By Marsha S. Morgenstern
Dodgeball and kickball – these sports aren’t just for kids anymore! In fact, they are just two of several sports offered by the Pittsburgh Sports League (PSL) this summer. Now in its 8th year, PSL provides co-ed recreational sports activities to men and women of all ages. Non-traditional sports offered by PSL include “Dek hockey” (played on foot and not to be confused with in-line, roller hockey) along with “Cornhole,” (a game also known as “bean bag toss” or “baggo.”) For traditionalists, basketball, tennis, volleyball, running, and flag football are available.
According to Becky Reitmeyer, Pittsburgh Sports League director, PSL leagues are organized, social, open to newcomers, and affordable. “PSL meets two main needs: it provides organized sports for adults and it’s a great way to make friends because you will inevitably see the same people,” she said.
Sandra Kozera, 31, joined PSL in 2002. She met her fiancé, Ben Williams, 29, through PSL while playing dek hockey together. The couple now lives in Wheeling, West Virginia, commuting to Pittsburgh to play PSL sports. Together, they play hockey, flag football, and sometimes softball.
“The PSL summer softball leagues are especially just really fun -there's a wide variety of skill levels, because everyone wants to be outside and playing softball in the summer - and people often hang out and tailgate and enjoy the good weather,” Kozera said. “It's a fun thing to do in your spare time, a good way to let off steam, and in some cases a good way to stay in shape.”
Kozera said PSL is also good for networking. “I just graduated from law school in the spring, and when I was looking for jobs, all my lawyer sports league friends were willing to help out.”
For more information on the Pittsburgh Sports League contact Becky at 412-338-2133, ext. 11 or visit http://www.pump.org/psl.jsp.