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National Kickball Day – April 17, 2023

National Kickball Day is celebrated on 17 April. It’s time to hit the playground for some good old-fashioned ball-kicking action. Kickball is a widely enjoyed sport all around the globe. In some parts of Canada, the game is known as soccer baseball, while in the United Kingdom, it is known as football rounders. It has existed since the early 1900s. Originally named Kick Baseball, the game was used by gymnastics teachers to teach baseball kids the basics of baseball. The game is played on the field and uses three bases, a pitcher pile, and a home plate.

History of National Kickball Day

National Kickball Day is celebrated on April 17 every year. The first time National Kickball Day was observed was on April 17, 2015. Kickball was founded by Nicholas Seuss in 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kickball is a fun sport enjoyed by people of all ages. Like baseball, two teams compete for points by running around the bases to earn points.

With kickball, however, players kick the ball instead of hitting it with a bat. Kickball uses large, inflated rubber balls rather than the smaller, tougher ones used in baseball. The game is often employed as a teaching aid to help young children get a better grasp of baseball basics. It can serve as their introduction to the world and rules of baseball.

It is equally popular with adults; sharing popularity — and indeed — similarities with other games such as softball. Two teams compete for points by kicking a rubber ball and running around the bases, similar to baseball or softball. At the end of the game, the team with the most runs wins. It’s no surprise that the game has gained popularity among both youngsters and adults because it’s simple to play and a lot of fun.

Fans of the game have been clamoring for a special day to celebrate this special game. National Kickball Day is a great initiative that allows fans to celebrate their favorite sport while also introducing it to newcomers. National Kickball Day was created by the World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA). They are a national social and sports events association that runs a kickball league for thousands of people across the United States each year. National Kickball Day gives you an excuse to go out and reminisce about your glory days or find a new way to exercise.

National Kickball Day timeline

1917
Kickball is Invented

Nicholas Seuss invents kickball in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1922
The Earliest Account of Adult Players

Supervisor for Physical Education for the New York State Department of Education, Daniel Chase, reports the earliest account of adult kickball players.

1942 — 1943
Soldiers Enjoy the Game

American journalist Ernie Pyle writes a report about U.S. soldiers playing kickball during the Tunisia Campaign.

1920
Kickball Helps Kids Learn Baseball Basics

Physical education teachers use kickball to teach young students baseball basics.

National Kickball Day FAQs

What is the origin of the term ‘kickball?’

When it was first invented, it was dubbed kick baseball. A few years later, physical education teachers across the country began incorporating kickball into their curricula as a prelude to playing baseball, the most American of all sports.

Who kicks first in the game?

The visiting team kicks first, while the home team plays the fielding team. Fielding teams must have at least eight players and a maximum of 10 players. Four of the players must be female, and a catcher and pitcher must always be present.

How many bases are in kickball?

There are four bases in kickball. WAKA regulations place each of these bases at least 20 feet apart.

National Kickball Day Activities

  1. Play kickball with friends

    Grab a ball and play a game with your buddies to honor your favorite sport. If you don’t know how to play, this is the perfect day to learn.

  2. Join a kickball league

    Take your game to the next level by joining a kickball league. Test your skills against some of the best players the game has to offer.

  3. Watch a kickball game

    National Kickball Day is a great opportunity to kick back and enjoy the game with friends and family. Watch a kickball game and show support to your favorite teams.

5 Facts About Kickball That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Anyone can play

    Because of the lack of specific equipment and highly skilled positions, almost anyone can play kickball — thus, it's known as "The People's Sport."

  2. Open world

    You can play it however you like and create your rules.

  3. Flexible

    You can use balls such as a basketball to play kickball.

  4. There is no time limit

    The game of kickball has no set time restriction; you can keep playing indefinitely.

  5. No dress code

    You can wear whatever you wish, including a jacket and tie if necessary.

Why We Love National Kickball Day

  1. It's a stimulating game

    Non-sports fans prefer to portray the game as simple-minded and brutal, but they have no idea how much thought goes into assembling a winning team. You can have as many elite players on your team as you want, but if you don't have the brains to back them up, you'll be eating dirt.

  2. Socializing with friends and family

    National Kickball Day allows participants to connect with their peers. It also provides an excellent bonding environment for children and their parents.

  3. It encourages people to participate in sports

    The day was established to encourage people to participate in sports, particularly baseball and softball. This develops athletic children's skills and improves the skills of less athletic children.

National Kickball Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 17Monday
2024April 17Wednesday
2025April 17Thursday
2026April 17Friday
2027April 17Saturday

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