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NJ Play Sports Co-Ed Kickball Rules

Co-ed Kickball Rules

Summary (Indoor Rules may vary slightly)
- 10 fielders per team (Minimum 3 Women)
- Rosters must consist of at least 13 players 
- All players present are required to kick
- No Bunting! 
- Each non-roster sub must register in advance on our website and pay $10 sub fee at field before playing
- No subs permitted during playoffs
- Game will consist of 9 innings or 50 minutes whichever comes first (no new innings with start after 50 minutes)
- 1 inning will be played if the score is tied after 9 innings and time permits.
- Tie games at game completion with result in a tie for each team
- Games called after 3 innings will be considered a complete game
- There is a 7 run limit per inning except in the last inning 
- All players must arrive on-time to avoid forfeiture of game(Game time is forfeit time)
- All games are RAIN or SHINE (unless hazardous conditions) 
- Any unsportsmanlike conduct will result in that player/team being suspended/removed from participating in future NJ Play activities, at the discretion of NJ Play officials.

 

Rules Modified for Indoor:

8 Fielders per team (Minumum 2 Female)
- Must have at least 5 players including 1 female to start game

- Roster much consist of 11 players
- Balls kicked off beams and walls are playable. If caught on a fly, the kicker is out.
- Balls kicked off the ceiling will be a foul ball. Balls off the ceiling can be caught for an out
- Outfielders must start each play approximately 5 feet behind the baseline

- Catcher require if fielding team has 7 or more players
- Ground Rule Double will be called if the ball becomes lodged in netting or other gym equiment

 

 

Check In
Players must check-in with the NJ Play Official or site manager at the field prior to the start of your game.

Forfeits - Required Players 
NJ Play stresses that you do not forfeit. Your teammates and opponents count on you to have a full team and competitive game. At check-in, inform NJ Play official if you a) know that your team will be short players for your game or b) expect to field a full team, but are currently short players. Officials will help make sure that a game is played, whether official or scrimmage, on every field. 
- Must have at least 7 players including 1 female to start a game 
- Game time is forfeit time. There is no grace period 
- No one may participate without signing the online waiver


Forfeit Penalties and Notification
- First Offense: Loss of game 
- Second Offense: Loss of game and removal from the playoffs 
- Third Offense: Removal from the rest of the schedule 
- If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, you MUST contact NJ Play Sports at least TWO hours prior to your scheduled game time on the day of your game at info@njplaysports.com. Failure to do so will result in a $30 penalty which will be donated to charity. 
- There is no additional penalty if you show up short-handed (and need to add other NJ Play players to field a full team) and have to forfeit the game, since you did make an effort to get a team to play. 
- Once NJ Play Sports is notified you are forfeiting, it is official, and the other team will be notified.

Questions for the referee - only the team captain is allowed to ask the head referee for rule clarification. If it is a judgment call, the referees can confer with each other and the team captains for discussion, but players and/or captains are not allowed to question judgment calls.

Game Cancelations
- Leagues may be cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions, facility constraints or other unforeseeable reasons. NJ Play will not cancel games unless absolutely necessary, so you should always assume games are on unless you receive notification. If the games are cancelled, we will notify all players via email.

Start of Game
- Referee will have two captains shoot rock/paper/scissors, odds/evens, or coin flip.
- Winning captain selects if they would like to take the field first or kick first

Clock Time
- A game consists of 9 innings or 50 minutes, whichever comes first

Fielding
- Positions: Pitcher, Catcher, First Base, Second Base, Third Base, Shortstop and 4 Outfielders
- Outfielders must start each pitch approximately 10 feet from the infield
- Infielders must start each pitch behind the imaginary line from 1st and 3rd base
- Catcher must be approximately 3 feet behind home plate
- Intentionally dropping the ball to induce a double play will result in each player, including the kicker to advance to the next base (one base from the start of the pitch)
- Catchers are required if a team has 9 or more players present
- Runner interference is called when a fielder intentionally or unintentionally blocks a runner's path.  The result will be the running obtaining the base they were approaching
- Runners will be called safe if they are avoiding a collision due to a fielder covering the base or in the base path.

Pitching
- Strike zone is the plate plus 3 feet (Designated by rubber mats)
- No Overhand/Side arm pitching, the ball must be rolled underhand
- Walk: 4 Balls; Out: 3 Strikes (including foul on 3rd strike)

Kicking
- A line-up card with first and last name must be presented to referee and other team captain prior to the start of the game
- All players present must kick
- No more than 3 males may kick back to back in the kicking line-up
- The ball must reach home plate before it is kicked
- No bunting is allowed, a foul will be called for all balls kicked that do not reach the imaginary line between 1st and 3rd

Base Running 
- Runners must run in the base paths, running out of the base paths (other than to avoid contact with another player) will result in an out
- The runner must try to avoid contact at all times, runners will be out for failure to avoid contact
- Force plays and tag ups follow softball/baseball rules
- Hitting the runner, below the shoulders, with a thrown ball will result in the runner being out
- All throws must remain under the runners shoulders
- No leading or stealing, the runner must remain on the base until the ball is kicked
- The runner will be awarded the base they are traveling toward if they are hit above the shoulders 
- If the runner is sliding into a base and is hit above the shoulders they may still be called out if the umpire deems the throw to be unintentional 
- Intentional use of head or neck to block the ball will result in an out
- Tie goes to the runner

Foul Ball
- Ball that lands in foul territory
- Ball that lands in fair territory but goes into foul territory before passing 1st or 3rd without touching a player
- A kick made prior to the ball crossing home plate

Ball
- A ball rolled outside of the strike zone
- Catcher's Interference : Catcher not beginning play approximately 3 feet behind 
- Illegal Pitch: Pitcher crossing the mound prior to pitching

Out
- Three strikes including a foul ball after two strikes
- Catching a kicked ball in the air
- Foul balls can be caught in the air for an out
- The runner is touched by the ball, thrown or tagged, anytime not on base
- The reaching a base before the runner when the runner is forced to that base
- Runners taking leads before the pitch

End of Play
- When the pitcher has possession of the ball in the pitching area
- If a runner is not on base they may advance to the next bag or retreat to the previous bag
 

Standings/Ranking

  • Ranking Points (Win: 3, Tie:1, Loss: 0)
  • Win Percentage 
  • Head to Head
  • Points Against
  • Power Index (Strength of Schedule Metric)
  • If none of the above tie breakers resolve seeding issues there will a coin toss to break the tie