For many of us, our childhood years and high school careers were filled with competitive sports. Whether we ran cross country, played baseball, swam the butterfly or hurled the shotput, our bodies were in near constant motion. Then came the desk decades, with a little hiking or biking on the weekends, maybe some pick-up basketball or early mornings at the gym.
But now, watching the kids out on the field as they battle the competition, we find ourselves longing to once again be part of a team. Here in Lamorinda, there are plenty of options for grown-ups who want to play like a kid again.
Folks looking to channel their inner Draymond Green can sign up Orinda Parks and Rec spring and summer basketball leagues and compete against teams from around the bay. Spring play runs from late-March to mid-June, while the summer league will keep you out on the court from late June through August.
Both seasons finish with a single elimination tournament, giving the kids a chance to cheer you on from the bleachers. Looking for a way to stay in the game, but not ready to commit to the full 9 weeks? Stop by the gym at Wagner Ranch Elementary in Orinda for a pick-up game every Sunday night (except holidays) from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The fee to join in is $6.00 for residents and $7.00 for non-residents. Pleasant Hill Parks and Rec runs adult 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 leagues year-round. Visit their website to print a roster form and submit your team for inclusion. 5 on 5 leagues are also available through Walnut Creek Parks and Rec.
Get a registration packet by calling (925) 943-5899 x2426 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you’re in the neighborhood, pick one up at the Tice Valley Gymnasium. If you’re in a hurry, download the forms at Quick Scores. From 12:00-3:00, Monday-Friday, drop in at Tice Valley for a quick game on your lunch hour.
Cost is $5.00 at the door. Many clubs, including 24 Hour Fitness in Walnut Creek and Oakwood Athletic Club in Lafayette have open gym hours for members. Check their websites for membership information.
You’re not too old to slide into home base…really. In its 30th year, the Orinda Parks and Rec Softball program runs adult leagues from June to August. Senior, men’s and co-ed games are held in the evenings from 6:30-9:30. The season wraps up with a double elimination tournament in each division.
Put together your own women’s, men’s or co-Ed team for one of the Adult Softball Leagues offered through Pleasant Hill Rec. While the competition can be fierce, the ultimate goal is to have fun and let off some steam with friends.
What a Racket
Tennis is a great way to get outside and stay in shape. If you’re just getting started (and don’t have the dough for a country club or even a swim/tennis membership!), try one of Walnut Creek Parks and Rec’s beginning tennis lessons held in the evening, once a week at the Lafayette Tennis Club.
Bring one can of unopened tennis balls and wear white-soled, non-marking shoes. Classes are co-ed. If you’re more experienced, but not up for joining one of Lamorinda’s numerous tennis clubs, there are still opportunities for competitive play. The USTA offers adult leagues to its members age 18-45 at a nominal cost.
Become a Team Captain and they’ll waive the registration fee. Don’t know enough people to put together a team? Join their lone wolf category at any level and they’ll find a spot for you. The season runs from late August to late November with local league playoffs held in early-mid December. Find membership and other relevant information on their website.
Looking to work on your strength and flexibility, in addition to swinging the racket? Check out Orindawoods Tennis Club’s Hit and Fit class, held Fridays from 10:30-12:00 noon and Saturday from 7:30-9:00 a.m. Cost is $25.00 for non-members. If you’re already a pro, or just want to hit a few balls with friends, the Orinda Community Center Park has three lighted courts.
Depending upon team schedules, courts are also available at Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte High Schools during non-school hours.
Playing A Round
Not up for the full country club membership but still looking to play a round of golf? A quick drive to Berkeley or Walnut Creek will have you out on the links in no time. Take in the views and enjoy the cool air at Tilden Park’s public golf course.
With plenty of hills to keep you fit, Tilden is just a quick drive from Highway 24. Walnut Creek’s Boundary Oaks public course, nestled in a neighborhood just off Ygnacio Valley, has reasonable greens fees whether you’re a resident or not.
Play 18 and then enjoy a beer and some comfort food at their Taphouse, located near the first tee.
All in Fun
Like to mix it up? Tice Valley Gymnasium has what you’re looking for. Operated by Walnut Creek Parks and Rec, the gym is available for drop-in Ping Pong, Badminton, Pickleball and Volleyball, all $5.00 at the door.
Visit their website to view the monthly calendar and find additional information. Want to pick up Pickleball? Walnut Creek Pickleball Club lists available courts and lessons in the area on their website. Once you’ve mastered the sport, look for local tournaments at Pickleballtournaments.com.
Put on your fedora and join the Sons in Retirement at Moraga Commons Park at 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday for a game of bocce. $2.00 will buy you a chance to learn the game Italy loves.
Try Pétanque, the Gallic version of bocce at the beautiful city owned terrain off St. Mary’s Rd. near the Buckeye Fields in Lafayette. Make your way over on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursdays at 2:00 to join in the fun.
Whatever your sport or skill level, there are lots of ways to compete in Lamorinda. Get out there and play!
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