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Kickin' it old-school style: Adult kickball in Hagerstown

July 06, 2012|By MYLINH A. HOANG | mylinh.hoang@herald-mail.com
  • Trevor Richardson of Hagerstown kicks the ball at a recent game of the adult kickball league at Fairgrounds Park.
By Ric Dugan/Staff photographer

Remember when all it took was a ball and a group of friends for some entertainment? Adults can still have it too with a kickball league in Hagerstown.

On a recent Monday night, about 50 adults gathered on the field at Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park to compete against other teams for an evening of fun on the field.

"You don't have to have athletic ability to play this league," said Andy Hoffman, recreation coordinator for the City of Hagerstown Parks and Recreation. "We cheer on everybody no matter how athletic they are or not."

Hoffman also added that kickball is a social sport, everyone who participates has a good time and it's a great way to make new friends. The group meets Monday nights at the park. Tennis shoes are required to participate on the field and those playing should bring water to keep hydrated.

"It's a great way to socialize, meet new people, stay active and just have fun," said Trevor Anderson, 21, of Hagerstown.

Four teams participated and they are broken up by color: red, green, blue and yellow. On this evening, red played against  green on one field, while blue and yellow played head to head in another field. After the first game, one of the teams switched fields and game two began.

"It's a lot of people that are just here to have fun, " said Laura Cheung, 27, of Hagerstown, "There's no judgment and it's just a good time."

Kickball is widely thought of as a grade-school activity, but any age can play kickball.

"A lot of people are like, 'We haven't played that since elementary school,' but it's actually really fun and really competitive so hopefully next year we'll get more teams out here and have a very competitive league," said Adam Cook, 22, of Hagerstown.

Adult kickball is not just for twentysomethings either. 

"I did it originally just because I'm getting older," said Neysa Nguyen, 31, of Hagerstown. "I don't really do much. I'm a stay-at-home mom, so I just wanted to get out the house and interact. When you get older, you don't really get out that much and get to know new people. So I met a lot of great people."

Nguyen added that she hates running, but running during a kickball game gets her adrenaline pumping. She noticed that ever since she started playing, she has more energy.

"One of the things we believe in is that just because you've grown up doesn't mean you have to grow old," Hoffman said. "We want to have as much fun as we can for as long as we can."

There are currently five teams in the league, but Hoffman hopes to expand in the future. To participate in the league, it costs $30 for a 10-game season; T-shirt included. Cost to participate in a one-day tournament is $40 per team, $5 per person. The tournament is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the fairgrounds.

"I came from Baltimore in Hartford County and they had 25 to 30 teams at a time. Each night you would have eight fields going all at once and that was a great situation," Hoffman said. "Bringing that out here to my hometown is something that I am really looking forward to and really enjoying it so far."

Hoffman encourages more people to come out and have fun and his goal is to have 15 to 20 teams playing each week.

"This is a social sport and we're here to have a good time and make new friends," he said.



If you go ...

WHAT: Adult kickball league

WHEN: 6 and 6:55 p.m. Mondays

WHERE: Fairgrounds Park, off Cleveland Avenue, Hagerstown

CONTACT: Parks & Recreation at 301-739-8577

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