Understatement of the day: moving to a new city is tricky.
I can say from personal experience – as someone who’s moved from Toronto to Montreal to Vancouver and back again in less than 5 years – it can be challenging to make connections and form social groups in a new city. Especially one as big as Toronto.
Over my many moves, I found that social sports leagues became my escape from social limbo. Outside of the usual workplace hangs and trying to reconnect with long-lost high school friends, I found social sports leagues to be the easiest and most fun way to immerse myself in a new city.
And fortunately for us here in the GTA, we have about a bajillion different sports leagues to pick from!
Whether you’re new to Toronto or looking for a fresh challenge, here’s a list of the Top 4 leagues you’ll definitely want to check out in The Six:
- Ladies Summer Hockey League – Though the name may be misleading, this year-round hockey league is a great way for female hockey players of all skill levels to keep playing. Personally, I’ve played in the LSHL for over five years and I have yet to find a more competitive league in the city!
- Ashbridges Bay Beach Volleyball – One word: FUN! From volleyball virgin to expert spiker, this league is for everyone. Offering competition for teams of 4 and 6, this league is definitely worth checking out.
- Toronto Sport and Social Club – Though I’ve yet to fully experience all the TSSC has to offer, I’ve only heard amazing things about this organization. Operating during the spring and summer months, TSSC offers a wide-range of sports, including soccer, tennis, dodgeball, floor hockey and basketball.
- Toronto Recreational Sports League – If combining sports and cold beer is more your style, this is the league for you! Focused on engaging sports-enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s, TRSL offers a great selection of sports and promises a great time!
Whatever league you choose, be sure to get out there and get involved through the power of sport!
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