Howard Magazine - Page 55 - Recreation (2)

Howard Magazine
- Page 55
Recreation (2)

More outdoor sports


For those who want to do more than walk, the county offers a few places for residents to roll or glide their way to fun.


Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville Archery range and regulation-size outdoor hockey rink 410-313-4700,


Columbia Ice Rink Ice skating 410-730-0322, 


Columbia Skate Arena at Supreme Sports Club Roller skating 410-381-5355,


Columbia Skate Arena at Supreme Sports Club Roller skating 410-381-5355,


North Laurel Community Center Skate park 410-313-0390,


Rockburn Branch Skills Park Mountain bike course 410-313-4455,


Skate Spot at Centennial Park Outdoor skate park located in the park’s North Area 410-313-7271,


South Branch Park Outdoor skate park 410-313-4700,


Golf clubs


Cattail Creek Country Club (private) 410-489-4653,


The Club at Turf Valley (private) 410-465-1500,


Fairway Hills Golf Club 410-730-1112,


Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club (semi-private) 410-730-5980,


The Timbers at Troy Golf Course 410-313-4653,


Waverly Woods Golf Club 410-313-9182,


Willow Springs Golf Course 410-442-7700,


Pro teams


Nearby Baltimore is home to the 2013 Super Bowl champion Ravens football team, and to baseball’s Orioles, who fielded a playoff team in 2016. Three nearby minor-league baseball squads— the Bowie Baysox, Frederick Keys and Aberdeen IronBirds — serve as farm teams for the Orioles.


Major Arena Soccer League’s Baltimore Blast and the Annapolis-based Chesapeake Bayhawks, a professional lacrosse team, also call the area home.


Washington boasts the 2015 NFC East champion Redskins (football), the 2016 and 2017 Metropolitan Division-winning Capitals (hockey), the Wizards and Mystics (basketball), D.C. United (outdoor soccer) and the 2017 National League East champion Nationals (baseball).


School sports


Among area colleges and universities, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland are national powers in lacrosse, while Maryland and the U.S. Naval Academy play top-rated football schedules. Maryland also consistently hosts ranked men’s and women’s basketball teams.


Howard Community College fields teams at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III level in several sports.


Meanwhile, Howard County public high school teams often win state championships.


Active kids


Football, soccer, swimming— the area’s youth leagues encourage activity, competition and growing skills. Clubs and organizations throughout the county offer baseball, tennis, softball, basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, rugby, cross country, ice hockey, figure skating, track and field, volleyball, football, cheerleading and lacrosse.


Other youth organizations offer group fitness classes or gym facilities for kids.


Atholton Youth Recreation Association (baseball and softball) 877-297-2421,


Clippers Swim Team 410-381-0020,


Columbia Horse Center (riding lessons for children and adults, along with summer day camps and shows) 301-776-5850,


Columbia Neighborhood Swim League 410-312-6332,


Columbia Ravens (football and cheerleading)


Elkridge Youth Organization (basketball, soccer, baseball and softball) 301-919-4229,


Howard County Lacrosse Program


Howard County Recreation & Parks 410-313-4700,


Howard County Youth Program (basketball, baseball and softball) 410-461-7694,


Kangaroo Kids Precision Jump Rope Team 301-490-4995,


Maryland Sharks (tryout basketball team) 410-300-9221,


Savage Boys and Girls Club (basketball, flag football, baseball and softball)