Before, I hated going alone. The move to Germany added to these hesitations because when I arrived I didn’t know much German. It also meant that I had no one to go with because I left everyone I knew (apart from my wife) in the United States.
With my almost non-existent skills in German, I learned techniques to navigate alone. Google Maps lets me know which bus or train stop I need to get on and off at. The English language option on the ticket machines allows me to buy and pay for my public transport and parking tickets. Free translation apps allow me to translate menus and food signs as well as understand sentences to communicate with others.
Armed with these tools and my desire to get out of the house, the idea of solo adventures came to me. Every month we’ll introduce you to a new way to get out and venture out in Germany on your own. This month, we’re talking about joining an adult sports league.
Some of my happiest childhood memories date back to my eight years as a cheerleader. Although I never cheered more than a regional level, I assumed that after a certain age I could no longer cheer or play in any other sports team, especially not here in Germany. I was wrong. Sports are a great way to get out and meet people outside of school and work, as well as having fun while getting a good workout. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or looking to try something new, the KMC Zone has something for you.
Derby on wheels: If the idea of picking a sassy nickname and track persona, strapping on a pair of roller skates, and battling jammers, blockers, and pivots to make your way down the track sounds like a fun time , roller derby is made for you. The Kaiserslautern Derby League has openings for experienced players as well as those who can’t even skate (affectionately called “Fresh Meat”). They even have referee, officiating and volunteer spots for those looking to avoid full-contact sport while still being part of the team. Learn more about joining the league by clicking here.
Bike: Get on your bike and join KMC Cycling to participate in “races, group rides, community activities or social events centered on cycling”. They also hold bi-weekly meetings in Landstuhl.
Functioning: If you’re more of a solo athlete, but enjoy being around other people who challenge you to reach your PR (personal best), or just looking for other people who like to run, KMC Runners is worth worth examining. The band runs every Saturday at Seewoog Park in Ramstein-Miesenbach.
Soccer: There are quite a few options in the KMC area for adults who love football. For those looking for no-commitment casual pick-up games, KMC Pick-up Soccer might be just what you’re looking for. For those looking to play at a more competitive level, the ProSoc Academy offers men’s and women’s teams for all military members, dependents, and DoD employees. There is also a unit-level football league offered by Kaiserslautern MWR. Ramstein FSS also offers intramural football.
Football: Kaiserslautern MWR offers intramural football at the unit level for those who wish to live out their quarterback fantasies. They also offer flag football for those who enjoy non-contact football. Ramstein FSS also offers squadron intramural flag football.
Ice Hockey: Grab your skates and join the KMC Eagles in their Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced team in this league for military members of all branches, DoD civilians, DoD contractors, NATO, and local nationals ages 16 and up years and older. Keep in mind that you must have basic ice skating skills to join the league. Learn more about joining the league by clicking here.
Basketball: Kaiserslautern MWR offers intramural basketball at the unit level so you can step onto the court and live out all your Space Jam dreams.
outdoor adventures: If fishing, hunting, archery and sport shooting are your favorite activities, consider joining the KMC Outdoorsmen. Their Facebook page shares information about educational courses, trips, events and competitions.
Volleyball: Kaiserslautern MWR offers intramural volleyball at unit level.
Skiing and Snowboarding: If the snowy hills are calling your name and you want to try new trails with a group of others who love winter sports as much as you do, Tannenbaum Ski Club might be for you. They even host off-season social events to keep the camaraderie going. Although not affiliated with the Ministry of Defense, the TSC “was created for people with a military affiliation in or around the Kaiserslautern military community. [They] welcome active, retired, civilian, contractual or family members located in the community. »
Soft ball: Kaiserslautern MWR offers an intramural softball league at the unit level.
Bowling Leagues: If hitting big is more your style, consider joining one of the base bowling leagues: Baumholder, Ramstein and Vogelweh, and Panzer. Food, drinks and various social events are on the program to ensure everyone has a good time.
* What to know before you go: All suggested clubs and leagues are not affiliated with the DoD. Check each organization’s websites for information on seasonal trials, fees, and game times. The inclusion of an organization is not an endorsement by Stars and Stripes.