Tupelo kicks off new young adult kickball league

TUPELO – The city Parks and Recreation Department will start a new kickball league for residents who enjoy sports but aren’t seriously competitive.
The league is open to anyone ages 16 and up who can form a team of between nine and 15 people to play one match a week.
Seven teams have registered so far, said city Sports Director Sims Meredith, and the deadline to sign up ends Wednesday. A one-time fee of $100 per team is required.
Meredith said the teams represent churches, businesses and could soon include a few municipal departments.
“It’s a good way for us to get out and meet others in the community, talk with others and enjoy fellowships with others,” Alex Wilcox, who will coach a team from North Star Church. “I hope this will grow and be a great success for Tupelo. I think the networking will be great.”
“It will be a little bit of sports, a lot of recreation,” said Parks and Recreation Director Don Lewis, explaining the idea came from a similar league in Baltimore in which young adults gathered to play and socialize throughout the year.
The kickball league will hold its first matches Oct. 1 at the Veterans Parks softball fields. Eight teams will pair up for four games. The season will end with a tournament in about six to eight weeks.
Lewis said he hopes to offer different sports throughout the year depending on the interest level of participants.
“This ties in with the mayor’s program of making Tupelo Mississippi’s healthiest city,” Lewis said, “because it targets people who are not typically involved with other sports like flag football or softball.”
Because the league’s main goal is to have fun and not necessarily to compete, on-field disputes will be settled “elementary school” style.
“We’ll use paper, rock, scissors to settle controversy,” Meredith said. “Like in elementary school.”

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