The Kick for Mental Health Tournament was the hottest community event in the Hudson Valley last weekend. WAKA players from the NY Fire League and WAKA Co-Founder Johnny LeHane volunteered to coordinate the tournament which raised more than $15,500 for the Benedictine Health Foundation and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
This month, WAKA Kickball & Social Sports kicked off the 2015 event calendar with a ski trip at Keystone Resort in Colorado, and the Rock N Roll Kickball Classic in Scottsdale, Arizona. In case you missed either of these epic events, here’s a recap of everything you need to know:
1. WAKA kickballers played a snowy game at the base of Keystone Mountain in Colorado.
2. Then they took over Keystone Village with a Neon Bar Crawl
3. Two teams from Phoenix competed in the finals of the Southwest Regional Tournament. Dry Heat Won over the Haters gonna Hate and won a spot to play in the Founders Cup World Kickball Championship this October.
WAKA Kickball & Social Sports team costumes and memorabilia have become a signature part of WAKApalooza Weekend. With rock star worthy t-shirts, koozies, buttons, and bracelets, the bar seems to get higher every year and makes planning one’s team flair almost as difficult as deciding between the WAKApalooza pool party and the Kickball Golf Scramble.
In order to help teams plan for what to bring to the event, we’ve put together a few tips to ensure your team looks hot at this year’s WAKApalooza Weekend!
Go Big on a Budget
We're hosting 5 Regional Kickball Tournaments this spring and summer and we want you to join us! These competitive regional tournaments are open to any player from anywhere - whether you play in a WAKA Kickball League or not!
Here at WAKA, we're always trying to do things better than the year before. This year, one of our resolutions is to communicate more thoroughly about the intent and decision-making process of the Tournaments department and the Founders Cup Selection Committee. So as our 2014 World Championship Guidelines come out, we just wanted to use this forum to call attention to the larger changes, and explain a little about how we arrived at them.
Since the 2013 WAKAPalooza Weekend concluded, we've surveyed our players in detail and had some really deep internal philosophical discussions about what Founders Cup represents. This process led us to certain guiding themes to help us navigate our policy decisions -- and perhaps the largest of these is to move in the direction of stronger team identity.
The WAKA Founders Cup is headed to Atlanta! Flying V, reigning champs of GA Thunder League in Sandy Springs, came to their 2nd FC with a loaded roster, complete with well-recruited veteran free agents, and walked a difficult path to the championship - having to face and beat top-seeded defending champs OSC Kickball in a grueling extra-innings Sweet 16 match, before facing returning Finalist The Situation (#2) to clinch the championship with a 3-1 victory.
Bracketology can be a deep dark rabbit hole sometimes, so as WAKA's lead geek on the subject, I wanted to let some sunlight in and share the thought process we went through designing this year's Founders Cup brackets.
44 teams means 11 pools, and a plethora of possible approaches for reaching a Sweet 16 bracket -- all of them varying degrees of awkward. We weighed the pros and cons of a number of alternatives, but before we go into that, here's the structure we finally ran with:
- 21 Teams advance from Pool Play to the Elimination Rounds: 11 Pool Champs and 10 Wild Cards, being the 10 best Pool Play records from among the Pool Runners-Up.
- The 11 Pool Champs receive BYEs and proceed directly to the Sweet 16.
Last weekend, WAKA hosted it’s first West Coast Regional Tournament in LA with plenty of sun, food, and an awesome after party. The Kicktators from Long Beach took home the cup defeating SoCal Riot from San Diego in the finals. Among the highlights were a series of very competitive games, lunch at the fields from the Kogi BBQ food truck, and an impromptu pick up game that was full of silliness and debauchery. Teams closed out the night in Hollywood with beer pong and a big dance party. Click through our exclusive photo gallery from the entire weekend.