The name conjures images of recess —  schoolyards, screaming children and bouncy rubber balls. Fun was the name of the game back then. Today with more than 50-hour work weeks and Blackberries that keep people lassoed to the company Exchange Server 24/7, recess time now consists of gulping down coffee and dreaming of being back on that playground, screaming with your friends and kicking that rubber ball into orbit with the bases loaded.

The World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA), founded in 1998 in Washington D.C., has now spread to more than 30 states nationwide, and even internationally, with teams in London and Iraq. Kickball is now available in Portland.

The Maine Lighthouse Division plays on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Payson Park on West Kidder Street in Portland. The Maine Superhero Division plays Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Deering Oaks Park on Forrest Avenue in Portland. Registration is now open for the fall season. The season starts Sept. 2.

What are the rules of kickball? It is like the elementary school game — the one with the big red playground ball. Play is similar to other base sports, only easier and open to all skill levels. In short, WAKA plays with 11 fielders, five innings, two base coaches, bouncies, no head shots, one base on an overthrow, forced outs, no ghost men, and bunting is allowed so get a good catcher on your team. There must be both male and female players on the field at all times.

While competition does heat up around the World Kickball Championship held annually in Las Vegas — WAKA is really more about having fun, making friends and going to the best social events. Virtually no athletic ability is required to play WAKA, which is what makes it such an inclusive organization. Everyone 21 and older is welcome to play.

To learn more about adult kickball, click here WAKA.

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