Community Level 3 – Comfortable
Materials Needed: A large, flat indoor or outdoor space, a kickball of any size or thickness
How To Play: Teams are formed by creating two equal groups.
Leader decides which team kicks first. Fielding team starts on one side
of the playing area, kicking team on the other. Fielding team scatters
across the field. Kicking team lines up, side-by side, and faces the
fielding team’s pitcher. Kicking team selects one player to kick first.
Pitcher rolls ball to kicker, who kicks it. Kicker immediately commences
to run around her teammates, who stay still so she can make as many
laps around the group as possible. Each completed lap around the team
scores a run.
As quickly as possible, fielding team retrieves the kicked ball as
kicker is running. The fielder who grabs the ball first stops, bends
over, and holds the ball under his legs. The rest of his teammates hurry
to form a single-file line behind him. Ball is passed from the first
fielder to the one immediately behind him, through his legs. The second
fielder then quickly bends and passes the ball through his legs to the
player lined up behind him, who grabs it and repeats the process, until
the entire team has passed the ball through its legs. When the ball
reaches the fielder at the end of the line, she holds it high and yells,
“Stop!” to indicate that the kicking team’s runner should stop running.
Kicking team’s laps, or runs, are reported to leader, who is
responsible for keeping track of total runs scored by each team.
Leader decides whether everyone gets a chance to kick, whether teams
choose a designated number of kickers to save time, or whether each team
gets to kick for a specific amount of time. Because there are no bases
or outs, one of these options is the best way to determine both who
kicks and when teams change from fielders to kickers and vice versa. The
team with the most runs after both teams have had an equitable chance
to kick and field wins.