2021 KICKBALL LEAGUE OF ROCHESTER RULES
EFFECTIVE: MARCH 1ST 2021
VALID THROUGH: FEB 28TH 2022
(Last Updated: Feb 2019)
RULE SECTION SHORTCUTS:
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Kickball League of Rochester
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Gentleman’s rules apply to all games. KLOR refers to a gentleman as a person (regardless of gender) with good manners and high standards of behavior. They are expected to act as moral guides to the rest of society (their teammates, other players, and officials). They have the capacity to mingle on equal terms in good society. Moreover, it involves a good standard of courteous conduct by treating others in a respectful manner and not taking advantage of others by pushing them into doing things they choose not to do.
In the absence of a referee, games may take place between two teams, cooperating in a gentleman-like manner, utilizing sound knowledge of the current set of rules while maintaining equal fairness for both teams. Both team captains should act as the standing expert on rules, while upholding a level of play that includes a fun and friendly atmosphere.
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The KLOR kickball field is laid out as a square with the bases approximately 60 feet apart. The pitcher’s mound is located in the center of this square, approximately halfway between home and 2nd as well as halfway between 1st and 3rd. (Fig. 01)
The “Neutral Zone” is the area described as a straight line from each side of the pitching rubber, ending at the 45ft mark down the 1st and 3rd baselines and ending at home.
KLOR kickball fields are generally set up and played in the outfields of or adjacent to installed dirt fields. However, due to field availability or field conditions, KLOR reserves the right to shift back to the traditional dirt field and marked accordingly.
The “outfield” will start roughly 15 feet past 1st, 2nd, & 3rd bases.
The 1st base line runs between the white base and the orange safety base.
The Overthrow Line (See "DEAD BALL") runs parallel to the 1st and 3rd bases line up to the backstop. If a backstop is not present on the field, this is laid out 15ft parallel behind home plate and 15 feet outside the 1st and 3rd base line and is usually marked with cones. The Overthrow Line only doubles as an “OUT OF PLAY” line in instances where a fielded ball has been thrown or deflected.
All movable "FOREIGN OBJECTS" (spectators, pets, sidelined players, coolers, tables, etc...) are to be 15ft behind the 1st and 3rd base lines (behind the Overthrow Line).
Base coaches, if desired), must be participating members of the kicking team. Base coaches at 2nd and home are not allowed. Base coaches are only permitted to stand halfway between the base and the Overthrow Line. Base coaches can be no closer than halfway when the ball is kicked, when a play is in motion, and until all play has stopped. A maximum of one base coach is allowed for each baseline; that individual can be rotated during stopped plays.
Any runner physically touched or assisted by a base coach during play motion will be out and the individual in the base coach position will not be allowed to base coach for the remainder of the game. Play resumes until the play motion ends under normal conditions.
Grass fields are laid out with a minimum of 140 feet of clear space from home plate to the outfield. As fields could have hazards in the outfield beginning at or beyond this layout, a ball that is kicked, thrown, deflected, or otherwise travels into a hazard or hazardous area; will be called a DEAD BALL. All runners will receive the base they are advancing to, with a minimum of a GROUND RULE DOUBLE for the kicker.
Hazards and foreign objects can include but are not limited to pets or other animals, players from other fields, trees, bushes, spectators, steep hills, ditches, fences, walkways, tents, canopies, water slides, water spigots, grills, goalposts, playing children, etc.
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Teams have no maximum size, but a minimum of 8 players is required to begin and continue play.
In the event that a player injury or a player ejection occurs and the total fielding team count drops below the minimum number of players, the game will continue. In all other instances, the result will be a forfeit unless the game has progressed past 5 innings; where the current score will stand as the final score.
No more than 10 players can take the field at a time.
The gender requirements for teams are as follows:
*In playoff and championship games, all teams must have 3 females in the field at all times.
Teams must field a pitcher and catcher during game play.
Teams must have at least 8 players and meet the minimum number of females no later than fifteen minutes beyond of the start of the game, as determined by the schedule. Teams not meeting these requirements will forfeit the game.
No team can be forced to play an official game after the 15 minute leeway time, unless the scheduled opponent is delayed due to that team currently playing a playoff or championship game. No team is required to wait for missing players currently playing in a different game outside of the scheduled game in question.
The opposing team will receive the average number of full runs of their two past or two closest games as the score of the game. If neither team can fulfill this obligation, they will both forfeit that game with a score of 0 to 0. In the event that a team wins by forfeit and that team has not scored any or minimal runs in their previous two games, the average of anything less than 1 will average as 1 full run for the recorded score.
All fielders must be in the kicking lineup/rotation and all kickers must also be a fielder at least once during game play. Any players that have not participated as a fielder must do so when they take the field in the 4th inning.
The kicking order for males cannot be rearranged once the game has begun.
The kicking order for females cannot be rearranged once the game has begun.
No more than 2 males can kick in row, at any point, in a KLOR game.
If it has been determined that this number has been exceeded, the kicking team will receive the number of outs that males has been exceeded by. If the exceeding males are still on base, they will be removed from their bases and any advancement of previous base runners will return to their original bases.
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Through each rotation of your lineup, the kicking order for females must cycle in full, at least once, before the kicking order for males can cycle again.
The rule of thumb here is that your last female must always kick at least once before your first male may kick again.
Cyclical kicking order(s) cannot be rearranged throughout the game.
Late arrivals will always be placed at the bottom of their respective gender’s kicking order.
Rearranging the gender orders is not allowed. If you expect a late arrival, be conscious of your line up arrangement/rotation to help deter any game delays associated with determining the shifting up of or down of players in the line up.
Injuries to a kicker, runner, or fielder, and/or late arrivals may require an alteration of the kicking order to satisfy general kicking order requirements. If alteration is not required, alteration is not allowed.
Exceeding the male kicking limit and/or kicking out of order will be determined when contact is first made with the ball by the incorrect kicker, not when a ball has been pitched, regardless of any accrued pitching strikes.
If determined, including before kicking contact has been made; any accrued pitched or whiffing strikes when the incorrect kicker was ready at the plate will transfer to the correct kicker.
Late arrivals cannot join or rotate with fielders until the end of or change of sides in an inning.
Players that arrive late cannot be added as fielders or to the end of the kicking rotation after the start of the 4th inning. Players must arrive by the start of the 4th inning to be eligible to play.
A kicking lineup for the game must be written, printed, etched, scratched, taped, typed, and or saved and readily available upon request from the referee and or opposing captain in the event the kicking order needs to be verified at any point during a game.
If a predetermined lineup cannot be produced for verification, the kicking team will take an out.
After the out, a lineup will need to be created before the game can resume. Refusal to provide a lineup after that point will be grounds for forfeiture.
Ghost runners are not allowed, as only physical runners can score.
If an offensive player, currently on base, is due up to kick then that player will leave their base vacant and return home to begin the next play. Any other runners on base will not be allowed to advance.
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In the event that a base runner is injured, a pinch runner of the same gender can be used when the play has stopped. The injured player will not be allowed to participate for the remainder of the game in any position. This is to prevent an injured player from receiving additional injury.
Only team captains may dispute calls in a civil manner with the referee or combined with the other captain.
Team captains are responsible for verifying the final score at the end of the game. Any inaccuracies of scores or standings should be directed by the team captains to Info@RocKickball.net.
Away team kicks first.
An “OUT” is indicated as one of the following:
*An incoming ball cannot be a trapped against the ground for an out. A caught fly ball or must be kept cleanly off the ground to secure an out.
**In a force out situation, a fielder touching the base must be cleanly possessing the ball off the ground to secure the out, however a ball in possession can be secured against the base itself.
A completed inning consists of 3 outs for each kicking team. Runners that cross home plate will not score if the 3rd out is a “force out”. As such, any runner who is tagged or hit with the ball or an out on them is secured against their tag-up base will also be considered a force out; for the purpose of any determining any potential runs scored in by other runners
Games are deemed official at the end of the 5th inning (or middle of the 5th if the home team leads). Games are subject to the mercy rule only after they have been deemed official.
If the home team leads by 10 runs at any point while they are kicking during the 5th inning, or at any point thereafter, the mercy rule will be enforced. The inning does not finish out, nor do additional runs count, for the home team when up by exactly 10 runs.
If the away team is up by 10 or more runs at the end of the 5th inning or the end of any inning thereafter, the mercy rule will be enforced.
When enforced, the game is automatically over and the team in the lead wins. The mercy rule applies to all versions of KLOR kickball, however games can continue for fun when time/daylight permits and both teams agree to continue playing.
Games are scheduled to last for either 7 innings, until the next game is scheduled, or when daylight runs out; whichever comes first.
Extra Innings are not guaranteed.
If no clear winner has been determined after 7 innings, officials can grant extra innings (but not required) within the scheduled time slot. Both captains must agree to extra inning play during the regular season. Extra inning play ends when the away team leads at the end of an extra inning or as soon as the home team takes the lead in the bottom half of an extra inning.
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If available time runs out in extra innings, and no clear winner has been determined, the final score will be a tie. However, if both team captains choose not to accept a tie, there can be a final "CHALLENGE"; thus adding one point to the winning team’s final score and determining an official winner. Both captains must mutually agree on the type of “CHALLENGE”.
Officials have the capacity to end a game at the top or end of an inning if it becomes apparent that an additional full inning cannot be completed (due to weather, darkness, allotted time, or etc.). If a game is required to end in the middle of an inning due to these factors, the partially completed inning will not be counted.
All games will be called on account of darkness 15 minutes after the official time of sunset on the Friday for all games during that week. The sunset time for all weeks in the calendar year will be posted online here: Sunset Time
In playoff scenarios, where a referee unfortunately arrives later than the fifteen minute leeway allowed for teams, both game captains must be in agreement for the game to take place. If the agreed upon game moves forward, all normal rule stipulations exist. If a clear winner cannot be reached after the game has reached an official status, the game will be temporarily called a draw, postponed, and attempted to be rescheduled for a 5 inning game from scratch; during the next logical opportunity.
If both captains do not agree to move forward with the game, it will be postponed and KLOR will attempt to reschedule the full game for the next logical opportunity.
The make-up schedule for any postponed or unofficial games will usually be announced the following business day via the KLOR website.
If there is a postponed or unofficial game that cannot be made up by the end of the regular season, each team will receive the average number of runs of their previous two games from the date of the originally scheduled game (or the next two games if it was the start of the season), as the score of the game. Any resulting winner of this game will be dependent on this score calculation.
Each player must be 21 years of age or older to play in KLOR.
All players must complete and agree to the liability waiver associated with all teams they participate on each season.
Any clothing, costume, and related accessories attached to or on a player when the ball is kicked will be considered part of the player and is eligible to be played for an “OUT” during the game. A player’s hair, hat, helmet, and or head accessories will be considered part of the players head and follows all other rules of getting hit in the head as described hereafter.
Acceptable kickball attire for players currently on the field during the regular season must include either the current season team matching KLOR issued and approved apparel or a tasteful costume.
A current season and team matching KLOR issued and approved apparel is required for all players currently on or off the field participating in either playoff or championship games.
Players may not use metal spiked footwear or kick with any other footwear that may excessively damage the kickball, any field equipment, or cause bodily harm to themselves or other players.
Each player is responsible for his/her own actions both on and off the field and may incur disciplinary actions as a result of unsportsmanlike conduct. This includes but is not limited to warnings, suspensions, or permanent expulsion of players or entire teams from the remainder of the game, the season, or the league from repetitive complaints and/or degree of incident(s).
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Play motion continues until one of the following calls has been made by the referee:
All referees, 1st and 3rd base coaches inside the Overthrow Line, the inside of any backstop, and/or any beverage container on the field that is hit by the ball is considered "IN-PLAY" and play motion will continue as normal.
"DEAD BALL" is called to stop all play motion. Runners can only advance to the base that they are advancing to, unless the call brings the kicker back to the plate or gets the kicker out.
The runner at 1st base will be awarded 2nd base if an overthrow is towards them and or across the Overthrow Line area by 1st base.
The runner at 1st base will not be awarded 2nd base if the overthrow is across any other area of the field, unless the 1st base runner has crossed the Aggressive Movement Plane, which suggests that the runner is making a turn towards or an attempt at 2nd.
Runners in “DEAD BALL” scenarios caused by an overthrow, who are returning to a base have already owned and advanced, constituting an advancement motion; unless forced back to the base for a tag up. Base advancement on an overthrown tag up play can only be allowed if the tagged up player secures the tag and again leaves the base in the proper direction before the ball passes the overthrow line. Lead and applicable subsequent runners are considered advancing only if they are off the base when the referee calls “DEAD BALL”; even if they already owned, advanced, and returned to the base.
"DEAD BALL" will be called if a ball is thrown, kicked, or deflected into any "FOREIGN OBJECT"
"DEAD BALL" will be called if a ball is thrown at or deflected off a runner and travels 15ft past the base line.
"DEAD BALL" will be called if a ball is thrown towards or deflected off a fielder to make a play and travels 15ft past the base line. Conversely, if a kicked ball lands fair behind 1st/3rd bases then rolls, spins, or travels on its own past the overthrow line, the ball will stay alive until it either touches a foreign object or approaches a hazard/hazardous area.
If a fielder intentionally throws, kicks, or deflects a ball 15ft past the baseline, or at a "FOREIGN OBJECT", with the goal of stopping play motion, that fielder will be considered to be displaying “UNSPORTSMANLIKE BEHAVIOR”. In this scenario, the ball will be called a "DEAD BALL" and all base runners will advance to home.
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Fielders also assume the risk of all runners automatically advancing to home if they kick or drop-kick a fielded ball from the outfield that they are fielding and the ball accidentally goes past any Overthrow Line. This includes incoming fly balls that hits and deflects off a fielder below the knee.
"TIME" will be called when a defense player is in control of the ball in fair territory within the infield and no offense players are in motion. In this scenario, if a stalled runner is not on the base when "TIME" has been called, they will return to the base they touched last as the defense has stopped all play motion advancement.
Balls must be pitched underhand.
Pitchers must pitch from the designated pitching base and/or currently outlined pitching area.
A pitcher is allowed one step in front of the pitching area/base during their pitch, but the pitcher may not advance any further forward until the ball has been kicked.
A pitched ball where a kick attempt was completed but no contact has been made will be called a “STRIKE”. This is commonly referred to as a “whiff”.
Acceptably pitched balls where the diameter of the ball crosses over any part of the plate and a kick was not attempted will be a STRIKE.
Acceptable pitches can be reasonably paced, slow, and/or easy to kick.
Unacceptable pitches are considered fast and/or aggressive.
Pitched balls that bounce more than 6 inches above home plate, as measured from the bottom of the ball will be considered BOUNCY, and unless a kick attempt has been made, will not be considered for a strike.
The strike zone includes approximately 8.5 inches on each side of the plate and approximately 6 inches above the plate. (Fig.02)
Warnings will be given to pitchers if pitching is aggressive, out of control, and/or out of line with the ability of the player at the plate. This is a determination made by the official. Repeated warnings by the official or the degree of incident can result in substituting the pitcher for another fielder on the field, this is a judgment call made by the official. The warned pitcher can still play but will not be allowed to pitch for the remainder of the game taking place. Pitchers who undermine the authority of the referee by disgracefully pitching from one extreme to the other after a warning will not be allowed to continue in the game in any sort. If a referee is not present see GENTLEMAN'S RULES.
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Kick the ball.
Do not tap a pitched ball, do not run into a pitched ball, do not chop swing at a pitched ball, do not use the bottom of your foot to redirect a pitched ball, do not roll over the top of a pitched ball with your foot, do not redirect a pitched ball in any form or fashion that the referee would deem as an improper kick.
Pitched balls are meant to be kicked. Kick the ball.
Balls that are not kicked properly will be called a strike. The referee will use their discretion on properly kicked balls considering the extension of the foot, fluid movement, and continuous leg speed during a kick attempt.
Kick the ball.
All kicks must be made by foot or shin. A kick made by the knee or above will be a "DEAD BALL" and count as a strike.
All kicked balls must travel outside the 30ft arc that starts halfway from home to 1st and home to 3rd. Any kicked ball falling short of the arc and stopping on its own will be called a strike. If a fielder touches the ball prior to this mark either before the ball stops on its own or before the referee has announced a decision on the status of the kicked ball, the ball is considered in play.
During a winter season, the 30ft arc is replaced with a straight line that starts halfway from home to 1st and home to 3rd. The start and end of this line is usually indicated by cones halfway down the baseline.
All kicks must be made by foot or shin. A kick made by the knee or above will be a "DEAD BALL" and count as a strike.
The back of the kicker’s plant foot cannot be fully in front of home plate when kicking. If the kicker steps fully in front of home plate during their kick attempt, the kick will be a "DEAD BALL" and count as a “STRIKE”.
The ball must be rolling for the kicker to attempt a kick on the ball. If the ball stops or has a dramatic reduction in speed before it reaches the plate, it can be called a "DEAD BALL" and many need to be repitched.
If the kicker stops a pitched ball with their foot, it can be counted as a “STRIKE” and treated like a "DEAD BALL". Kickers that do not want to take action on a pitched ball should either pick it up with their hands and hand it to the catcher or let it pass through to the catcher who can return it to the pitcher. The referee can use common sense judgment on this ruling during a game or as set forth with captains before the start of the game.
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A double kicked ball is described as a kicked ball that touches the same player more than once before touching an opposing team member first. All double kicked or double touched balls will stop game play. Base runners cannot advance or tag up; all existing base runners are to return to the base in which they came.
If the kicker double kicks the ball while it is behind the home plate extension and not over the plate when they are hit the 2nd time with the ball - it counts as a STRIKE.
If the kicker double kicks the ball while the ball is over or in front of the plate or they touch the ball in fair territory when they are hit the 2nd time with the ball, they are OUT. This includes kickers who have crossed over the home plate extension line and are running towards 1st within the safety base path without ever crossing into fair territory. Any player that is touched or hit by their own kick over or past home plate extension will be OUT.
Runners must reasonably stay within the base line. Play motion, the speed of the runner, and their trajectory should be taken into consideration as they round any bases.
If a ball in play touches a runner who is not safe on an appropriate base, they will be OUT. This includes runners hit by balls kicked by their own team members.
Running past another runner is not allowed. Any runner passed by another runner is out, this includes instances when a runner behind touches a base before the runner in front of them; including home plate. In instances at home, the act of one runner touching the plate before the appropriate runner constitutes an out. In 2 out scenarios, this counts as the third out and the score will not count.
An offense player that pushes, touches, or physically advances other offense players during game play is prohibited. In this instance, the advanced runner will be considered OUT, all play stops, and the ball will be considered a "DEAD BALL”. All remaining players return to the base that they touched last.
Runners can run through first base free of being tagged out unless they are "MAKING A TURN TOWARD SECOND BASE".
"MAKING A TURN TOWARD SECOND BASE" puts the runner at 1st at mercy of being tagged for an out. A runner will be considered “MAKING A TURN TOWARD SECOND BASE” when they cross the Aggressive Movement Plane (“The AMP Line”). This plane runs along the left side of the white base as you approach 1st. Crossing “The AMP Line” puts the player at mercy of being tagged out by a fielder.
If there is a play at first, the runner must tag the orange safety base or the runner will be out. The runner has the option to turn on the white base when there is no play at 1st. See Safety & Interference at First Base for instances when a first base-person unintentionally blocks access to this base.
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Leading off base and base stealing is not allowed. Any player caught by the official to be leading off or stealing a base before the ball is kicked will be called out. In this scenario, the ball will be a "DEAD BALL". All runners, except for the runner called out, will return to their bases. The kicker will not be penalized with a strike and can re-kick (unless the runner called out was the third out).
A fly ball that is caught in fair or foul territory will be an OUT. In this scenario, the ball is now a live ball unless it is the third out.
A runner is considered “TAGGED UP” on base as soon as a kicked fly ball is touched, regardless of whether it is bobbled and then caught. Runners can “TAG UP” on first touch of a fly ball.
On all caught fly balls, where runners left their base before a kicked ball was touched, all runners must tag all bases that they have touched on their way back to their original base to avoid a force out at their base of origin.
Fielders have the option to either tag the runner with the ball or throw to the runner’s base of origin to secure an out or a force out.
A touched and dropped ball in foul territory is considered a "DEAD BALL" and cannot be tagged up on.
Hitting a runner with the ball above the shoulder is not allowed. A runner hit above the shoulder will be safe, except when the runner intentionally uses his/her head to block the ball, as determined by an official, and/or if the runner is ducking, diving, or sliding (i.e. actively attempting to dodge the ball) and is hit in the head, as determined by an official.
When the runner is hit with the ball above the shoulder level, the ball is considered a "DEAD BALL" and other runners are permitted to advance to the base to which they were running, but do not receive additional bases unless forced by the advancement of the runner hit with the ball.
If multiple runners are on the same base at the same time, and a force out does not apply, the fielder has the choice to tag either runner. The runner who is tagged is out, the other is safe.
Runners that intentionally swat, hit, kick or otherwise purposefully deflect a ball out of a defensive players possession will cause the play to be a dead ball and all runners, except for the one that got out by touching the ball, will return to the base that they touched last.
“Forced to Run” Scenarios:
An existing base runner instantly regains the option to stay or return to their original base when any preceding forced runner to the base runner in question gets out during a live play.
Infielders are limited to 6 players. A pitcher and catcher are required. The remaining 4 infielder positions usually include the 1st base-person, 2nd base-person, 3rd base-person, and a shortstop.
Infielders may stand outside the dirt (in the outfield) if they choose to.
Outfielders are to remain outside the dirt (in the outfield; approximately 75 feet from home) until the ball has been kicked.
Infielders are not permitted to move into the Neutral Zone, from the time the ball has been pitched and until the ball has been kicked.
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There is NO infield fly rule. However, if in the official’s determination, a player in the infield dropped the ball intentionally to try to or successfully secure additional outs, the ball will be a "DEAD BALL". In this scenario, the kicker will be out and all base runners will advance one base.
Fielders must always use the white primary base when making a play at 1st.
Fielders must stay out of the base line, unless attempting to tag a runner with the ball or field an incoming kickball. It's the responsibility of the runner to avoid collisions with fielders who are making a play on a ball within the baseline.
Fielders should attempt to occupy the furthest portion of a base when there is an oncoming runner. If a fielder (not fielding the ball) physically obstructs a runner from advancing, the runner may advance as many bases as they would've had they not been obstructed (this is a judgment call made by the official). This includes multiple fielders at the same base who are blocking safe access or appropriate passage by a runner.
Fielders, the 1st base-person in particular, must stay out of the safety base path of incoming runners unless making a play for a kicked or fly ball down/near the 1st base line. As runners are obligated to reach the safety base when there is a play at 1st, fielders should do their best to provide safe passage to this base regardless of the intended outcome. Runners should avoid this type of collision as the fielder has their head up and away from an incoming runner. Fielders are not to cross into the safety base path of runners for any other type of play at 1st. In avoidable and unfortunate collision or obstruction scenarios the runner will at a minimum be safe at 1st. Officials reserve the right to advance the runner for avoidable and dangerous interference caused by a first base-person fielding a ball thrown to them.
Any fielder, runner, or player with a blatant disregard for safety is subject to being out, substituted, ejected, and/or expelled from the game, additional games, season(s), and or the league. Kickball is a game, not a sport.
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"FOUL" balls are counted as strikes. Thus, a kicker will strike out with any combination of 3 strikes and/or foul balls.
A kicked ball that is caught anywhere in foul territory, without interference from a foreign object will be an out.
Tagging up on a ball caught for an out anywhere in foul territory is allowed.
A determination of FOUL on untouched kicked balls down the 1st/3rd baseline will be made based on the position of the ball when it either stops completely under its own power before the base, when it is first touched by a player, or where it lands or passes along the ground once past 1st/3rd base. The location of the player that a kicked ball touches along these baselines is not a factor in any foul determination.
A moving kicked ball cannot be called either way until the ball has stopped on its own, is touched, passes 1st or 3rd base, or touches the ground and crosses the Overthrow Line. This accounts for potentially foul balls that can often roll, spin, or bounce back into fair territory on their own; thus becoming potentially fair balls.
Any kicked ball that hits a foreign object in foul territory (i.e. tree, building, chair, table, cooler, etc.) will be considered "FOUL". If the foreign object encroaches into fair territory (tree branch, etc...) it can no longer be caught and or played for an out, as its origin stems from foul territory.
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Each team will be issued one challenge at the start of each game.*
"CHALLENGE" can only be called by the team captain. Challengeable calls are those that result in a definitive outcome. Foul Balls, strikes, double kicks, and kicks falling short of the halfway arc cannot be challenged. Caught fly balls and trapped balls cannot be challenged. A definitive outcome refers to a definitive result for both teams. A determination for both sides of being safe/out must be able to be determined. The disputed call location also determines stoppage of the play for overturned calls. A challenged call cannot be challenged; however, play motion can have multiple challenge points.
In this scenario, the play closest in time from the kick must be challenged first. This will determine the possibility of any resulting challengeable plays.
A challengeable call must be close enough that it leaves room for human error.
Challengeable calls are generally used for close calls and bang-bang plays; an example of this would be when a runner touches a base and a fielder hits them with the ball and/or forces them out at what appears to be a similar instance.
Both of the team captains must be in agreement for the traditional challenge activity to take place.
If the traditional activity is not agreed upon, the captains can offer suggestions to each other for any nontraditional activity for a challenge.
Both team captains and the official must all be in agreement for any nontraditional activity to take place. Examples of non-traditional activities include:
If a challenge activity cannot be decided upon, within a reasonable amount of time, a “Ball Toss” from behind the pitcher’s line to home plate will be used as the default challenge. In this scenario, a tossed ball that stops closest to any part or side of home plate will have the challenged call go in their team’s favor.
The cone(s) behind home plate can be used to mark the toss(es) if only one ball is available.
*In games with the absence of a referee, each team will begin with two challenges. If a team executes and wins both challenges, one final challenge will be rewarded for use. If a game extends into extra innings, all unused challenges will be removed and 1 challenge each is awarded for remainder of extra innings.
Additionally, as a referee is not present to initially make a judgment on close calls, and in instances where the call itself is up for debate among both teams, Rock/Paper/Scissors (RPS), best out of 3, will be used as the deciding factor as the call on the field. Thereafter, the call, as determined, can be challenged accordingly from any remaining challenge(s).
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No glass or draught containers are permitted in Monroe County Parks; this is part of Monroe County Park Law. KLOR officials will ask teams and their spectators to remove any and all glass visible at the start of the game. Games will not begin until all glass or draught containers have been removed. Any team and their spectators that again have glass visible fifteen minutes after the start of the scheduled game will forfeit the game.
Keep all pets on a leash and on the sidelines. Any pets on the infield are both hazardous to the fielding team and any base runners. Pets may also be hit with a kicked or thrown ball. KLOR will not be liable for any pet that is injured during game play.
The park is carry-in/carry-out. You mother doesn’t work here; please make sure you clean up after yourselves. This includes all beverage containers, boxes, wrappers and any other garbage that may leave our mark on the field or park.
Clean up after your pet. Monroe County Parks are carry-in/carry-out, this includes any mess left by your pet(s) – especially on or near the field of play before games begin.
The park, your field, and any team congregation areas should be left in as good as or better condition that you found them, other than standard wear and tear of the playing area(s).
No sirens, megaphones, blow horns, air horns, vuvuzelas or obscene noise makers. Traditional instruments (such as a sousaphone) may be utilized if used in a gentleman-like manner and must adhere to the guidelines set forth under Monroe County Law. Instruments or noise makers that are purposefully blown as to distract a player who is attempting to kick or field balls or prevent a referee from making calls is prohibited. Any player or spectator using an instrument in this manner will be considered as displaying “UNSPORTSMANLIKE BEHAVIOR”. Music may be played if utilized appropriately. See Monroe County Park Law for more detail.
KLOR officials reserve the right to eject any player for heckling, blatant intoxication and/or any other offensive gesture, language, and/or act between players, teams and/or directed at any official.
KLOR and its sponsors and affiliates support responsible beverage consumption.
Please carpool as often as possible and use parking spaces appropriately.
NO VEHICLES ARE TO BE DRIVEN OUT OR PARKED IN THE LAWN. Service roads are for service and emergency vehicles only.
Speeding, peeling out, and general reckless vehicle operation on park property and near surrounding residences falls under “UNSPORTSMANLIKE BEHAVIOR”. This includes but is not limited to vehicles that disrespect park property or circumvent intended parking controls or block roadways; such as gates, barriers, curbs, ditches, walking paths, or inappropriate encroachments of vehicles across the grass in non-curbed or controlled roadways and parking areas.
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KLOR will generally play in all weather conditions and KLOR itself rarely cancels games due to weather. Games will generally be delayed or cancelled due to lightning.
Games for a particular night may be cancelled at the discretion of the Monroe County Park Supervisor to help maintain the integrity of the grass and field areas. It is understood that they will notify KLOR on weekdays by 4:30pm, so that we can do our best to post applicable updates by 4:45pm on game days or the night before any Saturday games.
Check KLOR media outlets for all weather related updates.
Assume games are on as scheduled unless updated otherwise.
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