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OFFICIAL CHARLESTON KICKBALL ASSOCIATION RULES

Revised: 3/13/2018


INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

Games may be cancelled or delayed due to inclement weather, such as heavy rain and/or lightning.  CKA will play in the rain if the fields are playable.  CKA will be in contact with team captains regarding weather issues, and will make every effort to post updates on the CKA Facebook page.  Captains are responsible for notifying their team of cancellations.

FIELD:

The kickball diamond is a square with equal sides of 60 feet.

The distance from home plate to second base, and from first base to third base is 84 feet 10 1/4 inches.

The center of the pitching area is in the center of the diamond, 42 feet 5 1/8 inches and directly aligned with the first base/third base diagonal. (First/Third Base Diagonal is marked with a dotted line.) There will be a box behind the pitcher's strip that designates the "area of control". This box will measure 9 feet wide by 9 feet deep.

The strike zone extends to 1 foot on either side of home plate, and 1 foot high. There will be a box around the plate (1 foot each side) which marks the strike zone. If any part of the ball falls within the zone or hits the line, then it is a strike.

There shall be a line 8 feet behind the plate to designate the catcher's box.

TEAMS:

Teams shall consist of a maximum of 10 players on the field and a minimum of 8 players with at least 4 women on the field at all times. If you don't have enough women you must play short and will get an automatic out when that position is reached in the batting order. If you play with fewer than 10 players but have at least 4 women you do not have to take an automatic out. One of the players must be catcher. There is no maximum to the number of players on your team roster.  If you have the minimum 8 players, at least 2 must be women (with automatic outs for the other 2 women).

All participating players must kick but no more than 2 MEN can kick in a row. Women can re-kick if necessary, after the minimum of four women have kicked (or automatic outs have been received for missing women).

The official batting order must be provided to the umpire before the start of the game.  Players arriving after the start of the game must be added at the end of the batting order.  The kicking team must keep an official scorecard keeping track of outs and runs.

Any player who kicks out of order will be called out.

All players in the "bench area" must maintain adequate distance from the field to avoid interference in the game.  Adequate distance typically is off of the artificial playing surface, although the official has discretion as to whether to allow less or require more distance.  Players/teams who fail to comply may be penalized.  Violations and punishment are at the discretion of the official.

The kicking order cannot change but you can change the fielders as long as you keep 4 women in the field. 

Only players who are paid league members and wearing their league t-shirt may play in a game. You must play in at least one regular season game to play in the playoffs.

Coaches must sign a code of conduct and verify that all members of their team have read and understand the rules. This must be signed before the start of the season.

All players must be at least 21 years of age and wear their official league-issued shirts to play in a game and receive the drink specials afterwards. CKA shirts must be worn on top of any jackets or sweatshirts. All players must have signed the official CKA waiver form. 

CKA will conduct random roster checks throughout the season to verify player eligibility.

REGULATION GAMES:

Games will last for 7 innings, with the game being official after 5 innings (4 if the home team leads). When game time has reached fifty minutes, no new innings will be started.  (The game will be shortened if necessary.  If the home team is ahead and is kicking when game time has reached fifty minutes, the game will be declared over and the score at that time will be final.)

During the regular season, games may end in a tie.

Any team that is not ready to take the field within ten minutes of scheduled kick off time shall forfeit the match.  The opposing team has discretion to waive this rule, but all games must be complete within one hour of the scheduled start time.

There is a limit of nine runs per half inning except for the last inning.

If a team leads by ten runs or more after 5 innings (4 if the home team leads) the game will be declared over.

PITCHING/CATCHING: 

If the ball bounces higher than 1 foot off the ground (as measured from the bottom of the ball) at any point during the pitch, it is an illegal pitch.

If the pitch crosses the line around the plate, it is a strike. It must pass through the "strike zone" at or before the plate. No "back-door" strikes allowed. 

All pitches must hit the ground twice before reaching home plate. 

The pitcher cannot spin the ball.  Pitching must be underhand only. (Underhand is defined as the pitching arm being no more than a 45 degree angle and finishing with the palm facing up). The pitcher must stay inside the pitching area on the mound until the ball is kicked. If the pitcher spins the ball, does not pitch underhand, or crosses outside the pitching area, it is an "illegal pitch".    

An "illegal pitch" will be called immediately by the umpire.  An "illegal pitch" will be called a ball.  However, the kicker may attempt to kick an "illegal pitch" and has the option of taking the result of the play instead of the ball.    

Pitchers who continuously engage in illegal pitching may be given a warning and, if he/she continues to engage in illegal pitching, disqualified from pitching for the remainder of the game.  This is a judgment call by the official.

No fielder may advance past the 1st-3rd base diagonal until the ball is kicked, however anyone can field a bunt. 

If a pitcher or fielder makes an out by illegally advancing beyond the 1st-3rd base diagonal, the runner who was out will be declared safe, and other runners must return to their original bases unless forced to advance. 

If a pitcher or fielder illegally advances beyond the 1st-3rd base diagonal but does not make an out, there is no penalty and the play stands.

The catcher may not advance past the catcher's box line until the ball is kicked.  If the catcher makes an out by illegally advancing beyond the catcher's box, the runner who was out will be declared safe, and other runners must return to their original bases unless forced to advance.  If no out is made, there is no penalty and the play stands. 

If the catcher interferes with the kicker and is called by the umpire, the kicker will receive first base. This is a judgment call by the umpire. 

The fielding team cannot change catchers during an inning (except in cases of injury). 

The count begins at 1 ball, 1 strike. 

KICKING: 

All kicks must be made by foot (below the knee). 

All kicks must be taken at or behind the home plate (determined by the position of the front of the plant foot).  If the kick is taken in front of home plate, it is considered a foul. 

Males must kick the ball past the 1st-3rd baseline. The ball must stay beyond the line to be fair. 

Any kick that does not reach this line will be considered a foul. 

If the ball is fielded before it reaches this line, it is in play and considered fair. 

Females must kick the ball past a line that is 10 feet from the plate. The ball must stay beyond the line and in fair territory to be fair. 

If the ball is fielded before it reaches this line, it is in play and considered fair. 

A "?double kick" will be considered a foul.

RUNNING:

Runners must stay within the base line.

Fielders must stay out of the base line unless they are attempting to tag the runner or catch the kicked ball.  

Fielders trying to make an out on base may have their foot on base, but must lean out of the baseline.

If a fielder attempts to physically obstruct a runner from advancing, the runner may advance as many bases as they would have potentially earned had they been able to run unobstructed. This is a judgment call by the official.

There will be an extra first base (placed to the right, in foul territory) next to first base. The bases will be at least 1�¢?? apart. The extra base is for the runner to tag on force plays at first base. An out will be called when the fielder tags the regular base, not the extra base on a force play at first base. On all other plays, the runner has the option of tagging either base. The fielder may not interfere in any way with the runner tagging first base.

The fielder "owns" the area inside the field of play and is free to make a play on a ball within this area. If the runner interferes with the fielder in this area, the runner is out. The runner "owns" the area outside the field of play, including the extra first base. The fielder may not interfere with the runner's attempt to tag the outside base on his/her run to first. If the fielder interferes with the runner, the runner is safe.

It is the responsibility of the runner to avoid a collision. Please save yourself and your opponents from injury by paying attention. Ties go to the runner - there's no need to take out the baseman.

When a defensive player has the ball and the runner remains upright and crashes into the defensive player, it is considered a "crash". If the act is determined to be flagrant, the offender shall be ejected.

Neither leading off base, nor stealing a base is allowed.

A runner leading off base before the ball is kicked is out.

Hitting a runner with the ball above shoulder level is not allowed; the ball will be declared dead, the runner is safe and advances one (1) base except for the following situations:

If the runner intentionally uses the head to block the ball, and is so called by the official, in which case the runner is out.

If the runner is ducking, diving or sliding (i.e. attempting to dodge the ball) and is hit in the head because of this is an out. It is the umpire's judgment.

If the runner intentionally hits or kicks the ball, the ball is dead and all other runners must return to their original bases.

"The Ponytail Rule": If the ball hits the runner's hair, the runner is safe. (Hair is considered part of the head.)

When a runner is hit with the ball above shoulder level, other runners on base are permitted to advance to the base to which they were running, but do not receive additional bases unless forced.

The runner may leave base as soon as a fly ball is touched by a member of the fielding team. (See softball rules for further clarification, if needed.)

All ties will go to the runner.

On an overthrow, all players advance as far as they can get even if the ball is in foul territory.

Fences and bleachers are out of bounds.  Other areas may be declared out of bounds by the official if the official determines, in his/her judgment, that the ball is not reasonably in play (e.g. trash cans, bench areas, mud puddles, etc.).  The umpire shall declare out of bounds areas prior to the beginning of the game and notify both team captains of the decision. 

If the ball goes out of bounds, all runners advance to the base which they were on or were headed to, plus one additional base (e.g. if a runner is trying to beat out a play at first base and the ball is thrown out of bounds, the runner will end up on second base). Please consult the official for details.

When two runners are on the same base at the same time, the fielder has the choice of tagging either runner with the ball. The runner who is tagged is out and the other runner is safe and may stay on base.

FOULS:

A foul counts as a strike even on the third strike.

A foul is:

o Kick landing in foul territory;

o A kick landing in fair territory, but traveling into foul territory on its own before reaching first or third base (if a fielder touches a ball in fair territory or the ball starts in foul territory and then travels into fair territory on its own before reaching first or third base, the kick is fair).

o A kick that does not meet the minimum kick requirement (taken behind the plate and traveling past the 1st-3rd base diagonal for males, 10 foot line for females).

A count of three (3) outs by a team completes the team's half of the inning.

An out is:

o Count of three (3) strikes;

o A runner touched by the ball at ANY time while in fair territory and not on base;

o A runner who is on the same base with another runner and is tagged with the ball;

o Any kicked ball (fair or foul) that is caught in the air;

o A ball tag on a base to which a runner is forced to run;

o A runner leading off base before a ball is kicked.

Hitting the base with the ball does NOT count as an out. The fielder must hit the runner with the ball or maintain control of the ball on the base on a force play.

AREA OF CONTROL:

At the completion of a play, if a member of the fielding team has control of the ball and is inside the pitching "area of control," the play is over.  Play will resume once the next pitch is thrown. 

LEAGUE TOURNAMENT:

\The top 12 overall will advance to the league tournament.  Other teams will be invited to a consolation bracket.  Additional information regarding tournament play will be provided at a later date.  Tournament formatting is at the discretion of league officials.

Standings will be determined by a point system:  3 points for a win; 1 point for a tie; 0 points for a loss.

If teams are tied at the end of the regular season, ties will be broken by: a) head-to-head result; b) runs for; c) runs against; d) coin toss.

The league tournament is single-elimination.

Any player ejected from a tournament game may be suspended for the remainder of the tournament at the discretion of the official.  Teams may appeal a suspension under this rule to the field leader, whose decision will be final.

In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, each half inning will start with the last kicker who kicked on second base, with the kicking order proceeding as otherwise specified.

Only players who participated in at least one regular season game are permitted to play in the League Tournament.

OTHER RULES:

All players and fans must obey all applicable field rules, regulations, and other laws.  It is the player's responsibility to know these rules, regulations, and laws and abide by them.  CKA is not responsible for conduct constituting a violation of these rules, regulations, and/or laws and may take appropriate action to ensure that such rules, regulations, and/or laws are followed.

All games will be officiated by CKA officials.  

Foul language is not allowed. This is a judgment call by the umpires.

No outside alcohol is permitted inside Laidley Field.  Beer will be sold at a special CKA rate.  Teams wishing to drink before and after games are encouraged to visit our sponsor bar, The Red Carpet, which will provide drink specials to players wearing their official league t-shirts.  Teams are to clean up their area by depositing all trash into appropriate containers. Violations of this rule may result in punishment from CKA including, but not limited to, suspension for a period of games and/or the offender(s) being prohibited from attending CKA events.  Officials have authority to enforce this rule by ejecting offender(s) from Laidley Field.  Suspensions and/or prohibition from attending CKA events for violation of this rule may be imposed by the Commissioner.

Teams that forfeit a game and do not provide notification by email (chaskickball@hotmail.com) by noon the day of the game will be charged the forfeit fine. The fine is $25 and will go towards a bar tab for the other team.

The schedule will be set prior to captain's meeting. At the captain's meeting, you may make game reschedule requests without penalty.  League officials will work with all affected teams in an effort to resolve the request. After the captain's meeting, you may not reschedule a game and must forfeit any game for which you do not have enough players.

Coaches are responsible for controlling their team. We are adults, please act like it.

Coaches are responsible for ensuring that each member of their team signs all applicable forms, and for ensuring that their team members know and abide by applicable rules and regulations.

Once registration ends, rosters will be set and players may not be added to any roster.  Field Leaders will have a copy of team rosters at the field.

Field Leaders and Officials may require any player to produce proper identification to confirm that the player is properly on his or her team roster.  If a team is found to have a player who is not on a roster, that team will forfeit the game.  A team that commits multiple violations of this rule may be suspended and/or banned from the league.

A coach may request that a Field Leader or Official conduct a "roster check" of one or more opposing players at the conclusion of a game.

Players may participate only when wearing the current year's official CKA Kickball shirt.  The shirt must be worn on top of any other clothing.

If a player is ejected from a regular season game, he/she may be suspended from the next scheduled game at the umpire's discretion.  Decisions under this rule may be appealed to the Commissioner, whose decision shall be final.

If a player is ejected from more than one game in a season, that player will be ejected from the league for the season.

Fighting is strictly prohibited. Any player that is caught fighting before, during, or after a game will be ejected from the CKA forever.

Coaches are responsible for keeping track of the batting order, inning, outs and score on provided scoresheets. If there is a dispute over the batting order, inning or score, the official has the final call but may confer with score keepers for each team in making the call.

Coaches are responsible for checking their game results every week. Incorrect results must be reported to league officials within one week. 

Coaches are the only people who are allowed to discuss rules/calls with the umpires.

If a rule is not otherwise stated here standard softball rules hold.

If a male kicker is walked and a female kicker is next in the official batting order, the male kicker advances to second base. The female kicker must kick unless there are two outs.  If there are two outs, she has the choice to kick or take first base. 

If a male kicker is walked and there is an automatic out in the line-up after him, he will be awarded second base prior to the automatic out.

If a kicked ball is caught out in foul territory but is not out of bounds, runners may advance after tagging up.

There are no restrictions on fielder positioning.

If a kicker is injured he/she may use a Pinch Runner after reaching first base safely. This Pinch Runner should be the last person of the same gender that was out.

The Infield Fly Rule will be in effect (i.e., if there are runners on first and second or the bases are loaded with less than 2 outs, on any fair pop fly that, in the umpire's judgment may be caught by an infielder, pitcher, or catcher using ordinary effort, the kicker will be called out and runners may advance at their own risk, tagging up if necessary).

There are no errors.

The official game umpires have the final ruling; however, league commissioners or field leaders may be consulted concerning the official rules. Umpires may make judgment calls, where appropriate.

Field Leaders and officials will have a copy of the rules at each field location. Coaches are empowered to ask the umpire for a consultation with the Field Leader if a rule is in question.

Some fields will have out of bounds areas. The refs will declare these areas before the start of each game. If the ball enters one of these areas, the ball is dead and play will stop. Extra bases may be awarded depending on the particular field. Check with your field leader for details.

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Dogs are not permitted at Laidley Field.  Violations of this rule may result in punishment from CKA including, but not limited to, suspension for a period of games and/or the offender(s) being prohibited from attending CKA events.  Officials have authority to enforce this rule by ejecting offender(s) from Laidley Field.  Suspensions and/or prohibition from attending CKA events for violation of this rule may be imposed by the Commissioner.

As always, CKA and its sponsors encourage responsible drinking. 




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