The city is your playground

Illustration by Kathleen White

Illustration by Kathleen White

Game on

by William Beisley

It’s 8:30 p.m. and you’re walking home from dinner. You’re approaching a baseball field and, from a distance, you assume it’s a little league exhibition. As you get closer, however, you notice the first baseman has a beard, and the player on deck holds a thinly veiled beer can in their hand. “What on earth are these kids doing?” you think to yourself. Then it sets in: They’re adults playing kickball. 

There is a wide variety of intramural sports leagues in our city. Some leagues cater to the casual crowds, while other leagues are for born competitors. There are small do-it-yourself organizations that host only a few teams for one specific sport, while there are also larger clubs that host an array of activities, indoor and outdoor, for multiple skill levels. Here’s Grid’s list of 12 clubs, leagues and groups to get your fitness on while still having fun.

The Philadelphia Bicycle Club
phillybikeclub.org
Bicycle rides for cyclists of all skill levels.
$15 per year; $10 per year for students

Philly Runners
phillyrunners.org
Group runs at all skill levels, all year round. (See Page 49 for more details and favorite routes.)
Free

Philly Kickball
phillykickball.net
Full seasons and tournaments of kickball for adults.
$25 per player

Philly Sport & Social
playphillysports.com
Full seasons and tournaments of basketball, football, cornhole, kickball, dodgeball, soccer, floor hockey, softball and volleyball.
Various prices

Philadelphia Sports Network
philadelphiasportsnetwork.com
Indoor and outdoor seasons of basketball, bowling, broomball, cornhole, dodgeball, field hockey, flag football, floor hockey, kickball, soccer, softball, tennis, Ultimate and volleyball. 
Various prices

ZogSports
zogsports.com
Indoor and outdoor basketball, dodgeball, kickball, soccer, softball and volleyball.
Various prices

Manayunk Sport and Social
manayunksportandsocial.com
Football, softball, volleyball, kickball, dodgeball, darts, soccer, floor hockey, ultimate bocce, baggo, lacrosse, roller hockey, shufflebowl, Ultimate and wiffleball.
Various prices

Casa Soccer League
phillysoccer.org
Indoor and outdoor soccer.
Various prices

Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League
phillyflagfootball.com
A league dedicated to flag football for the LGBTQ community and straight ally players.
Various prices

Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance
www.pada.org
Year-round indoor and outdoor Ultimate.
$55 per player

Out Philly Athletic League
www.opalsports.org
Basketball, bowling, dodgeball, football, running, softball, soccer, tennis and wrestling for LGBTQ participants.
Various prices

PEP Bowl
pepbowl.com
A handicap-scored bowling league. Proceeds from league and non-league bowling go to Programs Employing People (PEP), a nonprofit that provides vocational and education opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.
$14 per game