Kickball's becoming increasingly popular in Chattanooga.
Go Kickball has 14 teams in the league, including one from NewsChannel 9.
It's a return to childhood fun and a way to relieve workday stress.
The rules are the same as back when you were in elementary school. The fun's the same as well. Thursday evening, NewsChannel 9's Flash Frames, which is a television technical term, squared off against Pitches Be Crazy.
And Pitches Be Crazy proved to be quite the buzz saw. First batter, or kicker, up drills an inside the park home run down the third base line.
League Commissioner Heather Holt explained what's fueling the popularity. "It's a combination of the sport, the fun of the sport, and the social aspect of it. Half of the league is the fun at the leabue bar. Our league bar is Universal Joint."
Go Kickball started in Atlanta and has spread nationwide. Holt said 13,000 people play in the Atlanta area alone. She inquired about a league in Chattanooga. Her inquiry led to her starting up a league here in the Scenic City. "I hoped it would be this big and it's growing in popularity. Hopefully, it will only get bigger."
Go Kickball has a spring, summer and fall league. The cost is $51 per person. For those interested in signing up, click here.
And it's not the only league in town. Chattanooga Sports League also has caught onto the kickball craze. It has 14 teams that play on Thursday's and six on Sunday's. In the spring, 22 teams took to the field. To check out that league, click here.
Meanwhile, Pitches Be Crazy went on to beat the Flash Frames handily. But that's not the point in this league. Pitches captain Spencer Clancy spoke of the bond it has formed within teams and outside of them. Clancy said, "It's really fun, it's a good time. It's just a good way to socialize with people that you wouldn't normally get the chance to during the week."
NewsChannel 9 captain Natalie Jenereski echoed that sentiment. "It's so much fun to get out here, it's just like 'Have a ball.' It doesn't even matter how many runs we score, it's so much fun."
And it seems to be a sport that appeals to many, regardless of athletic ability. Commissioner Holt noted, "It is, just about, if you say kickball, everyone knows what that is. And they say, 'I haven't played that since I was little.' And it's the aspect of a sport that anyone can play and be good at."
In the end, everyone had a ball, pun intended.
by John Madewell