Staying Active

Be healthy and have fun

If you want to lead a happy and healthy life, keep moving! Physical activities like team sports and other types of exercise keep your mind and body strong. Staying active is also a great way to meet new people, spend time outdoors, and take your mind off school or work.


If you’re looking for some friendly competition, hoping to build your skills, or just want to have fun, try joining a City sports league.

School sports
The Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) organizes a range of sports—from soccer and baseball to bowling and badminton—in public schools and some charter schools across the city. Ask at your school or visit the PSAL website to learn more.

You can also participate in after-school programs all the way through 12th grade with COMPASS NYC. Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 or find a program near you at Discover DYCD.

PAL teen programs
You’ll also find sports leagues and other programs through the Police Athletic League (PAL), which is run by local police departments. PAL offers everything from soccer and baseball to karate and floor hockey.

Get a sports physical or care for an injury

It’s important to get a physical exam before starting any sport. And if you’re injured, get yourself checked out by a doctor. They’ll help you decide on the right type of treatment.

Find YouthHealth services near you

Fitness & Recreation Centers

Rec centers
At NYC Parks recreation centers, you’ll find pools, indoor tracks, gyms, Computer Resource Centers, and lots of other ways to physically and mentally stay active. As a rec center member, you can:

  • participate in swimming programs
  • learn a new sport
  • take an art class
  • and much more!

If you’re under 18 membership is free, and for anyone age 18 – 24 it’s $25 per year. Learn more about joining an NYC Parks recreation center.

Sports in the park
Did you know that you can join a sports team through the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation? NYC Parks offer different sports each season. Join the fun at an NYC Parks Recreation Center!