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Kickball, a gym class staple that is now enjoyed by adults as well, was invented in 1917 by Nicholas Seuss in Cincinnati. Originally called Kick Baseball, the idea behind the game was to teach school children the basics of baseball. In its earliest incarnations, Kickball was played with a soccer or volley ball, there was no pitcher, and teams would only switch sides after all the players on a side had kicked. As the game has evolved, Kickball has become much more similar to baseball in rules and play. According the World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA) official 12 page rule book, modern Kickball games last 5 innings (3 outs per inning) and are played with 11 fielders. Heading hunting and ghost men are not allowed, but “bouncies” are.

Want to play some Kickball? The World Adult Kickball Association allows adults to relive their schoolyard glory days in co-ed leagues and tournaments all around the country. There are now a dozen leagues in Massachusetts alone, so visit to sign up and get in the game! For more random sports, get your tickets to see the Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete World of Sports (abridged) at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, September 9 – October 3.

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Thanks for the WAKA kickball mention! I hope your show is wonderful.

– Sarah Nelson

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