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Adult sports and leagues

Parks and Recreation offers leagues and programs through out the year. The sports are offered at different levels of play - there is a sport for everyone from beginner to the serious player. General information including registration is listed below. Click each sport for specific information.

Find standings and schedules on our Online Registration page

2018 fall sports information and registration flyer

2018-2019 Winter Sports Information and Registration Flyer

Bags (summer)

Bags, Baggo, Corn Hole... call it what you want! It has been a back yard and tailgating favorite! Now, test your skills in this fun, recreational league! Teams of two will be playing seven exciting weeks of league play, followed by a single elimination playoff. The league is open to male and female players. Boards and bags will be provided. This league is offered through the collaboration between the cities of Bloomington and Richfield.

  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays (separate leagues)
  • Dates: June 5 - July 31, 2018, No games July 3 and 5
  • Fee: $55 per team
  • Registration Deadline: May 22, 2018
  • Location: Taft Park, 1800 E. 63rd St Richfield, MN

Basketball (winter)

Teams play a ten week regular season schedule and a single elimination playoff. All games will be officiated by two officials. Games are played five versus five. All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Days: Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Dates: December 2, 2018 - March 10, 2019
  • Resident Fee: $620
  • Non-Resident Fee: $645
  • Returning Team Registration Period: October 8 - 26, 2018
  • New Team Registration Opens: October 31
  • Registration Deadline: November 21
  • Location: Kennedy Activity Center, 150 E 98th Street

Dodgeball (fall and winter)

Relive your childhood with a gym class favorite, Dodgeball! The league will be supervised, but teams call themselves out when hit. Teams can be composed of men, women or a combination of both. Offered by the collaboration of the cities of Bloomington and Richfield.

Fall League:

  • Days: Thursdays
  • Dates: October 25 - December 13, 2018
  • Times: TBD
  • Fee: $115 per team
  • Registration Deadline: October 11
  • Location: Richfield STEM School
  • Teams will play a six game regular season, plus playoffs!

Winter League:

  • Days: Thursdays
  • Dates: January 10 - March 14, 2019
  • Fee: $135 per team
  • Registration Opens: November 9, 2018
  • Registration Deadline: January 2, 2019
  • Location: Richfield STEM School
  • Teams will play an eight game regular season, plus playoffs!

Football (fall)

Games are played on fields that are 90 yards from end line to end line and 40 yards wide. Field markings include 15 and 35 yard lines that also serve as first down markers. Bloomington has the luxury of having the MSF's Touch Football Rules Interpreter work as the lead official for the leagues. Games are played seven versus seven and are 50 minutes long. All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Dates: August 29 - October 10, 2018
  • Times: 6:15 - 9:50 p.m.
  • Resident Fee: $575
  • Non-Resident Fee: $600
  • Returning Team Registration Period: July 2 - 20
  • New Team Registration Opens: July 23
  • Registration Deadline: August 17
  • Location: Dred Scott North Field - 10820 Bloomington Ferry Road

Kickball (summer and fall)

Grab your friends and join us for a blast from your gym class past with our kickball league! Co-Rec teams will play a ten game regular season, with a single elimination playoff with officials and bases. League fees includes: kickball (1 per team), scheduling of a field, game officials and league championship prizes. This league is offered through the collaboration between the cities of Bloomington and Richfield. 

Summer League:

  • Days: Thursdays
  • Dates: May 10 - July 13, 2018 + single elimination playoff
  • Times: 6:15 - 10:20 p.m.
  • Fee: $285 per team
  • Returning Team Registration Period: March 12 - 30. 2018
  • New Team Registration Opens: April 2, 2018
  • Registration Deadline: April 27, 2018
  • Location: Valley View Playfields, 501 E 90th St, Bloomington

Fall League:

  • Days: Thursdays
  • Dates: August 30 - October 4, 2018
  • Times: 6:15 - 10:20 p.m.
  • Fee: $185 per team
  • Returning Team Registration Period: July 2 - 20, 2018
  • New Team Registration Opens: July 23, 2018
  • Registration Deadline: August 17, 2018
  • Location: Valley View Playfields, 501 E 90th St, Bloomington

Pickleball

Pickleball is a racquet sport; much like a combination of badminton, table tennis, tennis, racquetball and similar sports.

Pickleball is played on a court about one-third the size of a tennis court. The ball we use is a whiffle ball. The racquets we use are similar to table tennis paddles, but a little larger and built to handle the larger ball; but smaller than a racquetball racquet. The net across the court is like that on a tennis court, but just a little lower in height. And the markings on the court are much like those of a tennis court, badminton court, or table-tennis table.

We play games to eleven points, you must win by two points. Doubles play is the norm, but singles is growing in popularity.

Scheduled playtimes and locations

Days Dates* Times Type of Play
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (1st Monday of the month will be closed for cleaning) October 15, 2018 - April 26, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Open play, all abilities welcome
***Tuesday and Thursdays October 16, 2018 - April 25, 2019 The facility will only open when scheduled events are organized by a group of volunteers Lessons and drills as scheduled
Armory pickleball fee options Fees
1 time session $4.00
Unlimited monthly pass $40.00
Unlimited 3 month pass $80.00

*Armory closed on national holidays
**The City of Bloomington leases space at the Bloomington Armory, please be respectful of the National Guard, its staff, equipment and building. For any questions, please call Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877 or email us at parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov.
***There will not be regularly scheduled "open gym" play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lessons and drills may be scheduled upon requests and lead by a group of volunteers. For specific information regarding pickleball opportunities on Tuesdays and Thursday please contact southwestmetropickleball.swm@gmail.com.

  • Bloomington Armory - 3300 West 98th Street
  • Hyland Hills
    Summer Months – open play (unscheduled)
  • Westwood Athletic Fields
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 9 a.m.
  • PDF icon Pickleball and Tennis Locations

Pickleball in more detail...

When playing pickleball, the serve must be hit underhand and each team must play their first shot off the bounce. After the ball has bounced once on each side, both teams can either volley the ball in the air or play it off the bounce. This eliminates the serve and volley advantage and prolongs the rallies. To volley a ball means to hit it in the air without first letting it bounce.

No volleying is permitted within the seven-foot, non-volley zone (called the kitchen). Players cannot executing a smash from a position within this seven-foot zone on both sides of the net. This promotes the drop volley or "dink" shot playing strategies, which makes Pickleball a game of shot placement and patience, not brute power or strength.

Both players on the serving team are allowed to serve, and the team scores points only when serving. A game is played to eleven points and a team must win by two points. Points are lost by hitting the ball out of bounds, hitting the net, stepping into the non-volley zone when volleying the ball, or by volleying the ball before the ball has bounced once on each side of the net.

The serve

Players must keep one foot behind the back line when serving. The serve is made underhand. The paddle must pass below the waist. The serve is made diagonally cross-court and must clear the non-volley zone. Only one serve attempt is allowed, except in the event of a let (the ball touches the net on the serve and lands in the proper service court) then the serve may be taken over. At the start of each new game, the first serving team is allowed only one fault before giving up the ball to the opponents. Thereafter both members of each team will serve and fault before the ball is turned over to the opposing team. When a point is scored the server and partner change sides (right court to left court, etc.)

Faults

  • Hitting the ball out of bounds.
  • Not clearing the net.
  • Stepping into the non-volley zone and volleying the ball.
  • The double bounce rule: On the serve and first return shot, the ball must bounce once before returning.

The court

The court dimensions are 44' by 20' for both doubles and singles. The net is hung 36" on each end and 34" in the middle. A non-volley extends 7' on each side of the net. There remains 15' on each side of the court. On each side, these 20' by 15'' rectangles are further divided into two equal rectangles measuring 10' by 15'. When laying out the court, allow adequate space in each end and sides of the boundaries.

Softball (summer and fall)

The City of Bloomington offers adult softball leagues in summer and fall for all levels of play, almost every day of the week! Games are played at Valley View Playfields and Dred Scott Playfields. Check out our adult softball page for detailed information!

Valley view softball fields

Spikeball (summer)

A sport that's described as a hybrid of volleyball and foursquare, but on steroids! This action packed 2-on-2 game matches co-rec teams in a circular extravaganza to decide who the next Spikeball champion will be. Kick off your shoes and join us in the sand for some exciting Spikeball action under the sun! All equipment is provided. This league is offered through the collaboration between the cities of Bloomington and Richfield. 

  • Days: Mondays
  • Dates: June 4 - August 6, 2018
  • Fee: $65 per team
  • Registraiton Opens: April 9, 2018
  • Registration Deadline: May 18, 2018
  • Location: Dred Scott Playfields, 10820 Bloomington Ferry Road

Tennis leagues and lessons (summer)

Leagues are a long-standing tradition in the city of Bloomington. Singles and Doubles leagues at a variety of ability levels are offered to both men and women. Leagues run June through August and take place at a variety of courts throughout Bloomington.

*Tennis court nets will be installed at Reynolds Park and Smith Park from approximately April until October, all other sites will have nets installed year round

Men's and mixed doubles tennis leagues

This year, Bloomington Parks and Recreation is offering a Men's Doubles league and a Mixed Doubles League. Play begins in June.

Women's tennis leagues

The Bloomington Women's Tennis Club offers a Singles Ladder, where players of a variety of ability levels challenge each other and have the flexibility to schedule their own matches. There are also Doubles Leagues for beginner, intermediate and advanced level players. Doubles play is on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Adult tennis lessons

Ever wanted to be the next Federer or Williams?! Learn the basics or master your serve, we offer two levels of instruction!

  • Days: Tuesdays
  • Beginner: 6:15 p.m.
  • Intermediate: 7:30 p.m.
  • Dates:
    • Session 1: June 5 - 26, 2018
    • Session 2: July 10 - 31, 2018
  • Fee: $60 per session
  • Registration Deadline: Two weeks before the start of the session
  • Location: Bryant Tennis Courts, 1001 W 85th Street, Bloomington 55431

Volleyball (summer, fall and winter)

Volleyball is offered on sand during the summer and indoors in fall and winter. Officiated Women's and Co-rec leagues are available for the fall and winter seasons and self-officiated Co-rec sand leagues are offered in the summer. Each season offers leagues with different levels of play to allow participants to choose the level of competition that suits their team. Please see designation definitions at the bottom of this section.

**For the unofficiated Summer Sand Volleyball leagues, a City staff member will be at the courts each night to provide equipment, collect scorecards and supervise play.

Summer league information:

  • Days: Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Dates: May 29 - August 1, 2019
  • Resident Fee: $215 per team
  • Non-Resident Fee: $240 per team
  • Returning Team Registration Period: March 22 - April 12, 2019
  • New Team Registration Opens: April 15, 2019
  • Registration Deadline: May 17, 2019
  • Location: Dred Scott Sand Volleyball Courts, 10820 Bloomington Ferry Road

Fall league information:

  • Days: Mondays - Thursdays
  • Dates: September 24 - December 12, 2018
  • Times:  6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Resident Fee: $295 per team, 
  • Non-Resident Fee: $320 per team
  • Returning Team Registration Period: July 30 - August 17
  • New Team Registration Opens: August 21
  • Registration Deadline: September 14
  • Location: Kennedy Activity Center, 150 E 98th Street

Winter league information:

  • Days: Mondays - Thursdays
  • Dates: January 2 - March 25, 2019
  • Times:  6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Resident Fee: $295 per team
  • Non-Resident Fee: $320 per team
  • Returning Team Registration Period: October 29 - November 16, 2018
  • New Team Registration Opens: November 21, 2018
  • Registration Deadline: December 14, 2018
  • Location: Kennedy and/or Jefferson Activity Centers, or the Bloomington Armory

Fall season: Returning 2017 team registration period will be July 30 - August 17. New team registration will be August 21 - September 14. Teams will play a ten-match regular season schedule.  Teams are encouraged to play with three females and three males; however teams consisting of four females and two males are acceptable. 

Winter season: Returning 2017 team registration will be October 29 - November 16. New team registration will be November 21 - December 14. Play begins Tuesday, January 2. Teams will play a 10 match season.

ALL LEAGUES (summer, fall and winter): Each match consists of 3 games played to 25 points using rally scoring system. All matches have a 1 hour time limit. Teams should plan to provide a warm-up ball if they desire. One ball will be provided for play per court during the season. An outside ball may be used during league play if both teams agree.

To assist teams in finding the appropriate Bloomington volleyball league for the upcoming season, the Parks and Recreation Division classifies its volleyball leagues with to Gold, Silver, and Bronze designations.  We will continue to sanction teams with MRPA at B, C, & D levels but does not designate leagues in that manner.  To help teams understand the new designations, league definitions are:

Gold Leagues:
Bloomington’s highest level of play, intended for teams seeking a competitive volleyball experience; additionally, players must have the ability to accurately call fouls on themselves.

Silver Leagues:
Leagues intended for teams who desire a moderately competitive, recreational volleyball experience.

Bronze Leagues:
A fun and recreational volleyball experience with a limited level of competition.

League rules

General registration information

There are 5 ways to register for your adult sports league! The options are listed below. Registrations will not be accepted without full payment and completed registration form. Payments may be made with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, check or cash. Please see your respective sports informational page for information regarding fees, registration periods, transfers and deadlines.

Online – Register by submitting your information and payment through our online League Registration.

OR Download the appropriate registration form using the links below. Forms may be submitted in person, by mail, by email or by fax. Payment is due at time of registration.

In person – Stop by the Parks and Recreation Office, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Our address is:

  • 1800 West Old Shakopee Road
    Bloomington, MN 55431

By mail– Mail a completed registration form with payment (check, money order, or credit card information) to:

  • Bloomington Parks and Recreation
    Attn: League Registration
    1800 West Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431

By email – If you have the ability to scan your registration form, this works great! Just scan with credit card payment information and email it to parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov. Processing may take up to two business days.

By fax – Fax your completed registration form and credit card information to 952-563-8715 (fax number). Please call 952-563-8877 to verify receipt of your registration. Processing may take up to two business days.

League standings and schedules

For standings and schedules, click on the above link. Log on as "Guest" (click the "Guest" button). Then use the "Find" menu at the top of the page to locate the information you are interested in.

Note: You can access the Online Registration page from anywhere on our site. It's listed in the "Arts & Recreation" menu in the strip running across the top of the page.

Cancellation/withdrawal policy

  • Full refunds will be processed if the league your team is registered for is cancelled by Parks and Recreation due to lack of teams.
  • Prorated refunds will be processed if scheduled games are cancelled and make up dates are not available due to unavailable facilities.
  • Teams will receive a full refund less a $50 service charge if your team withdraws at least 3 weeks before the start of play.
  • Refunds will not be processed if your team withdraws less than 3 weeks before the start of play or if your team is removed from the league due to disciplinary action.

Weather/Cancelations

In the event of inclement weather, the following procedures will take place:

  • The league director will determine if the games are to be played on that evening and update the weather line by 4 p.m.
  • The decision will be recorded on the weather line at 952-563-8878 option 1.
  • If inclement weather occurs after 4 p.m. staff will update the weather line as timely as possible but games could also be called at the fields.