Sports & Recreation

Arnold “Zookie” Thomas attempts to tag out another player as she slips on the grass during a game.

Spring Kickball League

By Richie Corrales

Au-Authm Action News

Spring is a perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the cool weather. It’s also a good time to get the kids together and form kickball teams, and that is exactly what 11 coaches did recently on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The youth kickball league started at the end of March and wrapped up at the end of April. The teams were out playing on the Recreation field almost every night, with at least two games back-to-back.

Kickball is a favorite sport for many of the children because there’s a lot of freedom—they get to run, kick and throw the ball in order to tag a player out.

Mariana Porter, 10, and Soleil Smith, 7, from the Balls of Fury team, have played in the youth kickball league many times. “I love throwing the ball at the other teams,” Porter said, laughing.

In the 8-12 age division, teams were Far & Beyond, Recess, The Crew, G.R. Beeliners, Balls of Fury and Ak-Chin. The 13-16 age division had Balls of Fury, Dis-This, S.R. Bouncers, Ak-Chin and Red Mountain Branch. The Ak-Chin players traveled the farthest to participate in the kickball league.

Mariah Baptisto 15, of S.R. Bouncers, said the league is “all right.”

“It was a lot of fun [because] I got to hang out with my friends,” she said. When asked if she would play again next time, she said, “Yeah, so I will have something to do.”

For information on other youth sports leagues or tournaments in the Community, contact the Salt River Recreation Department at (480) 362-5765.

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