We want to do our best to spread and support the word about local (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and the surrounding area’s sports, teams, leagues, causes and companies! If you want to be mentioned here, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first local team is our very own kickball team, The Runner Ups! We changed our name on account we finished second in our league for many years. We played most of our games in the Minneapolis / Saint Louis Park areas of Minnesota. We usually played kickball three seasons out of the year (spring, summer and fall) like true die hards. We made a lot of friends from playing, not only from our teammates, but people we recruited as subs from work or our neighborhoods. We definitely need to get the band back together soon to relive some good times.
Do you play in a city league? What city do you play in? Here’s a kickball shot from one of the teams that play in the City of Edina. Make sure to check them out if you are in the area.
If you are wondering, kickball is the same as you remember it on the school yard. It’s a game for grown up children now that resembles baseball but that is played with an inflated ball which is kicked instead of being hit with a bat. Once a kicker puts a ball in play, fielders can throw that ball to baseman or at the kicker to get him/ her out.
To learn more about kickball or to sign up to play recreational / intramural kickball for free, go to Connect2PlaySports.com.
At Connect2Play Sports, we love cycling and one of our favorites opening soon indoor cycling studios located in Minnetonka, Minnesota is Cyclebar Ridgedale. Indoor cycling, often also called spinning, is a form of exercise with classes focusing on endurance, strength, intervals, high intensity and recovery, and involves using a special stationary exercise bicycle with a weighted flywheel in a classroom setting.
Cycle Bar Ridgedale offers a low-impact, high-intensity indoor cycling experience for all ages & body types. Some of the classes they offer are: Classic - where the ride has something for everyone with a rocking mix of strength, endurance, challenges, hills, and drills; Performance - Up your game with a ride that motivates you with CycleStats technology, group challenges, and rider competitions; and Cyclegives - An exciting indoor cycling ride for companies, groups, and families to help raise proceeds that benefit a cause. Photo Credit Cyclebar Ridgedale.
We love supporting our local small businesses affiliated with fitness, especially Minnesota Power Yoga in Minneapolis. They are a Baptiste Affliate-Heated Power Yoga studio.
Power Yoga is a fitness-based vinyasa practice. An offshoot of Ashtanga Yoga, it has many of the same qualities and benefits, including building internal heat, increased stamina, strength, and flexibility, as well as stress reduction.
What are the benefits of yoga? Yoga can lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia. Other physical benefits of yoga include: increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone. Photo Credit Minnesota Power Yoga
This is an excellent shot from Lyn Lake Brewery doing yoga in Minneapolis. Who would you take to this spot and a beer after with? Check them out if you are in the area! By signing up on our website, you can create your own yoga group in your area, meet new people and practice on your schedule.
Why do yoga? Yoga can lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia. Other physical benefits of yoga include: increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone.
Want to learn more? Visit our Coach’s Corner to get advice from trainers and instructors at Connect2PlaySports.com.
Spikeball is a new sport that's sweeping the nation. It's commonly referred to as the love child between volleyball and four-square. It is played 2 vs 2, with a taut hula hoop sized Spikeball net placed between the teams. A player starts a point by serving the ball down on the net so it ricochets up at his opponents. They have up to three hits between them (just like Volleyball) to control the ball and bounce it back off the net.
Shoutout to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Spikeball Club as they will be hosting the Great Lakes Fall College Sectional on 10/19! Make sure to check this out if you are in the area.
To learn more about spikeball or to sign up to play recreational / intramural spikeball for free, please visit us at Connect2PlaySports.com. Photo Credit MN Spikeball Club.
The serve! Did you know?
Here’s what you need to know to play with real serving:
•The server must stand 6 feet back from the Spikeball set.
•Only the returning player opposite the server can return the serve, his/her partner cannot.
•If you outright miss the net, hit the rim, or the Spikeball bounces twice on the set, you lose the point and the other team serves.
•If you hit the ball higher than the outstretched hand of the returner, that is a redo (READ: fault).
•If you hit a “pocket” on the serve, that is also considered a redo/fault.
We want to support and really spread the word about handball, especially locally at Concordia in Morehead, Minnesota. Handball is a game developed from soccer which is played between two teams of seven players each and in which the ball is thrown, caught, and dribbled with the hands. Check out this amazing action shot of their team below. To learn more about handball or to sign up to play recreational / intramural handball for free, please visit us at Connect2PlaySports.com. Photo Credit Concordia Handball.
Most volleyball players jump about 300 times a match.
Volleyball took some of its characteristics from tennis and handball.
Volleyball is the second most popular sport in the world today, exceeded only by soccer.
Love supporting businesses engaged in sports and this one comes to you from Skyline Lanes in Duluth, Minnesota. They have sand volleyball, bowling, cornhole and much more. Make sure to check them out if you are in the area.
Axe throwing is a sport in which the competitor throws an axe at a target, attempting to hit the bulls eye as near as possible. Axe throwing is an event in most lumberjack competitions.
Axe throwing sound easy? Usually, axes are thrown in an overhand motion (much like throwing a baseball) in a manner that causes the axe to rotate as it travels through the air. A skilled axe thrower will rotate the throwing axe exactly once throughout the flight so that the sharpened edge of the head will penetrate the target.
Check out this shot from @Minnesota Axe of their facility in Monticello, Minnesota. Make sure to check them out if you are in the area.
To learn more about axe throwing or to find facilities near you to start throwing, sign up at Connect2PlaySports.com.
Do you love flag football? Flag football has been around almost as long as tackle football. “Touch and tail football” boosted the popularity of the sport in the 1940s, when soldiers played it recreationally on military bases. Games were popular during that time as a way to keep fit while on base during World War II.
Shoutout to MNGFFL in Minneapolis. To learn more about flag football or to sign up to play recreational / intramural flag football for free, please visit us at ⬇️.‘
Where’s your favorite place to cycle? Here is an amazing shot of the Birchwood Bike Team representing the #minneapolis area. If you see them cycling around, give them a wave and a little space on the road.
To learn more about cycling or to sign up to find a group to ride with in your area for free, please sign up at Connect2PlaySports.com.
What kind of cycling are you into? Cycling is the sport or activity of riding a bicycle. Bicycle racing has three main forms: road racing (typically over long distances), track racing (on an oval track), and cyclocross (over rough, open country).
Where do we go to get our cycling equipment in Minneapolis? Representing our home state in this great shot from Erik’s Bike Board and Ski. Check them out if you are in the area!
Want to form or join in on cycling training groups near you for free? Sign up and get moving today.
Do you know what a cadence is? It is the pedaling rate or the number of revolutions per minute (RPM). Jury's still out on the ideal cadence for maximum efficiency, but cadence tends to scale with how much power you're able to put out. The weaker someone is, the more efficient they tend to be at a lower cadence, while stronger riders are more efficient at a higher cadence.
Representing our home state is a great shot from Now Bikes of some cyclists at the Hero Gravel Classic in Stillwater, Minnesota. Check them out if you are in the area especially in Saint Paul.
Want to form or join in on cycling training groups near you for free? Sign up and get moving today.
Have you heard of ultimate frisbee? It’s a game played on a rectangular field between two seven-player teams in which a plastic disc is advanced by being thrown from player to player and in which a team scores by catching a throw in the opponent's end zone.
Check out this great photo of Cold Cuts Women’s Ultimate Club and their Minneapolis team.
To learn more about ultimate frisbee or to sign up to play recreational / intramural ultimate for free, please visit Connect2PlaySports.com.
Love this team photo from Drag’n Thrust of their ultimate frisbee team getting ready to take the field in Minneapolis.
Important Ultimate Frisbee Tip to Always Remember: Never, EVER give up on the disc! A disc is much different than a ball. A ball has a pre-determined path and speed that it follows until it hits the ground. A disc varies in distance, speed, and height depending on the spin of the disc, angle, wind, and air pressure. What I am saying is that if a ball goes over your head, it will hit the ground behind you.
To learn more about ultimate frisbee or to sign up to play recreational / intramural ultimate for free, please visit us at Connect2PlaySports.com.
What is one of the most common terminologies used in ultimate frisbee? Airbender! An Airbender is an exceptionally good handler capable of manipulating the frisbee in ways never thought possible. They seem to complete every single pass with incredible accuracy and execution, no matter the situation. They are also a master of every single throw and typically know the game very well.
Check out this awesome black and white photo from Pop Ultimate of their women’s team in Minneapolis. Make sure to check them out if you are in the area.
To learn more about ultimate frisbee or to sign up to play recreational / intramural ultimate for free, please visit us at Connect2PlaySports.com. Come out, play sports and engage in fitness with us! We are the social network for sports enthusiasts.
Has your ultimate team ever pulled off a Callahan? Essentially one of the greatest and prestigious plays in Ultimate. It is when you catch an opponents pass in his/her end zone resulting in a point for the catchers team. This rarely ever happens, ever.
Check out the pick below of the Crackle Ultimate team. They are a women’s club team based out of the Twin Cities in Minneapolis/ Saint Paul that was established in 2017.
To join an ultimate team in your area or if you are an already established team looking for players, sign up today at Connect2PlaySports.com.
Love Harry Potter? Love Quidditch? Play the real-life game. Quidditch is a team sport played while straddling broomsticks, in which goals are scored by throwing a ball through any of three hoops fixed at either end of the pitch (definition by Lexico).
Check out Twin Cities QC and their quidditch team in Minneapolis.
To learn more about Quidditch or to sign up to play recreational / intramural Quidditch for free, please visit us at Connect2PlaySports.com.
There are seven players on each side: the Keeper, the Seeker, three Chasers and two Beaters. One player is also appointed as the Captain. Professional teams will also have a manager. Quidditch has three balls: a Quaffle, two Bludgers and the Golden Snitch. The ball that scores the points is the Quaffle.
Have you heard of ever played Quidditch? S/O to our midwest friends over at Wisconsin Quidditch out of Madison showing us an awesome shot of their team below!
Quidditch is a wizarding sport played on broomsticks. It is the most popular game among wizards and witches, and, according to Rubeus Hagrid, the equivalent to Muggles' passion for football.
The game is played by two teams of seven people (three Chasers, two Beaters, one Keeper, and one Seeker) and involves four balls (a Quaffle, two Bludgers, and a Golden Snitch). Tag someone you would play quidditch with.
To learn more about Quidditch or to sign up to play recreational / intramural Quidditch for free, please visit us at ⬇️.
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Did you know? Native Americans are the ones who invented the game of lacrosse, yet the details about how it was played originally remains a mystery. The first time the rules of the game were created was back in 1794 when the tribes of Mohawks and the Seneca played the game against one another. It is one of the fastest growing games in the United States. Check out our local Team MN Lax which focuses on a player development approach focusing on improving decision-making and fundamentals via + coaching & playing top national competition.
To learn more about lacrosse or to sign up to play recreational / intramural lacrosse for free, visit Connect2PlaySports.com. We are your #1 social networking platform for sports and fitness enthusiasts! Play sports now!
Have you ever wanted to start your own running club? Is it hard to get that training run in on your schedule? Need someone to push you to your goals? Here’s an example of a local running club representing Lake Minnetonka and Excelsior, Minnesota. Make sure to check them out if you are in the area. For all levels, abilities and distance!
To join a running club or create your own club in your area, sign up today at Connect2PlaySports.com.
What are the four main dodgeball positions? With the help of Wehoville, we break it down.
Catchers – Catchers need good hands and good hand-eye coordination. Many players think this position is the most important, because a catch creates a two-player swing: it gets the thrower out and allows a teammate to re-enter the game.
Corners – Corners are the dodgeball pawns. They attack when beneficial, but often are a defensive, and sometimes sacrificial, buffer. They protect the more valuable pieces behind them.
Snipers – As the name implies, snipers wait in the backline weeds. More than power, the position requires great timing and precision. Sniper attacks are limited. They hang in the back waiting for someone to become vulnerable.
Throwers – These players get to handle the most balls. Baseball and softball backgrounds are a plus. A strong arm is needed.
Do you know what a Yoga High is?
Our local friends at @yogasix_maplegrove describe it as:
A yoga high is that blissful, euphoric feeling a yogi experiences after a yoga practice. Just like the better-known runner's high, the physical practice of yoga releases chemicals in the brain that produce the feelings of euphoria. But a yoga high comes from more than just a physical practice triggering a chemical reaction – yoga also strengthens the mind-body connection, builds self-confidence and creates a sense of happiness and joy.