How To Set Up a Kickball Tournament

By Ron Augustine
Setting up a tournament

Kickball is an outdoor game much like baseball. All of the positions are the same as in baseball (outfield, pitcher, basemen, catcher, batter), but there are no bats or gloves used, and the "batter" must kick a large ball that is rolled toward him by the "pitcher." To put together a kickball tournament, it requires a very large number of participants, and a large open field to play on. Organizing a tournament is a moderately cheap and easy process.

Kickball Tournament

Gather your supplies and make sure you have kickballs and bases that can be used for your tournament. Bases may be nothing more than a spare tire or bucket lid, but make sure you have four of them for a field. If you cannot find a field to play on, you may have to rent a gym space or a baseball diamond for a day. Either way, determine the date in which the tournament will take place, so you will be able to tell the players when to be there.

Ask kids' parents if they are OK with the game, and if so, give them directions to the playing and field. Teams can be set up at the field, but you will need at least 36 players (4 teams of 9). Once everyone has been put onto a team, the tournament can begin. If you have four teams, two of them will play each other and two will watch.

Organize the tournament as a bracket. The winner of the first game will play the winner of the second game, and the winner of this game will be the tournament champion. The loser of the championship game will be awarded second place honors. To determine third place, have the two teams that lost before play each other. The winner will be awarded third place honors.

Tip

Kickball tournaments can be played by adults too, but kids usually enjoy the game more. To make it more fun for the kids, give them prizes at the end, such as gift cards, candy or trophies. Always organize the bracket in terms of teams. Do not create an uneven bracket. You need at least four teams, but you'll want to maintain a multiple of four if you decide to extend the bracket (8, 16, 32). Otherwise, the bracket will be lopsided, and the tournament might not be fair.

Warning

A rubber kickball is usually soft enough that it won't hurt a person if it hits them unexpectedly. But precautions should still be taken in case an injury occurs during the physical activity. Always keep someone on hand who will be able to take an injured player home or to the doctor.

About the Author

Ron Augustine is a rookie freelance writer and producer who has worked primarily in radio and print media for Chicago Public Radio's Sound Opinions, Relevant Magazine, WMBI Chicago and the Burnside Writers Collective. He graduated Moody College in 2007 with a degree in Communications.