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Outdoor Sports


Being active is essential in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. And when the weather is top-notch, there’s no excuse to sit inside and binge-watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. Baseball, soccer, and football are great, but we’ve outlined three less common ways to get outside, get active, and get your game on this summer.

Did you know the Hudson Valley has its own volleyball league? Based in Newburgh, Hudson Valley Volleyball hosts tournaments and games at Memorial Park in Beacon. Anyone can enter a tournament by filling out a form on the website and paying a fee. The next tourney will be held May 16 to 17. Bump, set, spike it; that’s the way we like it! 845-564-1961; www.hvvolleyball.com

In this day and age, can you imagine not using your smartphone as a GPS? For orienteers, the absence of technology is happily welcomed. Orienteering is an activity in which participants follow a wooded course using only paper maps and compasses. While some people navigate the trail in a slow, casual manner, others throw competition into the mix and try to beat their opponents back to the starting line. Did your ears perk up? Based in Pleasantville, Hudson Valley Orienteering holds events in Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester counties. There are meets year round (though mostly in the spring and fall) for all levels, so don’t be shy! May the odds be ever in your favor. www.hvo.us.orienteering.org

Disc Golf
Why settle for yawn-worthy putt-putt when you can play golf in an active and stimulating way? Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, helps improve precision and accuracy while maintaining both the classiness of traditional golf and the excitement of Ultimate Frisbee. New courses have been popping up all over the Valley for several years now; one of the latest ones to debut locally is the nine-hole course at Hackett Hill Park in Hyde Park.

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