It's similar to school-day recess.
This time it's for grownups.
About three dozen men and women show up at Southview Recreation Center every Sunday to play some of their favorite childhood games.
Organized by SportsLink Charlotte, Recess is a season's worth of league in dodgeball, kickball, Wiffle ball and recreational volleyball games.
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Five teams of 8-10 players have made sure their homework is finished so they can play.
Adults playing sports they associate with elementary and middle school gym class is not all that uncommon.
Adult kickball leagues and dodgeball leagues have sprouted throughout the country in the last 10 years.
Combining the different sports into the same league is something unique to Charlotte, says Christian Crute, SportsLink's managing director.
He says he picked up on the Recess concept from sports clubs in other cities.
"It's a fun throwback," said Ford Eubanks, a 24-year-old uptown finance consultant. "My favorite game in middle school was Jailbreak (a dodgeball variation) ... that was a lot of fun."
Crute says he's offering the program as a wintertime diversion from SportsLink's more traditional warm-weather, outdoor sports.
Because the Recess concept is new, Crute and the players are planning as they go. They are determining some of the games' modified rules (for indoor play) and they'll probably wait until closer to the end of the eight-week season to determine a playoff format.
What they do know is that teams can play up to two sports each week. A win in kickball, for example, will count the same as a win in volleyball. Losses will be counted the same way.
Uptown residents David Wilkinson and Pat McKenna have been teammates for two kickball seasons. Their team wasn't very competitive in its first season but was league champion in its second try. McKenna and Wilkinson said they hope their kickball success will translate into a Recess league title, but they are just as interested in having fun.
Wilkinson's team may have an early advantage. He's taking a cerebral approach to bringing some of the outdoor games inside.
"Kickball will be a smaller, quicker version of kickball," he said. "I don't think kicking (the ball) hard will be much of an advantage. With all these indoor sports, I think it will be more about strategy, being smarter."
Julie Van Hellemnot, captain of the Recess Renegades team, showed up at the first dodgeball and kickball games Jan. 8 a bit panicked, fearing she wasn't able to pull enough players together to play. With short notice, a couple of late add-ons arrived, including Lee Falardeau, a former Charlotte Checkers hockey player.
"I don't take myself too seriously out here," said Falardeau, 28. "I think it's a lot of fun stuff you wouldn't normally get to do. We all enjoyed it before. It's just as much fun now as it was then."