Kickabouts

We’re an LGBTQ+ soccer club inclusive to everyone who wants to play regardless of skill level, spectators are always welcome!

 

Sunday Kickabouts: schedule viewable on our Club Calendar

RCSC hosts weekly, friendly, low-cost, easy access scrimmages called “Kickabouts” – formerly known as “Ripple Effect” (see below for more history)

These are designed for all players (new and existing) with an emphasis on inclusion, practice, and community building.

What to bring:

  1. A $5 donation per participant if you can spare it goes a long way to pay the field’s permit fee.
  2. If you have them: cleats, shin guards, comfortable athletic clothes (It’s ok if you don’t).
  3. A positive, friendly, and supportive attitude. We’re a queer soccer community that likes to have fun!

Where: Bobby Morris Playfield at Cal Anderson Park  OR Montlake Playfield

When: Every Sunday! Want weekly reminder emails? We reserve fields as far in advance as the city allows, ~2-3 months at a time.

Photos: All photos taken at Kickabout can be found here. They are free however please tag appropriately on social media for proper credit.

 

A Little Bit of History…

Lee Hibbets is credited with the development, execution, and inclusivity of RCSC’s Ripple Effect program: the predecessor of RCSC’s modern-day Kickabout program. Launching in 2004, Ripple Effect was lightyears ahead of it’s time – and in many ways – decades ahead of the conversation regarding gendered sports spaces and inclusivity around all identities in the world of soccer. Ripple Effect was a program designed to allow any player regardless of gender to come out and engage in a weekly Sunday friendly scrimmage with fellow queer folks in the Cap Hill area of Seattle. The program quickly took off and ran under the same moniker for 6 years until Lee retired from running the program. In 2011 the program rebranded as Sunday Kickabouts which has run every year without failure since.

Program Revitalization…

When RCSC’s board opted to revitalize the Kickabout program post-COVID in 2022, it was with a singular goal in mind: to intentionally create a space where all individuals – regardless of experience and background – could come together to play a friendly style of community soccer every Sunday. It’s humbling to embrace that 20 years later, so much of the very foundation of our revitalized program has simply been a return to our roots. Now Kickabout happily boasts a consistent weekly showing of 50+ players in the cold months, and 70+ in the warmer months. Every week at the pre-scrimmage roundup, new faces can be seen introducing themselves and getting a warm welcome into the community. Kickabout is a 100% self-funded model; everyone who attends and is able to, is asked to donate $5 towards the cost of the program. Most weeks we break even, and when the program doesn’t or needs new gear its funded through crowd sourcing, private donors, sponsors, and grants.

Who Do We Impact…

Often times we will get potential newcomers reaching out to the board via email or social media asking: “how can I join?”. And the answer is always painstakingly simple: “bring gear if you’ve got it, if not, sneakers are more than fine. If you have $5 to spare to donate, that would be great, if you can’t, no worries, this is definitely the place for you.” Queer people are a spectrum, and no where is that better represented than at Kickabouts: it’s not only our most diverse population program, but one specifically designed to re-introduce people to the love of the sport without default gender expectations or dangerous rhetoric.

Kickabout is a simple program, one focused on inclusion and community above all else. It specializes – and is defined by – people from all different backgrounds. Some of our players have never touched a ball before, some are former D1 athletes. Everyone is expected to play to the level of those around them and encourage others to grow in skills and experience through exposure. It is a scrimmage, and when needed play is stopped to re-do an errant pass, or a bad throw, or simply to help explain the rules of soccer. It’s amazing what bonding over queer inclusive soccer can create, many of our members have developed incredible friendships through our Kickabout community.

Why Do We Do It…

In 2022 on Christmas Day Seattle received 3″ of fresh snow and ice overnight; worried we might have to cancel Kickabout, leaders showed up early to assess the field, and found a dozen regular attendees of the program pitching in and using shovels and anything they could find to clear the soccer field so Kickabout could continue. While Seattle has always been a booming soccer town, as a board we have yet to find any other programs in Seattle focused on introducing adults to the sport of soccer in a low-stakes, low-cost model. Let alone one that removes gendered expectation and language from the sport. Soccer is fortunate to be one of the few sports that has a low cost barrier to entry, but that doesn’t mean that such barriers don’t exist. Kickabout exists to combat that model and challenge some of the largest presumptions that exist in our sport.

The most common question we get: “Wow, this is queer soccer?” For some people, it is a lightbulb for finding their community and questions on how they too can get involved. For others the question stems from prejudice; some people have an unfortunate preconceived notion of what “queer soccer” would look like. These are the people we enjoy engaging with the most: to help reset their expectations on what being queer means, and how queer soccer is just… soccer. So come out, join us, and see what inclusive soccer looks like – we’ll be here, every Sunday.