keep a record of sportsmanship points and address any teams receiving low scores.
TEAM CAPTAIN RESPONSIBILITIES: In addition to responsibilities listed in these rules, please invite your team back to our sponsor bar for the social part of the league. Reminding your players that this is a social league and unsportsmanlike conduct is not needed.
POINTS AWARDED: Win = 2 points. Tie = 1 point. Loss = 0 points.
PLAY-OFFS: Play-offs will start immediately after the regular season ends and all make up games have been played. The number of teams that make the play-off will be determined by the SSB. Teams will be ranked by regular season record. Teams with tied records will be ranked by head-to-head outcome. If head-to-head is tied, sportsmanship points will be used to rank tied teams.
Championship games will not have a time limit to complete 7 innings. If the one-hour time limit expires and the game is tied, a tiebreaker inning(s) will occur. All players will clear the field, the home team will take the field, and the visiting team will be at bat. The batting order will continue from the previous inning. The runner who made the last out in the previous inning will be placed on second base. The batter will now have 2 balls and 2 strikes count on them. A foul is an out. After 3 outs, the home team will start their inning with the same format. The tiebreaker will continue until a complete inning has resulted in one team scoring more runs than the other. Home team will always have the last opportunity to be at-bat to win the game. The mercy rule will also be in effect.
Teams that make it to the championship game must move up to a higher division the following season.