Andrew speaks his mind!
Hello gentle reader,
So normally Michelle is the keeper of the livejournal but today I've hijacked it--and plan to use this forum to express my extreme right-wing views! Okay, not really. But seeing as I've now extended the kickball invitation to the masses via 20hz, I figure this might be a good time to review "the basics", as it were.
We've established that the ideal team size is roughly 6-8 people...at least as long as we're playing on the T-ball diamond. If we move to the bigger field, it'd probably be fine to accomodate a few more. But there's also nothing to say we can't have a few people on the bench for an inning and let people take turns in the field and at bat. We'll probably get quite a few more people next week so we're going to pick up another ball and maybe get two games going at once if the numbers dictate it.
A FEW RULES
Everyone seems to have the rules down by now--basically, it's like baseball, only you kick a goofy-looking oversize ball. You can also get runners out by hitting them with the ball while they run between bases. There are, however, a few particulars worth pointing out:
a) no leading off the bases
b) no blocking runners (aka 'zone defence')
c) kicking the ball in from the outfield is permitted--however, in order to get a runner out, the ball must be thrown
d) no throwing the ball at someone's head or groin
e) maximum 10 runs scored per inning, except for the final inning
f) the pitcher cannot bounce the ball into the batter
If there are any others, we'll post 'em up here. If you're really keen, these are the "official WAKA rules": http://www.worldkickball.com/WAKA_KICKBALL_RULES.pdf
A FEW TIPS
I know we've maintained the whole time that this game requires no skill, but over the last few weeks we've figured out a few things and I figure we'll pass them on.
a) booting the ball high in the air looks cool and feels good, but odds are it'll get caught and you'll be out. keeping it relatively low to the ground means a better chance of getting on base.
b) outfielders take note--it's easier to get the ball back into play by kicking it than throwing it from way the hell out there
c) actually hitting someone with the ball is actually kinda tough--nevertheless, it's easier to get people out once they got on base than by catching it. (not really a tip, more of an observation.)
In a short time, Monday Night Kickball has become one of my favourite parts of the week...and by the looks of things, I'm not the only person who thinks it's big-time fun! I'd like to see this get even bigger (as I'm sure you've heard me declare at the post-game soirees) but I also don't want it to lose the friendliness it's got right now. Right now, though, we're mainly just trying to work out all the kinks, such as the availability of diamonds, number of players, and whether Monday/Wednesday nights are really the best time. I know the Brooklyn league plays Sunday afternoons, which I find kind of appealing but MIchelle has pointed out that lots of hipster kickball-types work on Sundays. Anyway, we'd love all the input we can get, so let either of us know your thoughts/suggestions/complaints. KICKBALL FOREVER!