I bet you played kickball as a child, in elementary school – it was fun, and no one got hurt. Well, if you have played as an adult, you know the game is not quite the same. In line with the ADKF Wellness Initiative, we joined the San Antonio Sports and Social Club Kickball League again in 2019-20, and called ourselves:
Our first year was the 2018-19 season with about ten players and we didn’t even have a name. We managed to win one game the entire season – the final game. We had so much fun and were so excited to win just one game.
This year, our team is stronger, we have some returning players and some newcomers. We have learned more rules, sort of, and are playing better – according to us. We have played well, against teams that are our skill level and have fared poorly against a couple of teams who appear to be cyborgs from the Terminator movies.
Many of us showed up and thought, “It’s kickball, not challenging at all. It’s a game I once played in elementary school.” It’s a social league and many players are there to share a cold beer with friends and listen to music or get some extra exercise and enjoy the Texas evenings through the lighthearted competition. To prevent it from being a free-for-all, they still have rules and surprising a significant number of rules.
While that last part is true, the rest is not. The challenge is real for multiple reasons. The rubber ball is bouncy and an awkward beach-ball size, making it difficult to throw and catch. There is a myriad of rules to know, lest you make a mistake and find yourself celebrating a little too early, only to discover, you were wrong and did not score that point. We have encountered a couple of those moments throughout the season:
- We had someone kick the ball from the outfield – WRONG; you can only kick the ball when you are up to kick for your team.
- We had someone accidentally miss touching home base during a home run – WRONG. One must touch all the bases for a run to count as a point for the team.
Even with these snafus, we are having a great time and our record is the same as last season with the potential to do better. We have two games left, and we fully intend to win them both.
The best part of playing kickball is getting away from work and getting to know and socialize with co-workers you would otherwise not get to know because they work in different departments. It can be a cold or muddy game on Wednesday nights in Olmos Park, but it is always fun, and we are always laughing. Check in soon to see our final record for the season!READ MORE