2008 Rules and Field Diagram
The following Field Diagram and Rules are the officially sanctioned items for the 2008 Red Stick, White Heat, Blue Balls Charity Tournament:


Revised June 2008 by Scott Murry and Travis Ducote, commissioners. Copyright 2005-2008 Red Stick Area Kickball.

1. Each individual participant must READ print & sign his/her name on the team waiver/roster form OR the individual waiver/signup online form to be eligible for participation in RSAK Tournaments and events. This form is available online at www.brkickball.com. All team rosters are considered final at the conclusion of “pod” play. Team captains are responsible for having all team members signed up on the roster form.

2. All Kickball games will be played on softball diamonds or on fields with similar dimensions to those found on softball diamonds. In addition to these rules, all park rules must be followed. The kicker’s box is a polygon emanating back from the front of the plate from which the kicker must kick (see rule 10b). The bunt arc is an arc that goes from foul line to foul line 18 feet from the back of the plate. The bunt zone extends from the intersections of bunt arc/foul lines down to the back corners of the kicker’s box and includes all area in between (see rule 9c). Rules Addendum contains all field dimensions and diagrams.

3. A regulation game shall consist of five innings. No new inning shall begin after forty-five minutes have elapsed from the scheduled start of play. In “pod” games if the time limit has elapsed and the inning in progress has been completed with the score remaining tied, the game will be declared a tie. Except in tournament playoff play there will be no extra inning games . In addition the time for your games starts as soon as the officials are ready to start the game not when a team finally gets their act together. Teams are not responsible for the tardiness of officials or an official time out for a rule check with a commissioner.

4. RSAK will designate a Field Commissioner at all RSAK Kickball games. The Field Commissioner will oversee all games as they progress and handle any “disputes” and have final, dictatorial authority. (HINT: If you are playing and you are disputing a call with the ump-eree on the field, you are very unlikely to win the “dispute”) Each game will have between 1 and 3 volunteer ump-erees. The Lead Ump-eree’s role is to keep control of the game including the pace of the game, fair and foul balls, and out/safe calls. Rulings made by the ump-erees and ref-pires on the field are FINAL. When available, there will also be at least one field ref-pire who will assist the ump-eree in making calls with an emphasis on force plays at the bases and fair / foul calls. There will also be a scorekeeper for every RSAK game to keep track of scoring and outs. (in tournament play the ump-eree may double as the score-keeper)

5a. Teams consist of nine (9) players on the field. You may begin a game with as few as seven (7) players. All teams are Co-rec, they must play with a minimum of seven (7) players in the field and play a minimum of four (4) from each gender to play nine (9) people. Teams may play with less than four (4) people of the same sex; however, they may not play with more than a one player advantage towards either sex in the field at any time. (I.e. if you have eight (8) total players, but have five (5) women and three (3) men, you may only field seven (7) players, four (4) women and three (3) men until more players arrive. If you have four (4) women and four (4) men you can of course field all eight players) Teams may also continue a game with a minimum of six players after beginning with a greater number if a player is lost to injury, as long as the one player advantage rule is not violated.

6a. Players may start each play in any legal position on the field, provided that one and only one person is provided to “catch” behind the plate. (see rule 10)

6b. Each kicker must have a highly visible unique identifier on the back of their shirt or give the umpire his or her name that matches the official score sheet when coming up to kick. A person can not participate in the game without this.

7. a) The male and female kicking orders delivered to the umpire and scorekeeper must be followed throughout the game, unless a player is replaced by a substitute (replaced completely, due to injury or having to leave). When this occurs, the substitute may take the place of the removed player in the kicking order. Teams which start a game may add additional players (from the team roster only) to the end of the kicking order as long as the team has not kicked through the order. Once they “come up” in the order they must either be “scratched” or have an out assessed. A kicker who has been added to the kicking order after the game has started is ineligible to be scratched from the line up and will have to be assessed an out if they are unable to kick. A starting player who has been substituted for may re-enter the game at any time. To ensure fairness, all non-injured players must kick when it is their turn in the batting orders whether they have been playing in the field or not. Also, there will be a Male kicking order and a Female kicking order. Teams can choose to leadoff with a male or a female in the first inning and then all kickers MUST alternate sexes after that.

7. b) EXAMPLE: So, if Team A has 5 males and 4 females and elects to kick a male at leadoff, male 1 kicks first, then female 1 kicks, …after male 4 kicks, female 4 kicks, but then, after male 5 kicks, female 1 kicks again, since the female batting order has reached it’s end. Then male 1 would kick, followed by female 2, etc…

8. If a team does not have enough players ready to start at the scheduled time they will be assessed a default and the official score shall be 10-0. If a team fails to provide enough players to play even a "scrimmage" game they will be assessed a forfeit. A forfeit will result in loss of eligibility for the playoffs and a seriously disappointed opponent for that game! Teams which forfeit games for any reason (lack of players, "no shows", poor sport behavior, etc.) may be dropped from the tournament and replaced. Entry fees will not be refunded to teams dropped from the league due to forfeits. Once scorecards are called for a team may delay their default if they know a player is on the way by taking an out each two minutes they delay the start of the game as measured start time. The outs are assessed sequentially starting with their teams 1rst inning at-kick. If 10 outs are assessed in this manner the final score will be recorded as 15-0 in penalty.

9. Three balls constitute a walk, however the strike zone extends 10 inches on either side of the plate (i.e. the width of the regulation kickball) and 12 inches above the plate, so walks should be very rare, and "taking" pitches that are even close to the plate is frowned upon!!! (We are here to play KICKball, not WALKball) You can likewise strike out. A legal pitch must arrive not more than one foot above home plate. A strike consists of a foul ball a whiff, or a called strike. A strike out occurs when any of the following criteria is met: A) The umpire calls a non-kicked pitch a strike after one strike has been accumulated by any means. B) The ball is fouled off twice after one strike has been accumulated by any means. C) The ball is fielded in the bunt zone after one strike has been accumulated by any means. (Bouncies count as a ball and will be up to the umperee to call, but they generally are considered balls that bounce the whole way to the plate and fail to bounce at least three (3) times before the plate and/or are more than twelve (12) inches above the plate on the last bounce). Once a player has two strikes on them, in any manner, they are deemed out & the next kicker in the order is now up to kick.

10. a) The pitcher, as well as all fielders with the exception of the catcher, must remain behind the pitching mound-extended at a 90 degree angle to the foul line until the ball is kicked. The Catcher must be behind or to the side of the kicker’s box until contact is made. (The pitcher is allowed a follow-through step towards the plate, but must halt forward motion in a reasonable time.) The umpire may call the play dead and assess a ball any time he believes a defensive player has violated this rule. Multiple infractions by the same player is grounds for a warning and eventual ejection.

10. b) The ball may not be kicked until it crosses the front plane of the kicker's box. A strike/foul ball is called if this infraction occurs AS LONG AS an infielder for the fielding team appeals to the ump BEFORE the kicker reaches first base, if this happens the play is dead at that point. Bunting a kickball generally makes the game less fun; therefore all kicks must pass the 18 foot bunt arc. If a kick is first touched by a fielder when the ball is in the bunt zone it is considered a strikel. It is the umpire’s final decision as to the position of the ball when kicked. c. the ball may not be kicked after it crosses the back plane of the kicker’s box. A ball/strike call is to be immediately made by the umperee and any play is dead. d. if a player is standing or moving through the kicker’s box and is inadvertently hit by the ball, the resulting play is either a fair or foul ball. e. a player may kick any ball as long one foot remains inside the kicker’s box and the player is not in violation of any other part of this rule.

11. No leading off base until the ball is KICKED. No stealing. If you are caught leading-off/stealing you are out. One base is awarded on an overthrow that leaves the field of play. Multiple infractions by the same player is grounds for a warning and eventual ejection.

12. An out occurs when: a player accumulates two strikes; a kicked ball is caught in the air; a runner is touched with a ball at any time when they are not on a base (remember... you can hit a runner with the ball to get them out, Avoid Headshots!) ; a runner is forced out at a base; a runner significantly leaves the base path; and so on...There is no infield fly rule in RSAK, however, if an infielder is deemed to have committed blatant "cheese" by intentionally dropping an easy fly to make a double play, all runners will be called safe.

13a. HEADSHOTS: ANY BALL that hits an upright runner at the top of the shoulders or above automatically results in all runners advancing to the base they were in progress towards and a warning will be issued to the offending fielder. If the same fielder commits two (2) headshots in a game she/he will be suspended for 1 full inning WITHOUT replacement and if they come up to kick in the next half-inning they will be considered "Out" and the next kicker will kick unless they constitute the third out. If after returning from a headshot suspension a fielder re-offends in the same game they will be ejected and suspended from the next game (replacement IS allowed in this situation). Any runner who ducks or bends over and a thrown ball that would have hit lower than their shoulders strikes them in the headshot area will be considered "out" and the fielder will not be penalized. For your safety, there is also NO SLIDING in RSAK, sliding will result in an automatic out!

13b. OVER-RUNNING BASES: Since there is no sliding, a runner may over-run ANY base the same way one would over-run first base without being considered "out" if touched. In over-running second and third base, the runner must contact the orange safety bag to demonstrate intent to over-run. The runner is considered out of the play until such time they return to the white base. This also means that if there is an overthrow, the runner must return to the previously overrun base BEFORE advancing to the next base except at first base. Likewise a runner is considered to be occupying the base until they return to that base after over-running the base ( so any trailing runner that crosses the base before the original runner returns is out).

13c. Blocking Bases: Blocking a base by a fielder is NOT ALLOWED. Since no contact is allowed, sliding is outlawed, and overrunning of bases is allowed, fielders must always allow the runner a clear, un-obstructed path to the base. To facilitate this, no fielder may have any part of their body over, in front of, or directly behind the orange safety bag and more than half of any white base that is to be the subject of a play (force, or otherwise). To facilitate this if a fielder comes a few inches off the base for the singular purpose of avoiding a collision, this will count as touching the base in a force play. (Coming off the base to deal with an errant throw or attempt to get someone else out or apply a tag DOES NOT qualify for this exception.)

13. d) A fielder can never block the side of the base that the runner is approaching from, since this would by definition obstruct the runner. Runners are also cautioned to throw their hands up if they feel the base is being obstructed and PROCEED WITH CAUTION to the base. In this way it is also the responsibility of the runner to avoid collisions as well. If a base is being blocked, but the runner still comes in at full speed and lowers their shoulder or does not make a clear attempt to avoid contact, the runner will still be out and will receive a warning. (Most collisions will result in a warning either to the runner, the fielder, or both, depending on the ump-eree’s determination of fault)

13.e) when returning to a previously attained base, a runner may not over-run the base and should proceed with caution because they are moat likely responsible for any collisions. Once they are off the bag again in any direction they are considered live and can be tagged out.

14. On fields with outfield fences, there is a limit of two (2) over the fence home-runs per team per game. After the second over the fence hit, all subsequent similar hits will be counted as outs for the remainder of that game.

15. Games called prior to completion due to circumstances beyond our control may possibly be replayed. The team captains and an RSAK representative will confer to make this decision.

16. Games with a score differential of 10 or more runs after the 4th inning will be terminated. Games with a score differential of 15 or more runs after the 2nd or 3rd inning will also be terminated. Games with a score differential of 20+ runs after 1 inning will be terminated. Any game starting an inning with a run differential greater than 10 in its 40th minute of play will be called.

17. a) During games, Ump-erees and Ref-pires are only to be addressed with respectfully worded questions by the Team Captains. All other players can of course talk to Ump-erees/Ref-pires any time, but questioning calls is reserved for the Captains... After all, the laid-back RSAK atmosphere is one of the things that keeps players coming back! However, Players who choose to ignore this rule may be ejected by the Ref-piring Crew. If a player receives more than one conduct warning in a day they will be automatically ejected. The ump-eree may forfeit the game if physically or verbally abused by any team member or spectator speaking in support of that particular team. If this happens in a kickball game, you really need to re-evaluate your priorities! Team managers are responsible for the conduct of all their players and fans.

17. b) Players who get ejected from any game, for any reason, are automatically suspended for the rest of the day and for one additional game as a MINIMUM. A written appeal must be filed for reinstatement. (This can come in the form of Email and should include the situation from the player’s perspective as well as why they are sorry AND why this will never happen again, to the satisfaction of the commissioners.) A second ejection in the same tournament renders the player ineligible for the Tournament and the season and will result in an additional TWO POINT DEDUCTION from the entire team. Any ejection for physical violence will result in the player being banned from all RSAK events for the remainder of the current season and THE ENTIRE NEXT SEASON. The player will only be eligible for reinstatement after attending anger-management courses and completing all earlier stated requirements.

18. Metal spikes are not allowed. Any protective gear, including shin guards are allowed as long as they do not give the wearer a clear advantage or create a hazard for other players. Players who choose to play barefoot or in poor quality foot wear increase their risk of being stepped on by a player in a cleat.

19. Teams may wear the apparel of their choice. However, slacks/shorts/skirts and shirts must be worn at all times. Teams are encouraged to get matching uniforms/t-shirts but only like-colored shirts are neccessary. Players not meeting this criterion will not be allowed to play in the game.

20. Tournament seeding will be determined by commissioners on start day of tournament by number of teams and other factors.

21. A play is deemed to have ended when a fielder possesses the ball in the infield and any of the following additional conditions is met: A) When no runners are advancing towards another base. (Except if a runner is retreating to a base that they can legally attain, wherein the play becomes dead when they reach the base.) B) A ball isdeclared "foul" by the umpire without being caught in the air by a fielder. C) i. When runners are still advancing AND when the fielder concedes the base to the foremost runner, while the runneris still approaching a base. Once a fielder concedes a base the runner is not eligible to steal the next base whether the umpire declares time verbally or not. (Conceding a base is the act of actively not making an attempt to get arunner out at the basethe runneris approaching while in full possession of the ball. An infielder is not obligated to assume that there is a reasonable expectation the runner will attempt the next base and to do so would slow the pace of game.) ii. Furthermore, a runner can be issued a warning for excessive dancing off the base, as this practice unreasonably slows the pace of game and shows a lack of sportsmanship. D. Anytime the umpire verbally calls for "Time".

22. All rules not Expressly covered by this rulebook or common RSAK kickball etiquette will be interpreted using standard baseball rule interpretation at the discretion of the Commissioner.

23. Thanks again for playing with RSAK!



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