Forget hibernating and embrace winter with the passion of Norsemen. North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter is back with a week full of activities to get you out of the house for some outdoor winter games and good cheer. Join us on the tundra of North Liberty January 28 through February 3, 2018, for fun on the bleakest days of the year. Some events do require registration, snag your spot here.

All events subject to change pending weather.

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KICK Winter in the Snow BALL

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

KICK Winter in the Snow BALL

Put together a team of nine to twelve players and register for the KICK Winter in the Snow BALL tournament taking place on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Penn Meadows Park Tundra.

Must be 18 years or older to participate. Registration is $75 per team (will increase to $100/team after Jan. 1) and can be found at the bottom of this page. Included with your team registration is a Beat the Bitter fleece headband for each player. Tournaments consists of round-robin play, with the best record in each pool advancing to championship play.

To determine the champion of each pool, we first consider overall record, then head-to-head record, then run differential, then total number of runs scored, then the always-popular coin flip (we use a United States quarter dollar).

2018 Tournament Schedule

kickball teams for web

Participant headband

Each player will take home a Beat the Bitter fleece headband.


  • Teams consist of 9 to 12 players of any gender at least 18 years of age
  • The strike zone is 2 feet on each side of home plate.
  • Kickers cannot cross home plate to kick
  • No more than 10 players may play the field at one time.
  • Maximum roster size is 12 players.
  • Any fielder must kick, but players are not required to field in order to kick.
  • Kicking order can only be changed with other team’s consent
  • Substitutes from the bench can be made for injuries.
  • Each game lasts five innings or 40 minutes, whichever occurs first. (Games may be shortened due to weather conditions.)*
  • Ties are broken with extra innings only in championship matches.
  • Each team is responsible for tracking runs.
  • Don’t be a jerk.


  • Each at kick: kicker gets three pitches in the strike zone to kick the ball, regardless of foul or missed kick
  • Any roll outside of the 2-foot strike zone is a ball
  • Four pitched balls outside of strike zone is a walk.
  • A foul ball is anything outside of the base lines, or a ball that is kicked and the ball hits the kicker, or hits the backstop
  • No bunting; must take a full kick.
  • The pitcher cannot sidearm or overhand roll the ball
  • The ball must roll prior to hitting the home plate.
  • Any roll inside or touching the 2-foot strike zone is a fair ball
  • Runners cannot run outside of the baselines
  • No stealing or leading off. Sliding is ok, but at the runner’s risk.
  • No in-field fly rule; if ball is caught in the air in the infield, runners may touch base and advance at their own risk
  • Runners can be hit with the kickball by the fielder. If a runner is hit above the shoulders they are safe.
  • Runners can over run first base if they curve to the right. Curving to the left indicates the play is live and can be tagged out.
  • Runner is out if hit by a kicked ball from the kicker
  • Runners can advance until the ball is controlled by the pitcher and is in the mound area
  • Runners cannot advance on foul balls
  • The pitcher must stand on the mound to start pitch
  • Fielders cannot block the bases- if blocked, the runner is safe
  • Reminder: Don’t be a jerk.
  • Rulings by umpires are final


February 3
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Penn Meadows Park
170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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