September 13, 2012 | by Kevin Majoros
Ready for action

Charm City Volleyball in this year’s Pride parade in Baltimore. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Most of the LGBT sports leagues have kicked off their fall season play, but there’s always an opportunity to submit your name to a substitute player list. Among the teams offering a sub list are the Capital Area Rainbowlers Association, League of Women Bowlers and Capital Tennis Association.

Leagues are already in play for the season are the Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club (dcrugby.com), Federal Triangles Soccer Club (federaltriangles.org), Stonewall Kickball (stonewallsports.org — possible openings on the Thursday night league), D.C. Gay Flag Football League (dcgffl.org), Capital Area Rainbowlers Association (carabowling.org), League of Women Bowlers (mysite.verizon.net/vzeo2d8j/) and Capital Tennis Association (capital-tennis.org).

There are plenty of LGBT sports groups offering individual participation for the coming months.

The D.C. Sentinels (teamdcbasketball.org) basketball team is in talks to begin a league that will be launched at the start of 2013. On a weekly basis, the Sentinels offer pickup play at Westland Middle School on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. and at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.

The D.C. IceBreakers (dcicebreakers.com) will host a Skate and Social at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday from 8-9 p.m. (and the third Wednesday of every month). The cost to skate is $8 and skate rental is $3. All skill levels are welcome. After skating, the group heads to a local pub for a social hour.

Ski-Bums (ski-bums.org) have announced their 2013 event offerings for skiing and snowboarding. Upcoming trips include Japan, Switzerland, Argentina, Canada, Colorado, Montana, New York and Vermont. They will also announce local trips in the coming months.

Charm City Volleyball (volleybaltimore.org) is hosting Wednesday social play at the Mt. Royal Recreation Center in Baltimore every week from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Teams are formed by 7 and all skill levels are welcome. The cost is $3 per session. They also host Sunday competitive and scrimmage play/clinics at the Volleyball House in Elkridge, Md., every week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $7 per session and NAGVA teams are welcome to play.

The Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association (asgra.org) sponsors trail rides on horseback on the first Sunday of every month at the Piscataway Stables in Clinton, Md.  The cost is $30 for an hour-long ride that begins at 11 a.m.

The Adventuring Outdoors Group (adventuring.org) will host their fourth edition of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Hike on Sept. 23. Starting from the King Street Metro Station, they will stroll through Old Town Alexandria before arriving at the Wilson Bridge. A detour will be taken to nearby Jones Point for lunch before crossing the bridge. The 1.1-mile crossing of the Potomac will offer magnificent views and a number of interesting interpretive displays, especially on the Maryland side.

The hike will end at the National Harbor development and the group will be carried back to Virginia by water taxi, which will arrive at the Alexandria docks close to the free trolley that heads back to the King Street Metro. Total length of this hike will not exceed 6 miles. Bring plenty of beverages, lunch the $2 trip fee and $8 for the water taxi. The group will meet at 11 a.m. at the station attendant’s kiosk at the King Street Metro. Parking will be free there all day.

Rainbow Climbing D.C. can usually be found at the local rock climbing venues on Tuesday and Thursday nights and sometimes on weekends. Check out their Facebook page under Rainbow Climbing to see if they will be at Earth Treks in Rockville or Sportrock in Alexandria.

The D.C. Front Runners (dcfrontrunners.org) continue with their Tuesday and Thursday evening runs along with their Saturday and Sunday morning runs. The group meets at 23rd and P Streets. The Front Runners also host walks at the same location on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings at Union Station.

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