Different Variations of Kickball
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Kickball is a fun playground, gym class or adult activity that plays similarly to baseball. Don your athletic shoes and find some friends to do more than just kick a rolled rubber ball around with you. Kickball's simplistic rules open it up to a number of creative variations. One way or another, once you and your friends start playing these variations, you'll be hooked.
In mat ball, four large floor mats replace the traditional bases you use in kickball. The kicking team competes in pairs. One player kicks the ball, and both players run to the mat together. You're both safe as long as you're standing on a mat -- you can remain on a mat as long as you want. You can leave the mat together whenever you want -- even before the ball is pitched -- but once you step off the mat, you must run to the next mat. There are no force-outs at bases. To record an out, the defensive team must catch a fly ball, tag the runner with the ball or hit the runner with a thrown ball.
This kickball variation forces the kicker to perform a designated activity at each base. For example, if you are the kicker, you kick the ball and run to first base where you perform 10 jumping jacks. Then, you run to second base and bounce a basketball 10 times. After that, it’s off to third base, where you solve a simple puzzle before running home to score. The defensive team must field the kicked ball and throw it to the first baseman, who must perform the same activity. He then throws the ball to second, where the second baseman performs his activity. The ball must go around the bases in the same fashion and beat the runner home to record the out.
In normal kickball, you run to first base, second base, third base and then home. In crazy kickball, you run to first base, then across to third base, then up to second base and then to home. Crazy kickball also gives each side six outs, and any taken pitch counts as an out. Because of the greater distance between bases, teams can have up to five players on a single base at one time.
This kickball variation features only one base or mat that is placed where second base typically sits. If you are the kicker, you must run out to the base and back to score a run. You may elect to wait on the base if you don’t think you’ll be able to make it home safely -- but you must run on the next kicked ball.
William Lynch has been a freelance writer for the past fifteen years, working for various web sites and publications. He is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts program in writing popular fiction at Seton Hill University. He hopes to one day become a mystery novelist.