For us "less coordinated jocks"

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    Feb 15, 2007 5:27 PM GMT
    When I was younger I loved to play sports like touch football, softball, kickball (a personal favorite) etc...but I was never totally the "stud jock" i wanted to be. Then in high school I tore my ACL...which pretty much has ended any hopes of me winning the superbowl ring :).

    Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on what would be the best way to get back into it. I feel like I have lost some coordination with it but it is more than likely all in my head. I would love to join a gay softball (or better yet soccer/kickball) team but think I would be laughed off the field...

    ANY advice? Thanks guys!
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    Feb 15, 2007 9:13 PM GMT
    This is gonna sound really stupid but badminton is gaining popularity around here. Played well it is a really great workout and like volleyball it can be played without shoes and other gear.. and you can sip on some suds while you play. Unlike volleyball it can be played almost anywhere there isn't too much wind and you don't have to spend days organizing your crew cus it is still fun with only two players. 4 is ideal. Next ask me about extreme croquet.
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    Feb 15, 2007 10:19 PM GMT
    I have that same problem - all of my aerobic work is repetitive stuff like bicycling or swimming. There's nothing to really build agility or coordination. I was an unbelievable klutz with arthritic knees in school, and I guess some things don't change with time...

    I've noticed that a current fad that seems to be creeping into fitness magazine routines is a few sets on the punching bag. Not sure if that would help.

    In college we addressed the problem by taking study breaks for 2 on 2 or 3 on 3 pig ball. (Basketball but nobody who can actually play is allowed in the game.) Then I tried racquet sports for a while, but it's important to find some people to play with at the same skill level, otherwise it gets frustrating for the constant looser (unless he's really really zen) and boring for the winner (unless he's really really shallow.)Anyway, that requires handy facilities.

    Oddly enough, the only agility thing I've got going now is pruning cherry trees. At least it works the full range of motion, and is a killer lat workout. I was planning to get into frisbee when I got border collie pups, but despite their pedigree and all of the training manuals, they've always refused to catch anything!

    BTW: See Jasper Fforde's books for info on extreme croquet and the dangers of croquet hooligans!
  • treader

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    Feb 15, 2007 10:49 PM GMT

    If you played in high school, you know the fundamentals already. I think that it will come back to you. You not going into the professionals. We're talking about a local gay sport group. Not everyone is going to be perfectly coordinated either. Many of the sport groups may have different levels so you can start in on a less competive level if you want. I say jump back in there.

    I just googled "gay philadelphia softball" and two seconds later found your local umbrella sport group which has links to several teams:

    I think that most of us are our worst critics. Turn off the tape machine in your head and get out there. I think that you'll do better than you think.

    Best of luck.