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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).

Follow Us

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SportyGirlsSJ/

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 (4+)

Pickleball

Herbert Hoover Middle School

Please note the participant limit!

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Santa Clara County Public Health UPDATE October 7, 2021: "Health officers for the eight Bay Area jurisdictions that require face coverings in most indoor public spaces today reached consensus on criteria to lift those health orders and allow organizations to set those requirements independently."

Sporty Pickleball is played outdoors, and we have no COVID-19-related restrictions. We usually have hand sanitizer and wipes available to clean hands, pickleballs, and paddles. We respect your choice to wear a mask and keep socially distanced while off the court.

If you join us for dinner afterward, have a mask handy, just in case (e.g., to order at Park Station Hashery, you have to go inside, and masks are still required). Thank you for keeping yourself and your fellow Sporty Girls healthy!

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Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong played on a badminton-sized court. (See https://usapickleball.org/what-is-pickleball/)

We offer basic instruction and a limited amount of extra equipment (paddles and balls), but if you have your own (or extras to share), please bring them.

LIMIT ON NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: When Willow Glen Middle School took down their nets in 2020, the Sporty Organizers & Friends bought portable nets and moved to Hoover Middle School. We set up three to four courts per event. Therefore, we can only accommodate 12 to 16 players. As much as we love crowds of pickleball players, we don't want people waiting too long to play.

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RULES SUMMARY: https://usapickleball.org/what-is-pickleball/ifp-official-rules/rules-summary/

NON-VOLLEY ZONE (KITCHEN) RULE CLARIFIED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGfLXDTzJck
(In a nutshell, your momentum on a volley *cannot* carry you into the kitchen or it's a fault. Watch the video; it's very clear and helpful.)

Pickleball

Herbert Hoover Middle School

Please note the participant limit!

*****
Santa Clara County Public Health UPDATE October 7, 2021: "Health officers for the eight Bay Area jurisdictions that require face coverings in most indoor public spaces today reached consensus on criteria to lift those health orders and allow organizations to set those requirements independently."

Sporty Pickleball is played outdoors, and we have no COVID-19-related restrictions. We usually have hand sanitizer and wipes available to clean hands, pickleballs, and paddles. We respect your choice to wear a mask and keep socially distanced while off the court.

If you join us for dinner afterward, have a mask handy, just in case (e.g., to order at Park Station Hashery, you have to go inside, and masks are still required). Thank you for keeping yourself and your fellow Sporty Girls healthy!

*****
Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong played on a badminton-sized court. (See https://usapickleball.org/what-is-pickleball/)

We offer basic instruction and a limited amount of extra equipment (paddles and balls), but if you have your own (or extras to share), please bring them.

LIMIT ON NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: When Willow Glen Middle School took down their nets in 2020, the Sporty Organizers & Friends bought portable nets and moved to Hoover Middle School. We set up three to four courts per event. Therefore, we can only accommodate 12 to 16 players. As much as we love crowds of pickleball players, we don't want people waiting too long to play.

*****
RULES SUMMARY: https://usapickleball.org/what-is-pickleball/ifp-official-rules/rules-summary/

NON-VOLLEY ZONE (KITCHEN) RULE CLARIFIED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGfLXDTzJck
(In a nutshell, your momentum on a volley *cannot* carry you into the kitchen or it's a fault. Watch the video; it's very clear and helpful.)

Sporty Bowl Sunday: Flag Football

Branham High School Track

Wear your favorite team's colors! Come early if you've never played and we'll go over the basic game and practice throwing and catching. We will also spend the first few minutes on introductions, stretching, and safety rules.

Sporty events are For Fun -- we don't take it too seriously, and we don't even keep score. No schoolyard picks. Everybody gets to touch the ball and be involved. No sideliners unless you want to be.

Contact level: Medium (depends on you, really)

Surface: Turf ("faux grass") (wear your knee and ankle braces as applicable).

Please, no cleats or other serious gear. Turf- and trail-type shoes okay.

Wear comfortable clothing for the weather, and bring water and maybe a snack.

Pickleball

Herbert Hoover Middle School

Please note the participant limit!

*****
Santa Clara County Public Health UPDATE October 7, 2021: "Health officers for the eight Bay Area jurisdictions that require face coverings in most indoor public spaces today reached consensus on criteria to lift those health orders and allow organizations to set those requirements independently."

Sporty Pickleball is played outdoors, and we have no COVID-19-related restrictions. We usually have hand sanitizer and wipes available to clean hands, pickleballs, and paddles. We respect your choice to wear a mask and keep socially distanced while off the court.

If you join us for dinner afterward, have a mask handy, just in case (e.g., to order at Park Station Hashery, you have to go inside, and masks are still required). Thank you for keeping yourself and your fellow Sporty Girls healthy!

*****
Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong played on a badminton-sized court. (See https://usapickleball.org/what-is-pickleball/)

We offer basic instruction and a limited amount of extra equipment (paddles and balls), but if you have your own (or extras to share), please bring them.

LIMIT ON NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: When Willow Glen Middle School took down their nets in 2020, the Sporty Organizers & Friends bought portable nets and moved to Hoover Middle School. We set up three to four courts per event. Therefore, we can only accommodate 12 to 16 players. As much as we love crowds of pickleball players, we don't want people waiting too long to play.

*****
RULES SUMMARY: https://usapickleball.org/what-is-pickleball/ifp-official-rules/rules-summary/

NON-VOLLEY ZONE (KITCHEN) RULE CLARIFIED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGfLXDTzJck
(In a nutshell, your momentum on a volley *cannot* carry you into the kitchen or it's a fault. Watch the video; it's very clear and helpful.)

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