Calgary Sports Teams & Leagues

Here is a quick summary of how to get involved with sports by yourself or with a group. Find out how to join a team or league, and make new friends!

Put on runners and shorts and head to one of the many aerobics clubs and gyms, including the "Y" locations or one of the Leisure Centres.
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This summer, you can watch or play in a baseball game, in one of several leagues. Try Calgary Minor Softball Association (245-3008), Double Diamond AA Softball Association (280-9544) for girls 13-19 and elite fastball, Little League Alberta (295-6224) doe ages 5 - 18, or Softball Calgary (245-1559).
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Basketball is a year-round sport. Try Calgary Minor Basketball Association 235-4648 (ages 7 -18) or Calgary Men's Senior Basketball Association (no current phone number).
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Ride on the city's many bike paths. Catch bike racing at the Glenmore Velodrome in Glenmore Park North. To go biking in a group, contact the Elbow Valley Cycle Club (283-BIKE) which sponsors "Golden Triangle" tour to Golden and Radium in August.
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You can actually ride the runs at Canada Olympic Park, at the site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Contact Bobsleigh Canada (Canada Olympic Park) 247-8811, Canadian Luge Association (COP) 247-9884, or the Kids Luge Club (COP) 247-6691.

Bowling with family or friends is fun at the dozen bowling lanes around town. Enquire to join league play!
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Calgary's indoor curling arenas offer this Olympic sport year-round. Check out the North Hill Community Curling Club (NW) 277-3158, Southern Alberta Curling Association (Central) 246-9300, and the Southern Alberta Ladies Curling Association (Central) 246-9418.
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Dive into the deep end at Talisman Centre (278-7542), the city's best dive facility. For coaching, to get into a competitive level, contact: Dive Alberta (Springboard & Platform) 287-3325, or Dive Calgary 264-3483.
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Take a "stab" at the Olympic sport of swordsmanship! Call the Calgary Fencing Club (ATCO Industrial Park, Crowchild Trail S.) 246-5801, or the Epic Fencing Club (in the southeast) 255-4406.

Football leagues are hopping late summer into the fall. Contact the Calgary Colts 249-4249.
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Grab your clubs and head to the 20-odd public or semi-public golf courses around town. (Maps of Golf Courses ). Take a class or enquire about one-on-one instruction from the golf pro. Also check out Par W Golf Programs 974-7279 (women's programs).
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Gymnastics has a high media profile at the Olympics, and has the youngest entry (and retirement) ages. Here some good organizations: Alberta Gymnastics Federation 259-5500, Mount Royal Gymnastics Club (ATCO Industrial, SW) 242-1171, and the Stampede City Gymnastics Club (NE) 275-4772.
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Hiking takes you into the world of nature. This city offers near-nature jaunts along the Bow River, the Elbow, by Fish Creek Provincial Park, around Nose Hill Park, and nearby in Kananaskis Country or in Banff National Park. Contact the Alpine Club of Canada (Canmore) 403-678-3200, or the Rocky Mountain Rambler Association (NW) 282-6308 (hiking skiing and snowshoeing)
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Skates and a hockey stick is all you need to play hockey. Check with local arenas (Maps of arenas) for ice times. There are several leagues: Alberta Summer Hockey League 276-2340, Blackfoot Hockey Association 640-9113, Canadian Hockey Association 777-3636 (national hockey team), Confederation Hockey Council (NW) 282-1105, and the Trails West Hockey Association 287-9618.
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Horseback Riding
Alberta is horse country. you can rent a horse or learn to ride at several ranches and stables around Calgary. There are even some dude ranches for a total ranching experience. Serious riders can contact the Canadian Equestrian Federation 253-4411. Cowboy-types can get in tough with the Foothills Cowboys Association of Southern Alberta 547-6125 (fun & sport), which also promotes 24 rodeos in Southern Alberta.

Hot air ballooning
This city is home to many different shapes, sizes, and themes of balloons. Take a ride, and get to ride over Calgary at the speed of the wind, without a sound! Charters are available, or you can offer to help ("crew") somebody else's balloon and learn the ropes of this sport. Contact the Calgary Balloon Club 249-1765.

Ice skating
Calgary offers ice skating year-round, plus winter-time outdoor rinks (city rinks listing). In the summer-time, cool of at the city's indoor rinks.
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Martial Arts
Learn to defend yourself at over 20 studios, where they train in both the mental and physical skills in the martial arts. Check with the Canadian National Kempo & Kung Fu Association 243-2222, and the World Kung-Fu Federation (SE) 243-2222.
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Calgary has three places to putt around a mini-golf course: Kart World (403-253-8301), Mountain View Farm camping 293-6640, and Tee to Tee Sports (Macleod) 256-7447.

Motor Biking
There are several places around town you can do some off-road biking, with some great scenery. Ride with your friends, or join a competitive group. Contact the Calgary BMX Association 255-1610, Calgary Motorcycle Roadracing Association 280-3144, and the Wildrose Motocross Association (Blackfoot Park) 258-1883.

Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is so popular that several indoor climbing walls have opened up in the city. But you could also head to the mountains. For indoor rock walls, check out the Calgary Climbing Centre (SE, Macleod), Stronghold Climbing Centre (NE, NW), and University of Calgary (NW). Good outdoor rock climbing is available at Yamnuska in Canmore 403-678-4164.
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You can go inline blading on any of the city's bike paths. The flattest stretches are anywhere along the Bow River, and along the lower Elbow close to downtown. There is also an indoor rollerskating rink (there used to be three): Lloyd's (Macleod) 252-0146.
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Rugby is about as rough and tough as football. Its probably as much fun to watch as play! Check out the teams and leagues in Calgary: Calgary Irish Rugby & Field Hockey Club (NE) 291-0084, Calgary Rugby Union 258-0322 (summer camps and seasonal play), and the Saints Rugby Club (NE) 250-2904.
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Running, Track & Field
Run along any of this city's 200+ miles of bike paths. Scenic runs are around Nose Hill Park, and the Glenmore Reservoir (not in one run!). There are almost a hundred organized races, ranging from 1 mile to a triathlon, and several track & field meets each summer. Contact the Calgary Road Runners Association 228-0999, Calgary Track West Athletic Association 229-2285 (ages 12 and up).
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Calgary has several leagues for the world's most popular sport: Calgary Minor Soccer Association 279-8686 (community-based to ages 14, then zone-play until 19 years old), Calgary Soccer Federation 279-8445, Calgary United Soccer Federation 270-0363, and the Queensridge Soccer Association (SE) 271-2490.
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Skiing, Cross-Country
Close to Calgary are several cross-country ski venues. In the city, when there's fresh snow, try the Shaganappi Point golf course (SW) 974-1810 or Fish Creek Park. Away from town, check out the trails near Bragg Creek, Canmore, Kananaskis Country, or Banff. The further west you go (and into the mountains), the better and more consistent the snow (but be alert for avalanche dangers when going backcountry). For competitive skiing & biathlon contact the Altius Nordic Ski Club (Canada Olympic Park) 247-3443 or the Canmore Nordic Centre.
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Skiing, Downhill
The mountains makes Calgary Canada's mecca for skiers. You can ski in-town at Canada Olympic Park. There are also several ski clubs that arrange group trips: Calgary Ski Club (Central) 282-4122, Mount Norquay Racing Club 247-4048, Paskapoo Ski Club (COP), Petroleum Ski Club (Downtown) 269-6591 or 285-4458, or the U of C Ski Club 282-4200.
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