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Balancing Sports and Life
published on September 27th 2017, 5:20:48 am

One of the top reasons we hear for people not joining a sports league is, “I don’t have time.”

That’s understandable. Between work, relationships, and family, it might feel like your whole day is booked up. Just the thought of adding another commitment is enough to stress some folks out.

We want you to feel like you can join a sports league and not miss out on sleep in the process. After all, the point is to enjoy yourself. Plus, if you can find the time, participating in sports has all kinds of stress-busting benefits.  That’s why we’ve put together some tips, inspired by our fellow sports-leaguers, to help you find balance between your commitments.

Set a schedule

Leaguehippo.com matches you up with the sport leagues in your area. But there’s no need to spend tons of your time sifting through the result; we make it easy to find the sport that fits your schedule. Looking for a weekly league or a one time tournment, search all the sports and find results for everywhere across the United States. 

Compete wisely

Once you gather a selection of leagues that match your schedule, it's time to pick one that matches your competition level

Let's take softball for instance. Leagues are usually split into compeitive brackets, therefore a co-rec or "beer league” will be more casual than the "Open B Division". Divisions usually even the playing field for the optimal competiitve and fun levels across all sports. Hockey often has developmental leagues (D-league) for those newbies learning the sport. 

 
Some organizations even offer no-commitment games or drop-in sessions. Nomore pracitices or paying fees for games that you're not playing. Show up when you can, don't when you can't.

Location, location, location

Another thing to keep in mind is commuting time. Might as well join a league that fits your time and travel budget. While discovering activities on League Hippo. select from something close to either work or home. 

Mix it up

After picking a league that offers flexible times, the perfect location, and just the right amount of competition, there’s a chance that your life will still be a bit of a juggling act. But your work, sports, and personal lives don’t have to be totally separate. 

Looking to build work relationships without having to talk about work stuff? Start a team with your coworkers. Need a way to get out of the house and have fun with your loved ones?Start a team with your family. Spice up family game night with a badminton session, bowling league or cornhole tournament. 

Heck, start a team with both and watch Aunt Phyllis cross over your boss before driving the lane.

Cut yourself some slack

Eventually you may notice you can’t always make EVERY game like you used to. Maybe it’s time to let the make them a CONSISTANT every other week thing. That’s OK, things change. You may get a new job, move to a new place, or find out a baby is on the way, but we can still be active. The important thing is communication on and off the field. Let your teammates know when you'll be around and when you're busy. That way they can make plans for substitutions, and you don't have to feel guilty for taking a little time for yourself.
 

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