A favorite game from our childhood has made a comeback…with adults. With nicknames like Mike “the hammer” Howell, Katrina “kitten” Cade and Amethyst “aka 40” Kline, players of Charlotte’s Skeenation are gearing up for the 2013 season.
A season is called a “Skee-son” and is 10 weeks. The league is the brainchild of founder Brian Farrell. He came up with the idea to start a skeeball league in 2006 a bar in Plaza Midwood. Skeennation has now spread to 12 cities, nationwide.
Charlotte’s league has about 20 teams, and how you play a tournament is similar to bowling: 10 frames long, 10 games in a row, the winning team for the evening is the one with the highest score. Skee-ballers meet at least once a week, and play can go on for up to four hours.
There’s more to it than just rolling the ball. “There are certain different rolling forms.” Brian said. There’s down the middle, banking and hundos. Hundos are scoring the 100 point hole on the corners of the game. The best score is 900 points and it’s been done six times before.
Everything about this is sport. There’s winning and losing. Sportsmanship and comradary. But the social part of the meeting is the biggest draw. Brian said “We have teachers, we have lawyers, we have doctors, business guys and stay at home moms. We’ve had seven different marriages, a couple of skeeball babies.”
Skeenation also has it’s own magazine where top rollers can score a cover. There’s trading cards and trophies. “The top rollers in the league get their own specialized training cards,’ Brian adds.
At the end of the season there’s a world championship which is called Super Saturday: an all day, family friendly skkeball tournament where the ultimate winner walks away with the champions chalice…and of course bragging rights.
League play for this season starts Wednesday, April 24th. The charlotte area league meets Wednesday nights at sanctuary in NoDa and Thursday nights at the Roxbury in uptown. Visit www.skeenation.com and look for your local area for more information.