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Adult Sports Leagues

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About 108 men played in the Mid-Ohio Valley Adult Baseball League (MOVABL) in 2013, along with another dozen part-time players. (Photo courtesy MOVABL)

 

West Virginia has few statewide or regional adult sports organizations. But many communities, like Parkersburg, have their own adult leagues or clubs. Nobody tracks it statewide, but everyone agrees adult leagues are alive and well.

“I don’t know why doctors don’t prescribe sports more often for people who are at risk of Type 2 diabetes or other chronic diseases,” said WVU’s Dr. Bill Neal.

A no-brainer from research: A half hour of physical exercise three time a week, combined with reasonable eating, has been proven to significantly lower a person’s risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and many other illnesses. Social support also lower the risk.

Sports leagues provide both of those things, plus they increase a town’s appeal to incoming residents or businesses.

 

What kind of organized physical activity does your community have for adults?

Inventory what’s already going on. How can you expand choices? How support those you already have? How let people know about them?

  • Your parks and recreation department. Do they sponsor adult sports leagues? If you don’t have one, would it be feasible/ a good idea to create one?
  • List possible places where a team could play. Are there public facilities that could be used after hours? Schools or public buildings? Can you make a joint use agreement, for instance, with the schools? Is there public land the county will lease for a nominal fee?
  • Will your local newspaper publish a regular listing of adult sports opportunties so more people will know about them? Too often, there is no listing, so people who would like to join don’t know about it.

Here are some how-to’s:

Visit an existing club or contact a regional/ state group:

Create a Web listing for local teams and activities. Some models:

  • Morgantown-area BOPARC listings (Board of Parks and Recreation) http://www.boparc.org/index.html A model local Web recreation listing. Covers a wide variety of sports and recreation opportunities.
  • Upshur County soccer: https://www.facebook.com/upshuradultsoccer: A good model of a facebook page for a local league, in this case, a coed, recreational soccer league for players of all skill levels who have finished high school.
  • Beckley’s Southern WV YMCA offers a basketball league and also a drop-in “noon basketball” program for adults and teens, five days a week, noon to 1:30: http://www.ymcaswv.com/id97.html

These online sites that track WV leagues and tournaments are fairly hit and miss:

 

Also see these related Try This pages: Dancing, Start a youth sports league, Get people paddling, Build and connect trails, Start a running/walking group, Become a bike-friendly community

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