By Anna-Marie Menhenott
TREASURE COAST -- Everyone remembers grade school, watching the clock and counting the minutes until recess, so you could rush to the baseball field and play a fun-filled game of kickball.
For those who still enjoy the game, there are local kickball leagues where teaming up, kicking a homerun and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow kickball enthusiasts, is a weekly occurrence.
Treasure Coast Kickball offers two leagues, one in Jensen Beach and one in Fort Pierce.
Grahm Murray is the man behind Treasure Coast Kickball, which is affiliated with Ultra Coed Leagues. He enjoys the atmosphere kickball creates.
"It's a lot of fun," Mr. Murray said. "There are lots of people who really enjoy the social aspect of the game. Friends get together, form teams, and get competitive. But at the end of the day, it's all about fun."
There are 16 teams across the Treasure Coast and more are welcome to form. The Jensen Beach league is in the midst of its sixth season; however the Fort Pierce league is just starting its fourth season and has room for more teams.
Players 21 and older can join with a team or ask to be placed on a team that has room for more players.
Each league has bar sponsors. The Jensen Beach team is sponsored by Millers Ale House and 2nd Street Bistro is sponsoring the Fort Pierce League.
Games kickoff at 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday in Fort Pierce at the John B Sports Complex, behind Lawnwood Stadium.
The Jensen Beach games also start at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday nights behind Jensen Beach High School.
"Besides the games being a lot of fun, we also have a league charity that benefits from the funds raised throughout the season," Mr. Murray said. "We are raising money for the Boys & Girls Club right now. It's good to have fun, but to be able to help out kids makes it even better.
The games consist of six innings of basic kickball. There are rules set by the International kickball federation, but the game is basically the same as grade school.
Ultra Coed Leagues also have beach volleyball teams which play in Fort Pierce in front of Inlet Bar Grille on Hutchinson Island.
For more information about joining the league, visit www.treasurecoastkickball.com.