Grown-ups are getting back into elementary school-style athletic action with Chicagos Schoolyard Tavern League, which brings together co-ed adult teams to play kiddie sports like dodgeball and kickball.
Coordinator Scott Anderson says, Its like being a kid again. We use rubber bases and a big red ball, and play at an actual schoolyard. Its more fun than playing typical games like basketball and softball.
But the childhood games feature an adult twist.
Anderson explains, The league winners are chosen not just by their athletic ability, but also their drinking ability. We take their game stats and their drinking stats from the bar to get their score. We play like kids, but drink like frat boys.
Though matches can get rowdy, Anderson says the games are safe from schoolyard bullies.
He says, People trash talk, but if they want to pick fights, they can go somewhere else.
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