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Kickball: variations on the popular gym game

Whenever the gym teacher asked what we wanted to play that day, the kids would yell out Kickball. No doubt it’s definitely a favorite activity. It’s one of the best family outdoor games. To take things up a notch, we wanted to share some cool variations on kickball.

Kickball gear that you should have

  • Kickball: The great thing is that you need very little equipment to play kickball. Obviously, the most important item is the ball. The Sportime Playground Ball is red and 10 inches. But if you don’t have an official kickball, you can always use a soccer ball, volleyball, or whatever you have around.  
  • Kickball bases: These Orange Throw Down Bases includes a home plate, a pitcher’s plate, and three bases. If you don’t have official bases, be creative. You could use frisbees, a piece of cardboard, or anything to mark the bases. 
  • Outfit: You can wear anything to play kickball. Obviously, it’s a bit easier to play it in shorts, sweats, or something athletic.  
  • Hydration: Keep some water bottles handy. When you run around, you’ll get sweaty. You want to hydrate to restore your fluids. 

Different variations and kickball games

Activity Kickball – Talk about a fun fitness challenge. At each base, the runner is given a physical challenge to complete. It could be three sit-ups, hopping on one foot, or five jumping jacks. They have to complete the activity to remain safely on base.  

Big Base Kickball – In this version, you use gym mats or draw huge bases. If it’s not safe for the runner to advance, they can stay. Several players are allowed to group up on the same base. 

Continuous Kickball – Ready for an adrenaline rush? This fast-paced kickball requires four balls and a large bin to put them in. Place the bucket by the pitcher. You will have two home bases. The first one is for kicking. The second one is for scoring.  

Since the pitcher has four balls, they keep rolling the balls to kickers one after another. After the player kicks, they start running the bases. 

The fielding team has to catch the balls and place them back into the pitcher’s bucket. If the pitcher reaches for a ball and none are available, the kicking team scores a point. After the entire kicking team has had a turn, teams switch sides.  

Cooperative Kickball – This game offers an equal opportunity for all. After a player kicks the ball, they run a lap around their own team. When the fielding pitcher catches the ball, all the fielders line up behind the pitcher.

After every player gets in the line, they hand the ball over to the last person who yells “stop.” At this time, the runner on the first team should freeze. The number of laps that they managed to run around their team count as points. After all the kickers have a turn, laps are counted. Then the teams switch. The team that scores the most laps is the winner. 

Crazy Kickball – Ready for a workout? You’ll get a lot of running in for this game. In regular kickball, you run from first to second to third base and then home. In crazy kickball, players run from first base to third base. Then to second base and finally home. There are six outs per team. Any pitch taken is counted as an out. You are allowed to have up to five players on a single base.  

Kick Basketball – Hoop, there it is. This is a fun combination of kickball and basketball. You’ll need a basketball hoop for this game. The kicker stands under the hoop as the pitcher rolls the ball to them. Afterward, the kicker runs around the bases. When the defensive team retrieves the ball, they shoot to make a basket from where they are. If they make the shot, they earn a point.  

No-Pitch Kickball – Instead of having the ball rolled to the kicker, it’s placed on the home plate. The player kicks the ball from a standstill. If the defensive team catches the ball, it’s an out. If the player’s ball rolls, the defensive team must grab it and roll it over the home base to strike the player out.  

Enjoy kickball games in some fun new ways

Kickball is a fun activity that keeps kids active. It improves their fitness and coordination and encourages team spirit. These kickball variations are some of the best kickball variations for kids!

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