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Autor:  Dale/CR
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  07/JUN/2008 9:51 AM
Assunto:  Kickball
 
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Kickball is a playground game and competitive league game, similar to baseball, invented in the United States circa 1942.

American World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle reported it being played by U.S. soldiers during the Tunisia Campaign, 1942-1943.

Also referred to as "soccer baseball," it is typically played on a softball diamond with a 10- to 16-inch (250- to 400-mm) inflated rubber ball. As in baseball/softball, the game uses 3 bases and a "home plate."

[edit] Rules

Rules for kickball vary based on the officiating body (a school or a league), but most follow general baseball/softball rules.

The pitcher rolls the ball towards the catcher, the "batter" kicks it with his/her foot, then runs to first base. The opposing team players in the field may tag a base they are running towards or touch the runner (a rule known as "Indian Rubber" that is sometimes omitted if small children are playing) with the ball as they hold it in their hand to make an out. The other way is to touch a base that the runner has to run to which would cause a "force out". As in baseball/softball, catching the ball in the air after it is kicked results in an out.

Generally, kicking a ball to the right of the first base line or to the left of the third base line results in a foul ball. The specific definition of a "foul ball" varies, as does how foul balls are treated in game play -- some consider fouls equivalent to strikes (as in baseball scoring), others differentiate fouls from strikes. A few even treat a foul ball as an automatic out.

A bad pitch that cannot be hit (outside the designated strike zone or too bouncy) is considered as a "ball". Four balls is a free walk to first base.

[edit] Adult kickball

Adult recreational kickball leagues began operating throughout the United States, offering an alternative to adult softball and soccer leagues. Adult leagues can be organized by local municipalities, colleges, non-profit associations, and for-profit businesses.

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Kickball  –  Thiago Juliani  03/JUN/2008, 11:55 PM
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