Vintage base ball
Bay Area Vintage Base Ball
Meets: Various locations
“Base Ball” isn’t a typo, that’s just how it used to be spelled. This league is all about anachronistic integrity, following vintage rules and gear guidelines from 1886. That means seven balls for a walk, 12-person teams, and the requirement that you call the umpire “Sir.” Teams in San Francisco, the East Bay, and San Jose take the sport seriously and consider it more than a historic reenactment. Practice starts in January and the league season begins in March. Contact league organizers to find out about fielding a team or to try a more casual fall game designed for newbies.
Bay Area Quidditch
Meets: Various days and locations
It may be a made-up game from Harry Potter, but it’s very real for the many, many players of the many, many clubs around the Bay Area. You don’t get to actually fly, but you do get to run around with a broomstick between your legs and try to throw a ball (called a quaffle) through three hoops, while other players try to hit those balls (and you) with other balls, while another player called a Seeker looks for the snitch... Uh, well, if you haven’t read the books it’s a bit complicated. There are a bunch of teams that play regularly in Silicon Valley and compete in tournaments. Check out the Silicon Valley Skyfighters, Silicon Valley Skrewts, or the Palo Alto Mission Blues -- we bet at least one of those teams has a technologist who’s looking into that whole flying thing.
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