Players compete for the fun of it

Tina Harbuck

With team names like Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies, Blue Marlin Beasts and Bundt Cakes, chances are it’s not a serious league.

And such is the case for the city of Destin’s Adult Coed Kickball League that plays on Monday evenings at Morgan Sports Center.

“I’ve played ever since it started,” said Rick Moore of Blue Marlin Beasts. “I just love competition, love coed and everybody getting together and having fun.

“It’s not high-powered competition, but enough to kick my butt,” Moore said.

This is the seventh year for the kickball league in Destin. In the past the city has had as many as 22 teams, this year the league only has seven. But the teams are still enjoying themselves.

Amy Tyler of team Emerald Coast Kayaks is another veteran of the league.

“I’ve played every season … I’m crazy I guess,” Tyler said. “I kind of look at it as the adults acting like kids … so why grow up?”

But more than that, Tyler said it’s about community.

“We all do something in the community, and we come together one night and have fun,” she said.

“I just love kickball,” said Christina Gordon of the Blue Marlin Beasts. “It’s not too competitive and it’s fun. I can’t catch a softball to save my life, but I’m not afraid of this one.”

Kickball is played with a 10-inch rubber ball.

Andrew Fish of the Kayaks played in the league last year and loves it as well.

“As long as I can get through the traffic it’s a fun time out here,” Fish said. “It’s competitive but a lot of fun. Nobody takes it real serious out here. I’ve played so many sports in my lifetime, I’m done with serious.”

Serious is not the word that comes to mind for Jason Kirk of the Bundt Cakes.

“I love kickball and love kickball with my friends,” said Kirk, who’s played in the league for three years. “We all get to hang out on Monday nights together because we’re tired from drinking all over the weekend … we’re trying to get it back going and kickball is what’s doing it for us.”

The kickball season is about half way over with the tournament beginning in a couple of weeks at Morgan Sports Center.

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