KICKBALL LEAGUE
OF ROCHESTER
   
 
HISTORY

League History
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2020
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WINTER:
14 Teams

SPRING:
TBA

SUMMER:
TBA

FALL:
TBA

 
2019
A revised shorter and reduced capacity winter season kicked off in January. Previously winterball kicked off in December, but that month was historically plagued by unseasonable conditions; required for play to occur. The return to winter kickball after a year-ish off was nice, but we didn't miss a beat. Spring kicked off our 2019 green seasons as usual. Classic is still officially our most desired version of kickball; maintaining our 55/45 split for Spring. A small handful of postponements nixed a perfect season - but all have been rescheduled and we are on track to finish Spring strong; even with the unseasonable colder weather. New in Spring we released some website enhancements for the league. Both Classic and Vintage now have access to their team schedules directly in their team portals. This has allowed us to enhance player engagement by allowing both versions to submit Game Feedback - whether positive or negative - on their game opponent, referee, and or other concerns; such as lost and found, field concerns, etc.. Additionally, Classic game surveys are now built directly into the team portals as well, allowing automatic calculations and quicker updating of Classic Points. The schedules and standings also now have direct quick links - allowing teams & players save immediate access to schedules and standings without having to dig through the option drop down menus. The Standings page now appropriately lists RA ahead of RF (an oversight from our initial schedule release). As we transitioned to Summer registration we updated the player waiver process with a quick click option to validate the email address, as the copy code process was cumbersome. We've also made numerous behind the scenes enhancements that allows the league to serve Captains and players better. With that, Summer interest is back to previous year highs - although unanticipated event conflicts reduced some team capacity on certain nights which caused resulted in a couple dozen teams on the waiting list early on. Summer progressed with minimal hiccups. Fall interest was high. Registration filled to standard capacity 3 days after opening. Reductions in referee interest, field availability due to other events in the parks, and the usual daylight concerns prevented capacity from expanding to the 200 plus team range like the last few fall seasons. These constraints led to an over 70 team long waiting list, which included a dozen or so who wanted to change nights and versions. With some logistical tweaks we were able to accommodate a little under one third of the waiting list. Fingers crossed for a successful Fall... more to come later...

 

WINTER:
12 Teams

SPRING:
230 Teams

SUMMER:
332 Teams

FALL:
178 Teams

 
2018
Spring season went quite smoothly with zero postponements during the entire season; which hasn't happened in since like 2009 or 2008... or ever maybe... Other than that, no major milestones for Spring really except that Classic marked the closest to an exact 50/50 version split of the league with 116 teams in Classic and 118 in Vintage. Summer marked the big shift and growth in Classic with 184 team versus Vintage with 152.; a roughly 55/45 split. Tuesday Classic marked the biggest Classic night with 44 teams - forcing us to shift over some t-shirt colors from Vintage. 2018 also saw some a new t-shirt styles; such as Lagoon, Poppy, Banana, and Misty for Spring. Apricot, Moonstone, & Patina were re-branded for the Spring as well from Orange Sherbet, Stonewashed Blue, and Stonr washed Green respectively. Summer introduced KLOR to new shirt styles like Citrus, Kiwi, Spiral-Aurora, Spiral-Carnival, Spiral-Karma, Spiral-TourBus, Spiral- Festival, & Spiral-Rasta. While May through July were postponement free, one postponement towards the end of summer couldn't be made up. Heading into Fall we were able to maintain our goal of at least 200 teams once again. Fall games progressed quite smoothly until the first week in October, where some heavy rains and chillier temps caused two game cancellations that couldn't be made up with our daylight constraints. In all, 2018 was another fun and successful year

 

SPRING:
234 Teams

SUMMER:
336 Teams

FALL:
200 Teams

WINTER:
Pushed to Jan 2019

 
2017
KLOR rolls out new scheduling interface for referees. KLOR began offering Glow-in-the-Dark t-shirts beginning with the spring season. Largest spring season ever with 260 teams. Spring season start delayed over a week due to heavy week long rainstorms, flooding, and standing water. All Spring games completed during the season. Very wet summer as well; all games on schedule to be completed by the end of the summer season. KLOR works more directly with NCMEC NY Branch to put on the 4th annual Kicks 4 Kids kickball tournament in Genesee Valley Park; benefiting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Fall season registration was back up over 200 teams again for 2017 - a great fall season was expected and had with an increased referee staff.

 

SPRING:
260 Teams

SUMMER:
322 Teams

FALL:
210 Teams

WINTER:
Pick-Up Games

 
2016
After over fours years in development to work with it's existing registration infrastructure, KLOR rolls out the new scheduler system for the summer. The 10th Anniversary of KLOR begins that fall. The Kickball League of Rochester was again voted by City Newspaper readers as the 2016 Best Local Recreational Sports League. KLOR donates referee personnel and provides equipment for the Kicks 4 Kids kickball tournament in Genesee Valley Parks; benefiting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, put on by its Rochester regional office. KLOR has an unprecedented 2016 calendar year with only one postponement during the spring, summer, and fall seasons combined; the very first day of the spring season. This was compounded by the change the Parks Department made to eliminate April as a playing month due to this historically wet springs. The iconic KLOR logo was tweaked slightly for Fall and going forward; eliminating the orange in the waves of the shield's banner. KLOR rolls out their updated, responsive, and mobile ready website to build upon the work that was done with the scheduler system that December.

 

SPRING:
246 Teams

SUMMER:340 Teams

FALL:
198 Teams

WINTER:
18 Teams

 
2015
KLOR unveils it's newest version of kickball. The new "KLOR Classic" version of kickball gets back to it's roots, where teams accrue "Fun Points" which determine standings and champions. The Classic version is and instant hit and is increasingly popular among players who have been around since KLOR's early days and many new comers to the league. The usual version which still includes the usual playoffs is identified as "Vintage KLOR". Many players have been found to play on teams within each version on different nights in the week. The Kickball League of Rochester was voted by City Newspaper readers as the 2015 Best Local Recreational Sports League. The last Ten Ugly Men kickball tournament takes places as the annual festival comes to an end. KLOR assists with equipment for the Kicks 4 Kids kickball tournament in Genesee Valley Parks; benefiting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, put on by its Rochester regional office. KLOR amasses over $72,000 in charitable donations since 2010 through the over 18 seasonal and non-seasonal designated charities in and around the greater Rochester area; with the vast majority benefiting children. In the fall of 2015, KLOR reaches new milestone of totaling over 5,000 registered teams since the fall of 2007.

 

SPRING:
190 Teams

SUMMER:
370 Teams

FALL:
214 Teams

WINTER:
26 Teams

 
2014
KLOR gives design control over to the players and initiates the seasonal T-shirt design contest; where players submit designs and ideas for the back of the kickball t-shirt. The winning design is voted on by the players by a majority vote. Some minor tweaks took place with the t-shirt front logo as well. The border and ball changed from cardinal ink to red and the overflowing bubbles in the yellow background were eliminated from the screen printed team shirts. KLOR holds it's first Super Kickball game, a standard game with infinite players on just two teams; the game lasted over four hours. The Kickball League of Rochester was voted by City Newspaper readers as the 2014 Best Local Recreational Sports League. KLOR begins major plans to shake up its kickball offerings over the winter.

 

SPRING:
220 Teams

SUMMER:
360 Teams

FALL:
238 Teams

WINTER:
24 Teams

 
2013
KLOR works with the Badge of Honor Association for their "Kicks & Chicks" kickball tournament and chicken BBQ; benefiting BOHA and the Special Olympics. The idea of Super Kickball begins development that summer.

 

SPRING:
212 Teams

SUMMER:370 Teams

FALL:
242 Teams

WINTER:
24 Teams

 
2012
2012 began with a bang. Online registration opened and closed immediately; selling out completely in less than 48 hours. After acquiring a waiting list more than 30 teams deep, KLOR took the mild winter into account and secured additional fields at Ellison Park to accommodate the overflowing interest of the city. This was the first time Ellison had been utilized by KLOR for a spring season as the winter thaw normally inundates the area with wet conditions. With the intensity surrounding spring registration, locked out captains would be determined to play in summer! As the clock struck 6pm on April 15th, registering hopefuls bombarded and completely crashed KLOR's website hoping to secure their team registration. With the website down for almost 90 minutes, KLOR regrouped and planned to re-open registration at 8pm the same evening. With the same number of website visitors pounding away at the registration page, the site again went up and down for another 8 minutes. As the website steadied itself, KLOR had eventually amassed over 250 teams within the first hour of registration. Eventually grossing over 400 online team registrations, the summer season kicked off with an actual count of 394 teams. KLOR takes over management and logistics for the kickball tournament during the annual Ten Ugly Men Festival. KLOR manages the ACS charitable kickball tournament with the American Cancer Society Chapter of Rochester. KLOR holds first of a few annual "Springle Mingle" kick off parties.

 

SPRING:
178 Teams

SUMMER:
394 Teams

FALL:
282 Teams

WINTER:
30 Teams

 
2011
The outlook for the spring of "Oh Eleven" seemed bright when KLOR reached a new spring record of 184 teams. However, Mother Nature seemed to have her own plan in store for Rochester. The month of April brought in a record setting 5.81 inches of rain, breaking the previous record that stood since 1929. Undoubtedly, miniature lakes sometimes waist high covered many of the usual playing fields. Through intense rescheduling and great patience from the league's players, most teams were able to complete at least half, if not most, of the regular season games. A rough start indeed, as it was the first time in KLOR's 14 season history that all regular season postponed games could not be made up. Dazed and bewildered from the tough spring season, the players pressed on, growing to an astonishing 324 teams for the summer. Amassing more than 7,500 players, divisions aside, KLOR reach a new milestone and become the largest single city kickball league in the nation. KLOR begins offering both tie-dyed and multi-colored camouflage t-shirts that summer and begins playing with balls with the KLOR logo throughout the year.

The fall of 2011 marked the 5 year anniversary of KLOR. The "5 Years Many Beers" outdoor live music event was held in parking lot of Brickwood Grill; complete with dunk tank. With a season of 272 teams playing Monday through Friday, the league had grown exponentially since the original 4 teams in the fall of 2007. 2011 ended up being challenging just like its start. After a rather wet fall playoff week, KLOR was determined to finish out the year strong by managing to fit in 47 games across 7 fields during championship Saturday. Shortly thereafter, the 3rd installment of outdoor winter kickball kicked off again, increasing from 22 to it's maximum of 30 teams. 2011 marked the first year KLOR reached its annual milestone of 800 plus participating teams. and additionally marked the 1st year KLOR began it's seasonal donation of $10 per team to seasonal charities in the greater Rochester area.

 

SPRING:
184 Teams

SUMMER:
324 Teams

FALL:
272 Teams

WINTER:
30 Teams

 
2010
The Traditional Challenge officially returns for the spring. KLOR secures Labatt as the prominent league beverage sponsor going forward. With a major revision of the rules that winter and kicking off 2010 with the installment of the number one rule, "Let's Have Fun", new players began learning the ideals of why the league was created and what KLOR is was truly all about. After almost tripling the number of teams from the previous spring to 116, KLOR then more than doubled to an amazing 236 teams for summer which carried over to 228 teams for fall. Growing to over 5,000 unique players, KLOR became not only the largest recreational organization or club in Rochester but the largest single division kickball league for any city in the nation. Outdoor winter kickball returned again for it's a snow covered season from 2010 to 2011 and more than doubling from 10 to 22 teams on Saturday afternoons. KLOR begins it's annual charitable non-perishable food donation in the fall of 2010; amassing 388lbs. The iconic KLOR logo had "TM" added to the logo, going forward, that fall.

 

SPRING:
116 Teams

SUMMER:
236 Teams

FALL:
228 Teams

WINTER:
22 Teams

 
2009
Experiencing significant growth in 2009, KLOR grew to 44 teams in the spring, followed by 88 in the summer, then 134 teams in the fall. Other notable events included "Kickfest" which was held in the Main Street Armory and assisting with the firemens tournament; benefiting the Rochester Firefighters Benevolent Association.  That winter, KLOR began Rochester's first organized outdoor winter kickball league over the 2009-2010 break with 10 teams in the snow. Teams donned embroidered and uniquely colored knit hats instead of t-shirts; which proved to be stylish as well. A few regular season summer games are held in the Rhinos Stadium along with the Tuesday & Thursday Championship games; a venue that was ultimately determined to be un-conducive for the growth and feel of the league. KLOR eventually expanded to include Ellison Park as a playing venue during certain seasons. KLOR rolls out a new version of the website which allowed for online registration and coordination of the t-shirt style selection process. Due to a referee shortage, KLOR outsources referees; due to insurance complications, the Traditional Challenge took a hiatus for the fall season.

 

SPRING:
44 Teams

SUMMER:
88 Teams

FALL:
131 Teams

WINTER:
10 Teams

 
2008
With the first season under its belt and interest quickly spreading, the Kickball League of Rochester learned early on what the players desired and doubled to 8 teams in the spring of 2008. In the spring of 2008, the patented “Challenge” rule was implemented which ultimately brought a whole new interest to the game. Capping off the 2008 year by increasing to 17 teams in the summer and then 28 in the fall, KLOR had quickly became one of the hottest things to do, and the easiest way to relieve stress after work in "The Roc"! KLOR rolls out it's first website earlier that year through the help of a long time player.

 

SPRING:
8 Teams

SUMMER:
17 Teams

FALL:
28 Teams

WINTER:
Pick-Up Games

 
2007
First formed in the fall of 2007 by Ryan “Kickball” Kimball, the Kickball League of Rochester began playing at Genesee Valley Park with just 4 teams and about 45 players. Having organized the teams by tirelessly handing out slips of paper to patrons outside J.D. Oxford’s Pub on Monroe Avenue, Ryan’s vision of a very social, fun league involving everyone’s favorite 4th grade game was about to take Rochester by storm. With some intriguing, and soon to be very interesting team names on the roster, teams quickly relearned how much fun it was to play kickball. The unique shield logo featuring the kickballin' kokopelli was developed after the first season ended, in November of 2007.
 

1 White Team

1 Blue Team

1 Green Team

1 Yellow Team

 
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