Spring is here and so is the god damn rain if you live anywhere near the bulk of us razzi’ writers up here in the Great Northwest. BUT, with great rainfall comes great fun as the sun will soon poke its head out of the cumulus’ and shine on the greatest (IMO) gay sports league in Vancouver: Out For Kicks, YVR’s gay/lesbian/bi/straight soccer organization. Though it’s a particularly close group to me: introduced to it by Topher and where I first met my best friend and site owner Patrick, I still am level-headed enough to declare this an amazing opportunity to active guys and girls around Greater Vancouver who want to meet new people and get physical in a fun, social environment.
I’ll attach the details of the league below and the upcoming registration for new members, but first I had to explain that this org is for both those new and terrible to the sport or long-standing pros as all skill levels are mixed and the only goal is to be fit and have a total blast. Still, for those with a competitive edge- like me- there’s an appreciation for hard work and talent.
This year will be focusing on social events to bond the league of possibly up to 200 members this time around and is going to be a blast. One of the best perks of this league is the tournaments we have with the sexy and talented gay soccer leagues in both Seattle and Portland. Further, this past year we submitted two teams to the Gay Games hosted here in Van that we actually performed pretty damn well at! Hell, through these leagues I got to attend the internationals in Copenhagen where we won the whole damn thing. So, what are you waiting for, a written invitation? Well, here it is!
Date: Sunday, March 25th, 2012
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Location: Junction Pub, 1138 Davie St.
Player registration is done in-person (event details above) on a first-come, first-serve basis. In order to register please have a piece of photo identification, as well as cash, cheque or credit card for membership fee payment. The Jersey Deposit is collected at the Season Kick-off BBQ at the end of April.
April – September
Trillium Field, Andy Livingston Park, Charleson Park (Specific locations/dates to be confirmed)
None! Out for Kicks is open to players of all levels – we provide skills development sessions, practices and coaching for new players.
If you have any questions at all, post them below in the comment section or try out the new and improved Out For Kicks website which features up-to-date info on the registration details, game days and fields and much more. Further, you can directly email the league themselves if you’d like but for the most part I can answer a good deal of the questions posed having been a team captain, board member and played with OFK for 5 years now. It’s truly one of the best decisions I made in my life to try out as an out game man in Vancouver and know you’ll think the same.