Rules

Any rule or situation not expressly defined here will default to MLB rules. At the end of the day, these calls will be made by the head ref. Whatever their call is, it stands.

GAME BASICS

– There are 6 innings in a GAME or 45 minutes
– 11 players in the field including catcher (maximum of 6 guys in field)
– Minimum to start a game: 6 players, 3 of which must be female
– All pitches MUST be thrown underhand
– We do not keep track of balls and strikes
– 3 fouls is an out
– There is no leading off bases or stealing
– You can throw the ball at base runners, but no head shots!

Rule #1: DON’T BE A JERK!

The first and foremost rule of the game is to have fun. If you are hoping to recapture your athletic glories from the past, this is not the kickball league for you. Play Mile High is all about playing a silly kid’s game, having fun and meeting new people. Absolutely no whining will be tolerated during the course of a game. The only players allowed to communicate with the referees are the captain and co-captain. Any abuse (verbal or otherwise) of the referees or other players will constitute an immediate ejection from the game. Repeated offenders will be banned from the league. No exceptions.

THE PLAYING FIELD

Field of play will equal the dimensions of a standard softball field (i.e., with the bases being about 45 feet or 20 paces apart).

EQUIPMENT

Play Mile High will provide equipment. This will consist of a red 10-inch playground ball, bases and cones.

OFFICIALS

Games will be officiated by a Play Mile High trained social Kickball referee. All of our referees are trained to call a fair and fun game of kickball. They are the final word on all game call decisions.

Only a team captain or co-captain may dispute a rules call with the referee. Judgement calls may not be disputed. The referee has jurisdiction over the play and may penalize a player, including game ejection, for unsportsmanlike conduct. Ejected players may not return to the game and if necessary may be asked to leave the premises.

PARTICIPANTS

All players must be 21 years of age or older. Players may only play on a team on which they are registered. Exception: You may function as a substitute player for another team if they are short a man or woman. This is ONLY valid during the regular season.

Play Mile High reserves the right to suspend any player at any time for unsportsmanlike conduct, violation of any rules, for failure to pay appropriate dues or for being a general pain in the ass, without any refund what so ever.

TEAMS

A team must have at least 6 players minimum – 3 of which must be female – and no more than 11 players in the field each inning (6 males max in the field).

Every player present is required to be in the kicking line up.
Every player present is required to play at least one (1) inning in the field.

If a team does not have the required minimum number of players, the game results in a forfeit. Any team that forfeits two or more games will be not be allowed to participate in any playoff situations. No refunds will be given and a team dropped by the league may, at Play Mile High’s discretion, not be allowed to rejoin the next season.

REGULATION GAME

A full regulation game shall consist of 6 innings OR be 45 minutes long. If a team is more than 10 minutes late, then they must forfeit. The away team will get first at kick. Home/Away teams will be determined by one game of Rock-Paper-Scissors prior to the game (except in playoffs where teams are seeded)

If a game is called due to weather and less then 4 complete innings have been played, the game is canceled and will be rescheduled (and replayed starting at 0-0, top of the 1st). If more than 4 full innings have been played, the final score will be the score at the end of the last complete full inning.

Games CAN end in a tie (it happens).  After the completion of six innings, if the score is tied then the game is over and will be entered into the records as a tie.

In the playoffs, if a game is tied following the completion of six innings, we will play extra innings. After two extra innings, if the game is still tied each team will remove one player from the field. If teams are tied following four extra innings, teams will remove an additional two players. Teams will then remove a person following each extra inning until there are the minimum players on the field.

SPORTSMANSHIP

Players should have no intentional or unwelcome physical contact with opposing players. Doing so will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and it will be at the discretion of the referee to issue warnings or eject offending players. A player must make the referee aware if he or she feels any contact was unwarranted.

Trash talking is permitted as long as it is not cruel, racially motivated, hateful, or a personal attack on another player. The trash talking should only be good natured and shall not be allowed to get out of hand. Threats of physical violence are in no way allowed. The team captain shall ensure that their players behave themselves.

PITCHING/CATCHING

The pitcher must plant their foot on the pitching strip as they wind-up to pitch. All pitches must be UNDERHANDED at a reasonable speed– no overhand or sidearm. When pitching, the ball must not be spun or bounced.

The ball must cross the plate within a foot on either side. The ball may not be more than 1 foot off the ground as it crosses the plate (bouncy).

The pitcher must stay behind the pitching strip until the ball is kicked. All infielders must stay behind the imaginary line stretching from first to third base until the ball is kicked. Failure to do so results in a ball.

The catcher may field up to the plane of the home plate before the ball is kicked, however the catcher shall not interfere with the kicker in any way. Failure to abide by this rule results in a ball.

KICKING

All kicks must be made by the foot. All contact BELOW the knee is considered a kick. Anything hit at the knee or above is considered a foul.

All kicks must occur at or behind home plate. Both feet must be on or behind home plate at the time the ball is kicked. If one or more feet are in front of home plate at the time the ball is kicked, the player will be warned by the referee. On the second warning, the referee will assign a foul.

Bunting is NOT allowed. A bunt is defined as a kick that does not travel further than first or third base OR at referee’s discretion.

Any fair kicked ball that travels outside of a reasonable area of play will result in a ground rule double. This doesn’t pertain to the unlikely event of a home run kick; rather it pertains to fair balls that then bounce over a fence.

RUNNING

Runners must stay within the base line. Runners unfairly hindered by any fielder within the base line shall be safe at the base to which they were running.Neither leading off base, nor stealing a base is allowed. A runner may only move off his/her base after the ball has been kicked. And you can’t pass the runner in front of you. Nor can you pick up the runner in front of you and carry them. (Although that would be kinda cool). These are outs.

Hitting a runner with the ball above shoulder level is NOT allowed. Any runner hit above the shoulders is safe and advances one base.
Exceptions: If the runner intentionally uses his head to block the ball. The runner is out. If the runner is ducking, diving or sliding (i.e. attempts to dodge the ball) and is hit in the head because of this, he/she is out.

There is no tagging up – the player on base must return to their original base if the ball is caught.

Any overthrown ball at 1st and 3rd base will only allow base runners to advance one single base.

FOULS

A foul is:

  • a kick landing out of bounds. The foul is determined by where the ball lands not how it travels to get there. Remember that if such a kick is caught on the fly it is an out
  • a kick landing in-bounds, but traveling out of bounds on its own before reaching first or third base. (Any ball touched by an in-bounds fielder is automatically in play)
  • a ball that is tipped while being kicked but continues to travel behind the kicker; but if such a kick is caught on the fly it is an out
  • a kicker touching (or kicking) the ball twice while on or behind home plate (i.e., in foul territory); but if such a kick is caught on the fly it is an out
  • any foul that hits a tree or other outside object is a dead ball and is not eligible to be caught for an out. The ball remains a foul.
  • three fouls is an out

OUTS

An out is:

  • a count of three fouls
  • a runner touched by the ball at anytime while not on base (unless a head shot)
  • any kicked ball (fair or foul) that is caught before it hits the ground
  • a ball tag on a base to which a runner is forced to run
  • kicking out of order
  • a runner leading off the base or stealing
  • a count of three outs completes the team’s half of the inning

BALL IN PLAY

Once the pitcher has the ball in control and is within 5 feet of the pitching mound, the play ends