|Kicking Zone Relay Ball|
|Friday, 20 April 2007|
Additional Props: Boundary Cones
This description is lengthy, but be not afraid, the game is relatively simple. Divide the group into two teams. Divide your field into a large square (30 yards) with the boundary cones. On the left side of the square you have the Kicking Zone and on the right side of the square you have the Fielding Zone. Team One stands on the left side in the Kicking Zone because they will kick first. Team Two stands in the Fielding Zone on the right side of the square because they will be in the field first. One player from Team One kicks the ball and two players from Team One (this could include the kicker but does not have to) try to run from the Kicking Zone through the square, across the Fielding Zone line and back across the square into the Kicking Zone without being tagged by the ball. Team Two players must stay out of the square until the ball is kicked but then need to position themselves where the Kickball can be passed amongst themselves in an attempt to tag one of the Team One players with the ball. That is a tag, and NOT a throw. Team 2 players can only take one step (albeit a big one if necessary) once they have possession with the ball. If a Team One player makes it successfully across without being tagged, they tag one of their own teammates and then that person takes off across the square and Fielding Line and then back. If the other Team One player makes it, she tags a teammate and the same thing happens. This cycle (the relay part) continues until a Team One player has been tagged by the ball. At this point, the number of Team One players that have successfully made it across and back are tallied and that is the number of runs Team One scores for that particular kick. Then it happens all over again with someone on Team One who has not run or kicked to go next. Three tag outs equals the end of that half of the inning and then teams switch places. We usually allow everyone to get the chance to kick the ball at least once before the game ends. Or you could play a certain number of innings.
If you have a group of little kids, you may have to shorten the distance of the square, and adjust any other rules accordingly.
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