I know ever since the cameras have left Beijing, and things have returned to the normal day to day repression and DVD bootlegging, we Jersey City-ites have been yearning for some local Olympic action that is not subject to a 12 hour time delay. Well my fellow citizens, as long as Ping Pong and Badminton can gain someone the Gold, so shall Kickball. So, get your teams and outfits together, and the world will gather around their TV sets again for some red (white and Blue) American K-Ball Action of the ....
Jersey City Olympic Kickball Finals.
Saturday September 20th Noon to 8 pm.
Enus Jones Memorial Field
Brunswick St.and Pavonia Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07302
First Game Noon
We will be playing at Enus Jones Field at the Corner of Pavonia and Brunswick, right by the White Star Bar. The White Star Bar is providing drink and shot specials, and the $100 Championship Prize for the 1st place team. JC Tattoo (Tournament MVP) , Balance Hair Salon (Most Likely to Improve) , World of Style Vintage (Best Outfit) and Nine Lives Skate Shop (Best Catch) are throwing in some medals of their own.
Each player must pay $7 to play, or $50 per team, and sign a waiver holding me and the City harmless for any injuries and/or death. Sorry, you must be at least 18 years old to play and reside, work, or be actively dating someone in Jersey City to play. Individual Players and small groups should report at 11:45 am in order to be placed for the first games. The Tournament is a single elimination style. A maximum of eight teams will play for Jersey City Gold. Game play is limited so please email by September 18th at firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register teams and individuals. Teams should be co-ed. Please read the rules below regarding game play.
If you can not play for physical or religious reasons, please email at email@example.com if you would like to announce, DJ, referee, or score keep.
There are no alcoholic beverages allowed in the park. The White Star Bar is across the street if you would like to strategize. Please feel free to bring your own water and non-alcoholic beverages as well.
Kickball Rules are similar to Softball/Baseball rules with these specific exceptions.
No Bouncies. Pitched balls may not be fired down towards home plate and shall not be excessively bouncy. Teams can force a change in pitcher once an inning by shouting "we want a pitcher, not a belly itcher (three times)".
Kickers must kick the ball behind or on home plate. Kickers can not come into contact with a ball before it reaches home plate. Balls hit in front of the plate are considered foul. Two Foul Balls and you are out.
No Bunting. A ball must reach half the distance to first base to be considered fair. Bunt Balls are foul.
2 Foul Balls and you are out.
A Runner is out by force, but can also be called out if hit with the ball. Hitting a player in the face or any no-touch region will be considered safe and be awarded the base. Intentionally hitting a player in the face or jewels with the ball will lead to an expulsion from the tournament.
One Base Per Overthrow Balls that miss the base for a force out or miss the runner allow the player to advance one extra base only.
No Leading Players may only leave the base once the ball is kicked. Players that advance before the ball is put into play will be considered out.
Teams must have minimum of six players, maximum of 10 players.
Teams must have at least 3 women. Teams with less than 3 women will be penalized 2 runs per women difference in team rosters. For example : if one team fields 4 women and the opposing team fields 2 women. The team with the least amount of women will begin with the score of -4 runs.
Each Game consists of 5 innings or 45 minutes. Tie games shall be decided by sudden-death, best of three rock-paper-scissors play.
Each Team has 10 kickers per inning. The inning is finished when the last batter is called out or the ball is placed on home plate. If a team has less than 10 players, the kicking order will continue through the of the order. The first kicker for each inning is the corresponding kicker for each inning. For instance, the first kicker in the order kicks first in the first inning, the Third kicker in the order kicks first in the third inning. Capice ?
Weather Permitting, players who reach first base are awarded with a water balloon that can be used for defensive base running. It is recommended that each team have a first base coach to hand a water balloon to a player who shall reach past first base on their initial kick. Players who reach second or third base without getting a water balloon when passing first shall not be provided with a water balloon. Water Ballons should also not be throw at a persons face.
The Decision of the Referee is Final.
Have Fun. Be Safe.No one likes to have to call 911.