Escape the fitness grind with these sporting options
Whether you’re looking for a way to escape the special, sweaty place that the gym can be, trying to find a way to introduce some competition into your life, or you’re a weekend warrior trying to regain the golden years of your youth, Fort Worth, TX, has a variety of ways to get your sports on. Sure, the city offers a large spectrum of youth sports and top-notch facilities, but adult sports leagues in Forth Worth let us older folks have fun, too. Here are some of the best adult sports in Cowtown:
Between our Texan love of doing our own thing and the inescapable influence of our neighbors to the south, soccer (or futbol) is huge all over Texas, and the FTW is no exception. It’s not just for the kiddos, either – grownups have the Fort Worth Adult Soccer Association, Cowtown Soccer and dozens of pickup games around the city, which welcome players of all levels. Or there’s Game On Arena Sports, which hosts indoor soccer leagues and also hosts a soccer camp over the summer.
Throw out the idea that meetup groups are for lonely singles. These groups of like-minded people form around anybody who’s interested in, “Getting together to learn something, do something or share something,” and that includes sports. There are groups in Fort Worth for tennis, martial arts and even underwater hockey. Yes, underwater hockey is a thing.
Volleyball at the YMCA
The YMCA of Fort Worth runs adult volleyball leagues out of the Ryan Family YMCA location. Don’t worry if you don’t know a team’s worth of ballers either – the league lets you sign up as an individual for $40.
Parks and Rec Sports
The Fort Worth Parks and Community Services department runs several leagues for grownups, including softball, football, basketball and volleyball. Leagues run throughout the year, and games are located all across the region. The leagues might not offer some of the social elements as their private counterparts, but they normally have great facilities, and on the upside, many of its tournaments qualify teams for the Texas Amateur Athletic Foundation state championships.
This oddly named sport is a fun union of badminton, tennis and ping pong. It was started in the 1960s and is suitable for all ages, but the sport has taken off recently with seniors who are looking for moderately active competitive sports. The R.D. Evans Community Center has pickleball scheduled weekly in their gym.
Wednesday evenings at Urban Air Trampoline Park are dodgeball nights. Pay $10 to get in the door, and then dodge, duck, dip and dive your way through a double elimination tournament. You can show up with your own team or be a free-agent, and get assigned to a team when you arrive.
If you like your sports to have a main course of free-flowing, coordinated action with a side order of pad-free hits, check out the Fort Worth Rugby Club. The club is open to participants of all skill levels, even those new to the game, and it’s free to try. They also play year round, so no need to worry about getting soft around the middle during the off-season.
There are several pickup-style “ultimate” games, as its insiders affectionately know the sport. For something a little more structured, try the Fort Worth Ultimate Players Association. They organize leagues, tournaments and a couple of the more well-attended pickup games. Plus, like any good social group built around sports, they tend to eat and drink afterwards. Score!