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7 places even grown-ups can get in the game
Adult leagues offered in softball, flag football, basketball, kickball, pickleball
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Teams play adult summer league softball in 2016 with Gainesville Parks & Recreation.

Now that kids are back in school, their schedules will soon be full of practices and games for various sports. 

Bu who says adults can’t join the fun, too? 

Gainesville Parks & Recreation

Gainesville Parks & Recreation will have adult teams for softball, flag football and basketball throughout the fall and winter. 

“We just offer to give the adults a place to get out and have leisure and play a competitive sport against other teams and against other people,” said Hank Heffner, athletic program manager for Gainesville. 

While he said the participation in basketball and flag football is “pretty much stale,” their softball leagues are growing.

“The participation is actually rising somewhat in adult softball, coed and men,” he said. “It’s getting a little bit bigger.” 


Softball
Fall Coed Adult Softball

When: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 14-Nov. 9

Where: Games played at Lanier Point Athletic Complex, 1579 Lee Waldrip Drive, Gainesville

How much: $425 for residents and $450 for nonresidents; registration ends Sept. 1

More info: www.gainesville.org/adult-softball

Fall Men’s Adult Softball

When: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays Sept. 12-Nov. 7 

Where: Games played at Lanier Point Athletic Complex, 1579 Lee Waldrip Drive, Gainesville

How much: $425 for residents and $450 for nonresidents; registration ends Sept. 1 

More info: www.gainesville.org/adult-softball

Football
Adult Flag Football 

When: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays Oct. 23-Nov. 21 

Where: Games played at Lanier Point Athletic Complex, 1579 Lee Waldrip Drive, Gainesville

How much: $350 for residents and $375 for nonresidents; registration ends Oct. 16 

More info: www.gainesville.org/flag-football

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Adult Basketball 

When: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 8-Feb. 22

Where: Games played at Gainesville Middle School gym, 1581 Community Way, Gainesville 

How much: $425 for residents and $450 for nonresidents; registration ends Dec. 8 

More info: www.gainesville.org/basketball

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Tennis 

While no leagues are planned for this fall, Gainesville will have a tennis tournament in October for ages 16 and older.  

When: Fall Classic Tennis Tournament, Oct. 17-22 

Where: Longwood Park, 20 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

How much: Singles: $15 for residents and $20 for nonresidents per category/per season; Doubles Split: $12.50 for residents and $17.50 for nonresidents per category/per season; register online by Oct. 12

Hall Ball 

If you’re looking to have the same kind of fun you probably had during recess in elementary school, try Hall Kick Ball. They haven’t yet nailed down their schedule, but you can learn more at www.hallkickball.com.. 

White County Parks & Recreation

Pickleball

White County offers pickleball year round through Yonah Mountain Pickleball Club.

The organization uses the White County Parks & Recreation facility, which has three indoor courts and six outdoor courts that can be used to play the sport. 

But what is pickleball? 

According to Yonah Mountain Pickleball Club’s website it is “a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong.” 

Pickleball uses whiffle balls and similar paddles to the ones used in ping pong.

“The courts are like the same material as a tennis court,” said Laurie Lee, president of the club. “The court size is one-third the size of a tennis court.”

She said the sport is for any age.

“It’s fast-paced and addictive,” she said. “But what makes this different to me is how social it is. This group is like a big family.” 

To play at White County Parks & Recreation’s facility, you can purchase an individual membership, or you can pay a $5 fee to enter for the day.  

To view the pickleball court schedule and tournament information, visit the club’s website.  

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