United Social Sports Expands into Arlington

by ARLnow.com June 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm 3,547 52 Comments

This list of adult social sports leagues in Arlington is growing.

United Social Sports, which hosts most of its competitions in the District, is expanding in Arlington this summer. USS will offer a number of options for recreational competitors, including:

  • Soccer (Long Bridge Park, Crystal City)
  • Grass Volleyball (Gateway Park, Rosslyn)
  • Bocce (Gateway Park, Rosslyn)
  • Outdoor Dodgeball (Arlington YMCA, Virginia Square)
  • Cornhole (Gateway Park, Arlington)
  • Kickball (Long Bridge Park, Crystal City)
  • Skeeball (Continental Lounge, Rosslyn)

Sand volleyball and softball are also expected to be offered, though the location of each is listed as To Be Determined.

USS joins several organizations that already host recreational and social sport leagues in Arlington, including NAKID Social Sports, the World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA), DC Bocce League and the Arlington Athletic and Social League (AASL).

USS founder Robert Albrecht says the league is all about having fun and making friends. Details like team uniforms, game scheduling and drink specials after the games are taken care of by USS.

“You just show up, play, and meet new people,” he said.

  • Good Grief

    Field Hockey too!! We need girls – games Sunday night.


    • dk (not DK)

      Gosh, that sounds like fun. But I haven’t played hockey since 1988.

  • Ex-Con

    Cornholin?!? Haven’t played that one since prison!

    • AllenB

      I played it over the weekend.

      • drax

        “Social Cornhole.”

        No thanks.

        • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

          Cornhole in a public park. Sounds like it needs to be added to the ArlNow cruisy park list.

          • HayDiosMio

            I prefer to play cornholio at the new Giant.

        • AllenB

          No one asked you to play.

        • WeiQiang

          maybe after a suitcase?

          • drax

            I KNEW it!

          • WeiQiang

            … a my work/home pad that overlooks both VA Highlands and Long Bridge Parks. *rolling my eyes*

  • ArlCoSignControlOffice

    “drink specials”??? I hope they don’t use sandwich boards!

  • Corey

    They’re taking up space in public parks for this?

    Oftentimes these “adult” leagues feature beer drinking, cursing, and questionably-clad young women. And now our public parks are going to be monopolized for their use?

    This county’s flagrant abdication of its role in safeguarding family values is getting pretty serious, and I know that my neighbors and I will not stand for this kind of treatment.

    • Orange Rider

      I thought you lived in DC.

    • Woo Hoo

      Questionably-clad young women? Sign me up!!

    • drax

      As long a nobody smokes.

  • WieQiang

    By “Crystal City”, do they mean VA Highlands Park?

    • Arlingtonian

      You haven’t heard about Long Bridge Park? The brand new, very large park in Crystal City?

      • WeiQiang

        LOLOL. the one I’m looking at from my office right now? wow, totally thought that there were two parks listed in the parentheses. my bad, brah

        • drax

          So you live right next to Long Bridge park too.

          • WeiQiang

            no, silly

          • drax

            So you would have to drive to Long Bridge Park from your home.

          • WeiQiang

            I would walk from my office, of course. I’m not going to park in the sun … in this heat??

  • rossl

    this isn’t new. i played in USS leagues last fall in arlington….cornhole and skeeball, same leagues as above. false news.

    • Yes, USS had cornhole and skeeball before. But this is the first time they’ve hosted team sports in Arlington.

      • Changed the wording a bit to clarify.

        • Good Grief

          Why not add Field Hockey?? One of the few programs around that caters to female only.

          • Woo Hoo

            Why female only? Sexist!!

          • Tumblebum

            It evens out. The females can’t play cornhole.

          • drax

            If you get them drunk sometimes they’ll do it.

          • not RC


  • odd schedule Arl

    Anyone know any dodgeball or bocce leagues that play on sunday or monday? or any game other than softball?

    The hubs and I have odd days off (aka sunday and monday) seems like everything is always tues-thurs?

    • DC Bocce offers leagues in Arlington at Mosaic Park in Ballston and VA Highlands Tues-Thur. We do host a Monday night league, only it’s in the U Street neighborhood at Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro (www.PremierLeagueBocce.com). We do not currently host a Sunday or Monday in Arlington, but that may change as parties such as yourself express interest.

  • JohnB

    WAKA all the way!

  • Elmer

    Cow paddy bingo? Turkey shoots? Tractor pull? ATV races?

  • Mc

    Is this a for-profit operation? Taxes used to support a public benefit like a public park shouldn’t be used for the benefit of any profit making enterprise.

    • Really Mc?

      So I guess that would mean we should keep company trucks off public roads as well?

      Those groups pay permit fees and just because they are a for profit operation doesn’t mean they aren’t providing a desired service for the local community.

      All you for profit haters should see a country where they don’t exist. Go Visit Cuba sometime.

      • Mc

        Why should Arlington taxpayers spend $30+ million to build a new park in Crystal City to have it monopolized by a profit making organization that is not even based in Arlington? The problem is using tax money to subsidize gain, particularly when it may prevent other taxpayers from using facilities at that time.

        • Arlingtonian

          Even if these groups are for-profit, they are hardly going to be monopolizing the park. The school leagues won’t be using the park over the summer. There are three separate fields, so there will still be two open fields each night that the social sports groups are there.

          I don’t see this as a big deal. I see it as these private groups helping to subsidize the upkeep of the park over the summer months. That’s fine with me.

          • Arlingtonian

            I should clarify that the groups may not even use an entire field. I see many soccer games that only use half of a field. Kickball does not require the space of an entire soccer field. So these groups may only be using half of one field a night.

        • Really Mc?

          I’m sorry, I didn’t realize you had done enough research to determine that the park is being “monopolized” and that said groups and their predicted usage wasn’t even a possible factor in determining the financial feasibility of the park. Clearly the surrounding neighbors / residents have absolutely no desire to play or do these type of organized activities and are being pressured into joining the group… not to mention on top of all of this the group organizing them obviously doesn’t pay taxes on its income or employ people and is just a suck on the community as you probably view all for profit companies.

          Next time you go into work tell your employer you can’t make phone calls or flush the toilet or drive into the office or take the metro as too much of the infrastructural that’s supporting such activities was paid for by private tax paying citizens.

          Oh brother….

      • HaydiosMio

        Agreed, if they pay the fees, game on!

        • HaydiosMio

          I disagree.

          • john

            I agree

          • Tumblebum

            Dude what is your problem? Your trolling has now brought down a plague on us Mio!

    • ArlingtonRes

      Mc sure is Ms. Debbie Downer, eh?

      You do realize that these leagues have to pay Arlington to use the fields, right?

  • MC

    Two ideas to make this fair to the many thousands of taxpayers to pay for these specialized park sport facilities and have need for them or desire to use them. First, any group using the fields needs to pay user fees that reflect some the of real cost of creation and upkeep of these fields. Not just a token reservation fee, but something that actually helps to support the real costs of the field. Second, if any group is profit making, there needs to be a true public benefit beyond what a non-profit group using the same resource offers. For profit groups need to contribute more money to show a public benefit. With any limited resource, for profit groups should not crowd out non-profit uses unless they provide a public benefit to offset that use.

    • Fees

      I would assume that their payment is not a “token reservation fee” but something close to the county’s standard $100/hour for turf and $30/hour fee for grass fields

  • Sally

    I disagree.

    • Undecided

      I am positively undecided !!

  • i’m pumped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Newtdog73

    Don’t worry MC,

    I am certain that Magic “The Gathering” will be offered in the future.


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