606231_kickball1It’s the spring of 1991, I’m in 8th grade and it’s a stormy mid-morning at Memorial Middle School in Point Pleasant, N.J. The softball field is muddy, the tennis courts are pooling water, the track is slippery, and gym class is upon us. This means one thing– kickball! I looked forward to these days more than any other, because we could abandon the usual gym-class competitive nature and have some fun! There’s something intoxicating about the rubbery smell, rough texture and hollow bouncy “pop!” sound that rings out from the red playground ball when you give it a good kick.

Now that you are bubbling over with nostalgia, I’m going to blow your mind…you can join a kickball league this summer through PUMP’s Pittsburgh Sports League and re-live all of your favorite kickball moments as an adult! What better way to spend one night a week over the summer than meeting some new people, getting some exercise, and…well…playing?

PUMP’s Pittsburgh Sports League offers opportunities to join a co-ed adult recreational sports league in the Pittsburgh region. It was started 9 years ago with a 150-person flag football league and has since expanded to additional sports, offered four seasons throughout the year. While the Pittsburgh Sports League has classic team sports such as basketball, broomball, bowling, dek hockey, flag football, softball, and volleyball, it also has a running club, tennis clinics, and those gym class favorites, kickball and dodgeball.

cornhole-11For the self-proclaimed “non-sporty” types, Pittsburgh Sports League (who states that the intent of their leagues is to HAVE FUN) even has a CORNHOLE league. For those of you have never played, cornhole is a classic backyard game (one of my favorites!) that takes no more skill than throwing a beanbag into a hole. Registration for upcoming summer leagues run from May 11 – May 15 (depending on the sport) so try channeling your inner 8th grader, put on your sneakers and sign up for a summer league!

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