The DMV’s Social Sports Scene: 2016 Fall Rec Leagues

*All rec league listings are provided by the individual leagues.

Being cramped in an office is bad for the body. Sometimes you need to jump out the door and let those legs loose on the pavement in order to get exercise and have some fun. Luckily for us, there are plenty of recreation leagues in the area to provide ample opportunities for being social after work or on the weekends. Though Netflix and video games have their appeal, sometimes the best way to recover after a hard stretch of work is to participate in an old-school game with friendly folks. Read on to learn about some of the DC area’s best local leagues.

American Social Sports
American Social Sports started as a group of friends with a great love of flag football and sand volleyball. Now partnered with United Social Sports, the main focus remains those two enthralling activities, but we now offer other options such as softball, soccer and bar sports. The best action can be found on The Ellipse on the National Mall for football, or the Lincoln Memorial Sand Volleyball Courts for volleyball. No experience is required for any player in our league, as everyone is welcome. Players can join as free agents, small groups or full teams.

Cap Bocce League
If you’re looking for a way to kick back after a long day at work and spend some quality time with your friends, join Cap Bocce League. No need to bring sweats, cleats or shin guards as this game is about finesse, not fitness. After some friendly competition, head over to your division’s sponsor bar with your team, your opponents and really anyone else. No matter what, this league is geared toward a lot of social interaction while playing a great game. It’s always a good night when there’s bocce on tap. No experience necessary. We welcome players old and new. Players can join as free agents, small groups or full teams.

Capital Cornhole
Some call it “bags” and some call it, “cornhole,” but whatever you call it, it’s still the same game and you’ll have the same amount of fun. Capital Cornhole is one of our fastest-growing leagues because of how unusual it is. You’ll be outside playing, but also right next to the bar to socialize and hoist a few cold ones.  We have many different locations around the DC area that offer cornhole, and they’re all fantastic venues with food and drinks. No experience needed, and players can join as free agents, small groups or full teams.

Capital Rowing Club
Capital Rowing Club brings rowing opportunities and excellence in rowing to the DC community. Capital provides rowing instruction for people of all incomes and levels of physical ability. Also, the club offers both recreational and competitive rowing. Rowers can choose to race in regattas, or just come out for fun. In addition to the great workouts and fun on the water, Capital members enjoy weekly happy hours, monthly events such as Washington Nationals games or brewery tours, and an end-of-the-season gala.

DC Bocce League
Are you ready to join a sport that is fun, social and accessible to everyone? Look no further than the DC Bocce League. With a beer in one hand and a ball in the other, you’ll learn firsthand that there’s no better way to spend time with friends after work. No experience is necessary to roll with DC Bocce, just the ability to have fun. Join the DC Bocce League and you’ll have an excuse to be outside on a weekday after work while spending quality time with your friends.

DC Cityball
DC Cityball is a sports-first recreational sports league. We offer end-of-the-season parties and charity events, but focus on the game day experience. All of our leagues use permitted fields and certified officials, and most offer skill divisions. Our leagues offer eight-game regular seasons, plus playoffs for all teams. Most of our players are intermediate or experienced, but we welcome all talent levels.

DC Kickball
DC Kickball is the league to be in, and has been around for more than 10 years. Want to start a team and be the captain of it? You’ll play for free. There are also opportunities to earn player credits for other leagues or events hosted. If you like to have fun and meet new people, this is the league to sign up for. No experience needed, whether it’s your first time playing kickball or you’ve been at it since elementary school. Players can join as free agents, small groups or full teams.

DC Skee
Skeeball was the first league that United Social Sports started, and it has continued to stay strong throughout the years. Like almost all of their leagues, the goal is to allow players to meet one another and have a blast. We have tons of different bars all around the DMV that you’re able to play at such as Iron Horse and Buffalo Billiards. Come out ready to get more social and play more often. No experience needed, as new and experienced players are welcomed. Players can join as free agents, small groups or full teams.

DC Social Sports
Now powered by United Social Sports, DC Social Sports offers everything from hockey to bar sports, and everything in between. Get involved this fall with a league or event, and have an amazing time with friends. There are a ton of different indoor and outdoor programs throughout the greater DC area, so you can easily find a league near your office, home or favorite bar. Sports offered include soccer, softball and kickball. You name it, we play it. Players can join the leagues, events as a free agent, small group or full team.

DC Street Hockey
DC Street Hockey offers a great balance of competitive street hockey with social interaction at the rink, post-game tailgates and happy hours. On the rink, we offer the best and most competitive hockey, and the area’s only men’s leagues, though women are highly encouraged to join. Many players start in our lowest division or draft league, where they learn from top players on those teams and progress quickly. It’s a great way to stay in shape, play competitive and affordable hockey, and make some great friends in a new social circle.

District Karaoke
District Karaoke is the DC area’s first and only social karaoke league. It’s team-based, meaning you perform with friends and cheer each other on. Everyone in the bar can vote for their favorite performances using their smartphones. You can form a team, join an existing team or sign up as a free agent. Join District Karaoke if you want to have the time of your life and meet tons of awesome people. No experience necessary – in fact, the less experience, the better.

Fairfax Adult Softball
Fairfax Adult Softball offers the opportunity to join men’s, women’s, seniors, coed and many more leagues. Currently, the adult league has 20 fields across Fairfax County. Starting this fall, we are offering adult coed kickball. We have leagues for all levels, from beginners to elite players. There’s an opportunity for everyone to play.

FXA Adult Sports
FXA Adult Sports is the DMV’s largest coed, men’s and women’s adult sports league with more than 35,000 players. We offer both team and individual (free agent) registrations for our spring, summer, fall and winter seasons. After each game, our sponsor bars provide beer and drink and food specials for teams to socialize and meet other players. To keep competition evenly matched, FXA offers several different divisions – social, casual, competitive and elite – for teams and players of all skill levels.

Established in 1985, we’re one of the longest-running continuous providers of adult leagues, tournaments and social events in the world. The league offers a variety of sports, including flag football, soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball and floor hockey. All ages and skill levels are always welcome.

Social Sports of Arlington
Social Sports of Arlington is happy to announce its partnership with United Social Sports, as this pairing of companies brings players more sports, events and ways to get social with an immense number of people in the area. We host soccer, softball, kickball and now flag football in Arlington. With this partnership, players will play more often. No experience needed – just show up ready to play. Players can join as free agents, small groups or full teams.

United Social Sports
United Social Sports (USS) is the DC area’s largest social sports and events community. USS brings groups of friends and individuals together to participate in different leagues and events that all promote hanging out with players old and new. In addition to sports leagues, USS hosts a slew of events, like yacht parties, tubing trips, Nationals games and player parties. We also have events catered toward the more competitive individual. Our leagues include traditional sports such as flag football, softball, kickball and soccer. No experience needed, no matter if you’re a rookie or a 10-season player. Players can register as a free agent, in a small group or as a full team.

ZogSports is a charity-based social sports league that offers many sports throughout DC and Virginia. You can sign up as a free agent, with friends or as an entire team, and we do the rest. We have fun post-game happy hour specials, end-of-season parties, multiple levels of competition and more. Also, we have organized referees who know the rules and will make your experience a great one.