When Chris Andrikanish dreamed up his Adult Kickball Tournament, laughter was the primary response. It's a kid's game, he heard repeatedly. But the allure of the red rubber ball soon caught on. "You don't have to be a professional, you don't have to be in shape, you don't have to be young," Andrikanish reasoned. With that, a tourney was born. The one-day competition pits 10-player, coed teams against each other (solo players may also sign up). After every team has played two games, the four squads with the best records and most runs scored move to the playoffs. The champion gets a full-scale picnic party, complete with booze. "It is the perfect game to play on a nice summer afternoon in front of your family and friends," Andrikanish says. "No one is too old to play kickball."
Playground rules still apply to the adult version of the game: no stealing, no leadoffs, and no arguing with the umpire. "Just like in grade school, there is also no cheating, no throwing at the head, and no crying." The tournament, presented by Burning River Sports, takes place from noon to 8 p.m. at Euclid Memorial Park, 711 East 222nd Street in Euclid. Spectators watch for free; team fee is $195. Call 216-721-8268 for more information. -- Cris Glaser
Bend It Like Boca
World-class soccer hits town.
Two of the top club teams in international soccer will fill the nets at Browns Stadium Friday as part of the 2003 Champions World Series. Argentina's Boca Juniors recently beat the Copa Libertadores (South America's most important club competition) for the third time in four years. Scotland's Celtic FC, which holds the No. 9 spot in the CNN World Soccer rankings, has won the Scottish League championship 38 times and the Scottish Cup 31 times. Their Cleveland match is part of a seven-city tour of club teams from Europe and South America. The game starts at 8 p.m. at Browns Stadium (1085 West Third Street). Tickets range from $30 to $125, available by calling 216-241-5555. -- Steve Albanese