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Friends You Haven’t Met: Try an uncommon sport

24 Dec

Don't worry, speedos aren't mandatory. © Hu Totya at Creative Commons

I’ve already gone over popular sports in DC—kickball and ultimate Frisbee—but there are plenty of other options. And while uncommon sports might not have as many people who participate, those that do tend to be really close-knit. Here are a few suggestions:

Flying Trapeze: It’s not cheap, but it is fun. When I took a one-time beginner class a couple years ago the closest location was outside by the Baltimore Inner Harbor, but since then the Trapeze School has opened a location (inside) near the Navy Yard Metro (Green Line). And that’s not all! They offer other classes too: Silks & Rope, Static Trapeze & Lyra, Trampoline, Acrobatics, Juggling and even Jestering.

Underwater hockey: DC has its own underwater hockey team: the Beltway Bottom Feeders. The team practices in Northern Virginia at several different pools. The other players welcome newcomers and are very friendly.  It is played on the bottom of a 6-8 feet swimming pool by two teams of six who use snorkels, fins and short sticks.

Parkour: The surest way to feel like a badass is to try Parkour. If you don’t already know what it is, I suggest YouTubeing it because it’s too hard to describe. Primal Fitness in DC offers Parkour classes at its facility near the New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U Metro station (Red Line). They also offer Crossfit classes.

Whitewater kayaking: The Potomac is one of the best places to learn whitewater kayaking. But, you say, it’s wintertime! Why would I want to start whitewater kayaking now? For whitewater kayaking to be any fun, you really need to know how to roll the kayak. So I suggest taking pool rolling classes with Valley Mill Kayak School in the winter, so when spring rolls around you’ll be ready to roll (hahaha, get it?). Sessions are Saturday evenings at the Rockville Municipal Swim Center (not easily Metro accessible).

Friends You Haven’t Met: Ultimate Frisbee

14 Dec

© Patrick Everson

Ultimate Frisbee: Not just for college campuses anymore. The sport is popular among DCers and therefore a super-fantastic way to meet people in the area. My boyfriend has met most of his current friends through Frisbee, and a lot of his teammates have met their significant others through Frisbee as well (teams are co-ed). Don’t worry if you’ve never played before, there are teams for all levels of skill and competitiveness.

The main meetup is a pickup game Saturdays at 1pm on the Mall by the American Indian Museum. You can RSVP at Meetup.com but most people just show up. This is a great way to get started; you can meet other people who might need more players on their competitive teams, which will have practices and competitions on other local fields. If you go to the Saturday pickup game, you’ll want to bring light and dark shirts, so you can switch sides and even teams out as needed. If you don’t know the rules, just take some time to watch what’s going on and then get out there and try your best. The other players are very friendly and approachable, so don’t feel intimidated to show up by yourself.

Of course the sport is more popular during nicer weather, but die-hards play all year long. The spirit of the game is very important; meetup groups don’t keep score and there aren’t any referees during tournaments—honesty is the name of the game. To find out more information, I suggest checking out the Washington Area Frisbee Club (WAFC – pronounced waf-C).