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The Best Summer Sports Leagues in Toronto

Posted by Jennifer Tse / July 6, 2010

SportsThe best summer sports leagues in Toronto include a range of popular athletic activities as well as niche sports. For seasoned athletes or recreational players, participating in a club or league is a great way to enjoy the warmer weather, stay in shape, and meet new people.

As evidenced by some of the smaller leagues on this list, the quality of a Toronto sports league is not necessarily defined by the size of its membership. Being part of a tight, dedicated group of enthusiasts can often provide a more rewarding experience than a larger one. And the more grassroots the community, the more welcoming it usually is to newbies.

If you ask me, the best sports leagues provide experiences as social as they are athletic. Get back into a favourite activity or try your hand at something new, and chances are you'll shed pounds, acquire skills, and gain friendships and team bonds that endure on and off the field.

Here are the the 12 best summer sports leagues in Toronto as voted by readers of this site.

Best Summer Sports Leagues in Toronto TSSCToronto Sport and Social Club

The TSSC not only offers sports like soccer, ultimate Frisbee and tennis, but you can also sign yourself up for cooking and photography classes, speed dating, Amazing-Race style urban adventures, and much more. With a multitude of co-ed and single-gender activities for teams and individuals happening year round, the Toronto Sport and Social Club truly has something for everyone.

Best Summer Sports Leagues in Toronto Roller DerbyToronto Roller Derby

Members of ToRD are fast on their quad-wheeled feet and fiercely loyal to their sport and community. An all-female operated organization, Toronto Roller Derby is the largest flat-track derby league in Canada, providing an especially supportive athletic and social environment for girls and women.

Best Summer Sports Leagues in Toronto Not So Pro SportsNot So Pro Sports

Not So Pro Toronto offers outdoor sports like flag football, softball, ultimate Frisbee, and rowing; indoor options like basketball and floor hockey; as well as a variety of clinics, bootcamps, and parties throughout the year. Even if their summer offerings aren't your thing, you might want to mark up the cooler months of your calendar with their ski and snowboard club excursions.

Best Summer Sports Leagues in Toronto DodgeballToronto Dodgeball Association

Who doesn't love a little dodgeball? Recreational, intermediate, and competitive players can get their fix with the Toronto Dodgeball Association. All of their summer leagues are played on outdoor sand courts, and each 60- to 70-minute game is officiated by two referees. Every team has a shot at having their name engraved on the championship trophy, and the league throws team pizza parties after playoff games, to boot.

Best Summer Sports Leagues in Toronto TUC UltimateToronto Ultimate Club

TUC is the place to get involved in Toronto's ultimate Frisbee scene. This year marks the not-for-profit, volunteer-driven club's 30th anniversary. Offerings include skills clinics for beginners, hat tournaments, pickup games, year-round co-ed and single-gender leagues for all skill levels, and a separate league for juniors aged 18 and under. Warning: start chasing plastic with these folks, and you may find it hard to quit. Stall eight, stall nine, up!

Best Summer Sports Leagues in Toronto KickballToronto Kickball

Remember elementary school gym class kickball? If not, refresh yourself every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Alexandra Park. Simply put, a group of guys and gals come together to play a sport that's like baseball, but with kicking. And then they go out for drinks (okay, maybe not quite like elementary school). It's free to participate, newcomers are welcome, and wacky outfits are optional.

Toronto Recreational Sports League

If you're a resident of the Yonge and Eglinton area, the Toronto Recreational Sports League will cater to your needs. All of their field and gym locations are located as close as possible to the intersection. If there's a place you can't find by yourself, their site lists helpful directions to each of their facilities. Sports offerings include baskbetball, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee. All leagues are recreational, co-ed, non-contact, and for adults in their 20s and 30s.

Toronto Services Soccer League

Toronto's soccer fanatics need to look no farther than the TSSL. League membership consists of anywhere between 80 to 110 teams at any given year. Games are held all over the city, from Centennial Park in Etobicoke to Seneca College, Glendon College, and Sunnybrook Park. Individual players looking for a team can fill out a submission form and be sorted into a team based on experience and preferred position.

Extreme Toronto Sports Club

In the summer, the XTSC's offerings include outdoor field and turf soccer, dodgeball, and ultimate, and indoor court volleyball for adult recreational league players in Toronto. Benefits include competitive pricing, same game locations, referees, various free games and tournaments, and more.

Best Summer Sports Leagues in Toronto Bike PoloLeague of Bike Polo

For those looking for some fun on two wheels with balls and mallets, there's Toronto's league of bike polo. Bike polo calls Scadding Court Rink in Alexandra Park its home on weeknights and Sunday evenings. The best way to keep up with the pick-up league is to stay tuned to the league Facebook page or by following them on their Twitter.

Best Summer Sports Leagues in Toronto Beach Blast VolleyballBeach Blast

Do you crave beach volleyball all year long? Beach Blast brings it, with indoor and outdoor sandbox courts at 15 Leswyn Road in North York. The league runs 365 days a year, and you never have to worry about being rained out of your plans for some fun in the sand with friends.

Scarborough Adult Baseball League

Started in 1985 after a series of semi-organized pick-up baseball games, the Scarborough Adult Baseball League grew from its initial four teams to its current 10-team, two-division configuration. Games are played on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with most games taking place at Wishing Well Park.

Toronto Roller Derby photo by DAVIDARTEMIW PHOTOGRAPHY and dodgeball photo by Toronto Dodgeball Association. All other photos by Jennifer Tse.

Discussion

41 Comments

Bartek / July 6, 2010 at 10:51 am
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Thanks so much for this list. I'm new to the city and have been looking for exactly these kinds of leagues to get out and have fun (plus meet a few new wolk)

So going to Toronto Kickball, going to check out the others too
Paul / July 6, 2010 at 10:55 am
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I (heart) the Toronto Ultimate Club
gr1 / July 6, 2010 at 11:34 am
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no lacrosse =[
baseball / July 6, 2010 at 11:37 am
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are there any softball leagues not closed or full?
Jon / July 6, 2010 at 12:24 pm
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Anybody know if there's an aussie rule league in toronto?
James / July 6, 2010 at 12:46 pm
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Dodge ball still scares the crap out of me. Why must every game always end in tears?
LJ replying to a comment from James / July 6, 2010 at 01:15 pm
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there's always roller-blading James
TG88 / July 6, 2010 at 01:22 pm
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Toronto Ultimate Club is fantastic for all levels! The BEST ultimate in the city...friendly, competitive and extremely social!! Once you get hooked, forget the other sports!
c-real / July 6, 2010 at 01:42 pm
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Too bad TSSC and Not so Pro cost and arm and a leg.

I wish there were more community run and non-profit leagues out there. The for profit orgainizations charge like $8 a game and usually have locations spanning the entire city (extra $5 for ttc to get there). lame.
lister / July 6, 2010 at 02:37 pm
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I've been trying to find some activities downtown, preferably street hockey, for exercise and fun but haven't had much luck. Kickball is a decent substitute and will check it out this Sunday. After reading the website, this looks like a perfect fit for the girlfriend and I. It's co-ed, all shapes and sizes, different ages, it's not super competitive and it's all about having fun.
JoeP / July 6, 2010 at 02:50 pm
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Also if anyone is into ball hockey, you can check out the YCBHL and the OBHA -- I know they run summer leagues. The YCBHL has a summer league that runs out of Rinx @ Dufferin and Orfus.
woot / July 6, 2010 at 03:29 pm
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...also dragonboat!
slownewsday / July 6, 2010 at 03:57 pm
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It's good to see this list come out after the registrations have closed for the summer time. It's a useless list now.
Jennifer Tse replying to a comment from slownewsday / July 6, 2010 at 04:19 pm
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Actually, plenty of the leagues are still accepting registrations, have pick-up options where you can just show up, or offer activities that don't even start until August. And I highly doubt the list will expire by next summer. It's always useful to have an idea of what's out there! :)
TG88 replying to a comment from slownewsday / July 6, 2010 at 05:07 pm
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@slownewsday
many leagues run throughout the year as well - TUC, TCSSC, Beach Blast all have indoor leagues in the cold months...
Sugar replying to a comment from Jon / July 6, 2010 at 05:25 pm
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Jon, there are at least 4 footy teams in the Toronto area. Check out http://www.oafl.ca/
Donna Vitan / July 6, 2010 at 07:08 pm
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Woohoo! I've played and enjoyed TUC and TCSSC for many years now. Sports are a great way to keep active and meet plenty of people. Ultimate has not only become a weekly sport but I've also gotten to participate in some awesome Tournaments like Gender Blender, http://www.genderblender.org/.

For those interested in playing Ultimate Frisbee, you can definitely learn more and/or improve your skills with Norman Lew, http://www.ultimateworkout.ca/. He's a super friendly, motivational leader and coach.

Try it out and have fun!
Dan / July 6, 2010 at 09:31 pm
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#agencyball - best league in Toronto
LJ replying to a comment from c-real / July 7, 2010 at 09:32 am
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8$ a game is pretty reasonable I think, and as for the TTC expenses, why not buy a metropass? geez
Michael / July 7, 2010 at 10:45 am
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The TSSL is actually closed for registering teams now, but individual players looking for teams can go to the TSSL site and fill out a form to be added to the player pool. There are lots of teams always looking for players. They also will be offering an indoor league starting this fall.
Fred Moesker / July 8, 2010 at 11:32 pm
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Didn't know about the Kickball league -- May have to check that one out!
Ashley / July 22, 2010 at 04:44 pm
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How about axe throwing? Probably my favourite night of the week is my axe throwing league.
charli replying to a comment from Ashley / August 16, 2010 at 07:24 pm
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Ashley - where is the axe throwing... i'm looking...
Eurika / September 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm
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For anyone looking for ball hockey, Withrow Park Ball Hockey is a great place to play. Fall season is beg.-Sept. to end-Oct. Check out www.withrowballhockey.net. Warning: it's popular.
Use the email address provided to get more info--you'll get an answer.
Don Edmunds-Oshawa Realtor / October 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm
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What??? No lacrosse? I grew up in the "Beach" and around the lacrosse box by the lake. Many fun times and great memories.
SAN / October 11, 2010 at 09:36 pm
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Trudy / November 19, 2010 at 11:50 am
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Check out www.actionawaits.com A social event, sports & travel company that doesn't charge membership fees and is based in downtown Toronto. It's perfect for new people to the city. They have a deal on at the moment - buy 2 ski/snowboard trips, get 1 free!
wilson / December 20, 2010 at 07:00 am
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Here is the Axe throwing league. We'll be starting up again in February of the new year. email for info. Cheers.
T / April 7, 2011 at 11:12 am
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any inline hockey (non contact)??
ptc / March 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm
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Interesting post and thanks for sharing. Some things in here I have not thought about before.Thanks for making such a cool post which is really very well written.
Zack / April 3, 2012 at 01:40 pm
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I have played on XTSC for 2 years now. At the same time I have also played on TSSC and TRSL. At first I was drawn to certain unique features the XTSC offered:

- Lower league fees
-Same location every game
- Refereed games

Our first season was quite good and it was smooth sailing, but as time went on, I realized that everytime one needed to interface with the league organisers or had a chance to test their customer service, XTSC failed. Also they are unapproachable, disorganized and quite rash in their decision making.

Examples:

- Teams were not assigned to their playing location of choice.

-On more than one occasion, our team was assigned to multiple playing locations. This is in direct conflict with one of their selling features.

-League does not even have a phone number to call and get someone on the line to answer questions.

- The referees are rude, disengaged and rarely keep a handle on the game. If anything the presence of referees encourages players to play more aggressively and try to get away with it. Players on my team have dislocated their knee, got stiches on their lip. All due to overly agressive play which escalated from the referee being too passive throughout the game.

-One season, players had parked their cars on XTSC approved parking areas(communicated to us via email from the league), however this had not been properly researched. After one game, all 36 cars had been ticketed($40 each) and all the league could do was shrug and say OOPS!

- The actual XTSC organiser plays in the same league. God forbid you have been assigned to play in their bracket. If you actually have the misfortune of playing against the organiser's team(personal expereince) - refereeing becomes very partial, games get unpleasant and aggressive. The organiser steps in and makes decisions on games which directly affect the progress of his personal team.

- I have heard of teams being disqualified by the league organiser without just reason. First and second hand, I have noticed the league organiser being quite autocratic and dismissive in his interaction with his customers. There is no way to call XTSC and emails to them get answered in a very selective manner.

I could go on.

Needless to say, in spite of whatever benefits XTSC claims they offer in the opinion of myself and over a dozen players(all young professionals) on our roster, its NOT WORTH IT. Customer service is poor, the league is run in a very unprofessional manner and organizational skills are quite pathetic.
Really leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

Now after 2 years of giving this league a chance, all of us have decided to take our business and patience elsewhere. The other leagues are not perfect, but at least they have the basics right and know how to run themselves as an impartial business. TSSC, TRSL or anywhere but XTSC!
1234 sadface / June 19, 2012 at 09:30 pm
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no b ball at all
Evan / June 22, 2012 at 05:49 am
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I just returned to Toronto and am looking for masters (over 35 or 40) soccer. Any suggestions of leagues/teams to follow up with would be appreciated!
BaseballMike / July 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm
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You forgot to mention the best league (erm... pick-up sports organization) of them all: The Toronto Outdoor Club, a free, member-run outdoor, sports and social club.

Pick-up sports played include: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey (Floor or Road), Soccer Dodgeball, Kickball and Ultimate Frisbee are all played. There is no fee for joining and the majority of events are completely FREE.

If anyone is interested in organizing pick-up sports games with the Toronto Outdoor Club, please contact volunteers@torontooutdoorclub.com. Anyone can become an event coordinator with the club. All you need to do is undergo a short training session. Events are always well attended because of their online reservation system.
Toronto Outdoor Club
Christina / July 5, 2012 at 01:25 am
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Thanks so much for creating this list!! I have been looking everywhere for recreational leagues to try out sports I have never played. Now I have all the info in one place! Thanks again for making it so easy to get/keep fit and have fun outdoors!
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm
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It's good to see this list come out after the registrations have closed for the summer time. It's a useless list now.
Danny / December 14, 2012 at 10:47 am
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Lowest costs in the GTA, $59 for individuals and $599 for teams. Basketball, Soocer and Flag Football!
David Verge / March 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm
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Since 1949, Alderwood Softball Assoc. has provided house league youth summer softball for boys and girls to the communities of Alderwood, Long Branch and New Toronto. I'm afraid for the 2013 season all our T-Ball positions are filled, however we have lots of positions open for children aged 5 to 14. Registration fees are VERY competitive! Visit our website at www.alderwoodsoftball.ca or email me at alderwoodsoftballcomms2012@gmail.com for more info - AND PLAY BALL! Hope to see you soon!
Dee / October 17, 2013 at 01:09 pm
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XTSC puts no value in customer service and poor execution of administration and league set-up is an understatement. Been with them 3 seasons for "competitive" volleyball and none of them panned out as per their claims or rules via their website. Problems included:

a) Gym permit was not properly attained and teams were not notified AT ALL. We showed up the first week and were sent home because XTSC did not have the permit for the gym and the league was delayed by one week while the other tier's gym started already. As such, the tiers were not playing in sync (one gym was one week ahead of the other)and team points and playoffs were all messed up.

b) Unresponsive to client inquiries, or worse, responded rudely with sarcastic, demeaning and unapologetic comments. Did not address inquiry or concern and made it clear that they did not care to rectify any errors.

c) Late or incorrect score updates, team points, etc. (hence related to A and B, where schedules became messed up and furious customers get no response or rude responses)

d) Terrible equipment. They claim they have it ready for you and it is set up - however the nets are not the proper volleyball nets (some knock-off badminton net), no antennas and inadequate poles are used where nets are not at proper height.

Overall, a very low-level, uncompetitive, unorganized and non-customer friendly league. They boast about "2 hour playtime for cheap", however it comes with all the aformentioned negative experience. Do not join this league - it is not worth the miserable play and frustration. Money better spent elsewhere.
Jim / December 5, 2013 at 03:35 pm
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Check out www.bookitsports.com
they have some pretty great rental deals and league info
Owais / July 22, 2014 at 02:57 pm
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Hey guys can anyone suggest a good soccer training academy/league for a 19 yr old? The world cup has me wanting to play again but I can't seem to find any training academies. Any help out there? Thanks in advance

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