When was the last time you played kickball or dodge ball? It has been a long time, I’m sure. The other night I had the opportunity to watch my twenty-something-aged daughter play kickball in an organized league. Then I saw these t-shirts!
In Sacramento, traditional recreation and park departments provide a variety of recreational and competitive adult sports leagues like softball, bocce, 3-on-3 basketball, volleyball, masters swimming, etc. After all, adults need their recreation activities and leisure escapes, too!
When a government agency can’t offer certain sports due to staffing, facilities and funding, outside groups also sponsor adult recreational activities.
“Who says adults can’t have recess?” is the slogan for XOSO Sports and Social League. They provide social sports leagues (affectionately called “beer leagues”) like kickball, dodge ball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee and softball. This organization relies on sponsorships from a variety of bars and restaurants to help pay for field rental fees, equipment and supplies, which in turn, give discounts to players in the leagues.
Many of these leagues are more recreational in nature and not as competitive, which attracts folks who may not be as athletic as players in other leagues. I have played many co-ed softball games in my day and witnessed the uber-competitive nature on the ball field. It ain’t pretty.
I compare these types of leagues to college campus intramural sports, which foster a much healthier environment for adult play, making it accessible for anyone who wants to just have fun with their friends. The opportunity for socialization after the game is half the fun!
And who doesn’t want to go out and play a fun game of adult kickball?
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