Rules

1.    The Field 

a.    All 2019 Spring season games will be played on Softball Field #3 in Riverside County Park in North Arlington, NJ.

2.    Equipment
a.    A 10" kickball and bases including a safety base at 1st base will be provided by
       Montclair Kickball for all games.
b.    Athletic shoes must be worn.  No metal cleats allowed.
c.    All players must wear their provided Montclair Kickball t-shirts while on the
      field.

3.    Referees
a.    A referee will be provided by Montclair Kickball for all games.
b.    The referee will be fully aware of the Montclair Kickball Official Rules and has
       the final ruling at all times.  Arguing will not be tolerated and the referee has the
       right to eject any player at their discretion.
c.    The referee maintains the right to call a game due to inclement weather or for any
       other reason at their discretion.

4.    Players
a.    All players must be 21 years old or older to participate in Montclair Kickball.
b.    Players must be registered and on the roster of the team they are playing
       for.  However in an effort to avoid forfeits, teams will be allowed to use
       substitutes from other teams only to reach the minimum of 8 fielders and/or 2
       females, but only if the opposing captain agrees to it.  No more than 25% of
       players can be substitutes.  For example - If a team has 6 players, it can only use
       2 substitutes. All substitutes must be registered Montclair Kickball players in the
       2019 Spring season.

5.    Teams
a.    A team's roster must consist of at least 15 but no more than 20 players.
b.    Teams must field a minimum of 8 players with a maximum of 10 players.
c.    Teams must field a minimum of 2 females if they are fielding 8 or 9 players and a
       minimum of 3 females if they are fielding 10 players.
d.    Teams must field a catcher and no more than 6 infielders at all times.
e.    Teams must designate a captain who is responsible for submitting the kicking
       order to the referee before each game.
f.    The kicking orders cannot be changed once submitted to the referee except for
       adding late players if the opposing captain agrees to it.  All late players must be                          

       added as the last player in the order, and there can be no other changes or moving

       of other players in the lineup.  This may result in additional automatic outs due to

       Rules 5I &J. 

g.   Once a team runs through their entire kicking order fully, no other late players can

      be added, so Captains must decide before this point if they will add any expected

      late players who have not yet arrived. If they do so, an automatic out will be

      awarded every time that spot in the lineup occurs that the player is not present.
h.   Teams will receive an automatic out in the lineup for any players who must leave

      their game early and is not present when their spot in the order occurs.

i.     No more than 3 males can kick in a row at any point in the kicking order
       including when the bottom of the kicking order wraps around to the top.
j.    If a team has the minimum of 2 females, but is unable to set their kicking order
       without having more than 3 males kicking in a row, they will receive an

       automatic out between the 3rd and 4th males in a row in the kicking order.
k.    Kicking out of order will result in an automatic out.
l.    All team players present must kick (but do not have to field).

m.   Late players may not jump onto the field mid-inning and must wait until the start

      of the next inning to field.



6.    Games
a.    A game consists of 7 innings or 55 minutes, whichever occurs first.  If the game
       remains tied after 7 full innings, it will be marked as a tie.
b.    In the event that a game is called due to time, the full inning will be played as
       long as the home team is losing or tied.
c.    A game that is called due to inclement weather shall be considered complete if 4
       full innings have been played (or 3 ½ in the event that the home team is winning).
d.    A game that is called due to inclement weather that has less than 4 full innings
       played (or less than 3 Â½ in the event that the home team is winning) shall be
       picked up at the exact same point when it is made up.
e.    Games will start on time as scheduled on the Montclair Kickball website barring
       any unforeseen circumstances.
f.    Teams that cannot field at least 8 players with a minimum of 2 females will be
       given a 5 minute grace period before the game is ruled a forfeit if they are
       expecting players to arrive late, however they will be penalized with an out for 

       every minute that the game is delayed. If a team delays game by 3 minutes, they 

       will not kick in the first inning, and if they delay a game by 4 minutes they will

       also start with an out in the 2nd inning.

g. Teams that are unable to field at least 8 players with a minimum of 2 females will
    forfeit the game.  Forfeited games are scored 11-0.  

7.    Pitching
a.    All pitches must be thrown underhand.   Failure to do so will result in the pitch
       being ruled a ball.
b.    The pitcher must remain behind the pitcher's strip until the ball is kicked or      
       attempted to be kicked.  Failure to do so will result in the pitch being ruled a ball.
c.    Pitched balls must be rolled or touch the ground at least twice before reaching
       home plate.  Any pitch that bounces less than twice will be ruled a ball.
d.    The strike zone extends to one foot on either side of home plate, and one foot
       high over home plate.  Any ball outside of the strike zone will be ruled a ball.

8.    Fielding
a.    Fielders must remain behind the invisible 1st to 3rd base diagonal line until the
       ball is kicked or attempted to be kicked.  Failure to do so will result in the pitch
       being ruled a ball.
b.    Catchers must field behind the kicker and may not cross home plate until the ball
       is kicked or attempted to be kicked.  Failure to do so will result in the pitch being
       ruled a ball.
c.    No more than 6 fielders including the pitcher and catcher may enter the infield
       until the ball is kicked or attempted to be kicked.
d.    Fielders must stay out of the baseline. Fielders trying to make an out on base can
       have their foot on base, but must lean out of the baseline. Runners hindered by
       any fielder, not making an active play on the ball, shall be ruled safe at the base
       to which they were running.
e.    There is no infield fly rule.

9.    Kicking
a.    All kickers must stand no further than 6' directly behind home plate.
b.    All kicks must be made by the foot or leg, below the knee. Any ball kicked on or
       above the knee will be ruled a foul.
c.    All kicks must occur at or behind home plate. A kicker may step on home plate to
       kick. If either of the kicker's feet are in front of home plate, the kick will be ruled
       a foul.
d.    Bunting is not allowed.  A bunt is determined by intention, not how far the ball
       travels.   Any kick that's not fully swung through will be ruled a bunt, which will
       in turn be ruled as a foul.

10.    Running
a.    Runners must stay within the baseline at all times.
b.    A safety base will be provided at 1st base in foul territory directly next to the
       original 1st base.  Kickers running from home to 1st base must run to the safety
       base only. All fielders must use the original 1st base only.  If a runner does not
       use the safety base and runs to the fielder's first base, they will be ruled out.  If a
       fielder uses the safety base or blocks a runner from running to the safety base,
       the runner will be ruled safe.
c.    Leading off and stealing are not allowed.  A runner must not leave their base until
       the ball is kicked.  Any runner who is off their base when the ball is kicked is
       automatically out.
d.    Hitting a runner's neck or head with the ball is not allowed, except when the
       runner is sliding into a base. Any runner hit in the head or neck while running is
       safe, and advances to the base they were running toward when the ball hit the
       runner.  If a runner intentionally uses the head or neck to block the ball, the
       runner will be ruled out.
e.    If a runner intentionally hits or kicks the ball out of bounds after being tagged out,
       the play is dead and runners must return to bases they were last at when the ball
       was hit.
f.    After a kicked ball is caught, and the runners are off the base, they must tag their
      originating base before running to the next base. If the runner has not moved off
      the base before the ball is touched, the runner can advance as soon as a
      defensive player touches the ball. This applies to foul balls as well.
g.   All ties go to the runner.
h.   Runners may overrun first base and home plate.
i.    Running past another runner is not allowed. Any runner that passes another 
      runner is automatically out.

11.    Balls
a.    A count of four balls advances the runner to first base on a walk.
b.    A ball is:
i.     A pitch outside of the strike zone as called by the referee, where a kick is not
       attempted.
ii.    A pitch not thrown underhand by the pitcher.
iii.   A pitch where the pitcher advances in front of the pitcher's strip before the ball is
       kicked or attempted to be kicked.
iv.   A pitch where any fielder advances in front of the invisible 1st to 3rd base
       diagonal line.
v.    A pitch where the catcher advances in front of the kicker or crosses home plate
       before the ball is kicked or attempted to be kicked.
vi.   A pitch where more than 6 players are fielding in the infield before the ball is
       kicked or attempted to be kicked.
c.    Intentionally walking a player is not allowed.  If a pitcher is intentionally walking
       a kicker, the referee can award the kicker 2nd base at their discretion. 

12.    Strikes
a.    A count of three strikes is an out.
b.    A strike is:
i.    A pitch within the strike zone as called by the referee that is not kicked.
ii.    An attempted kick missed by the kicker inside or outside the strike zone.


13.    Fouls
a.    A count of three fouls is an out. Foul balls are a separate count and are not
       strikes.
b.   A foul is:
i.    A kicked ball landing outside of the foul lines or behind home plate.  A ball
      landing on the foul line is ruled in play as long as it does not go out of bounds
      before reaching the 1st or 3rd base lines.
ii.   A kicked ball landing within the foul lines, but traveling outside of the foul lines
      before reaching first or third base as long as it is not touched by a fielder.  If a
      fielder touches a ball within the foul lines before it reaches 1st or 3rd base, the ball
      is ruled in play.
iii.  A ball kicked on or above the knee.
iv.  A kick made in front of home plate.  If the kick is a fly ball and caught by a fielder
      the kicker is out.
v.    A kick that touches the fence around the home plate area.  Balls can be caught off
      the fence for an out before the ball touches the ground..
vi.   A ball kicked or touched more than once in foul territory or stopped by the kicker
       in foul territory.
vii.  A kicked ball in flight touched by a fielder in foul territory and not caught.
viii. A double kick.
ix.   A bunt attempt as ruled by the referee.

14.    Outs
a.   A count of three outs by a team completes the teams half of the inning.
b.   An out is:
i.    A count of 3 strikes.
ii.   A count of 3 fouls.
iii.  A runner who is touched by the ball, or who touches the ball at any time
      excluding above the shoulders if not sliding, while not on base while the ball is in
      play.  Once the runner is touched by the ball, they are out so the fielder does not
      need to maintain possession of the ball.
iv.  Any kicked ball, fair or foul that is caught before it touches the ground or a base.
v.   A ball tag on a base to which a runner is forced to run.  The fielder must maintain
         possession of the ball as determined by the referee.
vi.    A runner who runs to the regular 1st base and not the safety base.
vii.   A runner off their base when the ball is kicked.
viii.  A runner intentionally using the head or neck to block the ball.
ix.   Any runner passed by another runner.
x.    A kicker kicking out of order.
xi.   Any more than 3 males kicking in a row other than one instance in the lineup.
xii.   A team that delays the start of a game by 1 minute.

15.    Balls In Play
a.   Once the pitcher has the ball in control and is in the mound area, the play ends
      and runners off a base who are in forward motion advance to the base to which
      they were headed.   Runners off a base who are not in forward motion return to
      the base to which they were running from.
b.   If a runner intentionally touches or stops the ball, the play ends and the runner is
      out.  All other runners return to the base to which they were running from.
c.   If any non-fielder, runner, or non-permanent object touches the ball, play
      automatically ends and runners who are in forward motion advance to the base to
      which they were headed.  Runners who are not in forward motion return to the
      base to which they were running from.
d.  In the event of an overthrow where the ball ends up off the field of play, all runners
     will be allowed to advance 1 additional base from the base they are on or on their
     way to at the point when the ball goes off the field, and the play is considered
     dead.  This only applies to overthrows that end up over the fence and outside of the

     field area.



16.    Substitutions
a.   Pitchers may be replaced once per inning by another fielder for non-injuries.  In
      the event of an injury, the pitcher may be replaced by a player on the bench, but
      the team must still field at least 2 females.
b.   In the event of injury after kicking and reaching base, a runner may be substituted
      at the end of the play by the last kicker of the same sex that is not on base.  If the
      substitute's original kicking position is reached while they are still on base, they
      will be called out at home.
c.   Once a player is substituted, they are no longer eligible to field for the remainder
      of the game, except for the Catcher position.
d.   If a player is able to kick but not run, a pinch runner will be allowed.  The pinch
      runner must be the last kicker of the same sex that is not on base. The runner
      must line up with home plate before the ball is kicked and not start running until
      after the ball is kicked.
e.   If a player uses a pinch runner, they will not be eligible to play the field for the
      remainder of the game except for the Catcher position.
f.    If a player starts a game with a pinch runner, the injured player will not be eligible
      to play the field for the entire game, except for the Catcher position.

17.    Standings
a.    The standings will be determined by points, where a Win will be worth 2 points
       and a Tie will be worth 1 point.
b.    The tiebreaker for standings will be determined by Run Differential (Runs Scored
       minus Runs Allowed)
c.    The order for additional tiebreakers (if necessary) to determine standings will be
      in this order:
i.    Wins
ii.    Runs Scored

18.    Playoffs
a.    The top team(s) in the standings will receive a bye in Round 1 if necessary.
b.    During all playoff games, the team that is higher in the regular season standings
       will have home field advantage.
c.    The playoff structure will change by season based on the size of the league, but
       will always include at least the top 50% of teams determined by final standings.
d.     For the 2019 Spring Season, the top 3 teams will make the playoffs.

19.    Rules
a.    A copy of the rules will be made available by the referee at each game.
b.    It is the responsibility of all players and captains to be familiar with the rules.
c.    If a rule is not otherwise stated here, standard softball rules apply.
d.    The Montclair Kickball commissioner maintains the right to make changes to
       rules any time during the season or offseason as he feels necessary.




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