BALLIN AT THE SPORTSPLEX: AREA RESIDENTS STAY ACTIVE THROUGH ADULT SPORTING LEAGUES

LAUREN WISDOM, RUN THE VALLEY STAFF WRITER

“You are going to meet others that enjoy the same sport,” Alex Hildman, recreation specialist at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex, said. “You are going to meet a large group of people playing in these leagues that you might not have ever seen yourself meeting outside of these adult recreational leagues.”

The Cedar Valley SportsPlex, located in Waterloo, offers sporting leagues for adults. Such leagues include volleyball, basketball, soccer and slow-pitch softball. Soccer and slow-pitch softball have associations. When signing up for league play, each person must sign up with a team or one will be assigned if an individual shows an interest.

“Joining a sporting league is beneficial because it is exercise and it helps you become more active,” Hildman said. “It’s important, health wise, to get away from the family for a night to spend time with your friends and being competitive in a sport that you enjoy playing.”

The adult sporting leagues at the SportsPlex offer volleyball and basketball in both the fall and winter seasons. For adult volleyball, there are men’s, women’s and co-ed teams while in basketball, there are men’s teams. The age range differs based on the league. There are no scheduled practices. Each team goes straight into competition once the season starts.

“Adult recreation is kids recreation,” Hildman said. “It’s nice for adults to have their time to get out and play games they enjoy. It’s a good way to balance work, family and recreation.”

For more information on an adult sporting league at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex, go to cvsportsplex.org or contact Hildman at (319) 291-0165 or by email at alex.hildman@waterloo-ia.org.

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