10 years of ballin’ in the ‘Boat | SteamboatToday.com
YOUR AD HERE »

10 years of ballin’ in the ‘Boat

The two-day Kickball Klassic tournament starts Friday at Howelsen Hill.
Matt Stensland/ file photo

— With no league in Steamboat Springs, kickball enthusiasts have learned to get their fix from the annual two-day Kickball Klassic tournament.

In its 10th year, 24 teams will take the field Friday with games beginning at 4 p.m. at Howelsen Hill.

“The competition is really high, but people are there to have a good time,” said Lee Sims, who helps organize the tournament put on by Radiate Live Events.

The tournament started with eight teams in 2006 as a promotion for the KFMU radio station.

It quickly grew in popularity and reached 32 teams one year. The event was scaled back to make it more manageable.

Sims said the tournament this year sold out in 36 hours.

The Kickball Klassic has a loyal local following, but there are usually teams that will travel to play. This year, there are two teams from the Front Range and two teams from Summit County.

“We have some really great teams that have been here year after year and are dominant, and then we have teams that surprise us,” Sims said.

Friday night is a great night to spectate because all the teams are at the fields and the atmosphere is festive, with customized uniforms and youngsters having a good time.

Play will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the championship game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

If the championship team goes undefeated, they will have played only five games. If the championship team loses a game, they could play up to 10 games to crawl their way back through the bracket.

“It’s definitely in your best interest to win,” Sims said.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User