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January 11, 2013 - Leah Sherman
A few weeks ago, my husband pointed out a notice in the paper about a coed kickball game in Kihei on a Thursday night. I had to work the evening of the game, but he decided to check it out. The announcement had said that the event was scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Around 6:30 that evening, I got a text from him basically saying, "Nobody here. I'm going home." And we thought that would be the end of that.
Then, last week, he saw another notice for an open coed adult kickball game this week. We both had that day off, so we figured we'd give a another try.
We arrived at the Kihei Community Park right at 6 p.m. to find a county Parks & Recreation employee and one other person there. It looked like another bust, but we were assured that more people would be coming. So we hung around for another 10 minutes and, sure enough, vehicles began rolling into the parking lot and people were rolling out of them.
In all, there were probably 25 people there. Feeling a bit intimidated — it seemed like everyone was much younger than I, much more in shape and some even came carrying cleats — I told my husband, "You go ahead. This seems a bit hardcore for me. I'm gonna watch from the bleachers." He shrugged and went off to the field.
After about 15 to 20 minutes watching the warm-ups and listening to the talk story, I had changed my mind and volunteered myself for the team he had joined.
I'm really glad I did. We ended up playing two 9-inning games, with our team winning the second. I wouldn't say I was any good, but I tried hard — I almost caught one kick, with it bouncing off the tip of my hand and into the arms of the guy behind me; I made it to base a couple of times, even weaving past the first baseman, who had the ball in his hands and was trying to tag me; and I did get at least one rbi (or whatever it would be called in kickball).
The county Parks & Recreation Department is starting an adult coed kickball league. Games will be on Sunday afternoons at the Kihei Community Park. Rosters are beginning accepted through Monday (Jan. 14.) As of Thursday night, five teams had summited rosters. Teams must be coed. For more information, call 879-4533 or 866-7436.
One team captain very kindly asked both my husband and I to join his team. We had to turn him down as we both regularly work on game days. This morning I'm a bit grateful for my work excuse, because my whole body is in pain. I'm not sure I could survive week after week of kickball. But it was definitely fun.
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Kickball players warm up on the field at Kihei Community Park on Thursday.