The weather's getting colder, all your favorite shows are back on TV and squirrels are pelting your car with acorns. It can only mean one thing: Fall is here. With the summer officially kaput, why not recapture some of that back-to-school buzz of your youth by joining a pickup sports team? Here are a few rec centers and groups that offer the fun of gym class with none of the embarrassment - at least until you put on your matching uniforms.
Looking for some fun, friendly competition? Play Baltimore offers co-ed teams for basketball, dodgeball, tennis and football. Plus, with sponsors like Coors Light and Towson's Bill Bateman's Bistro, the after-game parties should be great. Go to playbaltimore.com for information and to register.
Baltimore Sports and Social Club
Looking to work on your game on and off the field? The Baltimore Sports and Social Club has a number of rec sports and social events for the 21-and-older set. With seasonal trips to see the Ravens and Orioles, and $1 beers after rec games at some of the city's hottest bars, you're sure to find that MVP in no time. Go to baltssc.com for information and to register.
Charm City Roller Girls
Gals, looking for some fast-paced fun? Why not try out for a slot on one of Baltimore's premier roller derby teams? The Charm City Roller Girls roller derby league has become a local legend, attracting female-skating enthusiasts from the Baltimore-Washington area and sponsors such as Charm City Cakes. Tryouts for the fall 2008 roster are 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 29 at Putty Hill Skateland, 9025 Belair Road. Go to charmcityrollergirls.com for information.
Owings Mills SportsPlex
Looking for a pickup team but low on cash? Check out the Owings Mills SportsPlex. Five bucks gives you access to the weekly indoor soccer matches held in this sprawling 40,000-square-foot rec center in Reisterstown. With teams for lacrosse, soccer and flag football, with basketball, batting cages and futsal (a Brazilian form of soccer) on the way, the Owings Mills SportsPlex is a guaranteed hit for sports fans. Call 410-517-2900 for information.
William J. Myers Soccer Pavilion
That wait for the 2010 FIFA World Cup starting to get to you? Hold off on booking a flight to South Africa and instead release your inner soccer star in one of the adult soccer leagues at Baltimore's William J. Myers Soccer Pavilion. The site has an indoor field, soccer leagues and events like the Co-ed Cup and Men's Cup. Call 410-396-5782 for information.