Rec sports score big with adults at the MAC

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Bump, set and spike your way to fun and fitness with adult leagues at the Mansfield Activities Center. While youth sports have been popular for years, there’s no reason the fun has to stop just because you grow up, and the MAC is ready to help with a wide variety of activities and leagues aimed at adults aged young to young at heart.

“The adult leagues are some of our most popular programs,” said Recreation Services Supervisor Greg Guse. “I know I personally still like to be active and especially in the group atmosphere, where getting some exercise doesn’t have to be such a chore. You’re not toiling away on a treadmill; you’re hanging out with your friends and having fun.”

Participants agree, and flock to the MAC each season for the rotating schedule of leagues, which include volleyball (Winter and Summer), basketball (Spring and Fall) and year-round Pickleball open court, with tournaments in January and August. About 300 players participate in MAC sports each year, ensuring a good mix of competition and friendly play.

There is a variety league play available at the MAC, including volleyball.

There is a variety league play available at the MAC, including volleyball.

Brian Craig, who plays league volleyball in the summer said the variety makes for better competition.

“I’ve played rec sports at other places but I like the MAC league best because there are more teams so you don’t have to play the same team over and over again,” Craig said. “It’s in a great location and provides a clean environment for anyone to play.”

Most MAC leagues run for six weeks plus playoffs, with all games scheduled on Tuesday evenings, making scheduling easy and consistent. Players regularly come from as far as Alvarado and Midlothian, but agree the convenience of the Mansfield Activities Center location, quality of friendly competition and overall organization make it worth the drive and keep teams returning season after season.

Sharla Williams is on her fourth year in MAC sports, and said she first joined to meet new people.

“I found the league in the Recreation Guide right after I’d first moved to the area and was looking for a way to get involved. Now, I’m still in it for the fun. I get to exercise and spend time with my friends at the same time,” she said.

For more information on MAC recreational leagues call the MAC (817) 728-3680. The 5 on 5 Basketball League starts Sep. 19, with online registration  now open.

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