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Coed Kickball Rules

GENERAL INFORMATION:

• Each team is allowed 10 players on the field at all times (6 Guys Max); a minimum of 8 players with at least 3 females is needed to avoid a forfeit. Please Note: If there are only 2 girls present then the ref will ask the other team if they will allow the game to commence with the understanding that an automatic out will be given at the start of each inning OR if the opposing team allows to have the two girls rotate in the line-up. If one of the girls needs to kick and they are both on base then it will be an automatic out. The 2 guys 1 girl order still has to upheld.

• All games are 7 or 9 innings | 45 or 55 minutes depending on the league specifics. The last inning will not start unless there are 10 minutes of time allotted. The umpire is responsible for making the call at the top of the final inning. A full game counts after the 6th inning. If a game is tied at the end of 7 or 9 innings (depending on league), extra innings will be played only if there is time. If there is not sufficient time (at least 10 minutes), the game will end in a tie.

RULES:
• The “strike zone” extends to 1 foot on either side of home plate, basically the width of the ball. Therefore the edge of the ball still must be right next to the edge of the plate and 1 foot high. Pitches must be rolled underhand towards home plate. A pitch that is above 1 foot when it arrives at home plate is considered a ball. Curve balls are NOT allowed. The speed of the ball does not matter.

• Ball is dead once the pitcher gets the ball in the pitchers area (5 yards away on all sides from the pitchers mound). The pitcher must be still and not make a play for the runner to have play dead.

• If the runner is rounding the bases and the pitcher has the ball before the runner is more than halfway to the next base the runner must return to the previous base.

• The kicker may not attempt to kick the ball in front of home plate. If the kicker does contact the ball in front of home plate it will be considered a foul.
(Anything more then ½ step over the plate will be called a strike, and the play will be dead [no one can advance]

• Male batters will start with a one ball and one strike count. Female batters will start one ball and no strikes.
All foul balls are considered strikes, therefore if fouls are kicked that would add to a strike-out then the batter will be out. Courtesy foul only for certain leagues.

• Bunting is not allowed and can result in an automatic out. This means a FULL kick not how far the ball rolls. (A bunt will be called if the ball is intentionally kicked with little force and it does not reasonably reach the pitcher’s mound. It is up to the discretion of the umpire.)

• If a male is walked, and a female follows him in the batting order, the female has the choice to take a walk or bat unless the bases are loaded. It must be THREE balls in a row.

• A foul ball is considered a strike.

• Everyone present on the team who plays on the field needs to bat. For example, if you have 12 players at the game, 12 players will bat in the lineup but only 10 may play the field. The ratio of men/women must be maintained. The ratio must be 1 female has to bat for every 2 males in the order.

• Only 4 players may be on the infield at the time of the pitch. If you have 4 outfielders, they must all be on the outfield turf or grass until the ball is kicked by the batter.

• It is the responsibility of the Umpire to keep score.

• Mercy rule applies if a team is up by more than 10 or more runs after 5 innings for 7 inning games and 6 innings for 9 inning games. The home team will always get their final at bats. A maximum of 10 runs can be scored in any given inning.

• Leadoffs or stealing is not allowed. Runners may leave the base once the ball is hit by the batter. If a runner leaves early, the ball is dead and the runner is declared out.

• Players may be hit anywhere below the shoulders with a thrown ball and will be considered out. If a runner is struck in the head with the ball the play is immediately stopped. All Players on the base path will be awarded one additional base. The player who threw the ball can be ejected from the game if it was done on purpose.

• If a player is sliding or making an unusual play to avoid the ball, allowing a normally thrown ball to hit someone in the head then the play is up to the discretion of the umpire of the intent of the throw. Also, if a runner is hit with the ball the play still remains live, unless the ball ricochets out of fair territory. Then the play is dead and all runners will be awarded an extra base.

• Players being struck by ball in the field of play:

-If a runner is struck by a kicked ball in fair territory while running the bases, that player is out and the play will be called dead

-If a runner is struck by a kicked ball while standing on a base they are not automatically out. If the ball strikes the player and falls into fair territory the player is out but the kicker is awarded 1st base, if the ball strikes the runner and then falls into foul territory it will be considered a foul ball.

• Infield-fly rule applies to certain leagues specified by the umpire before the game.
(the purpose of the rule is to prevent double plays, the rule only applies when there are fewer than 2 outs, and there is a force play at third base.. [batters are 1st and 2nd / or bases loaded] If a fly ball is in fair play in the infield or very shallow outfield, the umpire should call out “infield fly” Once the umpire yells this the batter will be out no matter if the ball is caught or not. this rule is intended to prevent dropping the ball intentionally in order to get a double or triple play)

• 1st and 3rd base coaches. If either of the coaches are struck with the ball while standing in an appropriate spot the play will be called dead and players will be awarded the base they are on their way to. If the base coaches are in a poor position and cause interference the lead running will be called out.

• Hawthorne Academy TURF Field –

Field 1(nearest to the parking lot) An automatic home-run will only be called if a ball lands on the roof of the building OR if the ball is in the air on impact when the wall of the building is hit. If the ball lands on the ground then hits the school wall the play is live. If the ball lands on the soccer goals but remains playable the play is live. If it gets stuck on or in the soccer goals it will be ruled a ground rule double. If there is interference in the outfield from the other field in making a routine fly ball catch then the play will be called dead and the kicker will get a do over from whatever count he/she had. This call will be made by the umpire. More: If a player from the other field gets in the way of a player from field 1 trying to field the ball, then the umpire will call the play dead and determine if a ground rule double / triple / or home-run should be rewarded..

Field 2 (this is the south field near school ave.) An automatic home-run will only be called if the ball clears the fence, or the ball gets stuck in a tree. If the balls hits any of the trees and falls to the ground the play is live. If the ball hits the tree and is caught, the catch will NOT result in an out and the ball will still be live. If there is interference in the outfield from the other field in making a routine fly ball catch then the play will be called dead and the kicker will get a do over from whatever count he/she had. This call will be made by the umpire. More: If a player from the other field gets in the way of a player from field 2 trying to field the ball, then the umpire will call the play dead and determine if a ground rule double / triple / or home-run should be awarded.

• If a team does not have a minimum number of players by 7 minutes after scheduled game time it is considered a forfeit. If you know your team can’t make the game, please let us know by contacting Info@livetosupport.com. If however, the opposing team wishes to allow the team to play anyway, the game is considered official.

If your team forfeits a match during the season, the following rules apply:

First Offense: Game recorded as loss and warning issued.
Second Offense: Game recorded as loss and LTS Chicago staff reserves the right to remove team from league and playoffs with no refund for games not played.
Third Offense: Removal from the league and playoffs with no refund for games not played.
If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, we encourage you to call our office so as to help us schedule your opponent a game. However, this does not mean that your team will not receive the loss as a forfeit.

Schedule & Standings:
An updated schedule and standings will be posted weekly after all games have been played.

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Live To Support Staff:
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