Perhaps you’ve played on a social sports team in college or university and are familiar with intramural sports.
Intramural comes from Latin meaning “within walls” and refers to organized sports played within an area or institution, usually a college or university. The first intramural sports leagues date back to 1913, when Ohio State University and the University of Michigan started such programs.
Social sports leagues are like intramural sports, but for anyone above 18 years of age. These recreational adult leagues are as much about socializing and having fun as they are about sports. Of course, it can get pretty competitive at times, but most players mainly just want to have a good time.
If you’re looking for a fun summer activity, then I have five reasons why you should join a social sports league.
Stay active over the summer
We all know summer screams for drinks on patios and amazing barbecues. Sure, these are great ways to hang out with your friends, but they’re also great ways to put on a few extra pounds. Social sports offer you the best of both worlds: hanging out with your friends while burning some extra calories. At least, enough calories to enjoy a few post-match drinks.
Pick up on a sport you enjoyed as a kid
Did you love playing soccer as a kid, or were you super into basketball in high school? Being an adult doesn’t mean you have to give up on the sport you love. You may not have the time or energy to spend six hours a week on the pitch, but joining a social sports league definitely gives you the opportunity to enjoy playing your favorite sport. There are no hours of training or intense coaches yelling at you, so you might even enjoy it more.
Try something new
It could also be that you’ve always envisioned yourself being a star ultimate frisbee player, but always find an excuse not to try it. Or maybe you wonder whether softball would be a sport for you, but you don’t want to commit to high fees and an entire season. No more excuses — social sports are a great way to try a new sport. Usually, there are no registration fees and the seasons are relatively short. So if you find that ultimate frisbee is not what you expected from it or you just want to try something new, you can move on after two months.
Great way to socialize
Participating is more important than winning. Or actually: socializing is more important than winning. You can sign up as a team with your friends and hang out with them on the pitch. If you are new to town or just want to meet new people, sign up as an individual and get assigned to a team. It’s a great way to meet locals as you already have your sport in common.
Adulthood may have made your life a lot busier and you may not have as much time to hang out with your friends as you’d like. A benefit of joining a social sports league is that you can hang out with your friends, while getting some exercise. Again, best of both worlds.
But above all, the best reason to join a social sports league is to have fun. No one is a professional athlete in these leagues. Everyone just wants to have fun while exercising their bodies. Leagues are divided in different experience levels, so no need to worry if you’re a beginner. It will get competitive at times, but in the end it’s all about having a good time.
So where to join? The Hamilton area offers two great social sports leagues: Sport & Social Club Hamilton and Average Joe Sports Club. Sport & Social Club Hamilton plays most of its matches at the David Braley Athletic Centre at McMaster University. Average Joe Sports Club’s matches are held at school facilities, community centres, public fields, and private facilities. Sports you can sign up for include soccer, volleyball, soft ball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, dodgeball, and many more.
Go out and enjoy your summer!