For a lot of people, playing a team sport ended in high school or before. When it comes to kickball, your last trip around the bases was probably in fifth grade. You can get those days back by signing up for the adult co-ed kickball league at Home Plate and, if you’re looking for something fun to do that gets you out of the house, meeting new people and getting active, I urge you to give it a try.
I have played kickball at “The Chuck,” Home Plate’s state of the art field in Peachtree City, since they launched the league. I played with the same group of people but we went by many names during the first few seasons (The Place, The Replacements and Sandlot Rejects). We were never the best team but we were also never the worst. We finished within the top four each season and could give the best teams a few good innings at least. For an hour or two every Sunday night, we took the field and gave it our best. We got our hearts pumping and worked up a bit of a sweat. More importantly, we always had fun.
The new season starts June 12 and things kick off June 5 with a benefit tournament for March of Dimes. If you know nine or ten other people (at least three of them female) field a team for the three game tournament and Sunday night summer season. You won’t be disappointed.
The game is easier than you remember. It is basically baseball played with a bouncy red ball and your feet. Runs score the same, outs are recorded the same and the game lasts about an hour. You can have 10 players in the field (at least three of which have to be women) and you can have as many people kick as you want. The only rules you really have to remember are no bunting (you must make a full kicking motion) and infielders can’t rush up on weak kickers and runners can’t start moving to the next base until the ball has been pitched.
That’s it. You can take it as seriously as you want. Some teams are clearly there for the atmosphere of hanging out with their friends and neighbors, bringing coolers and adult beverages and jamming to the music over the sound system (home team on the main field is allowed to supply the iPod for the stereo) and others take it a little more seriously. Everybody is there to have a good time though and as a seasoned veteran I can promise you’ll have a good time.
Already I have amassed some great kickball moments and memories. I’ve made diving and sliding catches in the rain (the turf field has rubber pellets that make things soft and the field can absorb six inches of rain an hour - so no puddles), drove in the winning run with a walk-off double and cheered several extra inning victories.
I have a new team this season and I am excited to introduce some new players to the awesomeness of slightly competitive adult kickball. I hope that others will give this sport a try this summer. The tournament next weekend is the perfect chance to get your feet wet and see if it is for you. The fee for the tournament is $150 and is a benefit for March of Dimes. Get a group from work, church or your neighborhood together, put on the same colored shirts, give yourselves a humorous name and come play kickball. You’ll have a blast and this time you won’t have to listen for your mom to call you in for dinner.