Kickball is a playground game and league game, similar to baseball where players kick the ball to “bat”, making it more accessible to young children. As in baseball, teams alternate with one team attempting to score by having its players circle the bases and the other team in the outfield working to stop runs from being scored. Players on the batting team kick an inflated rubber ball to advance players around the bases and thus score runs. The team with the most runs after a predefined number of innings wins.
Kickball is a popular playground sport and is typically played among young, school-age children. The lack of both specialized equipment and highly skill-based positions makes the game an accessible introduction to other sports.
“The game seems to afford equal enjoyment to the children and it gives a better understanding of the national game (Baseball), and at the same time affords them an exercise that is not too violent and is full of fun.”
Kickball, originally called “Kick Balls”, was invented as early as 1917 by Nicholas C Seuss, Supervisor of Cincinnati Park Playgrounds in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Seuss submitted his first documented overview of the game which included 12 rules and a field diagram in “The Playground Book” (1917) The game is typically played on a diamond with an inflated rubber ball first manufactured by HUTCH sporting goods of Cincinnati. As in baseball/softball, the game uses 3 bases, a pitcher’s mound, and a home plate. Sometimes, in less formal games, the field is not bounded by a fence as in softball or baseball, but is open. This may result in informal rule changes to accommodate the field. Also it can be played on a rectangular blacktop area with chalk or paint outlines. Kickball is also referred to as “Kick Base Ball” and “Kick Baseball.