As the weather changes, and we come off of a summer when we spent more time indoors than usual, the lure of getting out and active has never been greater.

Thanks to local organizations and businesses prioritizing safety procedures amidst COVID-19, sports leagues across the city are back in action this fall! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran to the amateur sports scene or suiting up for your rookie debut, we’ve gathered opportunities across Columbus for you to get into the game this season.

Get Outside with Columbus Recreation and Parks

If your team roster is set and you’re ready to register, look no further than Columbus Recreation and Parks (CRPD). For months, CRPD Sports has prioritized safety at all its Columbus facilities. Thanks to their careful public health considerations, the following sports are offered from CRPD Sports this fall:

  • Basketball at Bill McDonald and Lou Berliner Athletic Complexes: Registration opens Monday, Sept. 21, with league play beginning on Oct. 7.
  • Volleyball at Bill McDonald and Lou Berliner Athletic Complexes: Registration opens Monday, Sept. 21, with league play beginning on Oct. 7.
  • Kickball at Anheuser-Busch Sports Park: Registration is open until Wednesday, Sept. 16, with league play beginning on Sept. 20.
  • Softball at Lou Berliner and Anheuser-Busch Sports Parks: Waitlist registration is open, with league play beginning on Sept. 20.

If you want to spend this season practicing before joining a league, basketball and volleyball rentals will be available at Lou Berliner and Bill McDonald Athletic Complexes starting Sept. 21.

CRPD Sports is also working closely with Columbus Public Health to create opportunities for safe play for additional sports leagues, including ultimate Frisbee and soccer. For more information on requirements for these sports, visit  

Join Social Sports Outings with Columbus Young Professionals

Looking for a fun way to compete while meeting others in the city? Columbus Young Professionals offers individual and team options for fall one-pitch softball, indoor soccer, bowling and sand volleyball leagues. These opportunities add a social aspect to the sport, with a fun and recreational skill level and theme nights for certain sports. Learn more about registration, pricing and Columbus Young Professionals memberships here.

Enjoy Drinks and Digs at Local Bars

If you’re more of a casual competitor, and wouldn’t mind playing with a drink in hand, volleyball leagues are now open at some of Columbus’ most beloved sports bars. Woodland’s Backyard in Grandview is home to six covered courts and a fall volleyball season beginning on Oct. 19. Learn more and register here. In Dublin, Flannagan’s houses its own six courts inside The Fieldhouse, an all-season facility that ensures games can be played in inclement weather. Registration for fall league play at Flannagan’s is open now until Oct. 29. You can learn more about the location’s safety guidelines here.

Whatever your skill level of sport of choice may be, there are plenty of opportunities to get active this fall in Columbus! Be sure to check safety requirements upon registering, and enjoy some healthy competition this season.