Kickball’s combination of fun and fitness has longtime appeal for local team captains

Adult coed leagues bring together players of all levels for energetic, but not intense, competition.

A DECADE OR SO ago, it felt like everyone I knew was joining a kickball team. My childhood memory of kickball consisted of retreating into the outfield and hoping nobody could kick hard enough that I would have to field the red rubber ball.

But others, apparently, had fonder memories of the sport.

Paco Ramirez started playing adult kickball 10 years ago. He still captains his team, Bottom of the Fifth.

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Ramirez didn’t grow up playing team sports, but he loved following them, particularly baseball. When a friend brought him to a pickup kickball game, he realized it was the perfect sport for him — he can indulge his love of strategy and baserunning in a friendly and fun atmosphere. His team now…

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