But do you ever think about taking to the court, hardwood or diamond to participate in a team sport yourself instead of watching it on TV or going through the motions
Reason #1: Break out of your mundane exercise routine.
Do you get tired of doing the same workout over and over again? Has the treadmill become the
Reason #2: Learn (or hone) a new skill.
Is there a sport that you have always wanted to play, but just never learned?
Reason #3: Develop some new friendships.
Joining a recreational sports league is a great way to meet new people and spark new friendships. You'll find yourself in the company of others with whom you'll have at least one common interest—talk about an icebreaker! By playing with them once or twice a week, you are bound to develop some good relationships. If you're new in town or simply like to meet people, sports leagues are a fun and out-of-the-box way to expand your social network.
Reason #4: Rekindle a love of sports.
Many people who played sports in high school or college experience a void when the thrill of practice and competition is gone. So many of us have fond memories of the intense practices, championship games, winning shots and camaraderie of our teammates, but sports aren't just for kids. Don't give up on your love of the game just because you graduated or entered the working world! Joining an adult league can bring back some of that excitement and friendly competition that you loved so much.
Get fit, have fun, make friends—there are plenty of reasons to join a league. But how do you start?
What's the difference between competitive and recreational leagues?
This is an important question. Before you join a team or league, find out if it's competitive or recreational. If the league is competitive, the participants are in it to win it! Many of them have years of experience in their sports and have competed at high levels, including the collegiate level.
If you are new to a sport or are just looking to have fun, competitive leagues might not be right for you. The recreational leagues will help you get your feet wet if you're new to the sports league, just getting back into it, or if you're a beginner to the sport.
How do I find an adult sports league?
You'll find information about leagues at your local YMCA, city recreation center and other fitness centers. Call the centers near you, look for flyers or bulletin boards or simply ask around! Chances are that your friends or
What should I expect?
Every league is different. Most competitive leagues will have at least one practice each week along with one game; recreational leagues usually play once a week. Most teams don't wear formal uniforms, but
It might not be easy for you to jump right in a join a team or league when you don't know anyone there, but just remember that everyone was "the new guy" at some point, too. If you still feel intimidated, ask a friend to join you
Adult leagues really are a blast for athletes of all levels. The only way to get the full experience is to try it yourself! Unleash your inner athlete and get out there and play!