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Kickball FAQ

WHAT IS KICKBALL?
Kickball (courtesy of Wikipedia) is a “playground game” and also a competitive league game, similar to baseball, invented in the United States about 1942. It is typically played on a softball diamond with a 10 to 16 inch inflated rubber ball. The pitcher bowls the ball towards the catcher, and the “batter” kicks it with his foot. Once the ball, is kicked, the batter’s objective is to get to reach base. In addition to tagging a base to get a forced runner out, or getting a runner out by touching him/her with a held ball, fielders may throw the ball at a runner to get him/her out (though hitting a runner above the shoulders with a thrown ball is often either discouraged or illegal; the latter being the more common rule.).

WHAT IS RECESSTIME KICKBALL?
We are Oregon’s original independent kickball league. We’ve been kicking balls and toasting frosty beverages since 2003. We have a huge passion for kickball and are eager to watch the game evolve each season. We are proud to host as many teams that want to play kickball and to grow in an inclusive manner just like we did in 5th grade, only this time, no one is the last one picked!

WHO PLAYS KICKBALL?
We’re a thriving group of players in Portland, Oregon who love kickball and want to spread the joy of our childhood passion with anyone who wants to share a field. We are of various ages (all over 21), professions, backgrounds and playing ability.

WHEN DO YOU PLAY?
We have three leagues in a calendar year. Spring, summer and fall.
Spring league runs from March - May
Summer league runs June - August
Fall league runs September - November

WHERE DO YOU PLAY?
We play on several parks and at schools around the Portland area. Check the schedule page for exact locations and game times.

WHEN CAN I REGISTER?
Registration opens approximately six weeks before the season starts.

I THINK I WANT TO HAVE MY OWN TEAM…HOW CAN I DO THIS?
Go to the registration page and click create a new team. You will create a team code, which you will send to your potential teammates. Your teammates will sign up under your team name and you will be notified. You may also check your roster and players contact information by logging into the registration page to view your team.

If it’s the off-season, please email us and let us know your team name and on a scale of 1-5 how likely this team of yours is to actually take the field come kick-off time. (1 being “just curious” and 5 being we have been shining our Chuck Taylors´┐Ż since middle-school just waiting for the chance to take the field again!)

HOW MANY PLAYERS ON A TEAM?
Typically, teams range in size from about 13 -18 Since teams field 11 players defensively, you will want to make sure that you have substitutes available. If you need help with extra players, we always have free agents looking to join a team! Check out the kickball forum for free agents or teams looking for players.

CAN I FIELD AN ALL-MALE TEAM?
Sorry… co-ed or bust! If you check out the rules page you will learn that you must have at least four males and four females in the outfield at all times.

HOW MUCH TO BE A PART OF THIS?
League dues cost between $75 and $95 that gets you seven - ten regular season games plus playoffs (everybody makes the playoffs!) a t-shirt and an invitation to the memorable end-of-season party!

END OF SEASON PARTY?
Yup… on the last day of the season, we will have our end of season tourney to determine the season champion. That night we pick up the tab for beer and food while you and your teammates celebrate the season, crown the Kickball King and Queen and start looking towards the next season.

WHAT IF MY TEAM ISN’T SUPER COMPETITIVE?
Recesstime is different than other leagues, we want everyone to participate together so we don’t make separate leagues for different skill level. We don’t think your kickball skills should dictate where you socialize. However, we do make the schedule so more competitive teams play to not square off against less competitive teams. Captains will choose their skill level when setting up their teams and we make the schedule based on that selection and other factors. This way, no matter your skill level, all players socialize on the same field!

HOW DO I REGISTER?
We only accept registration on line. It’s quick and easy, just like us! Look up on your left where it says registration, click on that. Have team? Need a team? We can accommodate both! You can just set up your own team and give your friends a secret code to register (all that info is on the registration page). If you just want to get on a team, you can register as an individual. In addition, you should advertise a bit about yourself in the kickball forum (Do you like Pina Coladas? Do you like getting caught in the rain?) to make sure you get on a team that you like.

CAN WE BOOZE ON THE FIELDS?
Yes and no. A lot of our fields are acquired through the Portland Public Schools. Since the kids cannot drink or smoke at school neither can we because: ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO ARE PROHIBITED ON SCHOOL FIELDS.

However, when we secure fields through Portland Parks and Recreation, such as Overlook Park, Alberta Park, Buckman Field and Grant Park; we also purchase alcohol permits. Thus, you can drink beer and wine and cheer for your teammates as they bunt, boot and/or rally around the bases on these fields. But leave the hard stuff and kegs at home please!

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE RED SHIRTS?
We honor the red rubber ball and as such, the red shirt must be earned. Teams may earn the red shirt by winning the end of season championship. They will also earn their spot on the coveted Kennedy Cup and in the hall of fame.

WHAT IF I WANT TO SPONSOR A TEAM? OR I MY TEAM HAS A SPONSOR?
Team sponsorships are allowed as long as it doesn’t compete with league relationships or policies. If you have any questions, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

MY BUSINESS OR COMPANY WANTS TO PAY FOR MY TEAM, CAN WE DO THIS?
You’re lucky! Your boss wants to pay for your team? We have several teams who are in the same boat! Just .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)and we’ll work it out!

IF YOUR QUESTION WASN’T ANSWERED, PLEASE .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) US AT AND WE’LL HELP IN ANY WAY WE CAN.

See you on the field, Ghostrunner!