Volleyball, pickle ball, basketball and more

You don’t have to be on a league to play sports. The YMCA is offering a new way to find adult sports pickup games. They’re on the Meetup app! Open games include basketball, volleyball, pickleball, ultimate Frisbee and many more and are free for Y members to play.

Joining is simple

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  1. Use your smartphone to search for and download the Meetup app.
  2. Create an account.
  3. Under groups, search for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Adult Sports and join!

Matt Morwick, associate executive director, Jordan YMCA, talked about the potential of using Meetup to promote adult sports. The Jordan Y has been the pilot location for launching this initiative.

“We’ve advertised adult open sport opportunities on our gym schedule before, but few people were taking advantage of them,” said Keelan Simpson, sports director at the Jordan YMCA.

Around the same time, someone posted a Meetup at their location for an open volleyball night. Simpson said rather than having someone else run an event in the Y, why wouldn’t the Y be the source of the Meetup.

Friends can play too

PickleballFriends who are not Y members can play, too. They can purchase a one-time guest pass for $15 or a punch card for $50 that’s good for five sports Meetups at any YMCA in Greater Indianapolis.

“We’ve loaded all of the adult sports games from all locations onto the app so members and non-members alike can see all of the Y’s open adult sport opportunities,” said Simpson. “I’m hopeful that people will begin using the app, and we’ll see more participation. It’s also a great way to meet new people and try new sports.”

pickup basketball | adult sportsYou can show up without RSVPing on the app, however, Y staff would like to track how many people are going to be at an event in advance.

“The hope is that if I can see nine people are attending a basketball Meetup, I know enough people will be there to make a team and play,” said Simpson. “Our hope is that people will use the app so others will know who and how many people will be there, too.”