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5 Tips for Starting a Club Sports Team

Do Your Research

Sports like soccer and basketball are perennial favorites, but if your sports passion is something a little less popular, you'll want to make sure you're not the only one showing up on game day. Check with your local community center, YMCA, or recreation department (which may be run by your city, county or township, depending on the size of your community) to see if a league already exists for your sport. If so, you're in luck: You may be able to join an existing team, or, if you can round up enough fellow enthusiasts to field your own squad, you can simply follow the league's guidelines for entering a team of your own.

If, on the other hand, you find that you are the first in your community to recognize the need for an organized Quidditch, disc golf or dodgeball league, you'll have a bit more work cut out for you. But don't despair. Your next step is to ensure that you can find enough local interest in your sport to sustain at least a few teams. Talk to friends and colleagues, and consider using a Web site such as,, or to find others in your area with similar interests.

Once you've identified some like-minded players, see if you can recruit one or two to join you in forming a preliminary leadership team. Together, you should have no trouble tackling the remaining steps to creating your own community sports club team.