The Catholic University of America

 

 

The Catholic University of America

Faculty/Staff Summer Kickball League


Dates and Deadlines

  • April 30-May 15: Recruitment

  • May 15, 2017 5:00pm: All team captains must have team rosters, and team name turned in via the form (Appendix A) to kerra@cua.edu or Pryz 353.

  • May 18: Round 1

  • May 25: Round 2

  • June 1: Round 3

  • June 8: Round 4

  • June 15: Championship Game

General Information

  • Games will be held Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 May 18-June 15

  • Games will be played on campus at various locations

  • Games can end in a tie

  • Pitches must be underhand

  • Teams should be between 9 and 15, no more than 9 people are permitted on the field at once time.

  • Teams must all have a captain, who serves as the point person for all games, and is responsible for knowing and enforcing the following rules.

Rules

GOLDEN RULE

First and foremost remember that these games are 50% Social and 50% Sport. We do have officials; however, we expect individuals to respect CUA’s culture of fair and fun play. The commUNITY Committee wants everyone to have a fun and be social while enjoying a great sport.

Any rule or situation not expressly defined here will default to MLB rules. At the end of the day, these calls will be made by the head ref.

OFFICIALS

  1. Teams shall designate 1 person to keep a score sheet to record game stats. This sheet will be turned in to the Head Referee upon completion of the game.


 

PARTICIPANTS

All players must be Faculty or Staff of The Catholic University of America, and have completed the liability waiver (Appendix B). Players play at their own risk. Players may only play on a team on which they are registered. Exception: You may function as a substitute player for another team if they are short a player. This is not allowed during the championship game.

TEAMS

A team must have at least 9 players minimum and no more than 9 players in the field each inning.

Every player present is required to be in the kicking line up. Every player present is required to play at least one (1) inning in the field. If a team does not have the required minimum number of players in the fielding lineup, then the team must forfeit.  A team can recruit players from other teams to play if they do not meet the minimum amount of players required.  During the championship game, only actual team members can play for their teams.

Each team shall have one Captain who is charged with:

  • Making sure that only players registered on their team are participating on their behalf in a game.

  • Insuring that their players kick in the same order throughout the game.

  • Making sure everyone on their team understands the rules.

  • Turning in the game results to the appropriate person.

  • Communicating any changes in regards to scheduling or rules with his/her team.

  • Ensuring that everyone on the team is eligible to play.

Teams are encouraged to be creative with names and t-shirts.

REGULATION GAME

A full regulation game shall consist of 5 innings, and end no later than 5:30pm. If a team is more than 15 minutes late, then they must forfeit. The away team will get first at kick. Home team shall be determined by the schedule.

SPORTSMANSHIP

PITCHING/CATCHING

The pitcher must plant their foot on the pitching strip as they wind-up to pitch. No running up to the strip to launch a pitch. All pitches must be UNDERHANDED – no overhand or sidearm. The ball must cross the plate within a foot on either side. The ball may not be more than 1 foot off the ground as it crosses the plate (bouncy).

The pitcher must stay behind the pitching strip until the ball is kicked. Failure to do so results in a ball. All infielders must stay behind the imaginary line stretching from first to third base until the ball is kicked. Failure to do so results in a ball.

The catcher may field up to the plane of the home plate before the ball is kicked, however the catcher shall not interfere with the kicker in any way. Failure to abide by this rule results in a ball.

KICKING

All kicks must be made by the foot (!). All contact BELOW the knee is considered a kick.  Anything hit at the knee or above is considered a foul.

Bunting is allowed. A bunt is defined as a kick that does not travel further than first or third base. A bunt must remain within bounds until it crosses past first or third base.

Any fair kicked ball that travels outside of a reasonable area of play will result in a ground rule double. This doesn’t pertain to the unlikely event of a home run kick; rather it pertains to fair balls that then bounce down a hill.

RUNNING

Runners must stay within the base line. Fielders must stay out of the base line unless they are attempting to tag a runner out or catch the ball. Fielders trying to make an out on base may have their foot on base, but must lean out of the base line. Runners unfairly hindered by any fielder within the base line shall be safe at the base to which they were running.

Leading off base, and stealing a base is allowed, sliding is not allowed. A runner may only move off his/her base after the ball has been kicked. And you can’t pass the runner in front of you. These are outs.

Hitting a runner with the ball above shoulder level is not allowed. Any runner hit above the shoulders is safe and advances one base.

Exceptions:
If the runner intentionally uses his head to block the ball.

If a kicked ball is caught on the fly, runners must tag their originating base after the moment the ball is caught before running to the next base.

Only one base on an overthrow is allowed to the runner. The one base is not automatic and the runner must take the risk of being made out. The one base is only available before the play ends.

STRIKES

The strike zone is one (1) foot on either side of the plate and is one foot high. As long as any part of the ball passes through the strike zone, the ball is a strike. A kick occurring in front of home plate is also a strike (if such a kick is caught on the fly, it is an out).

BALLS

A ball is:

  • a pitch outside the strike zone

  • the catcher interfering with the kicker or being in front of home base before the ball is kicked

  • any player crossing the “line” that runs from first to third and cross the pitching mound

  • four (4) balls will get you to first base

FOULS

A foul is:

  • a kick landing out of bounds. The foul is determined by where the ball lands not how it travels to get there. Remember that if such a kick is caught on the fly it is an out

  • a kick landing inbounds, but traveling out of bounds on its own before reaching first or third base. (Any ball touched by an in-bounds fielder is automatically in play)

  • a ball that is tipped while being kicked but continues to travel behind the kicker; ; but if such a kick is caught on the fly it is an out

  • a kicker touching (or kicking) the ball twice while on or behind home plate (i.e., in foul territory); but if such a kick is caught on the fly it is an out

  • Any foul that hits a tree or other outside object is a dead ball and not illegible to be caught for an out. The ball remains a foul.

  • Three fouls is an out

OUTS

An out is:

  • a count of three strikes

  • a count of three fouls

  • a runner touched by the ball at anytime while not on base (unless a head shot)

  • any kicked ball (fair or foul) that is caught before it hits the ground

  • a ball tag on a base to which a runner is forced to run

  • kicking out of order

  • a runner leading off the base or stealing

  • a count of three outs completes the team’s half of the inning

BALL IN PLAY

Once the pitcher has the ball in control and is within 10 feet of the pitching strip, you many no longer begin running to the next base. The play is over.