Stonewall Kickball in Washington DC has taken off like crazy. This past Fall Sunday league sold out in under an hour with 400+ spaces going. You now have to prep ahead, hope the server doesn’t crash and actually know someone to be able to get a spot on a team. It’s almost as popular as the Miss Adams Morgan Pageant each halloween. If you’re able to get on a team for Sunday kickball, that’s one thing, the next thing is knowing how to play and then how to play well and win. You also have to figure out how to accessorize and show off because Stonewall Kickball in Washington DC is more than just a game, it’s now a thing where you go to make friends and compete. You’ll see everything from multicolored socks to pom poms and tons of booty shorts. Here are five tricks to help you win and look amazing at Stonewall Kickball in Washington DC.
1. Learn to bunt.
Bunting is sort of stupid, but if no one is on second base it can almost guarantee you get on first. If they throw the ball to first (which the pitcher or third base person almost always will), anyone on third will be able to make it home if the person on first base misses the catch. Here is a trick on bunting to third.
Don’t swing your leg like a kick and do not put pressure or force from your leg on the ball. Instead, turn your foot to the side, angle it so you may a 45 to 90 degree angle with third base and then push the ball with your foot or tap it but aim from the top half of the ball 1/2 way between the top of the ball and the center of the ball. This helps keep it on the ground, from going straight to the person on third base and makes either the pitcher, third baseman or catcher have to run opening up bases and helping you get to first and your team score if you have someone on third base.
2. Look fabulous and find socks to match.
One thing that has become a huge trend in Stonewall Kickball in Washington DC is having insane and fun socks. Most teams have socks already picked out as part of their uniform, but a few of us like to take them even further. You could go somewhere boring like American Apparel where everyone else goes, or you can go somewhere that has awesome socks that not many other people will have, will match your shirt and shorts and will stand out. This is my favorite socks shop online. You can also click on any of the socks images below to go to the store and shop.
3. Pitching and Kicking
Some pitchers throw really fast and bouncy balls. Others throw it curved and a few of them will roll it softly towards you. Watch the ball and don’t be afraid to walk to first. If the pitcher is trying to throw the ball, chances are you could end up getting 4 balls and walking to first. There is nothing wrong with that. You won’t be sweaty and stink at JRs, your team will be happy you got on first and you won’t risk getting your socks dirty so you can show them off later. If you’re pitching and want to learn how to really throw the ball or make it pass right in between the 1 foot mark so you can mess up the kicker, find a lesbian and go bowling.
Bowling is the same as pitching in Kickball. Bowling will help you learn how to control the ball when you pitch. It’ll help strengthen your arm and get you used to controlling the ball. You’ll be able to aim the ball within the strike zone more easily and eventually be able to make the ball roll from outside the strike zone to the inside which will mess up the person kicking and make it harder for them to kick the ball and score. If you want to learn how to pitch or get better at pitching, go bowling and practice. It’ll help you a lot more than just practicing once or twice before a game.
4. Act queeny and kick their ass
If you act queeny and drunk, the team won’t expect that you can kick or catch. This only works once during a game, so make sure you don’t over do it. If you can kick well, act like a queen and then boot the hell out of it. You may want to purposely kick a couple balls foul first and make it look like you kicked hard (turn your foot to the side to use the top of your shoe above your toes so it won’t travel far) and then boot the ball when you get a good pitch. It’ll take the outfield off guard and help get you a good chance at getting to second, third or home.
5. Have fun
The most important thing about playing in Stonewall Kickball in DC is that you are supposed to have fun. Some teams are way to competitive and they can F off. The whole point is to have fun and to meet new people. Don’t take the game to seriously and go for drinks after. JRs has drink specials and then everyone goes to Cobalt to play flip cup, beer pong and dance. Stonewall Kickball in DC is just a game and you are there to have fun. Don’t take it to seriously.
If you have any other tips or tricks to playing Stonewall Kickball in Washington DC, feel free to leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget to shop for new socks and some of the other crap that I found below. I also have coupons for each of the stores if you want them. Just leave a comment and I’ll email them to you.