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One of the biggest perks of taking a seasonal job is making new friends. Getting involved in a local sports league is a great way to do that, because they’re open to people with all levels of experience, and from all walks of life. Whether you’re a longtime devotee of a sport or want just to get your feet wet, the local sports leagues in Anchorage are an excellent way to get connected. From casual to competitive sports, you’re sure to find your niche. Here are ten that will get you into the team spirit before you know it.
The land of the midnight sun might be one of the most unique places to enjoy America’s pastime. The summer days are long, and the evening golden hour seems to stretch on forever. If swinging bats and running bases sounds like the best way to enjoy a summer season, check out the Anchorage Adult Baseball League.
If ball sports aren’t your thing, but you love the fast action and movement, give ultimate Frisbee a try. The Anchorage Ultimate Frisbee Club is open to players of all ability levels, so you can get as serious about your Frisbee games as you want. And if you’re a first-timer, the club hosts pick-up games and a skill clinic to get you up to speed.
Cycling is a unique combination of team and individual spirit—and usually combines camaraderie, fitness and fun. If you’ve got your bicycle with you for the season, you can jump in with the Arctic Bike Club, whether it’s just for casual group rides or training for a race.
Anchorage is home to more than 200 slowpitch softball teams, including men’s, women’s and co-ed. So whether you’re just a beginner, or a long time slowpitch fan, a team is out there for you.
If you want to take it up a notch from slowpitch softball, check out the fastpitch league. It’s the perfect outlet for your competitive spirit, and a great way to connect with other people.
The beauty of running is that it doesn’t require any extra gear or skills. All you need is a pair of shoes and the willingness to put one foot in front of the other. So it’s a fantastic way to connect with other people who love fitness and the outdoors, even if you’re not a team sports type person. The Anchorage Running Club offers group runs and walks as well as races, to help you meet other like-minded people.
One of the biggest perks of playing soccer is how internationally popular it is. If you’re looking to meet people from around the world, heading to the local soccer field is one of the best ways to do it. The Soccer Alaska league offers women’s, men’s and co-ed leagues, as well as an over-35 division.
If football is your true love, flag football is perfect for keeping the flame alive. Anchorage’s co-ed teams bring the pigskin thrills to the local fields, so you can get your fix even while you’re working a summer job in Alaska.
Anchorage might just be the ideal place join a hockey team—you don’t even have to stay for the winter to do it. The Anchorage Adult Hockey League plays during the summer, so you can enjoy ice hockey action even when it’s hot outside.
Disc golf—or Frisbee golf—combines the accuracy of ultimate Frisbee with the chill pace of golf. Of course, you can play by yourself. But if you’re looking to make friends, it’s a great way to enjoy Alaska’s scenery and get to know new friends. The Alaska Disc Golf Association is the perfect way to connect.
The beauty of summer is in the long days—especially long in Alaska. And when work is over, meeting up with friends to enjoy your favorite sport is the perfect way to unwind. And if you’re new in Anchorage for a seasonal job, signing up with a local league is the perfect way to meet new people, who might even become lifelong friends.