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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 19, 2015 at 7:30 am 411 0

Editor’s Note: This post is authored and sponsored by United Social Sports.

Summer 2015 is here, and USS is set to kick off its summer season in Arlington!

We also have some good news: Social Sports of Arlington is now powered by United Social Sports. This means more awesome leagues to share with the Arlington community that come with all the perks of being a USS Player! Act fast as registration is open and some leagues have already sold out (no joke).

Use promo code ARLSM15 and save on your registration!

Don’t miss out on our upcoming events:

Bubble Soccer Series  June 14th   |   September 12th   |   October 17th

Below is a list of some Arlington area leagues. For a full listing of all of our leagues visit us at www.UnitedSocialSports.com

Bar Sports: Full Lineup

Bocce: Full Lineup

Cornhole: Full Lineup

Touch Football: Full Lineup

Kickball: Full Lineup

Skeeball: Full Lineup

Soccer: Full Lineup

Softball: Full Lineup

Volleyball: Full Lineup

United Social Sports caters to a growing population in Arlington who love to stay active and have a focus on having fun and being social over hardcore victories.

Registration closes for most Summer Team Sports on Tuesday, June 30th (or when leagues fill out) and for Spring Bar Sports on Tuesday, July 7th.

by Ethan Rothstein — May 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm 2,991 0

Players in the Arlington Girls Softball Association (photo via AGSA)(Updated at 3:30 p.m.) The president of the Arlington Girls Softball Association says a lack of field space and a newly enforced school policy against signs has him very concerned for the future of the youth league.

The AGSA has been in operation for more than 30 years, President Steve Severn said, and currently serves about 500 girls, 92 percent of whom are Arlington residents. Those girls make up 38 local teams and six all-star and travel teams, who play games on just five fields in the county: Greenbrier Park next to Yorktown High School, Barcroft Park, Wakefield High School, Quincy Park and Arlington Traditional Elementary School.

This year, delayed construction at Wakefield has taken away that field, and Wakefield’s softball teams have taken the AGSA’s field at Barcroft Park. At the same time, the field at Arlington Traditional School is becoming increasingly problematic after Principal Holly Hawthorne banned sponsorship signs, a move the Arlington School Board supports.

“Having so few fields available creates havoc,” Severn told ARLnow.com today, after he sent an email to AGSA’s parents informing them of the issues the league faces. “High schools have the first choice to have fields, and that’s the way it should be… But there aren’t enough fields to go around. Youth sports are screaming for outside field space.”

Severn said the Wakefield field opened for one day this spring, but Arlington Public Schools closed it after it determined the fences were too short to protect the surrounding neighborhood. APS facilities staff said it will reopen in June, but high school teams historically have asked to be the first team to use a new field. Hence, Severn said, he doubts AGSA will be able to use that field until spring 2016.

While field space is a serious issue for every league, sport and age group in Arlington, the sign ban is one that could jeopardize AGSA’s future.

“If sponsors cannot see their banners or recognition for the money they contribute to our organization, they’re not going to contribute,” Severn said. “These are by and large community businesses. Their kids play on the team. That is going to hurt us. We depend on sponsorship money, we do not take in enough money from registration. I don’t know what the end result is going to be. Our sponsorship base is going to dry up eventually.”

Arlington Girls Softball Association's fields at Arlington Traditional SchoolSevern said the league has been hanging banners recognizing sponsors for decades. This year, they tried to hang small, individual signs for each sponsor, which Severn said Hawthorne put a stop to. He asked the School Board to step in, and they did — to affirm Hawthorne’s decision.

“Ms. Hawthorne contacted APS senior staff to review APS policies on the display of sponsor banners, and we agreed that display of such banners on school property is not permissible,” School Board Chair James Lander said in an email to Severn. “The School Board wishes the AGSA success with the remainder of their season and we appreciate the patience the teams have shown.”

Hawthorne did not respond to an interview request this morning. When asked for comment, APS forwarded to ARLnow.com Lander’s message to Severn.

Severn said he’s met with APS Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and Operation John Chadwick, which “opened up a line of communication, but didn’t resolve anything.” The School Board’s ruling could mean no more banners at Wakefield when the new field opens, either. Severn told parents that an anticipated decline in sponsorship revenue could mean a significant increase in league fees.

“I’m not trying to fan any flames here, but I’m upset because the decisions are made in a vacuum,” he said. “When we got the note back from James Lander, it’s the end of the story. There is no other avenue for us. We have no real recourse there. That’s just the disturbing part.”

Photo, top, via AGSA. Photo, bottom, via Google Maps.

by Rob Laybourn — April 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm 1,392 0

The Washington-Lee girls lacrosse team after beating Yorktown, April 28, 2015 (photo courtesy Celia Slater)The Washington Lee High School girls varsity lacrosse team upset the Yorktown Patriots last night at home, 20-19, besting their cross-county rivals for the first time in seven years.

The Generals (5-4) built a commanding lead deep into the first half, going up 13-6, behind the skill and goal-scoring of junior Meghan Fox. Fox had five of her game high eight goals in the first half, with senior Colleen Salazar adding three.

The Patriots (7-2), however, were able to cut the lead to three, 13-10, going into halftime.

W-L added four goals in the first five minutes of play of the second half.  The two teams then traded goals, but Yorktown was able to mount a strong comeback, tallying seven unanswered goals, tying the game at 18.  After the teams traded goals again, and with under two minutes to go, W-L sophomore Emma Vogel scored what would be the winning goal.

Generals freshman Caroline Laybourn won the next draw control — women’s lacrosse version of a faceoff — giving W-L possession as time was running out. However, the Patriots caused a turnover with under 30 seconds remaining, bringing the ball down to their offensive zone, but Salazar was able to pick up a ground ball and hold possession as the game ended.

The Generals’ superior defensive play held Yorktown’s Metro region standout sophomore Laura Crawford to just three goals. W-L also dominated the draw control, taking 28 of 39 in the circle.

In addition to scoring by W-L’s Fox (8), Salazar (3) and Vogel (4), other goal scorers included Laybourn (1), senior Julia Fyffe (3) and sophomore Brooke Tannehill (1). Senior Kristen Somers led the Patriots scoring with 6 goals. Other Yorktown goals came from junior Kate Grattan (4), junior Emma Thurman (2), freshman Claire Kuwana (2) and senior Margaret Doyle (1).

Photo courtesy Celia Slater

by Ethan Rothstein — April 16, 2015 at 11:00 am 907 0

Arlington Dodgeball Tournament photo (via atowndodgeball)A pair of Yorktown High School students, and flying projectile enthusiasts, are hosting a two-day, free dodgeball tournament next weekend.

The tournament starts at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 25 and runs all day, both days, at Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road). Adults, teenagers and children are welcome, and will be split into divisions based on age. There are divisions for 11 and younger, 14 and under, 17 and under and 18 and over.

The tournament is the brainchild of Yorktown students Patrick Wallace and Hayden Kickbush. While the tournament is free, Wallace and Kickbush are asking for attendees to donate what they can to fund the tournament and raise money for physical education equipment for D.C. area schools in need. They have set up an online fundraising page, and have already raised $1,325 of a stated $9,000 goal.

The boys got the idea for the tournament from a trip to Hawaii, where one of them saw a community dodgeball tournament and was inspired, according to the tournament’s website.

“We experienced a heartwarming community and a tournament based on good morals and having a good time,” the website reads. “We were so moved by the experience that we wanted to replicate the same thing here in the Arlington area. Arlington Dodgeball aims to have a very community friendly tournament while also giving back to the community.”

According to Wallace’s father, Marc, the boys have received nonprofit approval by the IRS, so all donations are tax-deductible. The tournament itself will cost about $7,000 to run, Wallace said. If there is money left over, the boys will determine which school in the area will receive the donated equipment.

Registration for the tournament is limited and filling up fast, Wallace said, so individuals or teams should register as soon as possible to ensure a spot.

Photo via Arlington Dodgeball

by Ethan Rothstein — March 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm 1,466 0

Ori HofferCherrydale resident Ori Hoffer will fulfill every athlete’s dream this winter: representing his country in international competition.

Unlike many of the athletes sports fans typically associate with the honor — in their 20s, playing in the Olympics, already recognized worldwide for their prowess — Hoffer had to wait decades longer to don the red, white and blue. Hoffer is 45 years old and will play soccer in his first international tournament, the Maccabi Pan Am Games in Santiago, Chile.

Hoffer has played soccer since he was 3 years old, but didn’t even qualify for the varsity team at his high school in Michigan. At the time, he was 5-foot-7 and “120 pounds soaking wet.” But he continued to play, and “grew into [his] body.” As his peers gave up the sport, Hoffer only improved.

“My game is all about speed and endurance, but I’m generally faster than most, so wherever they need a burst of energy, I come in,” Hoffer told ARLnow.com. He sees himself as a slower, Jewish version of DeAndre Yedlin, the young speedster from the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Hoffer was named to the U.S. Maccabi Masters team, which is restricted to players 45 and over of Jewish heritage. Hoffer’s grandfather was a professional soccer player in Israel, and he’s keeping the sport in the family — he coaches his daughter’s second-grade team in the Arlington Soccer Association.

“For many Jews, we don’t have a lot of sports heroes to look up to,” Hoffer said. “Providing examples like this to be able to show my daughter and other kids in the community that you can be Jewish and an athlete and meet Jewish athletes from around the world is a pretty powerful thing to provide.”

The Maccabi Pan Am Games draw Jewish competitors from all over the Western Hemisphere, and the U.S. squad will have to compete against world soccer powers like Brazil and Argentina. But it is not the Olympics — athletes must help pay their own way. Hoffer and his teammates each have to raise $6,600 to be allowed to participate.

Hoffer has set up an online fundraising page, where he has raised $4,194 so far. If he raises the money, he’ll have a chance to compete with many of the players that led the 2013 U.S. Masters team to the bronze medal in the world wide Maccabiah Games in Israel.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 26, 2015 at 5:00 am 413 0

Social Sports of Arlington is proud to announce that its leagues are now powered by the folks behind United Social Sports. This partnership  means more sports, more events, and more friends to make for all SSA players!

SSA & USS has a ton of awesome leagues to share with the Arlington community, including two brand new Tuesday and Saturday Kickball leagues!

Players will need to act fast to get in on the action though as some permits were just issued but have games starting soon! Capacity for for select leagues has already been reached… don’t miss your chance to get a little more social this Spring!

Below is a list of Arlington area leagues. For a full listing visit www.UnitedSocialSports.com

Arlington Kickball: Full Lineup

Arlington Flag Football:Full Lineup

  • Sundays @ Kenmore – New League!

Softball:  Full Lineup

Soccer:Full Lineup

Volleyball – Sand: Full Lineup

Volleyball – Indoor: Full Lineup

Arlington Bocce:Full Lineup

Arlington Cornhole:Full Lineup

Arlington Skeeball:  Full Lineup

Dodgeball: Full Lineup

  • Thursdays @ Crystal City Gateway Sport & Health

SSA & USS cater to a growing population in Arlington who love to stay active and have a focus on having fun and being social while staying active.

Registration closes for most Spring Team Sports on Tuesday, March 31st (or when leagues fill out) and for Spring Bar Sports on Tuesday, April 7th.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — February 12, 2015 at 5:00 am 397 0

Editor’s Note: This post is authored and sponsored by United Social Sports.

Spring will be here before you know it, and that means more than just NBA & NHL playoffs! United Social Sports spring season will start in April, and now is the time to register for spring leagues in Arlington!

United Social Sports continues to give Arlington residents a chance to “get out and play.” From the alternative social sports like DC Dodgeball Capital Bocce, DC Skeeball and DC Cornhole to the traditional rec leagues like DC Softball, DC Soccer, and DC Volleyball, we’ve got you covered as usual.

USS continues to innovate and expand our Arlington leagues offering those who live, work or play here plenty of opportunities to get active and be social.

Below is a list of some of the Arlington / NOVA area leagues. For a full listing visit www.UnitedSocialSports.com and remember to check back often as new leagues are added as permits roll in.

Bar Multi-Sports: Full Lineup

Cornhole: Full Lineup

Skeeball: Full Lineup

Bocce: Full Lineup

Dodgeball: Full Lineup

  • Thursdays @ Crystal City Gateway Sport & Health

Soccer: Full Lineup

Softball: Full Lineup

Volleyball – Sand: Full Lineup

Volleyball – Indoor: Full Lineup

United Social Sports caters to a growing population in Arlington who love to stay active and have a focus on having fun and being social over hardcore victories.

Registration closes for Spring Team Sports on Tuesday, March 31st (or when leagues fill up) and for Spring Bar Sports on Tuesday, April 7th.

by ARLnow.com — December 11, 2014 at 9:35 am 1,916 0

Construction at Eads and 18th Street (Flickr pool photo by Erinn Shirley)

Arlington Firms Among ‘Best Companies to Work For’ — Two Arlington-based companies have made the annual list of the top 50 small and medium-sized companies to work for . The 2015 list, compiled by employment website Glassdoor.com, ranks Ballston-based Evolent Health at No. 3 and Courthouse-based Opower at No. 25.

New Plan for Rosslyn Plaza — Vornado and Gould Property Co. have updated their redevelopment plan for Rosslyn Plaza, the series of aging buildings along N. Arlington Ridge Road between Wilson Blvd and 19th Street N. The development team is proposing 2.5 million square feet of new construction, including a total of five office and residential buildings, four acres of open space and a esplanade deck with views of D.C. and an outdoor ice rink in the winter. [Washington Business Journal]

Celtics Player Swings By The Italian Store — Celtics center Kelly Olynyk stopped by The Italian Store after losing to the Wizards in double-overtime on Monday. He posed for photos and even helped make sandwiches and pizzas. Olynyk isn’t the only pro athlete that has visited the Lee Highway store. Nene, of the Wizards, and Nationals stars Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman have stopped by, as has NBA great John Stockton, who happens to be owner Bob Tramonte’s brother-in-law. [Washington Post]

ACFD Recruitment Starts Tomorrow — The Arlington County Fire Department’s biennial open recruitment period starts tomorrow. From Dec. 12-25 ACFD will accept applications for potential firefighter and EMT recruits. No experience is necessary. The county has also made a series of “Join the ACFD” videos for recruitment purposes. [Arlington County]

Arbour Realty Acquired By Md. Brokerage — Arbour Realty, the Ballston-based boutique real estate brokerage owned by “Ask Adam” columnist Adam Gallegos, has been acquired by Real Living At Home, a larger brokerage with office in Chevy Chase, Md. and Dupont Circle in D.C. Gallegos will hand over management responsibilities and continue as an agent with Real Living At Home. [Real Living At Home]

Flickr pool photo by Erinn Shirley

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — November 20, 2014 at 5:00 am 488 0

Winter is approaching and the perfect way to stay warm, active and get a little more social this season is with United Social Sports!

United Social Sports’ winter season registration is open and now is the time to sign up for team and bar sports in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

United Social Sports continues to give Arlington residents a chance to “get out and play.” Bar Sports featuring glow bocce, skeeball, cornhole, and shuffleboard are back! From volleyball to soccer and dodgeball, we’ve got you covered with our Team Sports too.

We’re continuing to expand our Arlington leagues, offering those who live, work or play here plenty of opportunities to mix, mingle and play!

This winter season USS has both indoor and Polar Bear leagues:

Bar Sports: Full Lineup

GLOW Bocce: Full Lineup

Cornhole: Full Lineup

Dodgeball: Full Lineup

  • Thursdays @ Gateway Sport & Health — Crystal City

Shuffleboard: Full Lineup

  • Monday @ Light Horse — Old Town
  • Tuesdays @ Bungalow Sports Grill — Shirlington

Skeeball: Full Lineup

Polar Bear Soccer: Full Lineup

Indoor Volleyball:  Full Lineup

  • Sunday @ Gateway Sport & Health — Crystal City
  • Wednesdays @ Dunbar Alexandria Boys & Girls Club
  • Thursdays @ Gateway Sport & Health — Crystal City

United Social Sports caters to a growing population in Arlington who love to stay active and who put an emphasis on having fun and being social over hardcore victories.

Registration closes for Winter team sports on Tuesday, January 13 or when leagues FILL! and for Bar Sports on Tuesday, January 20. Register today to snag your spot!

The preceding article was submitted by an ARLnow.com sponsor.

by ARLnow.com — September 15, 2014 at 9:15 am 900 0

High-contrast clouds over Ballston (photo courtesy Erinn Shirley)

Tickets Could Become More Costly — Tickets for traffic offenses and minor criminal cases could be getting more expensive in Arlington. The County Board is expected to vote on a new $5 surcharge that would be tacked on to tickets to help pay for an electronic summons system for the Arlington County Police Department. [InsideNova]

Long Wait for Arlington Burials — Arlington National Cemetery has a “burial backlog.” The average wait time to bury a service member at the cemetery is nearly 6 months, according to an analysis by a Florida newspaper. [News-Press]

N. Va. Senior Olympics Kick Off — The annual Northern Virginia Senior Olympics kicked off at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington on Saturday. “Olympic” events like Scrabble, Wii bowling and badminton are scheduled at the community center and other venues around Northern Virginia through Sept. 24. [Northern Virginia Senior Olympics]

Photo courtesy Erinn Shirley

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 26, 2014 at 7:45 am 437 0

Editor’s Note: This post is authored and sponsored by United Social Sports.

Labor Day weekend will be here soon and that means more than just football season is starting.

United Social Sports’ fall season will start in September too and now is the time to register for fall leagues in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

United Social Sports continues to give Arlington residents a chance to “get out and play.” GLOW bocce and skeeball are back and from softball to soccer and cornhole, we’ve got you covered as usual. We’re continuing to expand our Arlington leagues this season, offering those who live, work or play here plenty of opportunities to get active and be social.

This fall season USS has both returning and brand new leagues:

Bar Sports: Full Lineup

Multi-Sports: Full Lineup

Cornhole: Full Lineup

Shuffleboard: Full Lineup

  • Mondays @ Light Horse — Old Town

Skeeball: Full Lineup

GLOW Bocce: Full Lineup

Soccer: Full Lineup

Softball: Full Lineup

Indoor Volleyball:  Full Lineup

Sand Volleyball:  Full Lineup

United Social Sports caters to a growing population in Arlington who love to stay active and who put an emphasis on having fun and being social over hardcore victories.

Registration closes for fall team sports on Tuesday, September 16 (or when leagues fill) and for fall bar sports on Tuesday, September 23.

by Ethan Rothstein — July 17, 2014 at 10:30 am 1,147 0

Bowen Shuttleworth (photo courtesy Bruce Shuttleworth)A Shuttleworth ran and won last month. But it wasn’t Bruce and it wasn’t a political race. It was his son, Bowen, running in the Virginia Hershey Track and Field state championship and reportedly capturing the fastest 400 meter time in the southeastern United States.

Bowen, a 12-year-old rising seventh-grader at Williamsburg Middle School, finished the 400-meter dash in 1:04.52, almost a full four seconds ahead of the second place runner at the event. The time was the fastest in the U.S. Southeast, according to Bruce Shuttleworth, and qualified him for a spot in the Hershey’s North American Championship on Aug. 2 in Hershey, Pa.

It wasn’t the only time Bowen has found the top of the podium at the state championships. He teamed with his twin brother, Reece, and fellow Arlington pre-teens George Brown and Sean Conley, to take home the 4×100-meter relay title in 55.84 seconds, again almost a full four seconds before the next closest team. In 2010, as a 10-year-old, Bowen Shuttleworth won the 100-meter dash at the same meet.

It’s the 37th running of the Hershey’s North American championships, but, according to Bruce Shuttleworth, Bowen is the first ever runner from Arlington to qualify. Boys and girls between ages 9 and 14 are eligible to compete, with age groups divided between 9 and 10 year olds, 11 and 12 year olds and 13 and 14 year olds.

Photo courtesy Bruce Shuttleworth

by Ethan Rothstein — July 2, 2014 at 9:30 am 2,058 0

(Updated at 10:00 a.m.) Offices around the county came to a standstill at 4:00 p.m. yesterday to watch the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team play and lose to Belgium, 2-1 in extra time.

Watchers packed bars, gathered around TVs in their offices and came together in hordes in public places and watched U.S. goalie Tim Howard save a World Cup record 16 shots on goal, smashing the previous record of 13. Legions of new American soccer fans watched as 20-year-old DeAndre Yedlin injected speed and energy into a U.S. team that seemed like it had none. Everyone decked out in red, white and blue cheered as 19-year-old Julian Green scored a magnificent goal to give the Americans some hope in his first career minute on the field in the World Cup.

The World Cup is over for the Americans, although there are still eight teams, eight countries, still fighting for soccer’s most coveted prize. Tim Howard may have played the best game a goalie ever has on a World Cup stage, but it will likely be his last game under the world’s spotlight. Thanks to players like Yedlin and Green, 2018 in Russia could have a different ending.

Arlington and the rest of the country will be watching.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 1, 2014 at 5:30 am 0

Summer 2014 is here, and USS is set to kick off its summer season.

We have good news: United Social Sports acquired some permits at the last minute, so that means you have more time to get in on the action before it’s too late!

Do you want to meet new people? See your friends more often? Get more physical activity?

United Social Sports Summer registration is STILL open and you can accomplish all of these by registering for one or more of the Summer leagues in Arlington and D.C.! But act fast, summer registration is closing soon, and leagues are filling fast! Check out our featured leagues that still have space below.

This summer season USS has both returning and brand new leagues:

Featured Leagues:

DC Game Show (New Locations!)

Softball

Volleyball

  • Skyline — Thursday — Starts on 7/10/14

Registration closes for team sports summer leagues late this week or when leagues fill. Be sure to act fast!

Registration closes for bar sports summer leagues on Tuesday, July 8 or when leagues fill. Most league games begin the week of July 13.

Use Promo Code: ARL714 and save on your registration!

Don’t miss out on our upcoming events:

DC’s July 4th After Party! @ George Bar DC (in Georgetown)

USS Tubing Adventure 7/19

by ARLnow.com — June 27, 2014 at 9:35 am 2,626 0

Sunset landing (Flickr pool photo by Wolfkann)

Five Rideshare Drivers Nabbed in Arlington — Arlington police have issued citations to five drivers of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft since June 5, the department says. The drivers were all pulled over for separate traffic infractions and admitted to driving for the services, which are currently operating illicitly in Virginia. [Washington Post]

Teens Arrested for Skate Park Vandalism — Four teenagers have been arrested and charged with causing $35,000 in damage to the Powhatan Springs Skate Park earlier this month. The teens are accused of painting “graffiti containing vulgar language” at the park, which was closed until county crews could clean it up. [NBC Washington]

Arlingtonian Wins, Then Loses at Wimbledon — For the second year in a row, Arlington resident and tennis pro Denis Kudla advanced to the second round of Wimbledon. Kudla, 21, defeated Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan in the first round of the tournament before falling to No. 10 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan in straight sets. [Wimbledon]

Wine Bar Coming to Rosslyn — Bistro 360, a wine bar and gourmet market from Cassatt’s Kiwi Cafe owner Art Hauptman, is coming to the former Cafe Assorti space at 1800 Wilson Blvd in Rosslyn. The wine bar will have as many as 140 seats indoors and outdoors. Bistro 360 hopes to open its doors by the end of the summer. [Washington Business Journal]

Flickr pool photo by Wolfkann

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