Coming home after work and sitting on the couch (or better yet, going to happy hour) is enticing and all, but for locals who are looking to make friends or get some energy out, intramural sports may be the perfect answer to your “I’m bored and need to make friends after work” lamenting. Intramural sports can be the perfect channel a former athlete to spend nights or for the person new to town to make some friends who barely has any athletic ability (no judgment, we get it). However, figuring out which sport or league is best can be time-consuming and even frustrating if you’re not a former college player or someone that took athletics seriously. Fear not — we’ve rounded up a full guide of everything you need to know about the promising options for sports clubs right here in Hudson County — specifically Hoboken + Jersey City. No matter what your level of sports experience is, putting yourself out there and signing up for a league is always worth it. You never know who you might meet. Keep reading to discover a complete guide to intramural sports in Hoboken and Jersey City.
Hoboken Adult Soccer League (HASL)
Location, location, location. These 7 v 7 soccer league plays all its games at Frank Sinatra Park and 1600 Park Avenue in Hoboken. The current season is underway, but the league is currently holding sign-ups for waitlists and sign-ups for future dates if you wanted to get involved. The HASL itself consists of over twelve different leagues for any and all skill levels. Get your cleats and shoot an email over to email@example.com for any questions.
Hoboken Coed Softball League is a non-profit coed softball league in Hudson County that’s been in existence for almost 20 years. The season runs from mid-April through October at fields in Jersey City and Bayonne. The league is sponsored by the Departed Soles Brewery.
The ABL has leagues for softball, flag football, basketball, and even shuffleboard. With the spring and summer leagues underway, the ABL has a full calendar list of all the upcoming leagues with the appropriate deadlines. The ABL sets out to give recreational and competitive athletes the ultimate league experience. With an attitude like that, sounds like it would be a good idea to find a team and get involved. For more information, send an email over to info@joinABL.com.
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While pickleball is a less-than-typical sport, it’s worth noting nonetheless. Pickleball is kind of like tennis and ping pong, mixed together — with a side of wiffle ball. There are courts currently at the NW pop-up park in Hoboken, and the league hosts free games from 9:30-12:30PM on Saturdays. For more information, contact Grant Sahag at 201-744-5388, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by 1226 Adams Street at the courts to see what the hype is all about.
Next Basket Wins is an intramural basketball league that operates four times throughout the year. The seasons are in the winter (December-March), spring (March-June), summer (June-September), and fall (September-December). The team fee is $1,485 and with that price, the teams will receive an eight-game season plus playoffs, 10 reversible jerseys, two licensed refs, and an official scorekeeper at all games. To add to that, you’ll also receive updated stats and standings of teams on the Next Basket Wins mobile app, weekly video highlights, and championship gear if you win the whole thing. Games are played around various gyms in Hoboken and Jersey City for extra convenience. For any questions, reach out to league commissioner Andrew at 732-995-0815.
Zog has been a favorite sports staple for people in the area for a few years. It is one of the easiest and best-known ways to be active, meet people, and make some friends locally. From basketball to skeeball to the “social sampler” (which is a mix of the ZogSports offerings that change week by week), Zog has a little something for everybody. Below are a few of Zog’s leagues, but for any info, reach out to Emily Corcoran at Emily@ZogSportsNJ.com and Joey Frankovic at Joey@ZogSportsNJ.com.
Here are a few of the sports the organization offers:
Zog has a few basketball leagues that are available. Both 4 v 4 and 5 v 5 are options for those interested in joining. Most of the leagues are indoors around Hoboken or Jersey City, but for those looking to euro step under the lights, the 5 v 5 Thursday outdoor league at Church Square Park might be the fit for you.
Fun fact: there is a bowling alley less than a ten-minute drive from Hoboken. If your favorite Disney Channel Original movie was Alley Cat Strike, grab a ball and step up to the line. This 4 v 4 bowling league takes place in Union City on Wednesday nights. There is an Alex Thompson in all of us, so take a stab at the 7-10 split with some friends.
“If you can dodge a wrench…” well you know the rest. For or a fun post-work stress reliever, join in on a game of dodge ball. There’s no better way to ease some stress than by throwing things at strangers (gently, of course). This 6 v 6 dodgeball league, located in Hoboken, can bring high school gym class back to your 20s and 30s.
It’s summertime which means you will probably run into a BBQ that has a few cornhole boards ready to be conquered. If you think your skill is above the average Joe or you just like drinking beer while throwing something onto a board, there are two cornhole leagues, both 6 v 6, in Hoboken and Jersey City.
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Indoor, outdoor, Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken — whatever your soccer needs are, there is probably a league for you. This extremely popular sport is within Zog across all the major towns that we all love to call home. Find a group of friends or sign up as a free agent, just be sure your team has a good goalie.
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If you work in an office, the chances that you have heard someone bring up a softball league are pretty high. This sport has its perks especially if you need a less intense sport. There are leagues scattered around all of the major neighborhoods and with the weather warming up, a night spent on the diamond does have a nice sound to it.
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Both Hoboken and Jersey City offer volleyball for those trying to bump, set, and spike around town. The games in each league are spread out across the weeknights so the variation may be perfect for a team. It’s time to find your tall friends and recruit them as your middle blocker.
This social sampler is an incredible concept. If you’re someone who struggles on settling on one activity or maybe you are someone who needs variation week after week, the Social Sampler has you covered. In this league, the sport or game will vary week to week and can feature kickball, dodgeball, volleyball, skeeball, and even cornhole. Plus, the final week of games will all consist of bar games at a local pub — it doesn’t get much better than that.
Additionally, Zog also offers leagues in football, kickball, hockey, and skeeball.