If you’re trying to get your workout on, there are plenty of places to go in Pittsburgh.
But maybe the gym isn’t your jam. Hey, no worries. There are lots of other ways to work on your fitness around town. How about taking to the field, hardwood, ice, or even the water? Yeah, we’re talking about teaming up for a little friendly competition. So for all you athletes out there looking for an opportunity to keep playing the game, there’s a sports league in Pittsburgh perfect for you.
Chances are that you have a friend in a league. We’re confident in saying that because the Pittsburgh Sports League (PSL) is one of the most successful adult sports leagues in the country with some 20,000 people participating in 16 sports. With a full slate of games and matches year round in basketball, bowling, dodgeball, broomball, hockey, and more, you can face off against other Pittsburghers just about any day of the week.
This four on four flag football league takes backyard football to the next level. You can sign up as a team or as an individual – what they call a free agent. PFFL’s recognition of individual and team achievement sets them apart from other leagues. Seriously. Player profiles and league stats are tracked and updated online. Games are played at George Cupples Stadium in the South Side on Sunday mornings before the pros go on.
Tossing a frisbee on the beach is an entertaining way to pass time and soak up some rays. Ultimate, on the other hand, is a completely different game. Players try to pass the disc to a player in the opposing team’s end zone. Speed, skill, and the occasional body-sacrificing layout make Ultimate a fun sport that will get you fit in a hurry. The Community for Pittsburgh Ultimate makes sure there’s never a shortage of that fun, arranging adult leagues throughout all four seasons, plus pick-up games!
Harry Potter fans rejoice! The Steel City Quidditch Club brings your favorite competitive sport from the Wizarding World to life right here in Pittsburgh. While this isn’t a sports league in the traditional sense, the team does play in the International Quidditch Association. In fact, the IQA now hosts a World Cup of seven different nations. As for PGH, you can watch quaffles, bludgers, and the golden snitch fly during open practices in Schenley Park. And they’re looking for new teammates for the 2015-2016 cup!
There’s an adult swim team in Pittsburgh and these guys aren’t playing sharks and minnows. Team Pittsburgh Masters Swimming is an amateur team complete with coaches, training schemes, and actual race opportunities. Workouts are held five days per week in the pool at Trees Hall of University of Pittsburgh.
A blast from the past, roller derby is back and here to stay in Pittsburgh. Steel City Roller Derby is Pittsburgh’s only all-female league, and they mean business. It’s athleticism, action, and exhilaration on skates. There are 5 teams, each with a cast of seasoned and strong ladies. Want a taste of Flat Track Roller Derby? Hit up one of their 2-hour boot camps. And don’t miss tryouts early in the year!
Say you’re more of a “social” athlete. One who enjoys the sports that won’t spill your drink. Then you’ll be pleased to know that bocce has a home in the Burgh. Major League Bocce is a versatile, friendly, and inviting league that can be played by pretty much everyone! Our Pittsburgh league plays year-round, playing matches in the South Side, then retreating to Mario’s East Side Saloon in Shadyside during the winter months for a little bar bocce. Sign up as a team and bring your friends, or sign up as an individual and make new ones. That’s what it’s all about!
What do you know about curling? It’s that sport in the winter Olympics with the brooms and rocks that comes on in between hockey games, right? Oh, but it’s so much more. It’s precision, teamwork, and strategy. And it’s in Pittsburgh. Robert Morris University Island Sports Center plays host to the Pittsburgh Curling Club. The club has ice time every Saturday night between October and March. In their league, everybody plays together and learns together. And for the night owls, 11:45PM marks the start of Vampire Curling – ice time reserved for league play, pick-up games, and a chance to build up your game.
There are plenty of places to shoot hoops around the city. It’s finding the people to play that’s often the problem. Sure, there’s some pick-up, playground-rules courts around the city. But, if you’re looking for something organized, competitive, and consistent, check out leagues at the JCC (in Squirrel Hill and South Hills) or at the IceoPlex at Southpointe (that’s Canonsburg). Join up and show off your skills.
The popularity of soccer in the US is really picking up. What you probably didn’t know is that it has been in Pittsburgh this whole time! At Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Area (PISA) in Cheswick, coed leagues are all the rage. And across town, you can play indoor soccer year-round at the IceoPlex in Southpointe too. They’ve got a high school league, men’s league, coed league, and multiple divisions for differing skill levels. It’s a great way to run around and get in shape! And maybe kick the ball every now and then…maybe.
If you think table tennis isn’t a sport, you probably haven’t seen a lot of it. It takes speed, accuracy, agility, and coordination to hit that little white ball. Here in Pittsburgh, you can prove you’ve got what it takes in leagues and round-robin tournaments across the city. Try Pittsburgh Oakland Table Tennis league nights on Thursdays. They play at Eastminster Church and can have 9 tables of action going at once. Or if you’re in the south, try the Tuesday night competitive play of South Park Table Tennis Club. Both clubs are eligible for the Pittsburgh Amateur Ping Pong Championship and the Pittsburgh Steel City Open.
Adult men’s hockey leagues, fondly referred to as “the beer leagues”, are a great way to stay in shape, work on your game, and stay in touch with your hockey buddies. This isn’t your pick-up hockey at stick time. When you join a league, you’ve got all the thrills of your heyday – refs, jerseys, a trophy to win, and even some friendly trash talk. Hit up the RMU Island Sports Complex, IceoPlex at Southpointe, or Ice Castle in Mt. Lebanon for the biggest and best leagues around.
Volleyball isn’t just for the beach and family picnics. It’s a social, fun, and athletic sport that happens all over Pittsburgh. The IceoPlex at Southpointe has youth, high school, and adult leagues. But if you want to get off the hardwood to soak up the sun, you can join a sand volleyball league there, or at JD’s Restaurant and Pub in Glenshaw. With more than 30 teams and 3 divisions of differing skill levels, you can get your toes in the sand on summer nights on the pub’s private white sand court.
Where do rough and tumble ladies and gents go to play? The answer is Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club. It hosts the Pittsburgh Men’s Rugby Club and Pittsburgh Angels Women’s Rugby Club. No experience is necessary and they’ll show you the ropes. And if rugby calls to you (or if you’re Irish), you might like Gaelic football as well! For those that don’t know, it’s a crazy cross between soccer and rugby. You can try out for the Pittsburgh Celtics (guys) or the Pittsburgh Banshees (gals) – it’s tradition!
What happens if you’re so active, you can’t commit to just one sport? Commit to three! Wondering if you have what it takes to be a triathlete? Pittsburgh Triathlon Club invites you to come find out. They have group activities in the North Hills, South Hills, East Pittsburgh, and downtown. They also arrange open water swims in the Allegheny River. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a beginner swimmer, PTC has the support, educational resources, and competitive environment to excel you forward in all running, swimming, and cycling endeavors.
Renting a kayak from Venture Outdoors on a summer day is one thing. Rowing with a league is a whole different story; it’ll blow kayaking out of the water. 3 Rivers Rowing Association offers a summer corporate rowing league, where you and your co-workers can be coached into a highly functioning (and fit) machine. Plus, their after-practice barbecue is a great opportunity to network.
Steel City Rowing is another spot to get on-water exercise. There, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced rower, you’ll be whipped into shape. It’s addicting. So much so, that you might kick it into high gear at their Masters Sprint Camp.
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