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2008: The Year of Footloose

Posted by Ren McCormack on April 11, 2008

Footloose!

Welcome to the 2008 season!
We’ve got a full roster that’s a mix of vets and newbies. So if you don’t know everyone, that’s fine (because neither do I!). To get to know each other before the season starts and to see what this kickball stuff is all about, we’re going to have a few pre-season events. But before we get to that, let’s go over some background info.
Footloose is a team with a theme. If the name “Footloose” didn’t give it away, maybe this will: do you like jelly bracelets? Do you still wear tube socks with the stripes at the top? Do you still fall asleep with a Glow Worm tucked snuggly under your arm? Do you look Pretty in Pink? Because you know, and knowing is half the battle. Because you’re just a small town girl living in a lonely world. Because you’re Hungry Like the Wolf, you’ve joined a team that loves everything cheesy about the 80s. So get ready to do the Safety Dance, flip too many cups to count, and maybe, just maybe, play a little kickball.
If that scares you, there is still time to bow out…
Registration Info
  • Registration has been a mess this year for a few reasons, so we’re behind the curve. Go to www.kickball.com and create an account (for newbies) or log in to your account (for vets). Request to join the DC Atlantic Division (NOT the DC Federal Division…long story). Request to join the group/team named Footloose. You are not done until to you enter your credit card info and submit it.
Schedule/Fields/Bar
  • We are trying something new this year, and will be playing ALL games on Thursday nights. This will be a logistical nightmare, but should make the bar extra fun!
  • Games will likely start the first or 2nd week in May. The last Thursday in April or the first Thursday in May will be the preseason pickup games and party (read: figure out where the fields are, play some ball, then drink free beer). Details to come.
  • We still will play on the Mall near the Vietnam memorial (20th/Constitution). The closest Metro is Foggy Bottom, and is a 10-15 min walk.
  • The Exchange at 17th/G will still be our sponsor bar.
What are my expectations as the team captain?
  • First and foremost, the only thing that I ask of each player is that they respond to the questions that I ask in the blog (https://footloose.wordpress.com) each week by posting a comment. This will typically be something very complex such as “please let me know whether you will be at tonight’s game.” Now let me be a snotball and give everyone a lesson in basic English. The word “whether” expresses an alternative, as in “whether or not” (i.e., give me a yes or no answer).
  • Next, read my weekly posts. They will contain little tips of success and 80s trivia. For example, what’s the first rule of kicking? Just ask a veteran. What’s the top selling album of 1983? That should be a gimmy, as it’s also the world’s overall top selling album: Michael Jackson’s Thriller (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thriller_%28album%29).
Album cover (Special Edition)
  • If you do not respond to the blog letting me know that you are coming to a game and you show up, that’s cool, just know that you’ll be at the bottom of the kicking order. Fair warning.
  • Footloose strives to find a balance between being goofy and being competitive. What’s that mean? Rock the wristbands, but still rock the other team.
Here are some other tidbits of info:
  • Becky has graciously agreed to be my co-captain and go-to gal this season. Hopefully I won’t need her services, but the reality of work is that I expect to work longer hours over the summer and may have difficulty makes the early games on time.
  • We will handle on-field drinks the same as last season: We will rotate who supplies cups and drinks for each game. The type of drink is up to you. A couple of 30 packs? That’s cool. Sangria? That makes for a fun night. Jungle juice? Hells yea! Officially, drinking is not allowed on the Mall. Officially, we do not drink on the Mall. Just don’t ask what’s in the cups. Discretion (and cleaning up all trash) is key.
  • I ask that each person give me $4 or $5 for miscellaneous expenses. And yes, I do keep note of who paid and who thinks I won’t notice when they don’t pay.
  • There will be a few games where we are responsible for taking an equipment bag and bringing it the following week. So I’m not stuck lugging the thing on the Metro, if anyone is driving and knows that they will be at the next game, I’d be very grateful if you step up and volunteer to take/bring it. We’ll cover that when it comes up.
  • There will be at least two costume games this summer (other than our normal 80s garb, of course). Metal Mania V and the league-sponsored “Halloween in July.” What’s Metal Mania? It’s your chance to flex a little creative muscle and use a lot of Hairnet. Basically, each team member creates their own 80s metal band personality and comes decked out and ready to rock. I have a couple ideas for Halloween in July, but more ideas are welcome. Last season we did 80s movie characters and the year before we did “Pretty in Pink” and wore bad prom dresses (even some of the dudes). Stayed tuned for future posts on both costume events. In the mean time, hit the local Goodwill and stock up on acid wash jeans and snakeskin vests.
Schedule/Fields/Bar
  • I am talking with another team to have a pre-season meet & greet on Saturday May 3. Think bar hopping on a bus that is BYOB and has stripper poles (www.ridetheboomerang.com). Now if that doesn’t sound like fun, then you shouldn’t be playing kickball…
  • I also hope to have a preseason pickup game so that we can give the newbies a chance to ask any questions and meet the vets. I don’t think that will happen in April or before the first game, unfortunately. This usually involves playing some ball then going for burgers & beer. Nothing too formal.
Thats all from the news desk right now. Now go register!
Ben
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