‘Largo Adults Get Kicks from Childhood Game’

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley


Screengrab of St. Pete Times story. Photo taken by Atoyia Deans, St. Petersburg Times.

A story I wrote about adult kickball appeared in today’s issue of the St. Petersburg Times. I played kickball in an adult league last fall and hadn’t really thought about why I played, other than the fact that I wanted to meet people. In interviewing other kickball players last week, I found that many of them play to escape the stress of work/adult life and just be a kid again, even if only for an hour.


If football fields are for the rough and tough, kickball fields are for the young at heart.

“Out here you can be goofy,” said 30-year-old Justin Taylor. “You can be a kid again.”

Justin is a member of the Bust N Balls, which faced off against the Playground Bullies at Whitesell Softball Complex field in Largo Thursday night.

The teams are part of an adult kickball league organized by the city of Largo’s parks and recreation department.

The men and women on both teams revert to a time when recess and naps were staples of daily life, a time when the space between bases seemed much bigger and the risk for getting hurt much smaller. [Read more…]