Kickball Turner Park
Have you heard? Kickball leagues will be playing this spring in Turner Park!
The five-week season begins March 23, on Thursdays, from 6-8 p.m.
Kickball is a friendly sport that even non-athletes can play joyfully. I did a little kickball research and according to Wikipedia:
Kickball, originally called "Kick Baseball", was invented as early as 1917 by Nicholas C Seuss, Supervisor of Cincinnati Park Playgrounds in Cincinnati, Ohio. Seuss submitted his first documented overview of the game which included 12 rules and a field diagram in The Playground Book, published in 1917.
Now we know! Learn more here:
Should you decide to sign up, I'm including some photos here of kickball accessories for you to consider from Amazon.com.
I have fond memories of playing kickball in grade school. In fact, I had a memorable kickball moment in 4th grade.
"Kickball is a friendly sport that even non-athletes can play joyfully."
Imagine this: It's a lovely spring kickball day in PE class. We 4th and 5th graders are outside on the lawn of the school. Bases are loaded and I'm up to kick. Me. Yes, me. A pudgy little artist girl with low sports confidence. The cool kids on my team look doubtful. The entire opposing team looks hopeful. The coach gives me a reassuring smile.
With the sun in my eyes and my hands clenched into fists, I wait for the pitch. It rolls at me like I was a bowling pin. I made a quick hop to the ball and....
KNOCK IT OVER THE OUTFIELD AND DOWN THE STREET!
Everyone stands shocked, especially me. My best friend, Theresa jumps and up and down, yelling, "Run! Run! Run the bases!" One of the boys tries to chase the ball, but Coach says it's a goner. It bounced down the street, then down a hill, and chasing it would be fruitless.
We won the game! My team rallied around me. The cutest boy in class punched my shoulder and said, "You're not half bad." Coach shook my hand. It was all the talk in the lunchroom that day. I earned a new respect that day.
Later, folk songs were written about it and a small bronze statue of me was erected in the playground.
Okay, I made up that last part, but in my heart, it was a statue-worthy day that taught me that it's good to try things that take us out of our comfort zone.
Learn more about the kickball league here...