Invented in the United States, kickball is a fun team sport that is often played by youth on the school playground. But why can’t the young at heart also enjoy this beloved sport? Roanoke’s popular Adult Kickball League runs each year between June and September.
What is kickball again?
Originally called “kick baseball,” kickball was said to have been created by Nicholas Seuss, a Recreation Supervisor for Cincinnati’s Parks and Recreation team, around 1917. Kickball is typically played outdoors on a softball diamond with an inflated rubber ball. The game uses three bases, a pitcher’s mound, and a home plate.
The co-ed league costs $215 per team for the entire season. A maximum of 11 players are on the field at one time. All players must be 18 years old or older as of July 1 of the current season. Each team must have a minimum of four females and four males to start a game. There is a maximum of 25 players per team and also a suggested minimum of 15 players per team. Teams are guaranteed to play eight regular season games, in addition to one post-season tournament game.
Roanoke Parks and Recreation offers two Adult Kickball Leagues: Lower and Upper. The lower leagues are more laid-back, whereas the upper league is more competitive and designed for experienced teams.
GAMES & Practices:
One-hour games take place twice a week between 6 and 10 p.m. at River’s Edge Sports Complex – South’s Softball Diamonds. Street parking is available on Wiley Drive beside River’s Edge South. Games are either on Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays, based on your team’s preference. Additionally, registered teams are allowed one practice slot per week leading up to the season. To register for a practice slot, please contact the Program Supervisor in charge of Kickball.
In the best interest of public safety and protection of public property, scheduled activities (games and practices) may be canceled by Parks and Recreation. Cancellations will be posted on the Weather and Information Hotline (540-853-1196) by 4:15 p.m., Monday – Friday. Cancellations may also be sent out via text alert to any participant who signs up for these alerts. Any further changes due to weather conditions may result in cancellations being made at the site.
You may also sign up for automatic text message alerts by texting the code KICK18 to 84483.