Written by Jane Lawrence Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00
LI-Kick, Glen Cove’s co-ed adult kickball league, continues to grow in popularity. Now in its second year, the league, which partners with the City of Glen Cove Department of Parks and Recreation, has 224
members with two separate leagues, one playing on Tuesday evenings, the other on Thursday evenings. Nearly 60 percent of the players are returning kickballers, some traveling from as far away as Long Beach and Centereach, despite opportunities to join leagues closer to their homes. The youngest player is 21; the oldest is 58.
The popularity of the league does not surprise its founder, Glen Cove resident Sal Farruggia.
“We’re a competitive league, with playoffs and trophies,” he said, “but we also have a recreational component.”
League members get together for pre-game tailgate barbeques and gather after the games at local establishments such as the newly opened Pat’s Place on Landing Road and The View Grill at the Glen Cove
Golf Course. Later this month, league members will have the opportunity to participate in a 5K Foam Fest race or board a party bus to the infamous Boardy Barn. For the serious players, a tournament team is forming, which will compete on July 12 in a tournament sponsored by Brooklyn Kickball.
Ryan Hidalgo, 28, and his friends are all new to the game this year. They play on the Clam Cocks, a team he formed almost exclusively of Hicksville High School graduates.
Teammate Brian Quinn said, “When Ryan first mentioned joining a kickball league we all thought he was kidding, but he was serious. One by one, we joined, and it’s been awesome. ”
Erin Haggerty has found the experience to be beyond her expectations. “Some of us have not seen each other since high school so this has really brought us all together again.”
Mike Battaglia, who started playing in the indoor winter league, formed a team this season combining his two passions, fitness and teaching. Several players are fellow members of Radd Crossfit in Sea Cliff.
The rest are fellow Glen Cove City School District teachers, including Ken Altamirano, who, like Battaglia, teaches second grade; Sable Borgia and Steve Mahalic, Gribbin and Deasy AIS math teachers respectively; and Kristin Zaleski, a pre- K through eighth grade district substitute.
“When the students hear that we play kickball on the same fields that they play on, they get very excited,” said Mahalic.
The teachers plan to actively recruit throughout the district and hope to have an “all-teachers” league ready to go in the fall.
Online registration for the fall leagues, which begin the first week of September, is now open. One does not have to be part of a team to register. Individuals or small groups of friends who register without a team will be placed on one of the many new teams that will be formed. Registration is a very reasonable $50. To register, go to www.LI-Kick.com.