Get a kick out of second season of kickball

This year’s kickball season begins Thursday, May 2, with games running until the end of June

The buzz has already started over the start of the second season of the Adult Kickball League.

Remember when Seymour Pacific’s Psychedelic Warriors won last year’s epic final game? Those six teams vying for the coveted championship demonstrated the popularity of the game, and the Campbell River recreation department hopes last season’s success will help the league grow to eight or more teams this year.

“A combination of baseball, soccer and dodge ball, this fun kickball league is for adults looking to get some exercise, increase their reaction time and meet other people who enjoy having a ball thrown at them,” explains recreation programmer Kevin Elmore. “The sport is growing in popularity across North America and provides an alternative to conventional sports – bringing out the fun-loving kid in everyone.”

Also known as California kickball, the game is played on a baseball diamond, with the same field setup. Players kick a rubber ball that is pitched, instead of hitting a baseball with a bat. Once the ball is kicked, players run the bases while the other team throws the ball to get them out. Just like baseball, the bases are safe, and if the ball is caught before it touches the ground that player is out.

This year’s kickball season begins Thursday, May 2, with games running until the end of June. Games are played evenings between 7 and 9 p.m. at Ecole des Deux Mondes (EDM) school.

Register as a single player and/or as a teams of eight (or more) before 3 p.m. Apr. 24 by calling or stopping into the Sportsplex. Having trouble finding enough players for a team? Contact league coordinator Kevin Elmore at the Community Centre, who might be able to arrange players to join your team.

For more information and rules of play for this new rec league, please call the Sportsplex at 250-923-7911 or the Community Centre at 250-286-1161.