With the warm weather finally arriving, it’s time to start looking for some outdoor activities to participate in. We can already hear the sound of bicycles being tuned up all over the city and the pitter patter of runners coming out of hibernation, but did you know that Toronto offers a number of organized sports leagues catering to young professionals? It’s true. You no longer have an excuse to sit on your ass all summer long, complaining that there’s nothing fun to do. Here is a rundown of a few of the leagues in the GTA. These leagues offer something for everyone, so you’re bound to find something interesting.
Rundown of sports leagues after the jump. You might even find a giveaway, too!
Toronto Central Sport & Social Club
TCSSC is a 10,000 member strong, self-officiated sports club, offering 11 spring/summer sports, such as basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, soccer, a multi-sport league and more. There are skill levels to make all feel welcome, from beginner to elite and everything in between, with most playing venues located along the subway line (all are TTC accessible). We’ve played almost every sport in this league and have found it to be fun and well-organized, and it’s also a great way to meet new people.
While indoor sport registration has passed, there are still a few spots available for teams or individual players. Outdoor registration is open until April 26, so you’ve got a few days left to grab some friends and pick a sport. You may also register as an individual, so no worries if you don’t know enough people interested in joining you…afterall, you’re there to meet new people, remember!
If you’re not located in the central area, TCSSC is also affiliated with the York Region Sport & Social Club and the Durham Region Sport & Social Club, who offer the same sports.
Giveaway!! Interested in joining for free? We have one TCSSC membership to give away for the spring season (value of $100), so if you can register for a sport on short notice, be the first to email [email protected] with your full name and it’s all yours!
Not So Pro Sports League
NSP Sports is a 7000 member sports league that runs in the east end of the city. They offer seven sports to choose from, including indoor/outdoor volleyball, ultimate frisbee, flag football, soccer and more. The beach volleyball is by far the most popular, where you can see hundreds of beach bums playing at Ashbridges Bay almost any night of the week. This is also a self-officiated league with TTC accessible venues.
NSP Sports has expanded to the Niagara region over the past few years, so fear not Golden Horseshoe’ers, there’s something for you, too!
Toronto Ultimate Club
Oh ultimate frisbee, how we love thee. Toronto Ultimate Club (TUC) is a great club to join whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a total newb to the sport. This is a sport (and league) that puts a strong emphasis on “the spirit of the game” and takes it seriously. Members are generally very supportive and willing to help you learn and improve your skills, and with many teams made up of all skill levels, you will learn quickly without feeling intimidated. There is a $65 annual membership, which includes a TUC disc and free registration for clinics. Games are located all around the city, mostly away from the downtown area, so it’s best to carpool if you can.
Summer registration is open until April 27 and you can enter as a team or an individual.
Metro Toronto Sports League
MTS is a softball league located in north Toronto, which has been running for the past 19 years. The league offers three levels of officiated play: recreational, intermediate and competitive, and you can choose between slow pitch or 3 pitch, with games played Thursday and Friday nights and Sunday afternoon/evenings.
Registration for this league is open until April 30 and you can enter as a team or individual.
These are just a few of the many sports leagues located in the GTA. Googling “toronto sports leagues” will lead you to many of the other options available if none of the above suit your needs. Whichever sport and league you decide to choose, you’re guaranteed to have a good time and maybe learn a few new things along the way.
On another sporting note, if you have children under the age of 16, the government has recently created a Children’s Fitness Tax Benefit as an incentive to get kids active. This credit allows parents to claim up to $500 per year per child (up to 3 children) for kids enrolled in eligible fitness programs. Take full advantage by pulling the rugrats away from their video games and enrolling them in something active at the same time you’re registering for your sport.
Now get off your butt and get out there! And make sure you have a pint or two for us after the game.
Photos: Volleyball photo by Metrix X; ultimate frisbee photo by Loregan.