One of the many good things that the years of childhood can deliver is the opportunity to play sports. In almost any town or city in the United States, there are numerous options at every age and grade level for involvement in whatever sport one desires to participate. Each year, youth of all ages participate in an array of sports activities such as basketball, baseball, softball, football, soccer, track, and swimming. They also have the option of playing these sports in multiple settings, which include school teams, community teams, and elite level travel teams.
Upon entering adulthood, however, something rather strange seems to happen. The opportunities to play sports on an organized level seem to vanish. With the exception of athletes who go on to participate at the college or professional level, most adults have played their last organized game of their favorite sport by the time they graduate from high school. This is a shame, because the love of the game is still in their hearts, and often lies there dormant for the rest of their lives.
The good news is that sports participation doesn’t have to end with the onset of adulthood. No matter how old you are, whether age 18 or 88, there are opportunities for adults to participate in organized sports, at various competitive levels, often without having to look outside their own community. If you are an adult who is interested in continuing to play your favorite sport, the following list is designed to point you in the right direction. Here are some possible sources of opportunity:
1. Your Local School District: Many school districts have beautiful gyms, and elaborate sports field complexes. They also open them up to the community for general use, and often reserve space during evenings of the week for adult use of the facilities. In addition, most districts host adult education classes which often include competitive sports opportunities. Give your local school district office or adult education office a call to inquire about opportunities.
2. The YMCA: There are YMCA facilities all over the country, and many of them have an impressive menu of sports opportunities, such as adult basketball leagues. Go to your nearest YMCA, or check online, and obtain a schedule of activities.
3. Your Community Sports and Recreation Department: Most communities have their own recreation departments that offer a thriving list of adult sports league opportunities. Some of the most common options are basketball, soccer, and softball.
4. Do An Online Search For Adult Leagues In Your State or Region: No question, the internet has made it much easier for us all to track down helpful information. If you are interested in going beyond the community level, and playing in more highly competitive, structured leagues that have affiliates at the state and national organization level, there are, indeed options available to you. For example, adult amateur baseball leagues with age categories for players, including 50 and over, are available in most states. Two such leagues are the Men’s Senior Baseball League, and the Roy Hobbs Baseball League with affiliate teams all over the nation. You can check them, and other opportunities out, by simply doing an online search.
The important thing to remember is that if you truly want to continue to participate in organized sports as an adult, you can, no matter how old you are. Wherever you are; find your team, then get out there and have fun!