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Whether it's pickleball, bowling, or even qualifying for the National Senior Games, New Orleans has a lot to offer for those looking to join a sports league.

Keeping active while aging is important for the body, but the mind needs stimulation, too. Sports leagues and clubs for adults in New Orleans can provide both the exercise and the camaraderie of a team to stay fit and social.

Below are locations that offer either senior-specific sports programs or general adult participation.

NORD Commission
Multiple Locations
The NORD Commission offers Senior Tennis at several of its playgrounds for players 55 and older. Gain confidence in your shotmaking, Reine tennis stroke mechanics, and gain fitness to provide you with the necessary tools to maintain a healthy and youthful body. Check website for times and locations.

JPRD Westbank Golden Age Club
Multiple Locations
For 50 and older, Golden Age Programs range from dances to brunch and sports like bean bag baseball and darts. There are eight different clubs throughout the Westbank with members ranging in age from 50 to 100. Club intramural sports have also helped members prepare for the Senior Olympics. Contact Gary Vendors, Program Supervisor, at 504.349.5000 or [email protected].

Crescent City Cyclists
Begins in front of NOMA
Crescent City Cyclists sponsors two types of weekly bicycle rides: City Riders and Country Riders. About 30 participants, mostly 50 years of age and over, ride in the City Rides, which begin and end near the New Orleans Museum of Art. The three-hour journey sets a casual page at 8-10 mph and includes a mid-ride coffee break. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 am.

New Orleans JCC
Uptown: 5342 St. Charles Ave.
Metairie: 3747 W. Esplanade Ave.

  • Adult Basketball Leagues
    The leagues for players 30 years old and up. Each league runs three seasons (spring, summer, and fall) and consist of a regular season followed by a single-elimination playoff. Registration required. YABL: Mondays and Tuesdays, 6-10 pm / Mellowball: Wednesdays, 7-10 pm.
  • Adult Flag Football
    Flag football is a variation of tackle football, expect there is no physical contact between players. Each player wears a set of flags and are pulled by the opposing team to signal a "tackle." The league is offered twice a year (fall and spring). Uptown campus only. Registration required. Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm.
  • Adult Pickleball
    One of the fastest-growing sports in the country, especially for Boomers, Pickeball combines elements of badminton and tennis. Played as singles or doubles, players use paddles to hit a Wiffle ball over a low net. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to join in the gym for Pickleball. Free for members; regular fees apply for nonmembers. Uptown campus: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-3 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm. Metairie campus: Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 am-12 pm.

Colonial Lanes
6601 Jefferson Hwy, Harahan
Bowling leagues at Colonial Lanes are always fun and are never rained out, unlike outdoor sports. In addition to open play, Colonial Lanes offers leagues for all skill levels. A seniors league plays every Monday at 12:30 pm.

Louisiana Senior Olympic Games
For the hardcore competitors looking for a challenge, the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games chapter's team sports are basketball, softball, and volleyball. Players must be at least 50-years-old. Each year, players who have competed in state-sanctioned games could qualify for the National Senior Games. The next national games will be held in 2021 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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