Joining an adult recreational sports league can be a great way to stay active, meet new people, and have fun on a regular basis. Whether you’re joining a volleyball, kickball, bocce, Spikeball, or bowling league, there are some important things to keep in mind to ensure you have the best experience possible. In this brief blog post, we’ll discuss the top 5 things to remember when joining a recreational sports league in Akron, Ohio.
- Know the Rules
Before you sign up for a league, make sure you understand the rules of the game. Each sport has its own unique set of rules, and it’s important to know them to avoid penalties or discrepancies, or even disqualifications. We do our best to provide specific rules for our leagues and we offer a brief overview of the rules before each season starts, so please take the time to read and understand them. As the saying goes, “If you don’t know the rules, you can’t break ’em…but you also can’t play the game!”
We’re always available and happy to clarify any rule questions. The best way to ask these questions is via email (PLAY@summitsports.social) or by asking a league coordinator or official on-site.
- Be a Good Sport
Winning is important, and we aim to provide competitive and fun groupings for our leagues, but being a good sport is even more crucial. Whether you win or lose, it’s important to respect your opponents and teammates. Avoid trash-talking or engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct, and remember that the ultimate goal of recreational sports is to have fun and enjoy the game. Don’t be that person who takes things too seriously and ruins the fun for everyone else. As Ricky Bobby…or I guess, Will Ferrell, once said, “If you’re not first, you’re last.” But in recreational sports, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a great time!
- Communicate with Your Team
Communication is key in any team sport. Make sure to stay in touch with your teammates throughout the season. Group texts are a great way to do this. If you’re going to miss a game or practice, let your team know as soon as possible. Good communication can help your team stay organized and perform at its best.
If you may be in need of last-minute substitutes, we created a Facebook group specifically to help connect you with players willing to lend a hand.
- Stay Safe
While recreational sports are generally safe, injuries can still occur. Make sure you take steps to protect yourself, such as wearing appropriate footwear and protective gear, and don’t forget to stretch. Bring a bottle of water to ensure you stay hydrated throughout your time playing – things can get hot in the summer months! If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries, let your team and our league organizers know.
- Have Fun!
The most important thing to remember when joining and playing in our sports leagues is to have fun! These leagues are a great way to stay active, meet new people from Akron and beyond, and enjoy the games you love. Don’t take things too seriously and remember that everyone is there to have a good time.
Joining an adult recreational sports league can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. By knowing the rules, being a good sport, communicating with your team, staying safe, and having fun, you can make the most of your season and create lasting memories.
We’re thrilled to continue programming sports in Downtown Akron, Medina, Cuyahoga Falls, Canton, and beyond in the coming years so we can all Stay in Play!