With springtime upon us, there’s no better time to move your activity outdoors! Luckily Colorado boasts a fair number of rec leagues in Denver designed to get you moving, help you meet new people, and enjoy the city. I personally will be trying my hand (or should I say foot?) at a cup-in-hand (read: what we lack in talent we’ll make up for in beer) kickball league. Sign up soon, though! The spring is upon us.
Denver Parks and Recreation: I always love to support city-sponsored events because it would make Leslie Knope so proud. Parks and Rec hosts a variety of cheap events including snowshoeing, cross-country ski trips, and even a yurt snowshoe trip (sign me up!). Their line-up vaguely reminds me of REI’s impressive calendar, but it is significantly cheaper! In the summer they offer guided hikes and stand up paddle board (SUP) classes. Plus tons of options for the kiddos. Be sure to check out their site for full listings — I recommend their Activity Search to find current activities (looks like tennis is big right now!) or classes.
Denver Citywide Sports: Also hosted by Denver Parks & Rec, this site offers signups for kickball, basketball, spikeball, softball, flag football, and indoor volleyball. You can sign up as a team or a “free agent.”
Play Mile High: Known as the most social league in the city, Play Mile High offers nearly every sport you can think of (and some you wouldn’t). Check out their site for spring offerings in bar games, basketball, bocce ball, bootcamp, cornhole, dodgeball, kickball, flag football, volleyball, skeeball and soccer. Sports are held at varying locations and culiminate in post-game drinking (with other leagues). Perks include T-shirts, prizes and food and drink specials. Teams range from competitive to cup-in-hand (so make surey ou join appropriately). Register solo (you’ll be added to a team), with a few friends, or your whole office.
Meetup Leagues: Haven’t quite found what you’re searching for? Check out local “recreational sports” on Meetup. In one quick search I found a cricket group, a gay soccer league, dragon boat racing, beach volleyball, “purpose driven sports,” pickle ball, table tennis, and underwater hockey (pretty curious about that one, tbh) . While some of these may operate independently, I bet many of them (and other Meetups) create their own team to join a bigger league within the city. Peruse to your heart’s content!
Friday Morning Yoga @ The Rayback Collective in Boulder (Fridays, 10 am, $15)
Vine-Yasa @ Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery in RiNo (Mondays, 6:30 pm, $12.50)
Yoga Pod podFLOW @ CB & Potts Westminster (Saturdays, 10 am, free)
Tip of the Month:
Want to join rec leagues, but still kinda nervous about it? See if you can recruit one friend (a wing friend, I dare say) to join you. It can be a lot easier to strike up a conversation with a loyal buddy by your side. Flying solo? Bring some conversation-starting craft beer to your league as an icebreaker. Sharing is caring.