Thursday, May 10, 2018
Illinois' 200th, Sporting Events-- Part 7: Ground Squirrels, Old-Time Baseball and V-Ball
12. ROCK SPRINGS GROUND SQUIRRELS, Rock Springs Conservation Area, Decatur.
Step back to the mid-1800s to see baseball as it was back then. The Rock Springs Ground Squirrels are one of several vintage baseball teams that use the old-school ways with underhand pitching, gloveless fielders and uniforms of long-sleeved cotton shirts, bibs and dungarees.
Bunting, stealing bases and swearing are forbidden.
Ground Squirrel games are April 28, June 30, August 25 and September 22.
13. BEACH VOLLEYBALL, North Avenue Beach, Chicago. Another reason to hand out at the beach. Competition goes from fun to fierce. The Midwesr's largest adult beach volleyball tournament, Volleywood, takes place July 15. The AVP Gold Series Championship is August 30 to Sept. 2.