As Arvada native Darren Doherty and his family were eating dinner one night, they realized that, between them, “we had eight of the 10 people we would need for a softball team, all here and …
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As Arvada native Darren Doherty and his family were eating dinner one night, they realized that, between them, “we had eight of the 10 people we would need for a softball team, all here and interested in playing,” he said.
That was how Doherty’s first co-ed softball team was formed, playing years ago through a community sports league offered by the Apex Park and Recreation District. For more than a decade, Doherty has been involved in both softball and basketball leagues through the district, with no plans to leave the leagues any time soon.
“I grew up playing sports, and you kind of lose some of that competitive nature when you get out of school,” he said. But the opportunity for competition has once again presented itself, he said, as “Apex is right in our backyard. It’s hugely valuable to have that resource there.”
Throughout the year, Apex offers a number of athletic opportunities for those of all ages, including classes, tournaments and leagues through which adult residents can form teams and face off.
As spring approaches, registration is open for multiple sports leagues that run through Apex.
“Our adult sports leagues and programs are a great way for you to meet new people and be part of your community,” said Apex communications director Katie Groke. “It’s an easy way to meet your health and fitness goals and have fun, all at the same time.”
As for what those health and fitness goals might be, adults of any age should make an effort to schedule multiple workouts every week, said Brian Gearity, director of the sport coaching MA program at the University of Denver.
To prevent bone fracturing, research has shown that adults should engage in resistance training, such as weight-lifting, for about 30 minutes, three times a week, he said. For a healthy body weight and cardiovascular health, he recommended an hour of light to moderate activity, or 30 minutes of moderate to significant activity, each day.
A local sports league can help individuals start building those minutes, especially in terms of cardiovascular exercise, he said.
“The modality isn’t what’s important so much as you just keep moving. Do something you enjoy,” Gearity said.
Further, leagues and group activities provide a “double benefit,” he said: “People benefit from movement with other people. They’re less lonely and less withdrawn.”
“It’s a good opportunity to get out and spend some time with your friends,” he said. “You start playing the same teams season after season and you’ve got your rivals. I really enjoy the camaraderie.”
He added that over the years, he has seen the leagues develop more divisions, which divide teams based on skillsets. Many of the leagues offer multiple divisions, allowing both beginners and experts to get involved.
“They’re really driving improvement by having those classifications,” he said.
While residents can register as a team, those who have not yet formed a team can sign up as free agents to be connected with other players. To be added to the free agent list, contact Roxie Augustine and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is currently open on the Apex website for basketball, flag football, pickleball, soccer, kickball, softball and volleyball. Check out apexprd.org for more information and to register.
The Apex Center offers adult basketball leagues throughout the year, with registration now open for the spring league. Teams consist of three or five players. The season includes eight regular games, with four teams participating in additional play-off games.
Registration dates: Now through March 4
Game times: Women’s: Tuesdays
Men’s: Thursdays and Sundays
Registration cost: $260/3v3 team; $585/5v5 team
Registration is open for the men’s and co-ed flag football leagues this spring. Teams of eight will go head-to-head Sunday mornings at Ralston Park Addition. The season includes seven games, with four teams advancing to additional play-off games.
Registration dates: Now through March 13
Season begins: March 22
Game times: Sundays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Registration cost: $600/team
Arvada residents can join the co-ed league for Apex’s next kickball season, which will begin in March at the Harold D. Lutz Sports Complex. The season includes seven regular games, and four teams will advance to the play-offs.
Registration dates: Now through March 20
Season begins: March 27
Game times: Fridays between 6:15 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Registration cost: $370/team
The spring season for outdoor co-ed, women’s and men’s pickleball leagues will begin in early March at the Simms Street Recreation Center. The season will consist of eight matches, leading up to a tournament at the end of the season.
Registration dates: Now through March 9
Season begins: March 9
Game times: Co-ed: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday evening
Women’s and men’s: Tuesday mornings and evenings
Registration cost: $80/team
Apex also offers a number of soccer leagues, including its co-ed spring outdoor league, which is accepting registrations now. Teams of 11 will face off in eight games throughout the season, each of which will run for 90 minutes.
Indoor leagues also run throughout the year, with registration intermittently available on Apex’s website.
Registration dates: Now through March 8
Game times: Sundays
Registration cost: $995/team
Registration is open for the spring softball league and doubleheader softball league, which will consist of six games and 12 games, respectively. In the doubleheader league, the top four teams will advance to the play-offs.
Registration dates: Now through March 1
Game times: Co-ed: Tuesdays through Fridays, Sundays
Men’s: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Registration cost: $390/team; Doubleheader, $715/team
Teams will compete in an indoor volleyball league this spring, with leagues for women, men and co-ed leagues available. Teams of four can participate in the upcoming league, which include 10 regular games. Four teams will advance to the play-offs.
Season begins: March 16
Game times: Co-ed: Mondays
Men’s and Women’s: Wednesday nights
Registration cost: $280/team
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