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BURGER BYTES: Birmingham Kickball

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Kickball, the favorite playground pastime, is making a comeback in the Magic City.

"It's a little different now that we're grown up," Chandler Bares said.  "The bases are a little closer and the ball flies faster."

"I used to be the strongest kicker in elementary school, but now I'm just getting my runs in if I can," Sara Stone added.

Birmingham's kickball league is part of the Go Kickball network and they've been kickin' it around George Ward Park for five years.   It's developed a cult-like following.

"Five years ago, we started with 80 people," Austin Boyd, the market owner said.  "It literally doubled every single season for the first three years we did it.  Now we have around 1,500 people a season that play."

Kickball is not about who wins or loses, instead its pitched as something to do to have fun and make friends.

"You got a good game with some good folks, then grab a drink or eat some dinner afterwards," Bares said.  "It's a good mix of competition and friendliness."

"We've had about ten weddings that have come from the league," Boyd said.  "I met my wife from it about three years ago."

However, a few of the ninety teams in league take the game a little more seriously.

"We have created a non-competitive league, a semi-competitive league, and your SEC powerhouse competitive league," Bares said.  "We have 8-10 teams that compete in that."

The kickball league plays every Wednesday and Thursday.

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