WAKA Policies

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The 2012 edition of the Official WAKA Rules makes an effort to focus only on rules of the game as applicable in all contexts, removing items better described as "WAKA Policies" that would not necessarily apply in all instances the rules are licensed. The removal of these WAKA Policies from the Rules is NOT to be taken as an indication they are no longer in effect for WAKA Leagues. This document is dedicated to stating the default WAKA Policies on a range of topics.

Please note that a given League's policies are expressed on each League's webpage, whether in the text of the page itself or any documents linked to from the page (such as FAQs and memos to Captains). There may be policies on the local level that expand on or even supersede the default policies herein - please check out your local League page and ask your WAKA Community Coordinator if you have questions.

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Global Default Policy

2011 Rule


Alcohol & other Field Regulations

Alcohol is prohibited on the field and anywhere on the premises, per park regulations. All participants and spectators are required to abide by any and all regulations imposed by Facilities at which WAKA activities are conducted.


WAKA is obliged to enforce regulations imposed by the park or field permit authority, and reserves the right to expel or otherwise discipline any player whose conduct jeopardizes the league's permits and field agreements.

Kicking Order

Written kicking orders are to be exchanged between Captains at the beginning of every regulation game. All players participating in the game must kick in the written scorebook kicking order, but do not have to field.


There is no requirement to alternate males & females in the kicking order.

No challenges to rosters or kicking orders can be considered if written kicking orders are not exchanged.

Game Forfeits

To play a regulation game, a team must field a minimum of 8 players overall, and 4 of each sex. Failure to meet these requirements results in a Forfeit of that game. Leagues may allow a grace period for arrival of not more than 15 minutes past the first scheduled game time.


Game Forfeits count as both a Forfeit and a 5-0 Loss in the League Standings (plus a 5-0 Win for the other Team.) Not to be confused with administrative penalties known as "Paper Forfeits" (addressed below).

Referees and opposing Team Captains are not at liberty to waive Forfeits (and it's considered poor form to pressure them to do so) - however, in cases a forfeit is declared, it is still encouraged that the teams should take the field and play an exhibition "honor scrimmage" with the time available.

Player T-shirts

While participating in WAKA kickball, players must properly wear and fully display the official WAKA athletic clothing designated for their use (once received). Repeated violations of this requirement may result in a paper forfeit (see below).


Modifications and decorations to T-shirts are allowable, provided that all original printed logos (front and back) are not altered or obscured. Wearing team T-shirts to the League Bar is typically required to qualify for WAKA specials and discounts.

Backstop Assistants & other non-active players

Players from either team, while not active as fielder or kicker, may serve as "backstop assistants" to retrieve balls no longer in play. Such assistants must be behind the kicking box and sufficiently back from the catcher, and may not be involved in any live play.


For purposes of Interference calls, backstop assistants are not considered active players - however their team can be held responsible should the Ref judge there to be intentional interference. All non-active players, including Backstop Assistants and Base Coaches, are permitted to help retrieve foul balls.

In-game injury substitutions

Any baserunner or fielder removed due to injury per WAKA Rules must only be replaced by a player of the same gender.



Late-arriving players

Any eligible player arriving after the start of the game must be added to the end of the team's written scorebook kicking order. Players may not be added to the game after the team has been once through the kicking order.


Kicking orders as exchanged at the pre-game meeting may include expected players not yet arrived. If the expected player's place in the kicking order is reached before the player arrives, then at that time the Captain must notify the Head Ref and opposing Captain, and move the absent player to the bottom of the order.

Time Limits

In order to ensure adequate playing time for all teams, Leagues may impose time limits for all regular season games.

Since innings begun must be completed (see remarks), WAKA recommends time limit policies be structured in the format "For games scheduled for X:XX, no new innings shall begin after Y:YY."

Please consult your local League page for applicable details.


All innings begun must be completed (except where unnecessary due to the home team leading).

Limits should be based on absolute clock times and do not "slide" if a given game starts later than scheduled.

A game that completes three innings before being called off due to a time limit remains a regulation game.

Time limits for single elimination League Tournament games (with potential extra innings) may differ from time limits for the regular season.

Mercy Rule

Any game may be ended at the discretion of the losing team, if losing by 12 or more runs at the end of any inning. This will be marked as a regulation game.




The league will consider protests beyond the Head Referee at its discretion.


Be advised that overturning of game results is discouraged in the strongest possible terms, but discussion of controversies is useful for avoiding them in the future.


Referees must cancel the game if lightning is seen.


Putting the game on a 20-minute hold is a valid alternative where storms are known to come and go quickly. Lookin' at you, Miami.


Referees for each game are designated from within the pool of players in the League. Please see local League page for schedules by team and/or by individual Head Ref. Failure to provide Refs as assigned results in a "paper forfeit" for the offending team (see below).


All participating Refs are asked to review both the Rules and Rules FAQ at kickball.com, and to give the assigned games their full and sober attention. See your local League page for information on Rules Clinics and Head Ref programs, where available.

Administrative Penalties aka "Paper Forfeits"

A "paper forfeit" is an administrative penalty applied to a team, for failure to provide Refs as assigned or for other transgressions as might be deemed appropriate by League leadership and/or WAKA.


Paper forfeits, unlike game forfeits, do not also count as a Loss, nor do they nullify or replace the result of a given game -- they simply add a forfeit to the team's record, impacting their standings and counting towards the 3+ forfeits that would disqualify a team from tournament play. (See League Tournament Guidelines at kickball.com.)

Player Eligibility

All participants must meet the following requirements:

  1. be 21 years of age or older by the date of the first game;
  2. be adequately and currently health insured against any injury that may arise from kickball play;
  3. be properly registered with WAKA including but not limited to full completion of the registration process.


A player may only sign up for one team per league, but may sign up for multiple leagues per season.

Roster Violations

A team playing a non-registered person, an improperly registered person, or a person not registered on that team, league, and season, will forfeit that game. This team may also lose the right to play in any post-season tournament, league tournament or World Kickball Championship.



League Size

Each League must have at least four (4) teams.


Maximum team numbers per league may vary with available field space.

Team Rosters

WAKA reserves the right to add additional players to teams during the registration period, up to a maximum of 26 players per roster.


See local League pages for additional guidelines and ground rules for registration.


WAKA must approve all affiliates, partnerships, sponsorships, advertisers and league bars.



Tournament Play

League tournaments are regulated by the WAKA Kickball League Tournament Guidelines found at kickball.com.

World Kickball Championship play is regulated by the WAKA World Kickball Championship Guidelines found at kickball.com.



Ghost Men

Ghost Men are not allowed.


Ghost Men are still not allowed. :)