Who's Down For Broomball?

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Are you too scared of ice skating to play hockey? Too old to play soccer? Too lazy to keep the floors of your home free of dust and debris? Regularly thirsty for adult beverages during dark, cold January evenings? If so, the Fountain Square Broomball League could solve all your problems (unless one is alcoholism — 3CDC doesn't promise to cure that). —-

Registration is currently open for the 2009 Fountain Square Broomball League, which begins Jan. 5 and goes for six weeks with a couple rounds of playoffs at the end. The sport is basically a bunch of people running around on the ice in their shoes and smacking a ball around with a stick shaped like a broom. It looks pretty fun, and depending on the interest by those of us at CityBeat who can keep from drinking several beers before the late games (8 p.m.), we might be out there too.

This year's league will have two divisions: beginner and intermediate. It's co-ed, with three dudes and three ladies on the ice at all time, and each roster must have between eight and 12 members. The league fee is $450 and games are played Monday-Wednesday between 6 and 8 p.m., each taking about a half hour. Live announcers will make fun of you during the contest, the lights will be on for those who yearn to relive the glory days of West Side football Fridays and adult sodas will be sold for spectators.

Registration closes Nov. 14. Go to www.myfountainsquare.com/broomball to download registration forms or to register online. There's also a sweet promotional video.

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