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What is Sporty Girls?

Sporty Girls started as a group of friends getting together to play informal, pick-up-type outdoor sports and games. Women of any age or skill level -- including beginners or "never played" -- are always welcome to come try a new (or old) sport and "just play," without an emphasis on being "good" or winning. Everybody is involved; nobody sits on the sidelines unless she wants to. Most important -- when we play team sports, we don't do schoolyard picks, so nobody is ever "last."

What do we play?

Frisbee/Ultimate, badminton, kickball, dodgeball, flag football, street hockey, bocce, and more. We're always open to suggestions for new things to play.

When do we play?

We try to schedule at least two events per month (except for December, which we take off for R&R). We try to alternate Saturdays and Sundays, mornings and afternoons.

Where do we play, and how much does it cost?

The location depends on what we're playing. We play at parks and schools throughout the South Bay -- usually public venues so that it's free. If a fee is ever required, we'll tell you.

Note: Since the Organizers pay to maintain this site and occasionally have to purchase equipment and replenish supplies, we do accept donations at our events to offset these costs. Or you can donate on the Home page. Many thanks!

Who can play?

We are an inclusive, LBTQ-friendly group. If you identify as a woman, you are welcome!

Why "no guys allowed"? Our events provide (among other things) a confidence-building environment for women to learn and play sports and games that they might not have felt comfortable trying in school or were actually excluded from because of their sex. A women-only atmosphere differs from a co-ed one: we promote inclusion, equality, and acceptance of each woman's level of experience; whereas, when men are present, traditional gender roles can sneak in and change the dynamic -- introducing, e.g., an increased level of competition, or more intense physicality, or simply that subtle (subconscious?) expectation about abilities between the sexes. (We know your husband or boyfriend wouldn't do this, but if we let one guy play, we'd have to let them all play.) So this one's strictly for the girls. Thank you for understanding!

Can I bring my kids?

Yes, feel free to bring your children -- girls of any age, and boys age 13 and under. If what we are playing is kid-friendly and you want them to try the game, they can join in. But we probably won't let them play if we think they'll get run over, for example, in fast-paced games like ultimate frisbee or big ball soccer.

What kind of shape should I be in, or what if I have an old injury that slows me down?

We DO NOT discriminate, period. You can play with us no matter your age or physical condition.

Although some of the sports and games we play do require physical exertion (running), you should always only play to your comfort level. We will not judge you for taking a breather as often as you need to. (In fact, please do!)

If you have a bad knee or ankle, bring your brace or other support, especially if we are playing on natural grass, which can have hidden divots, clumps, sprinklers, and gopher holes. If you have a disability, we'll try to modify how we play so you can get in the game.

We will huddle up before each game to stretch, warm up, and talk about ways to play safely and minimize the risk of getting hurt. We also try to take three to four water breaks per event (depending) to keep everyone hydrated. Ultimately, however, all Sporty Girls events are "play at your own risk."

What should I bring and wear?

Always bring water and maybe a snack.

We provide most of the equipment, but we'll let you know if you should bring something (e.g., your own tennis racket, if you have one). Also, if you have extras of any equipment, please bring them to lend out. (Put your name on your stuff with a Sharpie.)

Wear comfortable clothing for the expected weather and type of event (shorts or sweats, t-shirt or sweatshirt). Jeans are not great for running but are OK for, say, horseshoes. Wear any type of sneakers for most events; if you want more traction, you can wear sneakers with "turf"-type soles (but please, no cleats).

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On Twitter: @SportyGirlsSJ

Questions or Suggestions?

• If you have trouble finding us on the day of an event, call or text 408-313-6930.

• To suggest a sport, game, or location, or if you have a question, email sportygirlssj@gmail.com.

Upcoming events (5+)

Summer Friday Nights Pickleball

Willow Glen Middle School playground

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong played on a badminton-sized court. (See http://www.usapa.org/rules-summary/) We'll provide basic instruction and all equipment (rackets and balls), but if you have your own (or extras to share), please bring them. Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring water and a snack. PARKING: Park in the school parking lot by turning into the driveway (Varsity Lane) off Cottle Road, adjacent to the preschool. Drive past the covered parking lots all the way to the back, where you can park on the blacktop by the grass field. The pickleball courts are beyond the tennis courts.

Women's Slow-pitch Softball Signup Day

Marijane Hamann Park

Note: This is an invitation to all women--whether you've played before or want to learn the game--who are interested in joining a women's slow-pitch softball team in an all-women league on Monday nights at Twin Creeks Sports Complex, Sunnyvale. "Game On" Days are relaxed events in which to learn or brush up on basic skills (throwing, fielding, hitting), meet other players, and (if you like the experience) sign up to be placed on a team. Bring your glove if you have one (if not, that's OK -- we have a few to lend out), and be ready to play a little ball! It’s not a tryout -- everyone who wants to play will be placed on a team! We hold these practices so you can be matched with a team with corresponding skill levels. It’s free to attend, but if you want to take the next step toward joining a team, you can pay a deposit of $80 toward the total seasonal fee. (Balance TBD and payable after assignment to a team.) Registration is required (for liability reasons, please). To register, go to sjwsoftball.com and click on “Looking for a Team? Join Here” in the menu, which will take you to the online registration form. If you cannot fill out the form in advance, we will have paper forms at the field. PS - This is a two-hour event. Wear comfortable clothing for the weather, and bring plenty of water and maybe a snack! IN CASE OF RAIN: Meet at All-Star Academy (2901 Mead Ave., Santa Clara 95051), where we will offer one free round of batting in the cages to new players.

Summer Friday Nights Pickleball

Willow Glen Middle School playground

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong played on a badminton-sized court. (See http://www.usapa.org/rules-summary/) We'll provide basic instruction and all equipment (rackets and balls), but if you have your own (or extras to share), please bring them. Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring water and a snack. PARKING: Park in the school parking lot by turning into the driveway (Varsity Lane) off Cottle Road, adjacent to the preschool. Drive past the covered parking lots all the way to the back, where you can park on the blacktop by the grass field. The pickleball courts are beyond the tennis courts.

Summer Friday Nights Pickleball

Willow Glen Middle School playground

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong played on a badminton-sized court. (See http://www.usapa.org/rules-summary/) We'll provide basic instruction and all equipment (rackets and balls), but if you have your own (or extras to share), please bring them. Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring water and a snack. PARKING: Park in the school parking lot by turning into the driveway (Varsity Lane) off Cottle Road, adjacent to the preschool. Drive past the covered parking lots all the way to the back, where you can park on the blacktop by the grass field. The pickleball courts are beyond the tennis courts.

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Women's Slow-pitch Softball Signup Day

Cahalan Park

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