10 Sports Leagues You Can Join as an Adult

Gone are the days of team sports and wholehearted gym class participation. If you need something to fill that athletic void in your soul, there are plenty of sports leagues to join now that you’re an adult that are way more stress-free, but still competitive. Chicago is home to many teams varying by sport and skill level, making it easy to get back on that field or court and play your heart out once again.

Be sure to join one of these amazing Chicago sports leagues this fall!


Chicago Sport and Social Club

Chicago Sports
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There are plenty of adult sport leagues to join through this group. From basketball to broomball, ninja to volleyball, Chicago Sport and Social Club has a team for everyone. They even have something called the Chipotle Leagues, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Fall sports include: basketball, bowling, dodgeball, floor hockey, football, indoor volleyball, kickball, ping pong, soccer, softball, whirlyball.


Players Sport & Social Group

Players Sport & Social Group
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Join a volleyball league for an indoor sport or take to outdoor challenges like cornhole for your fall exercise. Players is a great way to meet other athletic adults and get into a routine you’re sure to love while also working out. Stay tuned for seasonal events and tournaments, whether you’re attending or playing.

Fall sports include: dodgeball, flag football, soccer, basketball, indoor volleyball, softball, kickball, bowling, cornhole.


LTS Chicago

LTS Chicago
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This organization hosts group tournaments, but make sure you already have your team together, because you have to register as one unit. You’ll be playing at fields and courts all over the city, helping you explore the most of Chicago’s athletic scene.

Fall sports include: bowling, dodgeball, flag football, kickball, soccer.


S3 Leagues

S3 Leagues
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This league has their teams separated by day of the week, scattered across parks all around Chicago, so you can easily choose the team and practice times that best suit your schedule.

Fall sports include: softball, kickball, beach volleyball, wiffle ball, skee ball, flag football.


Chicago Cycling Club

Chicago Cycling Club
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Ride or die? For these guys, it might as well be. The Chicago Cycling Club hosts varying skill level events for bikers of all ages. While there aren’t any practice sessions for you to attend, there are plenty of group bike rides to get involved with so you don’t have to be alone on your journey around the city.

Fall sports include: cycling, biking.


Chicago Area Runners Association

Chicago Area Runners Association
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This one is a little more involved, gathering runners from all over the city for races, training, special events, and programs. No matter what part of town you’re from, there’s a runners group nearby, so if this is your sport, take the safe route and jog along with your Chicago neighbors.

Fall sports include: running, races, marathons.


Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association

Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association
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Chicago’s largest inclusive LGBTQIA+ sports league, CMSA has plenty of teams to join during the fall season. Whether you’re part of the community or totally straight, you are welcome here, so make sure to sign up for a league soon!

Fall sports include: kickball, soccer, indoor volleyball, billiards, flag football.


Chicago Rowing Foundation

Chicago Rowing Foundation
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Interested in unconventional sports? Try rowing along the Chicago River! This sport is an excellent exercise, and you’re bound to find a team that suits your schedule and personality through the Chicago Rowing Foundation.

Fall sports include: rowing.


Windy City Rollers

Windy City Rollers
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Join Chicago’s premier roller derby league or make sure to visit at least one of their games this season. These ladies know how to kick ass in the rink, and if you need some way to get in shape this year, the Windy City Rollers can definitely help with that. Contact tryout@windycityrollers.com when you’re ready to sign up for tryouts!

Fall sports include: roller derby.


Ultimate Chicago

Ultimate Chicago
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If you never grew up after college and you’re still into ultimate frisbee, there’s a league for you, too. You can fill out a tryout interest form to get the process started and make sure to have your team assembled when you’re ready to play.

Fall sports include: ultimate frisbee.


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