Spring adult leagues
What: kickball league
Cost: $54 per person, starting at $485 per team
More info: www.hallkickball.com
Gainesville Parks and Recreation
What: new recreational tennis league
Cost: $12.50-$20 per person, per season
More info: www.gainesville.org/tennis-1
White County YMCA
What: single-sex and coed softball league
Cost: $400 to $450 per team
More info: www.gamountainsymca.org/white-county/
Interest in youth sports has grown to a fever pitch in recent years, but it isn’t only kids who need some play time.
For adults who see the early signs of spring and feel inclined to do something active, there are a few sport leagues starting soon.
Gainesville is home to a resident-run kickball league, affectionately known as Hall Ball. The adult, coed kickball league was founded in 2013 by local residents interested in playing a favorite childhood game.
“We started off with six teams,” said Trey McPhaul, one of the league founders. “This year we’re predicted to have somewhere in the neighborhood of 14 to 16 teams.”
McPhaul said it doesn’t matter if players are seasoned kickballers or haven’t played in decades. Those interested can start a team or join the league as a free agent.
“We have a couple people that are college students in school and just want to do something,” he said. “So you can join as a free agent and we’ll actually place you on the team that’s willing to take on individuals and just welcome them into the kickball family.”
The cost to play is $54 per person, McPhaul said. Prices per team start at $485 for team of 10 players.
Hall Ball plays at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Lanier Point Park. The league is expected to start the first week of April, and registration is open. To register, go to www.hallkickball.com.
Other adult leagues in Gainesville are few in number, due more to a lack of interest from the community than availability. But Gainesville Parks and Recreation wants to add more options for adults this year, and Brent Sexton, programs coordinator, hopes to add a new recreational tennis league.
The league depends on interest and participation, but Sexton hopes to create at least one division. He has opened registration for men’s and women’s singles and doubles, plus categories for men and women older than 50.
The league would play at Longwood Park, and open to city residents and nonresidents alike. Cost to play would vary based on resident status.
For more information on the league, contact Sexton at 770-531-2680 or go to www.gainesville.org/tennis-1.
Gainesville Parks and Recreation also offers pickleball, a sport described as a combination of badminton, tennis and pingpong.
Pickleball uses solid, lightweight, typically wooden paddles and whiffle balls. It can be played for free from 2-4 p.m. Sundays March 20, April 24 and May 22 at City Park tennis courts.
Finally, there are nearby softball options. Hall County Parks & Recreation doesn’t currently offer adult leagues, and most leagues in Gainesville play in the fall when fields are more readily available. But White County Family YMCA has an adult softball league in the spring.
Jeremy Youngblood with Georgia Mountains YMCA said sign-ups for the softball league will begin in April.
The YMCA, located at 327 Asbestos Road in Cleveland, has men’s, women’s and coed leagues. Players do not have to belong to the YMCA to join, Youngblood said.
The cost per single-sex team is $400 and the season will be in June. Coed team registration will begin in May, with games beginning in July. Both will have a 12-game schedule, with a double elimination tournament at the end of the season.
To register online, go to www.hallcountyymca.org/white-county/programs/adult-softball/.
McPhaul said recreational sports are a great way to connect with friends and neighbors, even a sport like kickball that doesn’t necessarily require advanced skills.
“It’s a fun thing to be able to do, something for the husband and wife and people of all ages,” he said. “It’s just a great way to get out and do something.”