10 things you didn't know about Kin-Ball

10 things you didn't know about Kin-Ball

“Omnikin…red! Do you remember shouting those words in your elementary school gymnasium some 20 years ago during a wild game of Kin-Ball? This ultra-popular discipline at the beginning of the millennium celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, here are 10 things to know about this homegrown sport.

  1. Kin-Ball is a Quebec sport: the discipline was invented in Quebec by physical education teacher, Mario Demers.  
  1. The sport is officially 30 years old: in 1993, the Quebec Federation of Kin-Ball succeeded in having its sport officially recognized by the Government of Quebec. The idea had been germinating in the mind of its creator since 1987.
  1. It reached its peak in 2006: that year, it became the sport most practiced extracurricular in Quebec with more than 30,000 players. 
  1. Several people have worked to supervise the Kin-Ball. The Federation and its regional associations had only one permanent employee in 1992 to reach 36 at the height of its popularity. She has two full-time today. 
  1. There were also Kin-Ball coaches: there were more than 300 around 2012 , all paid, including nearly 20 full-time. 
  1. Kin-Ball is practiced all over the world: federations are currently active in France, Belgium, the United States, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, Germany and Japan. 
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    1. There is an international Kin-Ball federation: it is based in Montreal and has 3.8 million practitioners. 
    1. Kin-Ball is much less popular today: the sport has unfortunately experienced a significant decline over the past ten years for reasons that the Federation can hardly explain. 
    1. Kin-Ball Quebec wants to give it back its former glory: a three-year recovery plan will soon be deployed, starting with a vast $150,000 fundraising campaign . 
    1. A very first Kin-Ball Rising Stars Gala will soon be organized: the event will be held on April 22 at Dock 619 in Longueuil . The creator, former coaches and avid fans will be on hand to celebrate the sport's 30th anniversary.
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