Get (back) into the games: Sports leagues and adventures in Boston By Kari Kempf

As 2013 dawns, resolutions for the new year are set. Whether yours are for better wellness, stepping outside your comfort zone, or trying new things, Boston has a bounty of activities to offer through two local sports clubs that may fit the bill: Boston Ski and Sports Club and Social Boston Sports. These organized adult sports leagues run the gamut from dodge ball, to lacrosse and broomball, to inner tube water polo. Whether you’re looking to relive the glory of grade school P.E. classes or feeling the pull of a weekend ski trip, check out some of the exceptional offerings of these clubs.

Boston Ski and Sports Club

Boston Ski and Sports Club (BSSC) is an organization based in Watertown, MA, that orchestrates activities for its 45,000 members. Fully-staffed and known for active, enthusiastic, and sociable adult participants, BSSC offers yearly memberships that include discounts on all BSSC activities as well as other perks throughout the Greater Boston area, such as deals from health clubs and retailers.

BSSC offers more than 30 excursions annually to places all over the world. In February 2013 alone, there are trips to Whistler/Blackcomb, in British Columbia, Stowe, Vermont; St. Anton, Austria; and Sunday River, Maine, on the docket. Many of the winter excursions are ski vacations, but BSSC also offers ski weekends and day trips to local ski resorts in New England. At affordable prices, with transportation and lodging included in the cost, these packages are an excellent opportunity to meet new people and explore the Northeast, beyond Boston.

Source: Stowe Mountain Resort
Source: Stowe Mountain Resort

Although the ski trips are among the most popular BSSC offerings, the organized sports leagues throughout Greater Boston are another big draw. BSSC offers 12 different sports (men’s, women’s, and coed) every night of the week throughout the year, some of which have leagues varying by skill level. BSSC is quite flexible for all of its activities; you can register as an individual, an entire team, or even a corporate team. Finally, BSSC is also well known for its social events. Events such as “Urban Art & Wine Night” and “Snowcial on the Slopes” give a glimpse of the laid back and social nature of BSSC, as do other popular ‘out and about’ events like pub crawls and aprés ski parties. To find out more about BSSC and all of the potential it holds, visit its website.

Boston Social Sports

Boston Social Sports (SBS) is a community of more than 17,000 members in the Boston area, founded in 2007 with adventurous, active, and fun young professionals in mind. SBS essentially offers intramural leagues for the 21+ crowd, encouraging both natives and those new to the Boston area to meet new people and broaden their social circles. The organization provides members a host of opportunities to get involved in sports, social events, and adventures. Not only is it free to join SBS, but the online community is easy to navigate, providing a streamlined platform to join leagues (as a free agent, team captain or team player), communicate with team members, and sign up for weekend trips and social events.

Source: City of St. Paul, MN
Source: City of St. Paul, MN

SBS offer some of the most unique sports leagues around for those looking to get into something new this year. Boasting leagues for skeeball, dodge ball, cornhole, inner tube water polo, and bowling, SBS has managed to offer team sports opportunities in neighborhoods all throughout the Boston area. SBS also coordinates weekend adventure trips, including skiing in the winter and white water rafting in the summer. Check out all that SBS has to offer.

Whether you are an avid athlete or just need to shake things up with some unconventional recreation, Social Boston Sports and Boston Ski and Sports Club are fantastic resources for making a change to improve your wellness in this new year. And, with all of the team sports and socializing, you won’t have to do it alone.

Kari Kempf is a first-year Friedman student in the Nutrition Communication program. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, crafting, and honing her agility through intramural dodge ball.

The Friedman Sprout is a monthly student run newspaper that aims to serve the student population at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, prospective students, and alumni. Our mission is to report on newsworthy information that affects the Friedman community including nutrition research, food policy, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as school events. Our editorial slant is that of sustainability in food and nutrition.

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