Over-Under Kickball

  1. Ball Games
  2. Readiness Games
  3. Recess Games
  4. Rotational Games
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Grades 1-2

  • Balls

  • 10 minutes or more

Development Goal

To develop cooperation and teamwork.

Before You Start

  • Set up cones as bases on a traditional kickball field
  • This game can played with all four bases or two bases
  • Practice the over/under passing together as a whole group or a short relay race

How to Play

  • When the ball is pitched, the first student kicks the ball and runs the bases.
  • The runner goes continuously, trying to get around the bases as many times as possible.
    • If you are using two bases the student runs back and forth as many times as possible.
  • The fielders retrieve the ball. Once a fielder gains possession of the ball, his/her teammates run as quickly as possible to line up in single file behind her/him.
    • The ball is then handed over the student’s head to the next person in line. (over)
    • The second person hands the ball through his/her legs (under) to the next person who then hands the ball over her/his head again.
    • The students pass the ball over and under until the last person in line has possession of the ball and yells, “Stop!”
  • At this point, the runner freezes where s/he is and announces how many time s/he made it around to home plate.
    • One point is given for each base s/he has touched.
  • Everyone kicks through the order once and then the teams switch sides


  • Runners go around bases as a team. See Example B in Kickball Group Time.
  • After fielding players pass the ball, have the last person run to front of the line to go through the Over-Under line twice.