10 years of ballin’ in the ‘Boat
Steamboat Springs — 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.
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