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Old 02-18-06, 05:50 PM   #1
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NoVA/DC/SoMD- totally off topic question

I'm trying to identify where different parks are where they have organized sport events and stuff. Last summer, I noticed that there are a lot of fields out here, and on any given day, I'll see 3 or 4 soccer teams playing, or softball, or tag football or something like that. I thought about getting my nephews very active this summer and take them around to all the fields and parks, and in the process, giving myself a fairly thorough introduction to the area. Do you know if there's a park district or club or something on that end that may organize events for the summer I can contact?

I have the National Park Service info, but not much beyond that.

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Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority - Covers Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington Counties, as well as cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax park systems.

This might help with sports stuff specifically.

Usually, at least in PWC, the kids bring home stuff from school about summer leagues and other things that are available. Usually these things are teams that practice a time or two a week and then play on the weekends, so you have to be able to commit to getting them where they need to be, but there may be some "pick-up" type stuff going on at other places.
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Hi Koffee,
There are nice soccer and softball/baseball facilities in Rock Creek Park, at the east end near East-West Highway in Silver Spring - Chevy Chase. Also in Sligo Park in Silver Spring just inside the Beltway. Sligo had the BEST soccer, with teams from ethnic communities playing on weekends. Mexican, Guatamalan, Asians, Eastern Europeans all had fantastic teams that played in Sligo.

The nice thing about Rock Creek and Sligo is that you can reach them from where you are with NO traffic problems. Just cross the river and pick up the bike trail in Rock Creek near Georgetown, most of Rock Creek park roads are closed to cars on weekends, only bikes and skaters all the way to Silver Spring. To get to Sligo go up Rock Creek and cross over through Takoma Park in into Sligo park bikeway.

This link might give you more info. http://www.mncppc.org/

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Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority - Covers Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington Counties, as well as cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax park systems.

This might help with sports stuff specifically.

Usually, at least in PWC, the kids bring home stuff from school about summer leagues and other things that are available. Usually these things are teams that practice a time or two a week and then play on the weekends, so you have to be able to commit to getting them where they need to be, but there may be some "pick-up" type stuff going on at other places.

Wow. Man, that's a lot! I just don't recall as much going on in Chicago. Maybe I just rode around with blinders or something. :-/

That's a great start for what I'm looking for. Thanks!

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Hi Koffee,
There are nice soccer and softball/baseball facilities in Rock Creek Park, at the east end near East-West Highway in Silver Spring - Chevy Chase. Also in Sligo Park in Silver Spring just inside the Beltway. Sligo had the BEST soccer, with teams from ethnic communities playing on weekends. Mexican, Guatamalan, Asians, Eastern Europeans all had fantastic teams that played in Sligo.

The nice thing about Rock Creek and Sligo is that you can reach them from where you are with NO traffic problems. Just cross the river and pick up the bike trail in Rock Creek near Georgetown, most of Rock Creek park roads are closed to cars on weekends, only bikes and skaters all the way to Silver Spring. To get to Sligo go up Rock Creek and cross over through Takoma Park in into Sligo park bikeway.

This link might give you more info. http://www.mncppc.org/

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That also sounds like a great option. I am looking for adult stuff too. I need to get more active and visit more places this summer.

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Koffee,

I didn't dig deep to see if they have directions to fields, but this has a lot of info on adult athletics in the DC area. http://dcregistry.com/sports.html

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Montgomery County, MD Recreation Department

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So as it stands, whether it's adult sport games, pickup games, kid games, etc., they all go through park districts? And each park district keeps track of where and when the games will be held? So all I need to do is contact each district and get a list of where and when the games will be, and what the activity is (volleyball, football, baseball, etc.), if it's for adults or children, then show up?

Thanks to everyone so far. This is really helping me out.

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Not quite...usually the park authority doesn't actually run the leagues, but they do have the facilities. They require that the use of the facilities be approved for organized activities, so whatever independent organization coordinates with the park authority. In most cases the park authority will have the information on teams and/or leagues forming and are more than happy to pass that information on. It's a symbiotic relationship!

Again though, most of it is organized into teams that practice regularly, they're going to want some commitment. Pick up generally happens when a few people in the neighborhood decide to go play.
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Ok. Sounds good. But I assume they all have times and dates they can pass on to me so I can go out to the facilities or fields and meet up with people who are running different games and stuff. I hope....

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Koffee,

I don't live in the DC area, but I have experience with organized soccer and baseball. If you ask the parks people, they'll likely be able to tell you that such and such a park has fields that are reserved for this sport, on weekdays after a certain time, and all day on the weekends (as an example). They probably will not have the information for what time the games are. If you want to know what times certain types of games are being played, your pathway will be much more direct if you can identify the leagues and find out their schedules.

Also, some of the leagues will be casual about participants walking in, while others are very strict about team registrations and the like. Again, contacting the leagues will spare you the frustration of tracking down a time and a venue where you could just join in as a passerby. If nothing else, checking with the leagues will help you narrow down places and times to check things out.
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Thanks for the imput! Lots of legwork, but I've got my bike, and I'm ready to ride.

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