Why Join a Team
Joining a team is a great way to connect with others and stay fit! And there are many teams to join, just in the Fairmount area alone. If you’re willing to go outside the neighborhood you have other exotic options like badminton and dodgeball.
I’m a member of two teams: the Schuylkill Dragons, a women’s dragon boat team, and the Philadelphia Outrigger Canoe Club, a coed outrigger team. I can personally attest to the life-changing value of connecting with others who motivate you to keep moving! I lost 20 pounds within my first two months of dragon boating and am continually challenged by other athletes and friends I have the pleasure of competing alongside of.
Teams to Choose From
The Philly Sports & Social site has a number of basketball teams before. If choose Basketball as your sport, you’ll see a number of options for the Fairmount neighborhood. So dust off that basketball, and go work on your jump shot!
There are a number of great teams to choose from. But first you may be asking yourself, “What the heck is dragon boating?” You can learn more here. (I pulled together that page.) The video below also gives a great intro to this sport that I personally find quite enthralling.
The teams that practice at the Schuylkill River are listed below (in alphabetical order to overcome my obvious bias toward my team).
Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association
Divisions: Men, Women, and Youth
Philadelphia Flying Phoenix
Divisions: women, breast cancer
Philadelphia Hope Afloat
Divisions: Breast Cancer
Choose from any of the Fairmount teams following the steps listed in the Floor Hockey section.
Choose from any of the Fairmount teams following the steps listed in the Football section.
Want to recapture the magic of 5th grade without bedtimes and homework? Here’s your chance! Choose from any of the Fairmount teams following the steps listed in the Kickball section. (You can sometimes even find a dodgeball team, though I didn’t find any in Fairmount. But seriously? How awesome is that?)
Outrigger is a Hawaiian sport and loads of fun. Where dragon boat races are shorter, intense sprints that usually take place on rivers and sometimes lakes, outrigger races stretch out for miles and usually take place on the ocean.
This video, produced by Ocean Paddler TV (wish we got this in Philly!), is a great introduction to an outrigger race. (Most aren’t as long as this one was; they’re usually about a quarter that length.)
If you like to move fast and furious (and are well insured 😂), roller derby might be your cuppa tea!
Of course, most of the row teams dotting the Schuylkill River are college and high school teams. But you can also join an amateur adult team.
Choose from any of the Fairmount teams following the steps listed in the Soccer section.
Choose from any of the Fairmount teams following the steps listed in the Softball section.
I have a friend who plays ultimate frisbee. It sounds like a great time — and fantastic exercise.