SPRING COLLECTION DRIVE IS APRIL 30TH

April 22 2017
 

THE ANNUAL SPRING 2017 LRKA CHARITY EVENT

Every Sunday, we have many pets out in our midst and it is obvious that the good people that make up this great league are also animal lovers,. So again this Spring, the LRKA is teaming up with the Little Rock Animal Village, kickballers and animal lovers everywhere to help meet the needs of animal care providers and animals in the Central Arkansas area!

Our SPRING ANIMAL DRIVE is April 30 Because of past donations the LRKA has received special recognition from the Little Rock City Board of Directors, the mayor of LR, and the league's support of animals is forever etched in stone at the animal shelter! Not to mention, it makes the lives of some wonderful animals that much better. On the collection date, the shelter brings out their traveling adoption wagon, and every season a handful of lucky kickballers adopt a new best friend.

Our motto: Finally, you can take a dog home from kickball you won't regret on Monday morning! If you are in the market for a best friend, you know kickball is the best place to look!

As many of you know, the LRKA was started in memorial for dear friends and as part of that mission, we take community service projects very seriously. Many people come up to me and want to thank me for all my hard work. I appreciate that but if you want to show me some gratitude, make sure you get involved in our charity events! I believe a group of any size has a responsibility to give back to its community and I also believe if you do good, good things happen! We are the largest, most dynamic group in Central Arkansas and we all work together we can have a truly positive impact in our community!

On Sunday, April 30 at Interstate Park, the LRKA will be collecting care packages from each team. This season, to better meet the needs of the animals and to make it easier for some teams to participate, we are offering two options for participation: either collect the items on the list or make a donation of $60.

Remember, each team is required to participate. Please review the LRKA rules concerning participation in the seasonal charity events and understand that any hopes your team has with advancing to the post season starts here!

See the Shopping List Here

Make the Online Donation here


April 18 2017

2017 Spring Collection Drive

Every Sunday, we have many pets out in our midst and it is obvious that the good people that make up this great league are also animal lovers,. So again this Spring, the LRKA is teaming up with the Little Rock Animal Village, kickballers and animal lovers everywhere to help meet the needs of animal care providers and animals in the Central Arkansas area!

On Sunday, April 10 at Interstate Park, the LRKA will be collecting care packages from each team. This season, to better meet the needs of the animals and to make it easier for some teams to participate, we are offering two options for participation: either collect the items on the list or make a donation of $60.

Remember, each team is required to participate. Please review the LRKA rules concerning participation in the seasonal charity events and understand that any hopes your team has with advancing to the post season starts here!

Click on the image below to make your donation!


March 12 2017

ALL GAMES CANCELLED TODAY

IT'S OFFICIAL: there will be no kicball today!

I will be at Stones Throw Brewing (402 E 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72202) beginning at 1 PM to hand out team packets and balls if anyone would like to stop by and visit. I will be there probably 2-ish to 3 hours. If you have serious questions, I suggest getting there closer to 1 PM.

GAMES ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 12TH WILL NOW BE PLAYED MAY 7TH.

Thank you and be safe!


January 11 2017

SPRING 2017 BATON ROUGE ROAD TRIP REGISTRATION

Join the fun and join the Redball Nation as we travel to Baton Rouge for a preseason road trip! The cost per player will be determined once we get an idea for how many are traveling.

If there is enough interest, we will take 2 teams:

  • Serious Team - going to Baton Rouge to win it all!
  • Ambassador Team - going to Baton Rouge to win at life

ROAD TRIP DATES TO KNOW:

  • February 17, 2017 - Travel to BR - (Friday - party)
  • February 18, 2017 - Play in Tourney - (Saturday - party)
  • February 19, 2017 - Return to AR - (Sunday - hung over)
  • February 20, 2017 - Call in Sick to Work

Click here to sign up!


November 11 2016

SPRING 2017 LRKA DATES

  • November 15, 2016 - Spring 2017 Registration Opens
  • February 15, 2017 - Registration Ends
  • March 12, 2017 - Spring 2017 Season BEGINS!
  • April 16, 2017 - NO GAMES (Easter)
  • May 7, 2017 - First Round of Playoffs
  • May 14, 2017 - NO GAMES (Mother’s Day – RAIN MAKE-UP DAY)
  • May 21, 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

Obviously, if we get any weather cancellations, first we will condense from 2 weekends of playoffs to one. If we get a second, we will play Mother's Day. If we get rained out the entire month of May, which has happened, we will play into June... You know how it goes in the spring. Come on La Nina!


November 1 2016

Josh Berry's Funeral Services

Josh Berry Services: Rosary will be held on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m., followed by visitation at Christ the King Catholic Church. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King, celebrated by Msgr. Francis I. Malone. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Christ the King Catholic Church is located at 4000 N Rodney Parham Rd, Little Rock, AR 72212


September 18 2016

Games cancelled due to rain.

I just got the official word from the city that we are canceled for today. While it is likely that the afternoon would be playable, the fields would be wet by that point and we are stuck in a situation where we either have to reschedule the entire day or play the entire day. The complexities of our schedule and our size do not allow half days.

At this point, we will look at condensing the playoffs to one day and make up this date in October.

The fall collection drive will take place next weekend.

In the event that your team chooses to get together this afternoon and play somewhere, please make sure you represent the league well and leave the fields clean.

BE SAFE.


August 22 2016

Captain's Meeting

CAPTAIN'S MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY FROM 6PM - 8PM AT THE REV ROOM IN LITTLE ROCK!!! This will be the place where you pick up your team packets and your balls for opening Sunday and I will be on hand with League Reps to answer questions about the upcoming season!

Address to Rev Room is 300 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201


August 8 2016

Tiers and Schedule Finalized

The 2016 Fall Tiers and Schedule has been finalized. That information can be found on the kickball page. News on the Captain's Meeting coming soon.


May 12 2016

Playoff Brackets

Here are the Kickball Khaos Brackets for the Spring 2016 LRKA Post Season!

Remember, the playoffs will now be condensed to one day! Brackets will be selected next TUESDAY at Next Level Events beginning at 6pm.

Brackets can be found here


May 11 2016

Kickball Khaos

FYI- The Kickball Khaos Bracket Selection Party is next Tuesday, May 17, starting at 6pm at Next Level Events.

This is when playoff teams select their bracket positions. There will be food, booze, and fun! Plus I usually make a special announcement that night!

Address to Next Level Events: 1400 W Markham St. Little Rock, AR 72201


May 1 2016

Games Cancelled

I just got word that we are officially canceled for today.

Please be patient and we will work on the reschedule. This is going to be particularly hard because it's going to be so sunny today and nice but the city makes the call.


April 29 2016

In case of rainout

In the likely event that we get rained out this weekend, we will make up the games scheduled for May 1 up on May 15. Games originally scheduled for March 13 will still happen May 8.

This will mean the post season will be condensed to one day on May 22 and will mean the following:

  • Post season games will start at 11am on May 22
  • All fields will be on a 1 hour schedule and the 50 minute time limit will be in effect for all but final championship games

CL - Post season will consist of a 7 team single elimination bracket.

INT - Post season will consist of a 16 team single elimination bracket taking 5, 4, 4, 3 from the 4 tiers.

NOV - Post season will consist of a 16 team single elimination bracket taking 5, 4, 4, 3 from the 4 tiers.

LBL - Will adjust and have scheduled slot of time starting at 4pm with final game at 7pm.


April 26 2016

Forfeits

If you know your team is forfeiting this weekend, please be considerate and let me and your opponents know ASAP.

The last few weekends, we have had teams flake out and not do a great job of letting other people know. This means disappointed kickballers standing around.

We tend to have the most forfeits on the final Sunday of the regular season. I expect that this number will be higher than normal since it is a rain make up day and falls on Mother's Day. If you know your team has no shot at post season and/or will be forfeiting the make-up games on 5/8, please let me and your opponents know ASAP. This will allow your fellow players to make plans with their families and allow time for us to potentially fill in those holes in the schedule and shorten the day for everyone else.


March 6 2016

Spring 2016 Opening Day

Yay! Today is the day and what a beautiful day we have in store for us!!!

  1. Make sure you are going off the correct schedules! Click here for Final Schedule.
  2. Make sure your team is aware of the new time slots for this season with the first game starting at 11:30 AM. It is important that that game start on time and all rest!
  3. All games have the last inning called at 50 minutes!
  4. Join us for brunch in the pavilion at 10:30am!
  5. Pick up your trash!
  6. If you did not get your team packet and balls, text me when you get to the park.
  7. Write your name on all your goodies so you can keep up with it.
  8. Make some new friends today!
  9. Hug the Can Lady!
  10. Text me your scores ASAP!!!

-The Poo


March 3 2016

Rosters now locked for Week 1

Captains, rosters are locked for this weekend. They will reopen Monday moning and lock for next weekend at 5pm on Wednesday. Please get your changes in on time


February 19 2016
Updated February 23 2016

Captain's Meeting

Captain's Meeting: March 4th from 6-8pm at Another Round in Little Rock.

SPREAD THE WORD: The Captain's Meeting will now be Wednesday, March 2nd from 6-8pm at Khalil's.

I do appreciate so many people helping think of alternative locations and when we have more time, I am completely open to spreading the love and trying some new places.

-The Poo


February 19 2016

Last Day to Register!

All team registration ends at midnight tonight! If you have not registered and paid at minimum the deposit, you will not be playing this spring!

Because of the short time between the end of registration and the start of the season, there will be no late additions to the league. If you do not get signed up today, you will not play!

To register, click HERE

-The Poo


February 12 2016

Improvments to Interstate Park!

If you would like to request improvements at Interstate Park, please take a second to download and complete the city's request form. You can click and email it directly to the parks department or print and mail it to them. Or you can fill out an form online I put together from your smart phone or other device and I will email it on your behalf.

Please be respectful and let's see what we can get down when we work together!

Click HERE to download the fillable PDF that you can email directly or print and mail yourself.

OR

Click HERE for an online form I that I will email on your behalf.

-The Poo


February 11 2016

Chili With A Kick

Looking ahead, on the date that would have been Chili with a Kick (CWAK) 2016, they are calling for temperatures in the 70's. That is of course my luck when it comes to the weather because you and I know that had we worked to put on the event this year, it would be calling for freezing monsoon rains and forty mph winds. I do not have a good relationship with Mother Nature apparently.

I will admit that I am missing CWAK this year and all of the excitement and anticipation of that special day and I know so many people have reached out asking about the event that had become a mainstay of our event calendar. I would love to bring it back but it would take some serious commitments of time, talent, and passion. Few people know this but that entire massive event was basically put on and planned for 12 months by 4-6 people who did all of the work and donated all of their time; me among them and the event was successful raising annually over $15k for charity. The event grew too big for such a small group of dedicated people and those of us involved from the beginning all had changes in our own lives involving work and family obligations and our time became too scarce, the work too strenuous. I will also say that those of us involved in the intensive planning and work for last year's event were left mentally battered after the weather creamed us repeatedly and all of our work for CWAK 2015 was wasted. It took many of us months before we could even begin thinking about CWAK again and by then it was too late for 2016 and our numbers were too small to even consider a run at it. The reasons for the collapse of CWAK are not too dissimilar as to why the THV Hearts & Hooves tournament faded way a few years ago: not enough dedicated volunteers willing to selflessly and earnestly commit to the heavy lifting of a project.

All the time, I am approached by well meaning people from the league who offer to help and I know they sincerely want to help but when it comes down to shifting their personal schedules and priorities to make monthly or bi-monthly committee meetings and to dedicate time every day to work on assignments necessary for the success for an event, to invest sweat equity, and passion they fall short. I do not think less of them. Few people understand what they are volunteering for when they sign on to help organize fundraising events and no one understands more than me how much life changes and how scarce extra time is when you consider the obligations of family, career, and sanity but in a perfect world, we would have a vibrant and dedicated group of 10-15 individuals from all walks of life willing to do the heavy lifting required for the execution of an event and invested in the success of that event. These people would commit themselves and hold each other accountable. These would be disciplined and passionate individuals committed to the "Spirit of the Big Red Ball", the idea that we can make a real difference in our community, and that there is inherent value in selflessly doing good for the sake of doing good.

I am not asking for people to come forward and volunteer this second but I am asking you to consider for a moment why you are a member of the LRKA and what you can do to better not only the LRKA but also your community.

-The Poo


February 2 2016

New Opening Date and Time Schedule

VERY IMPORTANT: I just got word from the city that they are redoing the football fields and they will not be available for play until mid May. This obviously causes some issues for this season and I am going to have to make some major changes this season.

Things should return to normal for the Fall 2016 season. Losing 4 fields a week is going to complicate things so everyone be patient.

  1. The season will now start March 6 instead of March 13th.
  2. I am suspending the start of Bubbleball. If you have paid, I will gladly move your payment to the future date once it is set or refund that amount to you.
  3. For this season, games will be on a one hour and ten minute schedule with first games starting at 11:30am. This moves game times to 11:30am, 12:40pm, 1:50pm, 3:00pm, 4:10pm, 5:20pm, 6:30pm, and 7:40pm.
  4. The league will be limited to no more than 85 teams. Adding one week to the regular season plus an extra slot to each field allows for 384 regular season games and a maximum of 85 teams. This means that if you wait to get your spot in, YOU MAY NOT BE PLAYING THIS SEASON. Everyone stay flexible and understand that this will be for one season and come next fall, the football fields will have new turf.

-The Poo