MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC)- Some members of the Northern Michigan University Swimming & Diving team, and some of their friends, tried out a new recreational sport at Marquette’s Lower Harbor Park on Saturday afternoon.
Slip ‘N Slide Kickball is just like standard kickball, but with a few changes. First, the bases are actually kiddie pools filled with water, and players have to have one body part in the pool – like a hand or a foot – to be considered on base.
”One foot, one arm, one head, whatever body part fits in the pool, or gets there first, that's how you're safe,” says Nathan Rotundo, one of NMU’s Men’s Swim Team’s captains.
Second, the first part of the baseline is regular ground, but the second part of it is a tarp that a player must slide on, into the base. Third, you must wear a swimsuit to play.
Rotundo got the idea to organize a game after seeing videos of it on social media. He says Slip ‘N Slide Kickball presents some challenges not seen in standard kickball.
“Running's a little harder on the tarps obviously, and if you want to take multiple bases in a turn, then that's a little harder to get going around because you're sliding into a pool,” he says. “It's actually a lot (more slippery) than you would think - that's the part we were worried about most.”
Rotundo hopes to organize more games once the full swimming & diving team is back from summer break.
“This is a test run, so we're planning on doing it again with the whole team hopefully,” he says.
Saturday’s game looked so fun that TV6 meteorologist Eric DoBroka And Fox UP anchor Justin Razavi decided to join the game while covering it.