Youth Kickball

Build social skills, have fun, and be active!

The Classic Game

Youth kickball is a great way for kids to build social skills, develop teamwork and an active lifestyle. Kids learn sports fundamentals like kicking, throwing, and catching are learned while having fun.

Kickball has all of the strategy of baseball without the difficulty and danger. The modification of kicking the soft and safe ball allows younger kids to access this great sport.

There is a reason generation after generation of kids love this game.  It's easy to learn and fun to play, making it a perfect game for kids of all ages.

Group of Kids playing kickball

How to Play Kickball - Youth

Setting up a youth kickball game couldn't be easier. Here's how:

  • First, you'll need to gather the necessary materials:
    • A Kickball. Bringing a backup kickball is a good idea, in case the other one is damaged or lost during the game
    • 4 rubber bases
    • Cones for laying out the sidelines (OPTIONAL)
  • The most important step is making sure the kids understand the game as well as you do. So first, explain the rules and make sure all players, whether they've played kickball for years or are just getting started, know what's going on. We'll list these rules out briefly in the next section!
  • Once everyone's ready to play, it's time to split the kids into equal teams. You can do this any way you want, whether its through team captains, random assignment, or any other fair method.
  • Have a representative from each team play a game of rock paper scissors - whichever team wins chooses whether they start in the field or at the plate.
  • Have the kicking team line up and take note of who's standing in front of them in line and who's standing behind them. This will be the kicking order for the duration of the game, to ensure everyone gets a fair chance to kick.
  • Have the field team take their places, spread out evenly. Make sure there's a player on each base, a pitcher, a catcher, and outfielders.
Kickball Field Diagram

Playing The Game

There are many rules to kickball that people might not be aware of at first. Here are all the essentials you need to know to get started:

  • Play begins when the pitcher rolls the ball to home plate. The kicker must be standing behind home plate, and kick the ball from that location.
  • If the ball is kicked and it goes out of bounds before passing 1st or 3rd base, the ball is foul and the kicker returns to home base and tries again.
  • After kicking, the kicker runs to first base. If they have enough time, they can try to run multiple bases at once.
  • There can only be one player on each base at a time, and runners cannot pass any runners ahead of them.
  • While the kicking team is trying to make its way around the bases, the fielding team's goal is to either catch the ball outright and get the runner out by default or retrieve the ball if nobody catches it. If a fielding player attempts to catch the ball, touching it but failing to hold on, the ball is still considered in play. Upon retrieval, there are 3 options
    • Directly touch the runner with the ball while they're running to a base, getting them out. For safety purposes in kids' games, don't throw the ball at the running player.
    • Throw the ball to one of the players guarding the bases. If the player catches the ball before the runner arrives, the runner is out.
    • Return the ball to the pitcher, ending the play.
  • If the fielding team is unable to get a player out before they make it around all four bases, the kicking team earns a point.
  • The teams switch sides when the fielding team has gotten three members of the kicking team out, or when the kicking team has scored nine points for the round.
  • Once both teams have kicked in a round, the round ends and the score of each team is called out.
  • You can play for any amount of rounds, usually dependant on how much time is available and how many kids are on each team.
  • At the end of the game, have both teams form lines to high five each other and make sure they congratulate the other team while doing so - the most common way this is done is by saying "Good Game".