While I can fully appreciate the writeups above, I do feel that there is something most important to add:

Kickball: It's not just for kids anymore!

Yesterday, I performed my first duties as the official captain of a kickball team, organising my group for a quick, dusk-shortened scrimmage with another. The teams which participated were just two of the thirteen that exist in Northern Virginia which, alone, has three divisions.

At this point, I'm sure you're probably shaking your head, thinking, "Kickball divisions?".

Let me assure you that it's true. It's all true.

Since its inception in 1998, the World Adult Kickball Association, or WAKA, has continued to grow at an astounding pace, with 13 divisions currently existing in the DC/Virginia/Maryland area alone, where it originated. Beyond the beltway, it had expanded to three divisions in California and one in Ohio. In 2003, the growth has been explosive, however. Today, there are now divisions in the process of forming, all across the United States, in cities such as "Atlanta, Denver, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, L.A., Orange County, San Diego, Portland, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Chicago, NYC, Boston, and others."1

"Everybody Loves Kickball(TM)" is the WAKA motto, and it is proving to ring true. This is my second year playing; after having enjoyed it so much last season, I ended up with my own team!

Some background:
  • Adult league kickball pretty much follows most of the same rules you played as kids -- in fact, WAKA even has its own official rulebook, to give some semblance of order to the many permutations listed in earlier writeups. In addition, there are referees (usually members of another team) to make sure everything is played correctly.

  • Games are five innings long.

  • WAKA games use an official, red Baden 10-inch playground ball. It's not as easy to kick as you might recall it being, either.

  • WAKA bills itself as "A social-athletic organization". Yes indeed, the emphasis is on social, because:

  • There is a World Championship of Kickball, where competing teams vie for the coveted Founder's Cup.

In the end, although a lot of people might view it with some skepticism, virtually all who play adult league kickball end up enjoying it. You probably would too!

WAKA's website can be found at: http://www.worldkickball.com/

1 - http://www.worldkickball.com/home.html