If you’re looking for some sporting competition this summer, look no further than Tulsa.
Oklahoma Sports and Social-Tulsa, head-quartered at 418 S. Peoria Ave., organizes sand volleyball, kickball, bowling and flag football leagues for adults seeking a challenge and a chance to socialize this season. All OSSO sports are co-ed and are geared toward bringing people together.
Registration dates vary based on the league, but each one is guaranteed six weeks of play plus one week of playoffs.
Sand volleyball is played Sunday through Friday at the Pearl Beach Brew Pub, also located at 418 S. Peoria Ave. Teams are organized with four or six members to accommodate all styles of play. The club provides volleyballs, nets, courts, team shirts and referees for all games. Game times vary each week.
A childhood favorite for many, kickball might be OSSO’s most popular league with more than 400 adults participating in previous years. This group meets from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday nights at Lantz Park, 821 N. Yale Ave.
The club’s bowling groups are offered year-round in Tulsa. OSSO partners with Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge, located at 211 S. Elgin Ave., for the summer league on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. It’s a great way to make friends, is easy to participate in and makes for a whole lot of fun.
Lastly, OSSO’s top choice for club patrons, flag football, is held at Lantz Park on Tuesday evenings with game times varying each week. Teams face off eight-on-eight, though it’s recommended to have 12 players on the roster. If you can’t come up with 11 teammates, don’t fret. OSSO will help you fill out the rest of your team.
For each OSSO league, you can sign up as a team or an individual. Costs for individuals depend on your sport of choice. Aside from the obvious perks of meeting new people and having a little summer fun, league members get drink discounts on game days at the Pearl Beach Brew Pub. For more information on sign-up dates, cost and equipment, visit sportstulsa.com.
Maybe you have a killer backhand. Tulsa’s RH91, 3030 E. 91st St., prides itself on offering activities for everyone (as young as 4 years old), no matter your level of play.
Access to RH91 facilities is membership based, with fitness only and tennis/fitness options for individuals and families. Cost varies depending on your choice of activity, but each membership option offers month-to-month and paid-in-full plans.
The club offers men’s and women’s groups, but co-ed options also are available through tennis socials, events and tournaments this summer. RH91 also offers pick-up pickleball games, group drills and private lessons. Sign-up deadlines vary based on the event or league, but indoor and outdoor courts can be booked in advance for an hourly rate depending on the time and day.
Summer crowd favorites at RH91 tend to be the yearly men’s and women’s pro-am tournaments, which feature many of RH91’s own tennis pros. Local pros, college players and up-and-coming amateurs from the facility are recruited to compete in a doubles tournament, which is open to public spectators and an entertaining experience for members.
Once a month, RH91 hosts adult mixers, usually accompanied by a festive theme. Additionally, the club holds open drills each week, which provide a great opportunity for new members to socialize and get to know current club members.
RH91 also offers a state-of-the-art fitness center and a full-time staff to help you meet your tennis goals. To join the club and book your game, visit rah91.com.
On the ball
Sandlot baseball is having a moment in Tulsa and elsewhere. Across the country, the return to a dusty neighborhood diamond and the crack of wood bats is a grassroots movement that has been dubbed the Sandlot Revolution. The best part about sandlot in Tulsa: Everyone can play.
The Tulsa Rumblers, one of at least four local sandlot baseball clubs, welcome newcomers to Sandlot Sundays at their home field, Lacy Park, 2134 N. Madison Place.
Usually commencing around 1 p.m. each Sunday as weather permits, Sandlot Sundays are "open practices/pick-up games" for the Rumblers, the Tulsa Breeze and the newest addition to Tulsa Sandlot, the Tulsa City Jesters. But, players of all ages and skill levels are welcome to play some hardball and make new friends. Visit tulsarumblers.com and follow the club's social media for weekly updates.