COLUMBIA — The Village Idiots. Montecore’s Teeth. Chuck Norris’ Left Foot.
These might seem like odd team names, but for the Show-Me State Games’ kickball tournament Saturday, they were the norm.
Teams made of male and female players of various ages arrived in Columbia to attend the two-day kickball tournament held at Rock Bridge High School.
Although fewer than 10 teams filled the tournament bracket, there was a wide mixture of competitive levels and an opportunity for all to have a good time.
The Village Idiots, all friends from Buffalo, took to the field for the third year of kickball competition amid loud cheers and screams from their family and friends in the stands. The team has not won a game in three years, but everyone on the team looks forward to the competition every year.
“When we were young we played basketball for the Show-Me Games and since we are older now we can’t play, so we play kickball just to have a good time and share a few laughs,” Village Idiots coach Kristy Sharp said.
Sharp said that her team only plays once a year and is not as competitive as some of the other teams, but they appreciate the chance to participate.
Teams like the Stingers, from St. Louis, and the Ballbusters, from Columbia, play routinely throughout the year. The Ballbusters started playing together nearly a year ago and came decked out in white and blue baseball-style T-shirts and matching blue socks.
“Almost all of us work at HyVee and decided to do a fall league with Columbia Parks and Recreation last year and have played together since,” Caleb Emberton said.
The tournament also provided a way for families to team up and participate in one of the 41 sports at the Show-Me State Games.
“It’s really a family affair,” Roger Hulett said. “My wife, Mary, and I play along with our son, Connor, and kickball is just so much fun and a great way to get the family involved.”
The Huletts play with a group of friends from Lake of the Ozarks on a team called The Runs.
“In most of the other sports you do not hear anyone saying that they had more fun losing than winning,” Roger Hulett said. “We haven’t won in three years but you couldn’t tell from seeing us play and hearing how much fun we have out there with each other.”
Not all of the teams were filled with families; Team USA and Chuck Norris’ Left Foot had rosters consisting of University of Missouri students.
The tournament concludes today at the Rainbow Softball Center in Cosmopolitan Park.