PLAYER PARTICIPATION: Players may only play on their assigned teams, and may not substitute for another team. Any team found in violation of this rule will forfeit the game.
SUBSTITUTIONS: No person from another team or outside the league may substitute for absent players under. Teams found to playing with non-rostered players will automatically forfeit the game.
SIZE: Every team must have a minimum of 15 players on their roster, with at least 6 of each gender. Every team shall play each game with a minimum of 8 players and a
maximum of 11 in the field at the same time. To
ensure balanced co-ed play, at least 4 players of each gender must be
in the field and in the kicking lineup. If
a player is late, he or she must be placed at the end of the kicking
the late player's team is currently in the field, that player
immediately join the field if there are fewer than 11 players in the
field. If a team does not have enough of one gender to meet this requirement, the team shall play a person short in the field for each missing player below the 4 minimum, and must designate a place in the kicking order for the missing player which shall be an automatic out. No team shall play with fewer than 8 players, or it is a forfeit.
ROSTER: There is no limit to how many players may be placed on the kicking roster.
PLAYER RESTRICTIONS: All NHSSC players must be at least 21 years old.
SPORTSMANSHIP: The NHSSC expects sportsmanlike conduct from all players. This includes fairness, courtesy and grace, whether winning or losing, and whether in the game or at an NHSSC social event. Unsportsmanlike conduct is grounds for a player or team being removed from the game, league or the NHSSC.
UNSPORTSMANLIKE PENALTY: NHSSC players who are ejected from two games for unsportsmanlike conduct may be suspended from the league and be disallowed from playing in any NHSSC league, at the discretion of the league.GAME UNIFORMS: All players must wear current official NHSSC-issued t-shirts during the game.
REFEREES: Each team must volunteer a referee once per week who must be present at least 10 minutes prior to the game at which they are referreeing. Only team captains or co-captains may discuss a rule with the referee. Calls by the referee are final and may not be discussed by any player during the game.FORFEITS: A team shall forfeit a game if the team fails to field at least 8 players for a game, or if the team plays with a player who is not registered with their team.
Any team that forfeits shall still be required to provide a referee per the REFEREES rule.
INCLEMENT WEATHER: Should inclement weather cause a game cancellation, a notice will be placed on website, NHSSC.com. The NHSSC will attempt to reschedule cancelled games. The NHSSC reserves the right to shorten the season if necessary due to inclement weather or other reason. No refunds or pro-rated refunds will be awarded due to these events.
POINTS AWARDED: Each win shall be awarded 2 points in the league standings. Each tie shall be awarded 1 point in the standings. Losses shall count for 0 points.
START OF THE GAME: To determine which team kicks/takes the field first, the team captains shall toss a coin. The winner shall choose whether to start their team in the field or to start by kicking.
Games shall last six full innings, provided that no inning shall start
after forty minutes of play. Should a given game reach fifty
in length, the official score shall be that of the last full inning
THE FIELD: The kickball field shall resemble a typical softball diamond of approximately 60 ft by 60 ft. The pitching mound shall be placed at the center of the diamond.The field shall include three bases and a home plate.EQUIPMENT: The ball shall be a 10-inch rubber inflated playground ball provided by the NHSSC. PITCHING / CATCHING: The pitcher shall pitch the ball by rolling the ball toward the kicker from the pitcher’s mound. No “bouncing balls” are allowed – any pitch in which the ball is one foot or higher above the plate shall be considered a “ball”. The pitcher and all field players must stay behind the pitching mound until the ball is kicked. The catcher must remain behind the kicker until the ball is kicked.
THE STRIKE ZONE: One foot to each side of and one foot above home plate shall be considered the strike zone. Any ball delivered outside this zone shall be considered a “ball”.
KICKING: Players may use only their foot when kicking, and must remain behind home plate until the ball is kicked. The use of any other part of the body (except the shin) to propel the ball shall be considered a “foul.”RUNNING: A runner may run through first base and remain safe provided they make no move to advance towards second base. A baserunner may tag the base they are on, and advance, as soon as an outfield makes contact with the kickball. Infield fly rule:If there are fewer than two outs and runners are on first and second, and the batter pops up the ball to the infield, the umpire shall shout “Infield fly!”If the ball drops in fair territory to the infield, the batter shall be called out.If the ball drops in foul territory and is not caught, then it is considered a foul ball.This rule is intended to prevent intentional fielding errors to force runners into a double play
LEADING: Leading the bases is not permitted. All runners must have at least one foot on the base until the ball is kicked.
SCORING LIMITS: When a team is leading by 14 runs or more, no more than 7 runs shall be permitted per inning. Immediately upon scoring 7 runs for the inning, the inning shall advance, or the next inning shall begin.