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Founders Cup® XIII 2010



Some of the best teams from all corners of WAKA's Kickball Nation converged on Las Vegas over Columbus Day weekend hoping to claim the coveted World Kickball Championship title.

Panik Attack of the VA Recess Division faced The Other Shot Callers from the DC Capital Division in the final game. Each had won their Semifinal game in dramatic walk-off fashion -- PA unseating Miami's top-ranked MEATBALLS in extra innings, and OSC staving off Los Angeles' insurgent Sofa King Good.

PA took an early lead in the Championship, but OSC kept it nail-bitingly close, tying it up 2-2 in the bottom of the 5th, only to finally succumb to Panik's counter-attack in the 6th. With an extra-inning victory and a final score of 6-2, Panik Attack returns the Founders Cup to Virginia Beach!



This year, WAKA upped the ante and introduced a new social kickball event called The Kickball Games™ - a fun pool-play event that awarded prizes for creativity, humor and showmanship.

Congratulations to this year's winners!

Best Team Performance - 'Alcoballics' from Tampa, FL. Check out their performance!

Best Team Performance - 'Alcoballics' from Tampa, FL.

Best Team Promotion - 'Pink Tacos' from Huntington Beach, CA. Check out their performance!

Best Team Promotion - 'Pink Tacos' from Huntington Beach, CA

Best Team Costumes - 'KILFs' from the Scottsdale/Phoenix area.

Best Team Costumes - 'KILFs' from the Scottsdale/Phoenix area.

Best All Around Team (Player's Choice) - 'Balls N' Dolls' from Hollywood, CA.

Best All Around Team (Player's Choice) - 'Balls N' Dolls' from Hollywood, CA.

Life of the Party - 'Team Zissou' from Albuquerque, NM. Life of the Party - 'Team Zissou' from Albuquerque, NM.

And Honorable Mention goes to Big Kahuna from Long Beach, CA for their entertaining performance.


The day-long @FoundersCup twitter feed was a huge hit with players both on-site and back home following the action. Now join WAKA's official Scorekeeper and self-described "Tim Kurkjian wannabe" Orion Walker as he shares his post-tournament notes and observations.

For the full story visit Founders Cup® XIII Notes & Observations. Here's an excerpt ...

Top 5 Most Interesting Founders Cup XIII Games (that weren't in the Final or Semifinal rounds)

#1 - Sofa King Good (#11) def. Your Balls Are Foul (#3) 4-1
This Quarterfinal match between the last two West Coast teams standing gave the vast crowd of KO'd California teams a lot to cheer for - at long last, a showdown between LA's best and SF's best, with statewide bragging rights on the line. YBAF's roster featured numerous players from FCXII's runner-up Best Coast Ballers - a team whose sweetheart run had East Coast teams wondering if the West could consistently contend for the Cup, and West Coast teams eager to prove they could get as far given the chance. SKG had led the field in LA for years, but had twice made early FC exits after unlucky 1st round draws against the likes of MEATBALLS and The Others. This year, with a Semifinal berth on the line and a chance to make their statement in this inevitable rivalry, SKG came out newly energized - pressing their speed attack, scoring early and often, and never looking back.
#2 - Cobra Kai (#19) def. IB (#7) 6-4
The longest game of this or any Founders Cup tournament was the classic played in the Sweet 16 round between the stalwart DC-area veterans of IB (A.K.A. Inglourious Basterds) and the pride of Jacksonville, Cobra Kai. Heavily favored with a roster of former champions, IB struck first and led 1-0 until the 4th, when Cobra Kai rallied to take a 2-1 lead. On the verge of defeat, IB mustered a tying run in the bottom of the 5th. In dramatic extra innings, a deadlocked 6th was followed by trading runs in the 7th. Finally, in the first 8th inning played in FC history, a Cobra Kai 2-run triple proved the decisive blow. Understandably spent, the Cobras would fall in the Quarterfinals to OSC - but the team from NoFL left its mark on the tournament with this gutty performance.
#3 - Pitch, Please! (#22) def. Riff Raff (#12) 4-3
This match from the first Elimination round marked the first ever Founders Cup knock-out victory of a SoCal team over a SoFL team. Both teams came out with something to prove: for RR, that their run to the 2009 FCXII Semifinals was no fluke; for PP, that they're more than the best team left standing after Sofa King Good left CA Hollywood for CA Studio. Last year in FCXII these two teams met in Pool Play and tied 1-1... this year's rematch gave SoCal's oldest division a prized pelt for the trophy case back home. In the key play, captured on video, Riff Raff walk the bases loaded to pitch to a girl - and pay dearly for it.
#4 - Tie:
A.K.T. (#38) ties Relax and Let It Happen (#10) 3-3
A.K.T. (#38) ties Cobra Kai (#19) 4-4
Back home in their new digs of CA Studio Division, A.K.T. (A.K.A. A Kickball Team) currently lead their conference with 5 wins and 3 ties. So it should come as no surprise they advanced from Pool Play as the one team with the distinction of tying 2 of their 3 games. Their magnanimity turned a potential "Pool of Death" into a free-for-all, as all three involved teams advanced from Pool Play. A.K.T.: They're as good as you are... exactly as good.
#5 - Your Mom (#46) def. Capital Punishment (#18) 2-0
Denver's Your Mom nearly saw their FC ambitions slip away when an upset in the CO Mountain finals cost them the division title. Fortunately, they made the cut as a runner-up, and set about to prove their worthiness on the big stage. Their win against the NC Capital champs and FC veterans Capital Punishment proved one of the subtle turning points of the Pool rounds, as it made Your Mom the lowest-ranked team to survive Pool Play, and Capital Punishment the highest-ranked team not to. Hopefully we can look forward to a long and bitter rivalry between Denver and Raleigh!

KICKING FOR A CAUSE - Kick-It Challenge Winner Announced


Congratulations, "Your Balls are Foul"! That's right, "Your Balls are Foul" from the CA Golden Gate Division raised $1665 to win the Kick-It Challenge and experienced Founder's Cup weekend in true VIP style.

In an act of true generosity, "Kickhopopotamus" from MA Ivy Division won the $2000 raffle prize but donated $500 back to help kids with cancer.

Thank you to WAKA Kickball for the generous donation of $2500. WAKA's contribution along with the all the Founders Cup and Kickball Games teams raised a total of $11,000 for pediatric and young adult cancer research. Thank you for making a difference!

The Founders Cup challenge may be over, but you can Kick-it all year long. Visit to see how easy it is to incorporate Kick-It into your team's season.



It's never too early to start thinking about Founders Cup XIV. The tournament will again be held in Las Vegas over Columbus Day weekend. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.


What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas - unless you were there for Founders Cup XIII.Take kickball, throw in beer pong, official WAKA parties and some of the coolest kickballers from across the country - and you never know what might happen. Here is a brief glimpse at the craziness that was Founders Cup 2010! Check out the rest of the photos from Founders Cup weekend at

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