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7 fall social sports leagues you need to know about today

Josh Dykema (left) of team "Wine Vault Winos" pitches to a team "Old School" kicker during their game at Bryant Park on Sunday afternoon as part of  Charlotte's Glory Division, a member of WAKA, the World Adult Kickball Association. Charlotte native Emah Buchanan-Wright founded the league two years ago. Having played for a year in Greenville, SC she founded the league when she moved back to Charlotte and started her career. There are about 250 players in Charlotte. She says she simply went from establishment to establishment carrying a kickball asking people if they were interested in playing. It is as much a social gathering as a competition. DAVID T. FOSTER III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
Josh Dykema (left) of team "Wine Vault Winos" pitches to a team "Old School" kicker during their game at Bryant Park on Sunday afternoon as part of Charlotte's Glory Division, a member of WAKA, the World Adult Kickball Association. Charlotte native Emah Buchanan-Wright founded the league two years ago. Having played for a year in Greenville, SC she founded the league when she moved back to Charlotte and started her career. There are about 250 players in Charlotte. She says she simply went from establishment to establishment carrying a kickball asking people if they were interested in playing. It is as much a social gathering as a competition. DAVID T. FOSTER III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com DAVID T. FOSTER III-dtfoster@cha

Finally! Perfect fall weather is right around the corner.

Forget fantasy football — get up and play some flag football, volleyball or soccer IRL. An no, intramural teams are not just for college. Social sports leagues are way more popular in Charlotte than I realized. They offer ways to make new friends and stay active.

Here are 7 local leagues with fall signups coming up very soon:

Sportslink 

SportsLink

Sportslink offers an array of sports teams from bowling, basketball, floor hockey, kickball, outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, indoor volleyball, sand volleyball and bootcamp.

It just started a new program, the +10 program, where Sportslink donates an additional $10 from the team’s sign up fee to organizations benefiting the area’s disadvantaged population. They have contributed to organizations like Hands on Charlotte and Habitat for Humanity.

Cost: $55-95 per player, $225-$470 for teams

QC Flag Football League 

No no no not today! #flaglife #QcElite

A photo posted by Ty Elkins (@ty_elkins8) on Aug 3, 2015 at 9:23am PDT

//><!--QC Flag Football is mostly for the fellas but they do have a coed option. Ladies and guys can also register as individuals to be placed as free agents.//--><!

❤️ This game… Flag fun with my Charlotte girls #QCelite #hipsdontlie #buttheydo #quadgamenotstrong #nationals A photo posted by @brynrenda on Jan 26, 2015 at 1:38pm PST

Regardless, you’re in for an athletic and competitive treat. Leagues range from 5-player to 9-player teams, and 8-10 games per season.

Cost: $55 per player, $199-$329 per team.

Go Kickball

Note: Team registration ended Aug. 26, but you can register as a free agent and be assigned to a team.

//><!--For the upcoming fall league, Go Kickball offers a Huntersville league and two Uptown leagues with games played once a week on your league’s designated day and time. The per-player registration fee includes seven regular-season games and a team T-shirt.//--><!

Cost: $65 per player after Aug. 26th.

WAKA Kickball

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Waka Kickball & Social Sports has teams across the nation. Charlotte’s fall season starts Sept. 16 at Pearle Street Park.

Games are on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Deadline for full team signups is Aug. 28 (Friday!).

Cost: $74 per player.

NAKID

NAKID (great name, by the way — it stands for No, Adult Kickball Isn’t Dumb) offers kickball, flag football and sand volleyball all near uptown, with post-game happy hours at a nearby sponsor bar.

NAKID

Kickball and flag football are Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and sand volleyball is Sundays at 3 p.m.

Cost: $55 to $65 per player. 

Stonewall Sports

Registration closes Monday!!! Hurry and secure your spot! #stonewall #kickball #bowling #gaync #gayclt #cltpride A photo posted by Stonewall Sports -Charlotte (@stonewall_sports_charlotte) on Aug 18, 2015 at 8:25am PDT

This LGBTQ & Ally community-centered league was founded in 2010 and strives to raise funds for local nonprofit organizations. During the fall season starting in September, Stonewall offers bowling, dodgeball and kickball in Charlotte.

Cost: $25-$30 per player

Sports Connection

Sports Connection offers soccer, basketball, flag football, volleyball and bowling for both adults and youth. Most games are played in one of their three facilities throughout the city.

Kickin’ it with our adult leagues!

A photo posted by Sports Connection (@sportsconnectionnc) on Jul 24, 2015 at 12:53pm PDT

Sports Connection and SportsLink have teamed up to offer three nights of winter leagues.

Cost: Visit the site for specific deadlines and fees for the Fall and Winter season.

Get your buddies signed up today as a team or if you have lazy friends, sign up as a free agent!

*Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses for each league.

Photo: David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer


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