Dayton’s Community Kickball Tournament returns on Saturday, June 21 to the City of Dayton’s Kettering Field Complex at 444 North Bend Blvd. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The tournament, which will feature co-ed youth and adult teams, is presented by the City of Dayton Department of Recreation and Youth Services, with support from the Dayton Police Department. Games will be officiated, with prizes for the first and second place teams.
The registration fee is $75 per team, and teams can register through June 7 at the following locations:
- Greater Dayton Recreation Center 2021 W. Third St., 937-333-4732
- Lohrey Recreation Center 2633 Glenarm Ave., 937-333-3131
- Northwest Recreation Center 1600 Princeton Dr., 937-333-3322
- Recreation and Youth Services Main Office 101 W. Third St., 937-333-8400
(Not available for registration on weekends)
Heater and Gem, mascots of the Dayton Dragons, will take on the first pitch and kick to get the action started. Concessions will be available throughout the day, as will registration for Recreation and Youth Services summer programs.
Originally called “kick baseball,” the game of kickball has been around for nearly 100 years. The game was invented by Nicholas C. Seuss, then Supervisor of Cincinnati Park Playgrounds in 1917. Physical education instructors incorporated kickball into public school classes during the early 1920s, and the game has remained a staple of neighborhood life for decades.