Badminton Club of DC
Founded in the 1940s, the DC Badminton Club is one of the oldest in the country. The club meets twice a week in the National Cathedral and is open to players of all skill levels. In addition, the club hosts occasional tournaments.
Here is a website for all you ornithology-obsessed residents and visitors of our fair city! The parks, open spaces and window ledges of DC are home to many a common (cough cough pigeons cough) and rare species of bird. This site includes tips on where to go, when to go, and where to look, as well as a thorough run down of all the species birds you are likely to see on a jaunt around DC. Unfortunately the site offers few pictures, so best to pick up a field guide if you need help with identification.
Capital Hiking Club
This hiking club sponsors 5-10 miles walks at various nature locations throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Bus service provided as part of event fee; buses depart from downtown DC locations that are Metro-accessible. Event fee varies depending on distance of location. Each event includes a long walk and a medium walk to accommodate people of different fitness levels.
Feel the need to take your drunken projectile throwing to the next level? Consider joining a DC darts league. Both the Washington Area Darts Association and Tournament Darts International offer league play and tournaments for men and women of all skill levels. Of note, TDI was the first league inducted into the National Darts Hall of Fame!
DC Dynasty Baseball
DC Dynasty Baseball offers a summer baseball league for 16 - 18 year olds in the District, with additional programs for younger players. The organization's mission is to allow youth from different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds to interact through baseball while instilling core values, leadership and team building skills.
DC Fencing Club
The DC Fencing Club is the premiere fencing facility in the Washington D.C. area. DCFC hosts tournaments and provides instruction for fencers of all levels. The website also offers a thorough database of Mid-Atlantic, North-Atlantic and National tournaments.
DC Furies are the team for the Washington Women's Rugby Football Club (WWRFC). Games are held in the spring, and practice is twice weekly. They travel to tournaments against other teams in the mid-Atlantic and host the Ruggerfest in DC each year.
DCStreet is a local biking website. Mainly for BMXers, this dc-centric site brings together local riders. The photo and video sections are fun, with tons of exciting images to download. A few of capture riders taking over sites more typically known for tourism or international diplomacy. For those looking for fellow bikers, the DC Street forums include areas to organize rides and swap parts.
DC Strokes Rowing Club
DC Strokes is the District's gay and lesbian rowing club, and they offer programs to any local interested in rowing, regardless of skill level or sexual orientation. The club organizes competitive groups, training programs, and fun rows. Their boathouse is the Anacostia Community Boathouse at 1125 O Street, SE.
District of Columbia Aquatics Club
DCAC is a swimming team and social clubs for gays, lesbians and friends of the gay and lesbian community. Swimmers of all levels are welcome. Members include FINA Masters World Record holders, more than 60 individual and relay All-Americans, over 200 USMS individual and relay Top Ten swimmers, as well as first-time competitors.
District of Columbia Olympic Committee: Curling
The DCOC argues that DC, like other US territories, should have its own team in the Olympics. The website emphasizes curling as their potential Olympic bid. The site includes information about the sport and links to curling in the DC area. For those not interested in curling, DCOC provides other opportunities. Either support the team's bid with letters to lawmakers or, if you are a DC resident, let them know in which sport you would like to compete.
GW Hippodrome - Bowling
The Hippodrome is downtown DC's only Bowling Center and is located in the George Washington University's Marvin Center. Beyond bowling, the Hippodrome offers billiards, table tennis, arcade games and yummy burgers at the Big Burger (big indeed! 1/2 lb monster burgers! Note: Big Burger is only open during the academic school year.). If you are looking to bowl, call ahead, as the bowling alley can be rented out for private use. As it is a campus facility you are likely to be bowling with some college folk, particularly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights when the Hippodrome holds their "Triple Play" events. The Hippodrome is alcohol free and open year round.
Langston Golf Course
Just north of RFK, this public 18-hole golf course is open every day except Christmas. Not quite as popular as the one in East Potomac Park, many skilled players frequent this course. The golf course itself is in fine condition, and finding friendly players is easy. Also, with its cheap driving range and free green for putting and chipping, Langston is an especially good place for beginners to learn. Since its establishment in 1939, Langston has served as a favorite golf destination in the District.
National Adult Baseball Association - DC
The National Adult Baseball Association runs a 10 team wood bat league for players 18 and over in the Washington, DC area. The league operates largely under Major League Baseball rules. Most players have high school baseball
experience, with some having gone on to play college or semipro ball. The league plays a 21 game season with 2 or 3 games a week -- a doubleheader on Sunday morning and a Thursday evening game -- from late May through July. The All-Star game is mid-July, and a best of 3 playoff series begins in
National Capital Area Women's Paddling Association
This group, which makes its home at the dock next to the old Washington Gas site near 11th and M Sts. SE in the heart of the Anacostia waterfront development, trains both women and men to operate many different types of watercraft, including kayaks, dragon boats, and outrigger canoes.
Neighborhood Athletic Association
NAA has been organizing recreational sports leagues, tournaments, and social events for men and women in the DC/VA/MD area since 1985. Through NAA, you can join a golf, basketball, deck hockey, softball, stickball, flag football, or arena football league, and NAA will provide all the equipment, jerseys, and referees. Play a lot and you just might make their Hall of Fame (or at least their Top 10 Trash Talk list). Cost varies depending on your sport of choice but will run you around $55 per person for the season, with additional costs for tournaments.
New Adult Kickballers in DC (NAKID)
NAKID is a group of co-ed adults who enjoy socializing with a little exercise and some competitiveness. After each weekly kickball game, the real action is at the sponsor bar. Join the league for Sunday afternoon kickball games near the Washington Monument and post-game Eastern Market fun.
Potomac Valley Swim Club
Potomac Valley has two swimming clubs in DC. The Masters club, at http://www.pvmasters.org and the Youth club, at http://www.pvswim.org/ offer competitions and practice teams in the area. So whether you're at the beginning of your aquatic career or have been swimming for many years, Potomac Valley has a club for you.
Along with the Neighborhood Athletic Association, Sports League provides an opportunity to participate in a variety of team sports. These folks organize basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and football leagues in the District. The only draw back is you must join as a team-- so recruit housemates, schoolmates and co-workers and head on out! Registration fees apply.
Washington Area Bicyclist Association
The Washington Area Bicycle Association is more than a recreational club, it promotes bicycling throughout the metro area. This is also a great resource for riders -- check out what paths and trails are available for fun or commuting. Also, this is should be the first stop for anyone interested in finding a casual, mountain biking, or racing club.
Washington Area Frisbee Club
Because DC is home to so many students and recent graduates, the city became a hotbed for Ultimate Frisbee in the sport's infant years. And so was born the Washington Area Frisbee Club, a volunteer run, non-profit organization dedicated to "promoting flying disc sports in the D.C. Area." To date the group boasts a whopping 2,300 members of all ages and skill levels. The club sponsors local ultimate leagues in the spring, summer and fall and organizes the annual Fool's Fest tourney. Not ready to commit every weekend to throwing a disc? Head on out to the Mall nearly any Saturday or Sunday year round and join a pick up game.
Washington Area Roadskaters
The Washington Area Roadskaters (WAR) is a non-profit organization promoting safe in-line skating in the DC area. With thousands of members, WAR runs weekly group skates (6 to 30 miles), free clinics in Rock Creek Park that are open to the public, community-related events and fundraisers, and organizes trips to national and international skating events. Not all events are year round, so best to check the website and the weather before you head out.
Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club
The Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club Inc. is a Division III club that actively recruits gay men and men of color from across the Washington, D.C., region. Established in October 1998, the Washington Renegades RFC is a member of the Potomac Rugby Union, the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Union, and the United States of America Rugby Football Union. The summer season runs from July through November.
World Adult Kickball Association
WAKA is the preeminent adult kickball organization and the world governing body of kickball - and it all started in DC. WAKA hosts eleven District leagues that play against each other throughout the season. They compete here against teams from other cities for the World title. The leagues are filled with so much spirit, there's even a kickball song.
World Hash House Harriers
The World Hash House Harriers Website offers a complete listing of Hashing groups in the District of Columbia. "What is Hashing?", you might be asking. These self dubbed "drinking clubs with a running problem" meet to run around (mainly cross country) and drink. In general, running and athletic ability usually take a back seat to the social aspects of the sport, so as the Hash House Harriers say: "If you've half a mind to join the hash, that's all you need!"