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When I moved to Pittsburgh, one of the first things I did was search around for local teams that I could join, with the goal of not only having fun, but also to meet some new people in my new city. In this post I’ll talk about some of the leagues that I’ve played in, as well as some others that I’m aware of via word of mouth or just from searching on google. If you have any info on leagues that I don’t have listed, please send them to me and I’ll add them to the page.
Here are some of the more popular sports leagues in Pittsburgh:
Multi Sport Coed Sports Leagues
Pittsburgh Sports League – As mentioned above, I’ve already written a lengthy post about the PSL. This is probably the most established league in the city, with a wide variety of coed sports for all skill levels. They offer all sports – from the traditional sports of basketball, volleyball, and softball – to the non-traditional such as cornhole and golden tee golf – and even a running club for the runners out there.
Pittsburgh Sports Monster – Sports Monster is a national adult recreational league, with leagues in many big cities around the country. They offer many of the same sports that the PSL offers, however I don’t think they are quite as organized and established as the PSL. At one point in time a PSL volleyball league that I was trying to sign up for was already full. I tried to signup for a Sports Monster team, yet they had so few people signup, they ended up cancelling the season. That was just one case, so I’m sure some of their other leagues are more popular, but I’ve just never attempted to play any other Sports Monster sports. But if you are having a tough time getting into a PSL league, give Sports Monster a shot as an alternative.
Pittsburgh Baseball Leagues
Pittsburgh NABA – I’m a little biased toward the NABA because I’ve played in the league for 6 years and I’m good friends with the president of the league Joe Graff. This league is very well run and organized and has been growing every year since it began in 2003. The league is designed for any skill level, with players ranging from beginner up to college level baseball players. You must be 18 and over to play. I’ll write a more detailed post about the NABA in the future as the new baseball season approaches.
PBL (Pittsburgh Baseball League) – I also play in the PBL, which run a 28 and over league, and also a 38 and over league. The PBL is very similar to the NABA, though the competition level is a bit better, with some of the players being former professional baseball players. Both leagues are wood bat and play games throughout the surrounding areas of Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Daily News League – I don’t know much about this league, except that they play most of their games around the McKeesport area, so if you live around there, give them a look. I did have a friend that used to live in Penn Hills and he played a few seasons in this league and he said that is was well run. It looks like it may be the longest running local baseball league.
Pittsburgh Softball Leagues
PSL and Sports Monster both offer many options for softball, but if you are looking for exclusive men’s or women’s softball leagues, I’ve listed other possible choices below. Just about every neighborhood and suburb of Pittsburgh seems to have its own league, so don’t take this as a definitive list.
- North Pittsburgh Softball League – Men’s league for players in the North Hills.
- CAC Softball – Catholic Alumni Club. Must be 21 yrs and over and single.
- PPMSSL – Penn Plum and Monroeville softball league. Currently consists of 43 teams.
- P.A.S.L. – Women’s softball league covering Western P
- Steel City Softball – Pittsburgh gay and lesbian softball league.
I know there are many other leagues, as I’ve played in 2 other leagues that aren’t listed here (one in Frick Park and one in Manchester), but I just can’t find info about any of them online. Many leagues can be found just by talking to friends and co-workers. If you have contact info for other Pittsburgh adult softball leagues, please send them to me.
Pittsburgh Flag Football
I played in a men’s flag football league for one season when I first moved here. We played our games in Penn Hills and New Ken, but I’m not sure if the league exists any more. Here are some other leagues that I found on google.
The PFFL – It looks like this league has only been around since 2009, but judging by their website, this league looks very organized and legit. 4 on 4 adult flag football, as well as leagues for kids.
WPIFL (Western Pennsylvania Indoor Football League) – This league takes place at the PISA indoor soccer dome in Cheswick, PA. They offer adult and youth leagues, and even have a free agent sign up form. The facility also hosts indoor soccer and lacrosse league.
I’ve never played 4 on 4, only 8 man. I’m sure there have to be some 8 man leagues out there somewhere. If you have details, please send them to me.
Pittsburgh Basketball Leagues
The PSL and Sports Monster both offer basketball leagues, and I know that many gyms and YMCA’s around the area offer their own basketball leagues LA Fitness for example has a league in Monroeville from what I’ve heard). Your best bet for finding a basketball team would probably be to check out your local gym. Here are some others that I found on google.
Pittsburgh Basketball Club – This may just be a youth league. I couldn’t tell from their website if they offer adult basketball.
JCC PGH – The Jewish Community Center league. Not sure if you have to be Jewish or not to play.
Impact Basketball Association – This league is for women 18 and over.
Pittsburgh Volleyball Leagues
Again, PSL and Sports Monster are both a good choice for finding recreational and competitive volleyball leagues in Pittsburgh – indoor and outdoor. Here are a few others:
Steel City Volleyball League – The Steel City Volleyball League (SCVL) offers a fun and friendly atmosphere for recreational and competitive volleyball among Pittsburgh’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
CAC Volleyball – As with their softball league, I think you must be 21 years old and single. They offer indoor and outdoor leagues.
JD’s Cabana Bar – This is an outdoor sand league at JD’s Cabana bar.
Human Services Volleyball League – HSVL is a 3 division indoor and outdoor volleyball league. We play indoor volleyball throughout gyms in and around the city of Pittsburgh during the fall, winter and spring seasons.
Pittsburgh Tennis Clubs
Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club – Outdoor tennis in Frick Park near Regent Square.
Fox Chapel Racquet Club – I think this is a member’s only club, but if you live near Fox Chapel, check it out. Probably expensive to join.
Pittsburgh Indoor Tennis Club – No membership fees. Open to all players that love tennis.
Edgewood Tennis Club – Another members only tennis club, located in Edgewood.
I think that the CAC (see softball and volleyball) also has a tennis league for singles. I know that the Greentree Sportsplex also has indoor tennis, but their website seems to be non-existent.
Pittsburgh Soccer Leagues
PA West Adult Soccer – The PA West Soccer Adult Leagues meet a variety of playing needs for the adult soccer player. There are men’s, women’s and co-ed leagues playing at numerous sites around western Pennsylvania. Additionally, they have this website, though I think it may be out of date.
Pittsburgh Indoor Soccer – Played at the same place as the indoor flag football league mentioned above.
Keystone Indoor Kicks – For the last 25 years in the Western Pennsylvania, we have organized indoor soccer leagues for many youth organizations and adult leagues.
Pittsburgh Hockey Leagues
I know there are many adult hockey leagues around Pittsburgh. These links are to some of the local hockey rinks. Contact the rinks for more info on their leagues, or google for information on individual teams. Many teams have websites, so I can’t list all of the individual teams.
Ice Castle Arena – The Ice Castle is located in Castle Shannon and hosts several leagues.
Ice Connection of Pittsburgh – Located in Valencia, PA. They offer adult and youth leagues.
Airport Ice Arena – As the name suggests, this arena is located in Moon Twp near the airport.
Blade Runners Ice Complex – This arena is located in Harmarville.
RMU Island Sports Center – The home of Robert Morris hockey, located on Neville Island.
Pittsburgh Running Clubs
People Who Run Downtown – A popular running, walking, jogging, and talking club.
Greater Pittsburgh Road Runners Club – Since 1974, The Greater Pittsburgh Road Runners Club has encouraged and promoted the sport of running for people of all ages and abilities in the Pittsburgh area.
Pittsburgh Pharaoh Hounds – A group of competitive middle distance and distance runners training and racing in the Pittsburgh area.
Fleet Feet Flyers – Runners of all abilities are welcome to join us anytime!
Other Pittsburgh Sports
Pittsburgh Ultimate – I played 2 seasons of ultimate. It was awesome, but I just don’t have the cardio to keep up anymore. If you’ve never played ultimate frisbee, check out this league, which ranges from beginners to college players.
Pittsburgh Curling Club – Since I have Canadian roots, I’ve always wanted to try curling. They offer “learn to curl” sessions for beginners.
Ski and Snowboard – Seven Springs is only about an hour drive from Pittsburgh. The mountain isn’t huge, but the place is really nice overall and if you like parks, the place is great. The bar scene is also a lot of fun. I’ll write in details about 7 Springs in the future.
Pittsburgh Rugby Club – Ever wanted to play rugby? Well this team welcomes new players. I don’t know if the league has a website, but this is one of the local rugby teams.
If you have suggestions or additions, please leave a comment below or send me a message! I will try to get all suggestions added to the page asap.