Kickball -The Ultimate Family Fun Game

Sarah Nelson prepares to boot a pitch from Kerry Robillard at Portland All Stars Only kickball practice Monday evening at Payson Park in Portland. The team will compete this weekend in the national championships in Las Vegas.

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. That means a lot of sunshine is on the way, which also means outdoor activities will be coming soon! And what is possibly the most fun game that just about anyone can play? Kickball, of course!

If you have kids in school, they probably play kickball during recess or after school with their friends. Even as a parent, you probably grew up playing kickball. As long as you don’t have any major physical disabilities, kickball is one game that you can play whether you’re 8-years old or 80-years old.

If you aren’t familiar with kickball, here is a brief rundown of how it works:

You set up a field with bases, just like a baseball field. Get a rubber kickball and two teams and you’re ready to play. The pitcher rolls the ball to the kicker, who will kick it as far as they can and run around the bases. If this sounds similar to baseball, you are exactly right! It’s just like baseball, except to get the runners out, you either tag the base or hit them with the ball when they’re running. Pretty simple, huh?

How to Keep the Game Fun

Unless you’re playing in a recreational league, then kickball in the backyard isn’t meant to be competitive. Keep your competitive fire between the lines on an official field. When you’re in the backyard with family and friends, divide the teams up so they are as fair as possible. Know your skill sets and don’t take the game so seriously that no one wants to play with you anymore.

If you want to kick it up a notch, try adding water sprinklers or, even better, slip-n-slides to your field. Everyone likes a little water during the hot summer days, so why not cool off while you’re playing instead of just afterward?

Personalize The Game How You Want!

The great thing about backyard kickball is that you can set whatever rules you want. Most people don’t even set rules when they play; they just make them up as they go. It’s truly one of those games that you don’t even have to keep score and you’ll still have a blast. In fact, most of the time, you won’t even think about what the score is because you are having so much fun.

The best part about kickball is that you don’t have to have a lot of equipment, and anyone can play. There aren’t many games that adults and kids alike can play together, but kickball is definitely one of them.

So the next time you’re having an outdoor barbecue or just getting together with family and friends, bust out the kickball and gather your people together to get a game started. If you don’t have a very active group at your house, just start playing with a handful of people. I guarantee you that your game will slowly start growing as people sitting on the sidelines see how much fun you’re having. Before you know it, you’ll have a big game going and could play for hours without getting tired!

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