Basketball is a popular spectator sport, thanks to its action, scoring and displays of athleticism. But if you're not content to just watch from the stands, it's time to show off your smooth jumper and sweet hook shot in an intramural basketball league.
Intramural basketball allows amateur sports enthusiasts to get into the game at a level they're comfortable with. In many cases, you don't even need to form a team, unless you want to -- you can sign up as an individual and be placed on a team. There are many league options, depending on what kind of group or organization you want to join.
Most big city recreation departments have well-organized public leagues that offer different levels of play. Keep in mind, however, you'll probably need to form a team before signing up for a "rec league" [source: Georgia Sports League].
Another option is your local church team or league. Churches in smaller towns often have a team or two that plays other churches in the area. Large or mega-churches may even have complete leagues of their own. Church leagues typically allow participants to sign up as individuals and be placed with a team [source: Atlanta JCC].
Now that you've found your team and league and you've donned your sweatbands and throwback Larry Bird jersey, you're ready to play. But, let's say you take the court and begin swishing three-pointers while everyone else is struggling to make a layup. At the other end of the spectrum, perhaps everyone else is ultra-competitive while you just want to play some ball with friends in a low pressure environment. We can help there, too.
Take the breakaway pass over to the next page and discover how to match your skills and desires with the right team and league.
Finding a Basketball League for Your Skill Level
So you've joined a league but, quite frankly, getting dunked on and outrun by everyone else is not your idea of a good time. You've joined a league that is, pun intended, out of your league.
You need to accurately assess your skill level and determine which league is right for you. Recreation departments usually offer preset categories to select from. They may be structured under a letter system -- with C being easygoing and A being intense and competitive -- or the categories may simply be based, at least in part, on the age of the participants [source: Georgia Sports League].
Before signing up, ask yourself what you want out of the experience. Do you want to win more than anything else? Do you enjoy a challenge facing other highly skilled players? Are you pretty fit and ready to handle a full court game? If you answered "yes" to those questions, then a higher, more competitive league is right up your alley.
On the other hand, if you enjoy the game but aren't too worried about the score, or you'd just love a chance to meet some new people while getting some exercise, then a more laid-back league or team is right for you. Ask the organization you're joining what leagues they offer and what sort of people typically join each one. It'll give you a better idea of where you fit.
If all this talk of basketball has gotten you inspired to hit the court, read on for lots more information.
- Georgia Sports Leagues. "Welcome to GSL Basketball!" 2011. (Feb. 11, 2011)http://www.georgiasportsleagues.org/basketball/
- Great Lakes Church Basketball League. 2011. (Feb. 11, 2011)http://www.glcbl.org/sites/glcbl_org/Main/
- Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. "Adult Leagues and Classes." 2011. (Feb. 11, 2011)http://www.atlantajcc.org/sportsandfitness/adult-leagues-classes/