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National Kickball Day

Get ready to kick off National Kickball Day with your friends and family! It's time to bring out the competitive spirit and have some fun on the field.
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April 17
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United States

Get ready to kick off your shoes and run around the field on April 17, also known as National Kickball Day! This popular playground game has been enjoyed by children and adults alike since its creation in the early 20th century. It's a mix of soccer and baseball, with a big, bouncy red ball as the star of the game. But don't be fooled by its simple rules – kickball can get quite competitive and is guaranteed to bring out your inner child. So gather your friends, lace up those sneakers, and get ready for a day full of fun and laughter celebrating this beloved sport!

History of National Kickball Day

National Kickball Day Dates

National Kickball Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1940s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kickball Creation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Kickball, originally called "kick baseball," was invented as a playground game, becoming popular among schoolchildren.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1960s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kickball Incorporation into Physical Education</div><div class='timeline-text'>Kickball became widely incorporated into the physical education curriculum of many American schools, promoting team spirit and physical fitness.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Adult Kickball Leagues</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first adult kickball leagues were formed, evolving the game from a playground activity into a sport enjoyed by all ages.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Formation of World Adult Kickball Association</div><div class='timeline-text'>The formation of the World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA) brings a new level of recognition and organization to the sport.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Kickball Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first National Kickball Day was celebrated in the United States, honoring one of America's favorite playground games.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Kickball Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a kickball tournament</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family and organize a kickball tournament! Split into teams and compete against each other for the ultimate kickball championship.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a kickball-themed playlist</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put together a playlist of songs that will get everyone pumped up to play kickball. Include songs like "Eye of the Tiger" and "We Will Rock You" to get everyone in the competitive spirit.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Have a kickball picnic</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pack some snacks, drinks, and a kickball and head to your local park for a fun kickball picnic. Enjoy some food, play some kickball, and soak up the beautiful weather.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Wear your favorite team's colors</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your team spirit by wearing your favorite team's colors while playing kickball. This will add to the fun and competitive atmosphere of the game.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create custom kickball jerseys</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take your kickball game to the next level by designing and creating custom kickball jerseys for your team. This will make the experience even more memorable and will have everyone looking like true kickball champions.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Kickball Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a fun way to stay active</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Kickball is a great way to get outside, get moving, and burn off some energy. This game combines the fun of soccer and baseball into one sport, making it perfect for people of all ages and athletic abilities.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes teamwork and sportsmanship</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>In kickball, there is no excuse for not working together as a team. From coordinating strategies to cheering each other on, this game fosters positive communication and teaches players the value of good sportsmanship.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings back childhood memories</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Many of us have fond memories of playing kickball during recess or with friends in the neighborhood. National Kickball Day gives us an opportunity to relive those carefree moments and reminisce about the joy this game brought us as children.</p></div></div>

5 Kickball Facts that Will Astound You

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kickball is also known as soccer baseball in Canada and Japan</h3><p class='facts-content'>Kickball gained international popularity and is recognized substantialy in Canada and Japan, where it's often referred to as 'soccer baseball'.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kickball was used as a teaching tool</h3><p class='facts-content'>Originally, kickball was used as a teaching tool in the early 1900s to help teach kids the basics of baseball.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kickball games range in team size</h3><p class='facts-content'>While traditionally played with nine players on each team like in baseball, kickball games can be played with any number of players depending on the rule set you choose to play by.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The official kickball size is 10 inches in diameter</h3><p class='facts-content'>Although different sizes can be used for fun, recreational play, the World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA) sets the standard for the official size of a kickball to be 10 inches in diameter.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are professional kickball tournaments</h3><p class='facts-content'>The sport has grown so much in popularity that there are now professional kickball tournaments held nationwide with cash prizes for the winners!</p></div></div>

National Kickball Day FAQs

When is National Kickball Day?

National Kickball Day is celebrated on April 17 every year. In 2024 National Kickball Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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