It’s never too late to take up dodgeball — or dragon boat racing, futsal, rowing, or roller derby.
Check out these rec sports leagues and clubs around town, and let us know if there’s a great one we need to add.
WHY IT’S AWESOME: If you’re missing the good ol’ days when you played a team sport, Underdog Portland has plenty of options to explore. Round up your friends and put together a team, or sign up as an individual. We may or may not be recruiting for a co-ed dodgeball league.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING: “I really loved my recent kickball league with Underdog. It was really organized, and the refs were always very nice. We had an awesome sponsor bar as well. I signed up as an individual and was placed on an awesome team. I am currently doing volleyball, and I have to say I am disappointed with the way that volleyball is organized. There are about 8 teams playing at once which means that balls are flying everywhere – kind of dangerous! Also, there are no refs, and in a “softcore” league of beginners, it’s hard to ref your own games, especially when people are still learning the rules. I also feel like the $85 price is way too high when we don’t even get a ref. I would recommend playing kickball (or any other sport that is well organized) but stay away from volleyball.” —Rena M. (Yelp)
WHY IT’S AWESOME: Rose City Futsal was founded in 2013 by ten Portland families that are passionate about soccer. It has since grown into a community favorite for footie lovers of all ages.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING: “I play adult co-ed recreational soccer here. I love this facility. It is clean and has air conditioning for summer league. The best part is the bar upstairs your friends can watch you play while they have a beer and after you can head up with your team and re watch your game on the tv!” —Kelly B. (Yelp)
WHY IT’S AWESOME: The Wasabi Paddling Club is Portland’s largest dragon boat and outrigger canoe club. What are dragon boats, you ask? Here’s a primer.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING: “Best paddling club in all of Portland! Easy to get to, good access to parking, right next to the river.” —Jennifer E. (Google reviews)
WHY IT’S AWESOME: The classes are perfect for complete beginners, but there are also opportunities to compete on a regatta as you level up your skills and fitness.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING: “It is an early start to the day, but amazing to be out on the river and watching the city wake up and the sun rise! It is a nice group of people too— very social and there are regattas that even novice can participate in.” —Cassandra Nelson (via email)
WHY IT’S AWESOME: Derby is one of the fastest-growing sports for girls and women in Portland, and it’s easy to fit in. “As long as you’re gonna bust your hump on the track,” Rose City Rollers director Kim Stegeman says, “your teammates are gonna love you.”
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING: “I have never felt more powerful and empowered. I look at myself differently, both physically and mentally.” —Anonymous (OregonLive)
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