There’s a new sport in town - indoor kayak polo.
That’s indoor kayak water polo.
And there’s a place for you.
The Spokane Parks & Recreation Department, with an assist from the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club, is registering for a five-week program that will run Feb. 5-March 5 in the Shadle Park pool.
“We think it’s going to be exciting,” said David Early of the parks department.
The sport, enjoyed pretty much worldwide, combines kayaking and water polo.
Teams will be coed with no more than four players in the water at a time. Special 9-foot kayaks will be donated by LouLou’s, with other gear provided by Big Wave Dave’s, Early said.
There’s some aspects of water polo, some aspects of hockey, Early said. “There’s just a conglomeration of rules,” he said. “There’s a lot of the playground atmosphere. In some ways, it’s wide open out there.”
There’s no limit on the number of teams, but Early said “realistically, I think we’re looking at about 10 teams. But we’ll make it work, if we have five or 50.”
Games will be Sunday nights from 8:30-10. The first two weeks will be practice and orientation, with round-robin play the next two weeks. The final week will be a playoff.
Cost is $145 per team, with probably five or six players per team. Individual fee is $25.
Those who register separately will have their names included in a player pool to either form teams or augment registered teams.
To register, or for additional information, contact the city parks department at 625-6200.
If you’re unsure, stop by the Shadle pool Feb. 5 and take a look. You might get hooked.
Purple Haze of Spokane, which won the state flag football championship during the fall, will try its hand nationally.
Coach Rick Stiltenpohl’s team will travel to Las Vegas for the 48-team national championships Jan. 21-22. They’re the only Washington team in their 24-team division, Stiltenpohl said.
Purple Haze was formed for the Washington tournament, which was held in Spokane, from two members of the city parks department’s A league - First-and-Goal and Play it Again Sports. After winning state, which is an eight-man competition, the team placed second in a seven-man invitational tournament in Seattle.
Kristie Auckerman must have been overcome by the moment after collecting a 299 game in the Bloopers mixed league at Airway Bowl last month. The 196-average bowler averaged just 184 for her other two games and settled for a 667 series.
In the same league, Rose Neal, who averages 161, posted her first 600, a 611.
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To enter or for information, call (800) 826-4349. But you have to hurry. The deadline is Monday.