Stoopball, a game played by urban kids who don’t have access to ball fields has found a home in rural Clinton, Wisconsin. Former Detroit resident Tom Katroscik moved to the village near Janesville 20 years ago and brought the game with him.
He built three fields in his yard, complete with chalk lines, fences, scoreboards, lights and bleachers. He invited his city friends to travel here and play. Locals also learned the game.
Now, Tom Katroscik hosts the Stoopball League of America Championships at his home along County X every year. On Saturday, about 30 teams with players from as far away as New York City, Detroit, and Anchorage, Alaska, were competing in the tournament. Many players camped on the property overnight.