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Cycling, softball and Skee-Ball (wait, is that a sport?).
Photograph: Amy Dykema Gapers Block Criterium Series
By Madeline Nusser |

Gapers Block Criteriums
This city’s awash with bikers, but only some will be man (or woman) enough to show what they’ve got in these crit races. Cyclists loop the beginner-friendly track around Calumet Park (S Crilly Dr and S Ave G) for four nights, Mon 26–Thu 29, starting at 6pm. If registration sells out online, arrive early to nab ten available spots for each field on all four days.
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Players Sports group softball
Claiming to serve more than 1,000 annual softball teams, Players is the go-to organizer for the granddaddy of rec sports. Spring softball leagues start April 7–27 and take place in a neighborhood park near you. Don’t worry about a potentially rainy spring: Players guarantees each team at least six games, including one playoff game.
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Skee-Ball with S3 Singles Social Sports League
This nostalgic arcade activity won’t award tickets to trade in for plastic tchotchkes, but winners get the adult equivalent: free beer. Join a 12-player singles-friendly team; each contains six guys and six girls ages 22–42. The seven-week Thursdays league includes scores of post-game partying at Sluggers (3540 N Clark St). An initial event takes place April 16 at 7pm.
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