Adult Sports Leagues
_By Jon Vredenburg_
There is an old adage about sports that states: It is not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. All across the First Coast, people are finding more ways to play the game and learning that adult sports leagues are a great way to be healthy, have fun and make friends.
Surveying the North Florida recreational sports landscape can be easily performed from a smart phone since social media has become the preferred method of communication for many leagues. Jacksonville Scene, a recreational and social organization, uses its online presence to advertise the opportunities they have to offer. The group was started nine years ago by Jason Ryan as a part-time venture but has now grown into a full-time occupation. Ryan manages operations for fifteen different types of sports across the region and is prideful of the cohesive nature that has helped fuel their growth.
“We are a community more than we are a sports league,” Ryan says.
The community is thriving with more than 6,000 followers on Facebook. As for demographics, the group is mostly young professionals with an equal amount of males and females participating.
The rise in popularity of Jacksonville Scene has enabled Ryan and his group to add different levels of competition within each sport. Many of the leagues, including basketball, flag football and beach volleyball, have three distinct levels of competition to provide an option for everyone. The opportunity to network is what brings many people into community athletics in the first place.
“It’s a great way to meet new people,” Ryan says. “The sports become more of a social gathering.”
That is easy to see from reviewing their expansive website at Jacksonvillescene.com. However, they are not the only game in town since JaxSport Adult Sports Leagues, jaxsport.com, and Florida First Coast Softball, ffcsoftball.com, coordinate leagues as well. In addition, single participants have no reason to fret. Many of the local leagues offer solo registration options to help you find a group that would be a good fit for your skill set and interests.
The cost of participating in adult sports leagues varies but usually runs about $50 per-person, per-season. Most of the seasons in the team sports last about three months. So if you are ready to take the next step and get off of the couch, there are boundless opportunities awaiting you.