Sports opportunities abound

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From archery to wrestling, Anne Arundel sports enthusiasts can choose from a wide variety of youth and adult sports throughout the county.

Sports opportunities include individual and team activities, instructional, recreational and competitive programs and drop-in and scheduled events. Some of the county's many sports offerings are listed below. Contact the programs for information, including schedules and fees.

Andover Apaches Athletic Association: Rugby for high school boys and summer coed noncontact rugby, 410-691-9970; youth football, cheerleading, boys' and girls' lacrosse, and wrestling; Linthicum,

Annapolis Area Tennis School: Tennis lessons for all ages, junior team; 410-267-0615,

Annapolis Baseball Club: Recreational and travel baseball; 410-798-5525,

Annapolis Irish Rowing Club: Adult men and women; 60 Regatta Bay Court No. 232, Annapolis, 410-703-6751, or online at irishrowing.

Annapolis Recreation and Parks: Children's and adult sports including karate lessons, men's basketball, golf lessons, sailing lessons, coed and men's softball, youth swimming lessons, adult coed volleyball, and youth water polo; Annapolis, 410-263-7958, or online at

Annapolis Rowing Club: Recreational and competitive rowing for adults and juniors; 410-923-0326,

Annapolis Scuba: PADI certification courses, Bubble Maker program ages 8 and 9, year-round dive trips; 150-G Jennifer Road, Annapolis, 410-266-8327,

Annapolis Striders: Running club for adults and children, races and training, Junior Striders track and field program; 410-268-1165,

Annapolis Swim Club: Youth competitive swim team; 410-360-6805,âasc.

Annapolis Youth Lacrosse Association (AYLA): Boys' spring lacrosse, kindergarten through eighth grade, boys' fall lacrosse, grades 5 to high school; 410-849-2000,

Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks: Offers a number of sports throughout the county including archery, golf basics for grades 4 to 10, youth and adult karate, youth tae kwon do, adult recreational basketball and adult coed recreational volleyball. The department also will provide contact numbers for sports offered through local athletic associations; 410-222-7300,

Anne Arundel County Special Olympics: Training and competition for individuals with disabilities who wish to participate in golf, powerlifting, soccer, cross-country skiing, floor hockey, basketball, bowling, aquatics, bocce, equestrian events, sailing, softball and track and field; 410-923-0383,

Arundel Olympic Swim Center: Recreational and lap swimming, lessons, youth and masters competitive swimming, diving; 2690 Riva Road, Annapolis; 410-222-7933 or 301-970-2216.

Arundel Soccer Association: Soccer program for boys and girls, recreational and club level teams, adult coed team; 443-618-6637.

AWBA (Annapolis Women's Basketball Association): Recreational league and intramural basketball for girls, 410-280-1733 or 443-994-7435.

Bay Area Volleyball Academy: Instructional club volleyball for girls; 410-991-3000,

BAYS (Broadneck Area Youth Sports): Boys' and girls' basketball, fall and spring recreational and travel soccer, 410-626-8185; field hockey, boys' and girls' lacrosse, 410-757-8738.

Benfield Pines Ice Rink: Recreational skating, figure skating lessons, hockey leagues and instruction for children and adults; 1031 Benfield Blvd., Millersville, 410-987-5100,

Big Vanilla Athletic Club: Indoor tennis, instruction for adults and children; 1209 Ritchie Highway, Arnold, 410-544-2525,

Cape St. Claire Rec Council: Boys' and girls' sports including fall and spring soccer, baseball, softball, T-ball, rugby, cheerleading, basketball and wrestling; 410-757-6393.

Chesapeake Bay Chiefs Youth Ice Hockey: Rec teams, 410-674-9505; travel teams, 410-674-0103,

Chesapeake Lacrosse Club: Competitive off-season lacrosse for girls grades seven to 12; 410-573-1414,

Chesapeake Scuba: NAUI and PADI certification courses; SASY program for children; 416 Fourth St., Annapolis, 410-280-0648,

Chesapeake Volleyball Club: Introductory through competitive travel volleyball for girls and boys, plus a women's team; 410-757-8220.

Community Center at Woods: Outdoor drop-in adult volleyball, martial arts for children and adults, adult morning jogging group; 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, 410-647-5843,

Dalhgren Hall Ice Rink: Recreational skating and lessons; U.S. Naval Academy, 410-293-2350, 410-293-4014 (information line),

Docksiders Gymnastics: Recreational and competitive team gymnastics for toddlers to adults; 216 Najoles Drive, Millersville, 410-987-8780,

Green Hornets Athletics (Greater Severna Park Athletic Association): Youth sports including baseball, boys' and girls' basketball, cheerleading, field hockey, football, boys' and girls' lacrosse, rugby, boys' and girls' soccer, softball, track and field and wrestling; 410-544-6706,

Heroes Lacrosse: Lacrosse for middle school and high school boys, summer recreational program for high school girls, post-college club for women, open and masters for men. 410-267-8227,

Marley Area Little League: T-ball and baseball, girls' softball, Marley Challenger Program for children with mental and physical disabilities; Glen Burnie, 410-761-7447,

Merritt Athletic Club, Annapolis: Recreational, league and instructional racquetball for adults and juniors, recreational and league squash for adults and juniors, recreational and league wallyball, open youth and adult basketball; 1981 Moreland Parkway, Annapolis, 410-263-5400, 410-269-5400,

Mountain Road Soccer: Boys' and girls' soccer, intramural, rec and travel teams play fall, winter and spring; Pasadena, 410-647-6119,

Naval Academy Aquatic Club: Competitive swim team and water polo; 410-672-5706,

Navy Junior Wrestling Club: Youth wrestling team, Navy Junior Mat Club off-season practice sessions open to all children and adults; 410-268-5599 or 410-224-1101, or online at

Navy Youth Hockey: Youth ice hockey recreational/development program for boys and girls, travel teams, girls' team; 410-626-2390 or 410- 293-2350.

North Annapolis Sports Organization (NASO): Boys' and girls' lacrosse. 410-849-2853,

Optimist Basketball League: Boys and girls; 9 St. Mary's St., Annapolis, 410-263-7958.

PAL (Peninsula Athletic League): Youth T-ball, baseball, football; 410-268-8880.

Pasadena Baseball Club: Baseball for boys and girls; 410-360-7135,

Piney Orchard Ice Forum: Recreational ice skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, ice hockey; 8781 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton, 410-672-7013.

Quickstix Lacrosse Leagues: Lacrosse programs for girls grades two to 12: Fall Ball, seven-a-side league; Quickstix Winter League, six-a-side indoor lacrosse with instruction at middle school level; Quickstix Spring League, recreational teams; Summer Stix, full field competitive lacrosse; 410-573- 1414,

Sawmill Skateboard Park: County skate park for skateboards, inline skates and nonmotorized scooters, skateboarding lessons; 301 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie, 410-222-0017,

Severna Park Racquetball and Fitness Club: Racquetball lessons and leagues, beginners-advanced, men, women, and juniors; pickup and league wallyball for adults and juniors; swimming lessons; Sting Ray Swim Team; Masters Swim Team; 8514 Veterans Highway, Millersville, 410-987-0980,

Severn River Rugby Football Club: Annapolis area men's rugby for all skill levels, high school team, coed noncontact junior team; 410-266-7724,

SPY Aquatic Center (Severna Park Youth): Swim team, masters swim program, lap and recreational swimming, lessons; 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, 410-315-9663, 410- 315-7779,

St. Andrew's Dolphins: Boys' and girls' soccer, girls' lacrosse, T-ball and baseball, golf team grades five to eight; boys' basketball, competitive chess grades two to eight, participates in Navy Junior Wrestling and Navy Youth Hockey; Edgewater, 410-263-0262 or 410-268-7509,

St. Mary's Annapolis Lacrosse and Field Hockey: Field hockey for girls grades three to eight, 410-267-7463; recreational girls' spring lacrosse ages 6 to 16, Sticklette lacrosse league for girls ages 6 and 7;

Team Force: Girls' club level volleyball; Glen Burnie area,,

Team Snow Valley: Annapolis USCF bicycle racing team. Women's, senior men's, juniors, veterans and masters categories; 410-721-8990,

Trojan Lacrosse: Indoor contact lacrosse for high school boys, 410-267-8227.

Truxtun Skate Park: City of Annapolis skate park, Truxtun Park near boat ramp parking area, 410-263-7958.

Universal Gymnastics: Gymnastics classes for children; 2030 A Industrial Drive, Annapolis, 410-224-2533 or 877-GYM-TOTS, Adult Hockey League: Ice hockey league for men and women 30 and older; U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, 410-798- 6199.

YMCA of Central Maryland Anne Arundel County: Children's swimming lessons; 8055 Richie Highway, Pasadena, 410-760-4363.

YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County: Beginning/refresher golf lessons; 410-626- 7800 or 410-974-0147.

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