About Underdog Kickball








Wanna feel like a kid again?  Underdog Kickball brings a fresh new twist to the adult recreational sports scene. Kickball... yes, just like you played in 5th grade, is a game that closes the age and gender gap, if but a little.  This great playground pastime is now back for adults 21 and older to enjoy. So far, ages for players have ranged from 21-61, all in the same division.  We at Underdog Kickball encourage rivalries, cheering, and general fun; but if you are an individual looking for an extremely competitive sport, our leagues may not be for you. Remember, it's just kickball, you can’t really get that worked up or mad about anything…it's just kickball.  The idea behind kickball - past and present - is to have fun first, win second. Win or lose, what's better than being out there having fun with friends? And... the upside of kickball for grown-ups is the chance to go to a local sponsor bar after the game, socialize and hang out.
Kickball seasons are 6 wgames long with an additional 2 weeks of playoffs for the top teams. Depending on your regular season record and tie-breakers, the bottom few seeds might not qualify for the playoffs.


The Underdog Kickball Rulebook is now the same all divisions! For a detailed description of Rookie, Softcore, and Midcore Divisions that will help you decide what's best for your team, please click here.
Please follow all posted park and city rules.  Alcohol is best served at the sponsor bar after the games.
3 ways to get outs:
1) Catch a flyball
2) Force out at a base (like baseball) 
3) Hit a runner below the neck with the ball
  • No Walks! 3 balls to a kicker will reset the count... cuz it's Kickball, not Walkball.
  • 3 Male/3 Female minimum, 6/6 max (No limits or minimums for non-binary players)
  • At least 1 woman needs to be in the infield and outfield
  • No More than 2 males or females in a row in the line-up
  • 7 run max per inning
  • Females can always bunt – Men bunting will be a strike
  • Teams up by 7 or more runs can no longer bunt
  • Underdog Kickball is an accelerated count – 3 balls is a reset (no walks) – Any two strikes is an out –
  • Games are 7 innings or 55 minutes whichever comes first
  • The ball is poison at all times and, even deflections off other players can result in an out
  • No headfirst slides
  • Encroachment rules apply on defense
  • Runner is safe if hit above the shoulders (unless they duck or slide)
  • Tag ups are allowed on “1st touch”
 The main rule is for everyone to remember that you are playing Kickball - it's all about having fun and meeting new people!


How competitive are the Teams with Underdog ?
Underdog has several skill divisions of kickball. Some teams practice and have positions but many do not. You can always schedule practices and put fancy lineup sheets in the duggout, but that is never a pre-requisite to play kickball with us. Underdog does not provide field time for practice or schedule practices for teams. 
I see a league that my team wants listed as Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday for the Dates … What the heck does that mean?

Split weeknight leagues simply mean that your league has games on both dates during a given week, but your team will only receive 1 game a week during either one of the dates OR the other. (NOT BOTH!)


So can I request my team play all Mondays or all Wednesdays?

You can try but we normally cannot accommodate all of one date requests for a team in a split league.
Underdog has made a few rules adjustments aimed at keeping kickball goofy and fun no matter what level of competitive spirit your team wants to bring out on the diamond. For a more in depth explanation of rules variations between divisions, please click here.
Rookie Division
  • Teams and Players that are New to Kickball for "Grown-Ups" 
  • No Matter how much athletic prowess you have, we've found it takes a season to get used to the ins and... outs (sorry) of adult kickball 
  • Teams are still considered Rookie if they only have 3 (or fewer) players who have played a season of Underdog Kickball - Rookie is closed to teams and players who have played 1 or more seasons of Underdog Kickball
ALL teams and players should START in Rookie for the their FIRST season as a primer before they jump in with more experienced teams.
Softcore Division
  • Has your team played kickball before? 
  • But a few of your players still don't really know or care about the finer points of force outs or tagging up? 
  • Would your team not really miss the scoreboard most games?
Softcore is the place to be for teams that aren't Rookies but like that kind of feel. Crazy Kickball fun is the goal - with crazy outfits, a less than encyclopedic handle on the rules, and goofy chants all part of the plan. 
Midcore Division
  • Is your team kinda good at Kickball? 
  • Like to treat Kickball a little more like a competitive sport? 
  • Like to try out there on the diamond... but still have trouble remembering the score some innings?
Midcore is the spot for teams that have played multiple seasons of Underdog Kickball, and have a solid handle on both the rules of baseball/softball and the Underdog format. Fun is absolutely the goal - but it's alright to take a look at that scoreboard now and then, or to run that grounder out like you mean it (maybe while wearing a crazy 70s outfit, or a gorilla suit...).