Since we’re well into summer, there’s less interest in Corvallis’ gyms lately, as we rarely get the opportunity during the winter to be active outdoors (unless you’re into that sort of freezing torture). Corvallis has plenty of organized sports communities that can be great ways to switch up your workouts, or simply find cool people to do cool things with. Leagues include soccer, kickball, foosball, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. League dates vary by sport and weather, so check ‘em out, find some friends, and go play.
Corvallis Sports Park – Indoor Soccer
Southtown houses the perfect setup for the world’s most popular game. CSP hosts year-round indoor soccer leagues for all ages and every skill set for men’s, women’s, and coed recreational and intermediate teams. Their next season begins Aug. 5, so head over to their website to find team and membership prices. Twice per week CSP hosts open play, they always have the Timbers or Thorns games on, and their sports pub with a stellar 32 tap-selection and deck is a must for a prime soccer experience.
Playground Sports is a Willamette Valley born and bred rec sports organization bringing games like kickball, basketball, dodgeball, and even human foosball to any athlete on a budget looking for a chill way to spend a weekday evening. They’re based out of Eugene, so many of their leagues take place down the road, but every so often a league makes its way up to Corvallis or Albany. Playground Sports is looking to host more leagues outside of Eugene, so if your interest is there, they’ll do their best to get to your city. Also, if you’re into that kind of thing, many of Playground Sports’ events include drinking permits so you can maintain a net calorie loss of zero.
City of Corvallis Parks & Rec Sports: Softball, Soccer, and Volleyball
While the deadlines for these have passed, keep an eye out for softball, soccer, and volleyball leagues organized by Corvallis Parks & Recreation. Signups are usually due late spring and leagues carry on well into the summer. Each league allows some combination of women’s, men’s, or coed teams to play, and will organize brackets with schedules for tournament play. Head to the Corvallis Parks & Rec website for more information.
If you’re on Facebook, are down for some grassroots sports organizing, and are into a sport tougher than football, then you’re in luck. Check out the Facebook group “Corvallis/Albany Summer Touch Rugby” to get in on a friendly community of rugby games. This summer they plan to meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:30 at Willamette Park for organized touch rugby. Never played? Never worry – rugby has one of the most welcoming sports communities and it’s easy to learn.
Corvallis is the heart of ultimate frisbee leagues for the Willamette Valley during the spring and summer months. While the 2017 season has already begun, keep an eye out next year, or head over to Crystal Lake Sports Park every Tuesday evening for laid-back pick-up games. Not sure what ultimate frisbee is? Combine soccer, football, and add a frisbee with Spirit of the Game governance, and there you have it.
Avery Park Rentals
While all of these options include organized sports, Corvallis Parks & Recreation offers equipment rentals at the Avery Office for $10 per day with a $25 deposit (refundable on return of equipment). They offer softball, horseshoe, croquet, and volleyball equipment for rental to anyone.
By Regina Pieracci