As tempting as it might be to stay cuddled on your couch in front of the fire with a steaming mug of hot cocoa, resist the urge to hibernate and get moving with a little help from your friends by joining one of these indoor sports leagues in Boston. Plus, movement with a group of close friends, or as a way to meet new people, can be enough of a motivation to get you going, and stay going, all winter long.
Social Boston Sports Club
Locations: Cambridge, South End, Fenway, Back Bay, Dorchester, Allston, Somerville
Sports: Volleyball, basketball, bowling, dodgeball, skeeball, soccer
What to Expect: Grab your co-workers, or your best friends, and join this 21+ co-ed league for some friendly competition in any number of Boston neighborhoods. You don’t have to be good, or even enjoy sports, because the party continues off the court/arena. You’ll get your own club t-shirt, about seven weeks of play, after-parties, and prizes. It’ll be like you’re a kid again, only after-game snacks include beers, not juice boxes. $ 55-$ 130, socialbostonsports.com.
Boston Ski and Sports Club
Locations: Allston, Waltham, Cambridge, Fenway, Watertown, Newton, Danvers, Belmont, Brookline
Sports: Volleyball, softball, soccer, football, floor hockey, field hockey, dodgeball, basketball
What to Expect: On top of traditional indoor sport offerings like volleyball, soccer, and basketball, try your hand at sports you’ve never quite mastered like floor hockey. Or give indoor flag football or softball a whirl at the New England Sportsplex. Most sports include 6-8 games and reversible numbered jerseys. Plus, you can feel extra official, because all games are administered by certified officials. Co-ed and men’s and women’s leagues are available. $ 75-$ 190, bssc.com.
Simply Social Sports
Locations: Allston, Back Bay, Cambridge
Sports: Volleyball, bowling, corn hole
What to Expect: Network and make new friends by joining one of the co-ed teams offered by S3. They’ll group you with others your age and who live in your neighborhood, so this might be a great way to make some new friends with common interests who want to hit up your favorite neighborhood bar. As part of a team, you’ll also get access to special events like bar crawls, holiday parties, and more. Seasons run a duration of about 6-7 weeks and leagues are split up by ability level. $ 60-$ 110, s3boston.com.
Locations: Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Dedham
Sports: Soccer, floor hockey, basketball, ninja warrior, multi-sport camps.
What to Expect: Need somewhere to drop your toddler off to run off some energy for a few hours? Even better, want someone to keep them occupied while they’re on winter break? Drop them off at different sport camps throughout the winter. Kiddos as young as four can partake in the activities. Viking also offers adult men’s and women’s soccer and basketball leagues. $ 85-$ 265, vikingcamps.com.
Locations: Cambridge, South End, Brighton, Waltham, South Boston
Sports: Basketball, soccer, flag football
What to Expect: Register as an individual player, small group, full team, or become part of an existing team, and join one of the city’s biggest sports leagues for adults, which boasts more than 1,000 teams and 10,000 players competing. No matter which sport you sign up for, you’re guaranteed at least six games, plus playoff games for top teams, team shirts, a team duffel bag, and more. And each sport has both co-ed and men’s and women’s league options. Just promise not to be a sore loser. No one likes that. $ 95-$ 295, hubsportsboston.com.
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