It’s the middle of the summer, and you want to find a way to beat the heat. Your entire family’s around, so it would be great if you could find something that you could all do together. Guess what? Slip and Slide Kickball is a great option!
This game lets you all get some exercise, and it’s perfect for a hot day when you want a fun way to cool down. This game is easy to learn, not to mention fun for everyone.
If you have an interest in learning how to play Slip and Slide Kickball, it’s really not that hard. You can figure it out, and then use it to keep cool on any hot, humid day with loved ones!
What Is Slip and Slide Kickball?
Before learning how to play Slip and Slide Kickball, it would help to learn what it is. Basically, it’s kickball with a fun, cool twist.
The game involves kickball just like you’re used to playing it. However, instead of running through grass or on a field, you slide down slip and slides. The baselines are slip and slides, and the bases are kiddie pools.
Other than the extra equipment that you’ll need and the way that the baselines and bases are going to affect the game, it’s just like a regular game of kickball. Of course, you’ll want to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet!
How to Set up Slip and Slide Kickball?
If you want to play Slip and Slide Kickball, there are few things you need to take care of first. You need all the equipment to be able to set it up properly. You also want to make sure that you have a big enough playing space, whether it’s your backyard or the local park.
You’ll need to gather certain materials to build your Slip and Slide Kickball field. They should be relatively inexpensive if you have to buy them, although you might be able to find some of them lying around in your house.
You’ll need the following:
- Four slip and slides or four plastic drop cloths
- Four kiddie pools
- 20 tarp stakes
- Spray paint
- A kickball
- Multiple garden hoses and a fresh water source
- 10 bottles of dish soap or laundry detergent
Once you have all of these items, you can start the setup process. You also want to make sure that you have a big enough space to lay everything out.
Kickball diamonds are usually 60 feet by 60 feet, but you may not have enough room for this in your backyard. Many slip and slides are between 15 and 25 feet long, although you can make them much longer with plastic drop cloths if you want to do so. Just make sure that all four are the same length. You also want to leave plenty of room for the outfield.
If you have a very limited amount of space, you can use Banzai’s Homerun Splash Baseball Slide to set up your Slip and Slide Kickball field. It’s basically a slip and slide square that’s 14 feet long on each side. It comes with a bat, but if you’re playing kickball, you can use either a kickball or an inflatable beachball instead.
In addition to making sure you have enough space, make sure that everyone’s wearing appropriate clothing. Old casual clothing would be best. Slip and Slide Kickball is a lot of fun, but you’ll be getting water and probably mud on your clothes!
If you’ve ever seen a kickball diamond, you can probably figure out pretty easily how to set this game up. Start by laying out the slip and slides or plastic drop cloths on the grass, at 90-degree angles to one another so that they form a square. Then, place the kiddie pools at the corners, where the bases are going to be.
The slip and slides are probably not going to stay in place on their own, especially when people are constantly sliding down them. That’s why you need the tarp stakes. Use the tarp stakes to anchor the slip and slides or drop cloths into the ground.
Make sure you nail these stakes deep into the ground so that they don’t come to the surface and injure someone who happens to fall down.
Also, pour water over the slides and fill up the kiddie pools. Pour the laundry detergent or dish soap on the slip and slides as well. You want to make the baselines as slippery as possible so that sliding down them will be even more fun!
If you want to make the game extra safe, or if there are children involved, you can put cardboard or carpet under the tarps. That will potentially make sliding and falling lower in impact and safer.
Finally, after you set up everything else, spray the home base and pitcher’s mound if you want to make the diamond look as authentic as possible. As soon as the paint dries, you’ll be ready to play.
How to Play Slip and Slide Kickball?
If you want to know how to play slip and slide kickball, you should probably know the rules for kickball. The good news is that since this isn’t an official game of any sort, you can make up your own rules if you want to do so. Just make sure that everyone who’s playing agrees on that set of rules.
Basic kickball rules
The first thing you need to do is to make sure you understand the rules of kickball. It’s fairly simple, so you can pick it up quickly if you don’t already know this game.
Setup and positions
First, know the basics of the setup. The bases are first base, second base, third base, and home plate. Home plate is where the person stands when they’re kicking the ball, and after kicking the ball, they try to make their way around the diamond without being tagged by a member of the opposite team.
You should probably have enough people to be able to fill nine positions as follows:
- Pitcher should be in the middle of the diamond.
- Catcher is right behind home plate.
- First baseman is a few feet away from first base.
- Second baseman is a few feet away from second base.
- Third baseman is a few feet away from third base.
- Shortstop is between second and third base.
- Left-fielder is in the outfield, behind the baseline that leads from second to third base.
- Centerfielder is in the outfield, behind second base.
- Right-fielder is in the outfield, behind the baseline that leads from first to second base.
Once you’re sure everyone understands the rules, everyone should split up into two teams. Then, each side should pick one person who’s going to be the pitcher. The first team up, meaning the first team who’s actually going to have people lining up to kick the ball, should have one person go up to home plate.
Kicking, strikes, and balls
Now, the first person should kick the ball. He or she should kick it only with the foot or leg and not touch it with his or her hand. If a kicker gets three strikes, he or she is out. A strike is a missed kick, a foul ball, or a pitch inside the strike zone that isn’t kicked.
What’s a foul ball, you ask? It’s a kick that ends up landing in foul territory, meaning it goes out of bounds before passing first or third base. A foul counts as a strike, so if a player gets three foul balls, he or she is out.
On the other hand, the kicker will get to go to first base for free if three balls are called. A ball takes place when a pitch goes outside the strike zone, bounces across home plate or any member of the pitching team move towards home plate before the kicker gets to kick the ball.
Rounding the bases
Of course, the ultimate goal of any player who’s on the kicking team is to make their way around the bases. They want to go to first, then second, then third, then home. Once a player makes his or her way all around the diamond, back to home plate, they’ll score a point for the team.
Of course, you can’t simply run around the diamond and score a point. If a member of the opposing team tags you, holding the ball, before you get to the destination base, you’re out. Once three players have been called out, the teams switch positions, and the opposite side goes up to kick the ball.
An official game of kickball has five innings. An inning is a turn for the team until they get three outs.
When you’re playing Slip and Slide Kickball, you can either follow the official rules of kickball to the letter or deviate from them a little bit. If you don’t have time for five innings, for example, you can do less. You can improvise on the rules however you want, as long as everyone agrees.
Adding in the Slip and Slide
Of course, those are just the rules for kickball. Adding in the slip and slide can make things quite a bit different.
For example, instead of running from base to base, you’ll be doing a combination of running and sliding. And since the bases are kiddie pools, you’ll want to make sure that you make contact with the water in the pool in order to be considered safe.
Slip, Slide, and Kick Away!
Whether you’re a fan of kickball or not, you have to agree that Slip and Slide Kickball is a great innovation. It gives you a way to stay active without becoming too hot in the middle of the summer. It’s also a great way to spend quality time with family or friends.
You can enjoy this game even if you’re not really the athletic type. Instead of running from base to base, you get to slide on cool water. What better way is there to stay cool when it’s blistering hot out?
For the next big family event in the summertime, Slip and Slide Kickball could be a great choice if you’re looking for something to do.
It’s great for kids and adults alike, and it’ll definitely be a memorable experience. This innovative game could even become part of a fun new family tradition!
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