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Kickball still going strong in South Texas

Posted: 3:26 PM, Jan 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-15 20:25:27-05

Kickball is one of the great games of our childhood. It was played during recess when kids had no worries in the world aside from trying to put the runner out at first.

Kickball was freedom. And in the Coastal Bend, kickball has been taking that freedom and turning it into various competitive leagues.

One of those leagues is Southside Little Miss Kickball. Founded in 1970, it still serves the same purpose to this day.

“It’s a fun way of coming out here getting some recreation, being social and having a lot of fun playing a game that they have been playing since they were kids,” player agent Johnni Cavazos said.

And in case you did not know, kickball is huge in the Coastal Bend.

“When I moved up to Houston there was no sound of kickball,” Elisa Hernandez said. “But here in South Texas, there is.”

While most imagine kickball being the fun-loving game that kids grew up playing, these ladies take their games pretty seriously.

“It’s very serious,” Jeannine Bryant said. “And very competitive.”

The games are intense and the stands are packed with friends and family watching competitive kickball being played at a high level. The women who play these games take it seriously, but they also use it as a much-needed break.

“I work in the office so I’m always sitting around,” Sylvia Rios said. “Once I get out to kickball, I get to move around, get the blood flowing and get moving.”

The Southside Little Miss Kickball league has two seasons. One is held during the summer and the other one is in the early winter.