Best Sports Tournament: Kickball Klassic |

Best Sports Tournament: Kickball Klassic

Kickball Classic
Matt Stensland/ file photo

Spend some time at the annual Kickball Klassic, and it’s easy to see why voters chose this as the Best Sports Tournament.

Turn your head away from the action for a minute, and you will spot two men in skimpy shorts riding a tandem bicycle. Dogs are dressed up in costumes. One year, a young woman was walking around with a sign saying she “will kick for beer.”

The competition on the field is fierce, but the event brings together the community’s most fun people who just want to have a good time.

With no league in Steamboat Springs, kickball enthusiasts have learned to get their fix from the annual two-day Kickball Klassic tournament in September. It also serves as a bon voyage to summer.

“It is the last of the summer for people, and the snow could fly any day,” says 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.

This year, the tournament sold out in 36 hours with 24 teams.

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 than we have teams that surprise us,” Sims says.

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. The championship game takes place Saturday night.

Before earning the title of champion, the winners could play as many as 10 games.

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

This year, the tournament celebrated its 10th anniversary.

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

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