It’s possible you may have noticed some signs stuck into the ground this past weekend while driving through Woodbury, Huntington or other neighborhoods in that area -- as several short, knee-high ads were especially noticeable, jutting out of curbside lawns.
This is, of course, nothing new – as often political candidates, landscaping companies and other Island initiatives frequently jam similar cards into the earth near roadways in order to grab your attention – but this time, the signs were plugging an enterprise that could possibly involve you and your friends, engaging in a sporting event most adults haven’t likely considered playing since elementary school.
Hint: Does the mention of a red “jelly” bring back any memories of lunchtime recess?
For anyone who just didn’t suddenly have a fifth-grade flashback, the game in question is kickball – and if the idea of booting those rosy, floppy balls around for fun this summer (while making that distinctive “splunk” noise in the process) would be a great way for you to cut loose – a good way to get yourself kicking would be to reach out to LKB.
The planter of those aforementioned signs, LKB (“Let’s KickBall”) is a coed, warm-weather league that seeks to get Long Islanders on its playing fields. Potential participants can start their own teams, join existing teams or just enter solo and be assigned to a squad. There are three different leagues, one based in Huntington (games are on Tuesday nights; and play at Henry L Stimson Middle School in Huntington Station), another in Long Beach (Tues-Wed evenings; at Nickerson Park in Lido Beach) and a third in Oyster Bay (Sunday evenings; at the St. Dominic Athletic Complex in Muttontown). Each finalized team must consist of at least 10 players, with a minimum of four female members, and all are required to play attired in athletic shoes, their team’s jersey and either pants or shorts.
In fact, anyone assuming the Let’s KickBall leagues are flippant meetings of quasi-serious goofing will be in for a rude awakening, as the LKB has a number of rules that must be followed in order to participate (among which include no alcohol consumption at playing fields). Furthermore, team captains are expected to thoroughly know the regulations and are to keep their respective crews organized and informed.
Contestants must be 21 years of age or older, with a sign-up fee of $69 (plus a $4.75 registration fee) – which covers the costs of equipment, team T-shirts, trophies, field rental, individual player insurance, game-time refreshments and the league’s website – as well as scoops on exclusive LKB happenings and deals. Registration is open for all three leagues until mid-June (each league has a slightly different closing date); for rules, sign-ups and other information head online to letskickball.com and facebook.com/LetsKickBall, or call 347-494-1244.