I’ve been playing in social sports leagues for years now and find that it’s a great way to have fun, reduce stress, meet people, and network. Now that the weather is changing, it’s a good time to get back outside and find a team to play with. Some of the leagues are accepting applications for spring teams while others are accepting for summer. You don’t have to be a super athlete to join these leagues. You can be casual, intermediate, or competitive. Below is a roundup of the best NYC leagues. If you know of another good sports league, please let me know.
Each year, over 100,000 people sign up to play for charity with ZogSports. Athletes can sign up for different levels of intensity within their leagues, ranging from “Extremely Casual” to “Players.” ZogSports is open to professionals over the age of 21 and registration fees are about $100 per person. Spring registration is open for basketball, bowling, dodgeball, football, and volleyball leagues (along with several others) on the ZogSports website.
The self-proclaimed “king of social sports,” FlareNYC Sports, operates men’s and co-ed indoor and outdoor leagues for basketball, cycling, dodgeball, flag football, hiking, kickball, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball. Registration is currently open for flag football, basketball, and softball. The $175 fee includes an official FNYCS tee shirt.
Urban Soccer operates year-round, outdoor and indoor, competitive and recreational soccer leagues. They also organize a pickup game every Sunday morning in Chinatown. Men, women, and youth interested in joining a team can register online for $175.
NYC Social offers 13 leagues including basketball, dodgeball, inner tube water polo, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball. While games are competitive, the focus of NYC Social leagues is to have a good time. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome to register for a NYC Social league, and students get a discount of 25%. Registration fees are about $100 per person. Spring leagues are finishing up now, so keep an eye on the NYC Social website for summer league registration.
Big Apple Recreational Sports is New York City’s non-profit, community-minded co-ed sports league for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and LGBT-friendly New Yorkers who want to play competitive sports. Registration is about $100 per person and happens about a month before each season starts – you can follow Big Apple Rec on Twitter or join their mailing list for information on upcoming seasons for dodgeball, bowling, and kickball.
Formerly known as Singles Social Sports Leagues, S3 offers three coed softball leagues, with teams based on age group and neighborhood. Participants are 21-42 years of age and are encouraged to sign up with friends. The extremely casual atmosphere means players of all skill levels will feel welcome. Registration for Spring leagues are still open – it costs $185 to register as an individual, but discounts are available for teams.
NoPro Sports organizes casual, coed sports leagues for New York’s non-profit professionals. Summer and Fall softball leagues are currently full, but you can get on the waitlist at the NoPro website. Basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, and indoor soccer are offered in the winter as well. Registration is about $70 per person or $1600 per team.
United Sports offers flag football, softball, basketball, volleyball, and handball. These leagues are great for those who are looking for a more competitive game, rather than just an opportunity to socialize. Registration is currently open for the coed softball league, and it’ll cost $150 to sign up as a free agent.
The famous Central Park Softball League, established in 1974, has expanded to include coed leagues on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as the Saturday original men’s league. Registration links are on the Gotham City Sports home page, and individuals can sign up for $150.
If you’re not ready to commit to a league, looking for a more casual option, or just want to see what else is out there, try browsing Meetup.com. The Coed Adult Sports League category will have pickup games, league signups, and social events for sports enthusiasts.