Are You Ready for Some KICKBALL?
Posted by Ren McCormack on May 11, 2009
Action Item No. 1:
Please let me know whether (or not) you will be at Thursday’s 7:15 game against the Legion of Doom.
Don’t let the name fool you—there’s nothing scary about this team (except maybe the amount of beer that they consume over the course of a game). For the vets, the Legion was once known as Bunt Funk (formerly Grabbasky and the K-funk Allstars, formerly Schoolhouse Rockers, formerly After School Specials…wow…that’s more team history than I think 99.9% of their actual team knows…).
We have a fun rivalry against this team. The past few seasons we’ve traded 1-run victories. Unfortunately, I think we’ve come out on the short end of most of those trades. This is a game of bragging rights…and dem are some rights that I want (particularly because I’m friends with most of their team).
This will be a fun one.
Captains Tip of the Day:
Each week, I’ll give a few tips and rules to help the people who haven’t played since they were in Ms. Smith’s 4th grade class (and tidbits for the vets to remember). First off, nine times out of ten, the team that loses makes more mistakes than the other team. I’ll start with basic stuff and work up to more complex things.
- The easiest out in kickball is a pop fly. To remedy the fever of a popfly, drink two Miller Lites, KICK THE BALL ON THE GROUND, and call me in the morning.
- Positions are basically the same as baseball/softball, except that you can play 11 people in the field. We play 5 outfielders, with one of them in “shallow center,” about 5 steps behind 2nd base. I’ll have a chart at the field. Seriously.
- The rules are basically the same as baseball/softball rules, with a few execptions, such as:
- Balls, strikes, and foul balls are each counted separately. Three fouls = an out (VETS: note that this is different than WAKA).
- You can throw the ball at someone to get them out, but you cannot hit them in the head. If a runner is hit in the head, they are safe (unless they were sliding or intentionally moved to create a head shot).
- There is no infield fly rule. Don’t know what that is? Don’t worry about it.
- No leading or stealing (but tagging up is allowed…and encouraged).
- When we are on D, get the ball back to the pitcher ASAP. Otherwise, the base runners may continue to round the bases.
- While bunting is allowed, I don’t particularly encourage it. Girls can bunt if they want, but there most certainly will not be any munting (male bunting). The colors don’t munt!
- Last tip for this week: run through first base. You do not need to stop on dime. Instead keep running past the base (after touching it, of course), then turn to your right into foul territory. “But why, Captain o’ Captain, would I do this?” The advantage of running through the base is that you can keep a full head of steam and not lose any momentum trying to stop on the base.
- Ok, I lied—one more tip: we should provide base coaches at 1st and 3rd, and they need to help the base runners with # of outs, when to run part way (such as pop ups), when to tag up, etc.
Each week, we have to supply a ref for the game the opposite time as ours. For example, this week we have a 7:15 game, so we need to supply a ref for the 6:30 game. I plan to get to the fields for the 6:30 game, so I’ll handle our reffing responsibility this week.
When we play at 6:30, we also need to supply a “squatter” at the fields because the NPS does not issue permits for the area of the Mall where we play. We compete for space with softball, so it’s important that people get down there early. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get out of work on time to make it, so we’ll ask for volunteers each early game.
Failure to supply either may result in a forfeit. Three or more forfeits and we are disqualified from the end-of-season tournament. Not to sound dire—it likely won’t happen, but it could.
Each week, I’ll ask for volunteers to bring liquid refreshments, cups, and ice to the game. That way, we rotate responsibilities. And that doesn’t mean that you can simple call “cups” to fullfill your drunkenly duties…
I have a couple of cases of Miller Lite all lined up for this week. Aren’t I good to you?
Each week we’ll have a different name tag theme. We’ll have 2 costume nights (Metal Mania and Halloween in July). This week’s theme is an easy one: 80s movie characters. When you reply to the blog, post your character so that we don’t have any dupes. I’ll have name tags and other goodies at the games. Please take the initiative to fill out your name tag with both your real name and your 80s character; also, help yourself to the goodies.
Like I said in my first post, I ask that everyone float me a few bucks for the goodies. Make sure that I cross your name off the list so that you get credit. I’ll also ask you to add your cell # so that I can text you should games be cancelled (the division will e-mail by 4:30 if games are cancelled because of weather, but sometimes it changes between 4:30 and game time).
See you Thursday night! Remember to show up early, get your shirt, socks, nametag, and goodies (and a beer).
PS- Remember to respond to the Action Items
Don’t need nothin but a good time
How can I resist
Aint lookin for nothin but a good time
And it dont get better than this
A little something about Poison:
The band has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. Bret Michaels and Rikki Rockett had a band called Spectres, in 1982 when they were still in high school. Poison started out with about 10 members and anyone was invited to join if they played an instrument. If a member failed to show for practice, they were out of the band. Eventually they had four or five members who were steady members. The Poison band was first started in 1983 and they called themselves, Paris at that time. Bret Michaels was lead vocalist, Matt Smith, guitar player, Bobby Dall, Bass player, and Rikki Rockett, was the drummer. The band moved to LA in March, 1984 and began to play the clubs. After an a mad group of parents protested that rock music was poisoning the minds of their children, the band changed their name to poison. The band had theatrical live shows and a glam image and this gained them notoriety on Sunset Strip. The filled the stage with old Harley Davidsons and car parts because they didn’t have the money to buy effects for their act. Bret, Bobby, Rikki, and DeVille, all signed with the Enigma Records label, in 1986, for about $30,000. Their debut album was released in 1986 and was called, Look What the Cat Dragged In. From the album came the singles, Cry Tough, Talk Dirty To Me, I Want Action, and I Won’t Forget You. They sold over 2 million copies of the album. In 1987, the band recorded a cover of the song, Rock and Roll All Nite, for the soundtrack to the movie, Less Than Zero.
Poison released their second album called, Open Up and Say …Ahh!. The album sold over 8 million copies worldwide. From the album came the group’s biggest hit single called, Every Rose Has It’s Thorn. Other hits from the album were, Your Mama Don’t Dance, Nothin’ But A Good Time, and Fallen Angel. By the end of 1989, Poison had become the fourth best selling hard rock band in the 1980’s.
Also, they grew up 20 min from were I did. And I met Bret Michaels mom at a Christmas party. HA!