Kickball League

Kickball League Poster

Thursdays in October and November, from 6:00-8:00PM we will host a Kickball League. All you need is 9-12 players for a team, or sign up individually! All players must be 18 years of age or older!

Games will have 9 players from each team on the field at a time with 1-2 alternates per team. We will play 5 innings per game with multiple games per night.

Fees are just $10 per person for the season.

Dates and times subject to change - For up to date information call the Elgin Recreation Center

To register please visit: -> Leagues

Rules & Guidelines


Field of play will equal the dimensions of a standard softball field (i.e., with the bases being about 60 feet or 20 paces apart).


Elgin Parks & Recreation will provide equipment. This will consist of 2 red 10-inch playground ball, bases and cones.


1. Each team will be required to provide 2 referees per game, either for the game prior or after their teams game.

a. Between the 4 Referees they will appoint a Head Referee while the others are at the other bases. .

b. Teams failing to provide a base Referee will receive a Forfeit.

2. Issuing ejections for unsportsmanlike behavior is at the discretion of the Head Referee or Elgin Parks Employee.

3. Teams shall designate 1 person to keep a score sheet to record game stats. This sheet will be turned in to the Elgin Parks Employee upon completion of the game.

Only a team captain or co-captain may dispute a call with the referee.


All players must be 18 years of age or older. Players may only play on a team on which they are registered.

Elgin Parks & Recreation reserves the right to suspend any player at any time for unsportsmanlike conduct, violation of any rules, for failure to pay appropriate without a refund.


A team consists of 9 players on the field at a time, and any number of registered alternates. The minimum number of players on the field is 6 if both teams playing agree to the change.

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. During the regular season, a team can recruit players from other teams to play if they do not meet the minimum amount of players required. If a team is playing with less than 9 players, they are not required to have a catcher. If a team cannot field at least 6 players, they automatically forfeit.

Each team shall have one Captain or 2 Co-Captains who are charged with:

• Making sure that only players registered on their team are participating on their behalf in a game.

• Disputing a call on the field and remaining professional

• Making sure everyone on their team understands and follows the rules.

• Turning in the game results to the appropriate person.

• Providing the referees as they are scheduled.


A full regulation game shall consist of 5 innings. The away team will get first at kick. Home team shall be determined by the schedule (or a coin flip).

The game will be called in the event of uncooperative weather. Elgin Parks & Recreation will attempt to reschedule any canceled games.


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.

Due to City of Elgin regulations, consumption of alcohol on the fields is strictly prohibited. If a person is seen consuming alcohol on the field, that person will be asked to leave.


The pitcher must plant their foot on the pitching strip as they wind-up to pitch. No running up to the strip to launch a pitch. All pitches must be UNDERHANDED – no overhand or sidearm. 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. Failure to do so results in a ball. 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.


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, it is a strike and the kick is called back (if such a kick is caught on the fly, it is an out).

Bunting is allowed. A bunt is defined as a kick that does not travel further than first or third base. A bunt must remain within bounds until it crosses past first or third base.


Runners must stay within the base line. Fielders must stay out of the base line unless they are attempting to tag a runner out or catch the ball. Fielders trying to make an out on base may have their foot on base, but must lean out of 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. 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.

• If a kicked ball is caught on the fly, runners must tag their originating base (on or after the moment the ball is first touched by a fielder) before running to the next base.

• Only one base on an overthrow is allowed to the runner. The one base is not automatic and the runner must take the risk of being made out. The one base is only available before the play ends.


The strike zone is one (1) foot on either side of the plate and is one foot high. As long as any part of the ball passes through the strike zone, the ball is a strike. A kick occurring in front of home plate is also a strike (if such a kick is caught on the fly, it is an out).


A ball is:

• a pitch outside the strike zone

• the catcher interfering with the kicker or being in front of home base before the ball is kicked

• any player crossing the “line” that runs from first to third and cross the pitching mound

• four (4) balls will get you to first base


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 inbounds, 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 not illegible to be caught for an out. The ball remains a foul.

• Three fouls is an out


An out is:

• a count of three strikes

• 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


Once the pitcher has the ball in control and is within 10 feet of the pitching strip, the play ends