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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 3, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

The following post was written and sponsored by United Social Sports.

The word on the street is that United Social Sports is now powering D.C. Social and the two groups are now offering more options to get out and play in Arlington than ever before.

This Spring brings more leagues to NoVa, which means more opportunities to meet new people and get a bit more active. There are also brand new leagues with our neighbor to the west, Annandale, including a weekday Thursday night Kickball League and a Wednesday night Softball League.

Players can grab a friend or two, signup solo or register full teams. Leagues this season include Kickball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Skeeball, Cornhole, Tennis, & Bowling.

Ready to get active this Spring? Check out the returning and new leagues playing this Spring.

USE Promo Code: ARLSP16 & save 10% on registration!

P.S Use #PlayUSS on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win a FREE Registration! The league is giving out a free registration each week by selecting random #playuss posts.

Bocce (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Basketball (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Capital Bowling (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Cornhole (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Flag Football (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Bar Sports (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Kickball (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Skeeball (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Soccer (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Softball (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Street Hockey (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Volleyball (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Tennis (Click Here for Full Spring 2016 Lineup)

Heads up – Team Sports registration closes March 29th, and Bar Sports on April 5th or when leagues fill. Several leagues have already sold out!

by ARLnow.com — February 29, 2016 at 10:15 am 0

Dudley’s Sport & Ale, a new sports bar coming to the former Bungalow space in Shirlington, is hoping for a June opening.

Initially it was hoped that the bar could open in March, but work associated with the planned rooftop deck has pushed that back, according to owner Reese Gardner, who also owns nearby Copperwood Tavern.

Dudley’s plans to make the most of its airy 12,000 square foot interior space. According to renderings shared with ARLnow.com, there will be a 28-seat bar, another 125 seats in the dining area, a private room and bar for events and — in a unique touch that should make sports fans jealous of their home theater setup — a “stadium style” viewing area, with more than a dozen comfortable, drink-holder-equipped seats, facing a giant screen made up of four 90-inch displays.

Dudley’s will have Shirlington’s first rooftop bar. The 3,000 square foot space will have a game area, a 15-seat bar and patio seating for 114, according to the renderings.

Additional details about Dudley’s are not expected to be released until closer to its opening.

by ARLnow.com — February 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm 0

Ahead of tonight’s potentially disruptive snow, Arlington Public Schools has cancelled all evening activities.

From APS:

The National Weather Service has issued a warning for icy road conditions today from 5pm to 11pm and encourages everyone to adjust their travel plans during this time. As a result of the forecast for rush hour this evening, all APS Late Athletic Buses as well as all APS evening activities are cancelled for today.  Tonight’s Summer Activities Fair is also canceled and will be held next Friday, Feb. 19. The APS Extended Day Program will close at the regular time, but parents are encouraged to pick up their children earlier if possible.

The cancelled activities include athletic events, like tonight’s scheduled Wakefield High School basketball games and senior night.

https://twitter.com/WakeAthletics/status/698221328172711937

Also tonight, Arlington County community centers will be closing at 5 p.m. That and other cancellations from the Arlington Dept. of Parks and Recreation:

  • The Summer Camp Fair scheduled at Thomas Jefferson Community Center tonight at 6 p.m. is canceled.
  • All community centers (joint use and standalone) will close for the evening at 5 p.m.
  • All Enjoy Arlington classes, 55+ classes, trips and nature center programs in all buildings with start times of 4 p.m. or later are canceled.
  • All Sports activities, leagues and instructional programs are canceled for this evening.
  • DPR Elementary and Teen After-school Programs will close at 5 p.m.
  • All other events and activities scheduled after 5 p.m. this evening are canceled.
  • All synthetic fields are closed for this evening.
  • Powhatan Springs Skate park closed after 5 p.m.

The snow is currently not expected to start falling in Arlington until around 8 p.m. From the Capital Weather Gang:

by ARLnow.com — November 12, 2015 at 11:15 am 0

Tri360A store specializing in outfitting those who compete in triathlons has closed its doors in East Falls Church.

Tri360 opened at 2121 N. Westmoreland Street, just off of the W&OD Trail, in 2012. It sold athletic apparel, accessories and shoes — everything a triathlete needs to swim, cycle and run — and also had a “full service” bike shop.

Tri360 earned positive reviews on Yelp. A poster on an online forum for triathletes said the owners of the store simply grew weary of putting in the long hours required to manage it.

“They were doing fine business-wise but the couple who owned it found that managing the store, etc. was overwhelming in addition other responsibilities,” she said.

The store held a big going-out-of-business sale before closing late last month. Bonzai Sports in Falls Church now appears to be the closest triathlon specialty store in Northern Virginia.

Hat tip to Carol B.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — November 10, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

Winter 2016 is almost here, and USS is set to kick off its Winter Social Sports season! And we have good news!

United Social Sports is bringing more leagues to Northern Virginia this Winter! Want to meet new people? Maybe see your friends more often? Wanna stay active and moving?

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

Ready to get active this Winter? Check out the returning and new leagues playing this Winter! Use Promo Code: ARLWT16 & save on registration!

Bar Sports (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Bocce (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Cornhole (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Dodgeball (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Skeeball (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Shuffleboard (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Soccer (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Volleyball (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Heads up — Team Sports registration closes Jan. 12, and Bar Sports on Jan. 19 or when leagues fill. Be sure to act fast!

Also, don’t miss out on our upcoming events, including the Bubble Soccer Tournament in D.C. on Dec. 5.

by ARLnow.com — October 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm 0

Dudley’s Sport and Ale, a new sports bar that’s coming to the Village at Shirlington, is tentatively aiming to open in March.

Dudley’s owner Reese Gardner, who also owns Copperwood Tavern in Shirlington, told nearby residents via Facebook that Dudley’s will be “huge,” with Shirlington’s first rooftop bar.

“The space is huge and I’m doing a complete rework of the space and adding a rooftop,” Gardner said. “Trust me I live in walking distance also and I’m just as excited.
March will be the soonest.”

In addition to the rooftop bar, Dudley’s will feature more than 40 flat screen TVs and a private party area. So far there are no plans for live music at the bar, Gardner said.

On its website, Dudley’s says it’s starting the hiring process for all positions.

“We’re looking for smart, hard working and passionate people to join our team,” the site says. “Please send your resume if you are interested in any position from Chef to Server to Bartender to Prep Cook and beyond.”

Dudley’s is located at 2766 S. Arlington Mill Drive, in the former Bungalow Sports Grill space.

by ARLnow.com — August 24, 2015 at 10:30 am 5,238 0

The Bungalow Sports Grill in ShirlingtonShirlington won’t have to go too long without a sport bar.

The Bungalow Sports Grill closed in June but a replacement is already in the works. The owners of Copperwood Tavern, another Shirlington restaurant, are planning a new sports bar called “Dudley’s Sport and Ale.”

Dudley’s will open in the 12,000 square foot Bungalow space at 2766 S. Arlington Mill Drive), but amazingly the owners also planning a big addition. The sports bar will have a 3,000 square foot rooftop bar — a first for Shirlington.

Dudley's Sports and Ale logo“I’ve called the Shirlington Village home for about 12 years,” co-owner Reese Gardner said in a Facebook post. “Shirlington not only needs a sports bar it also needs a rooftop bar.”

In a separate post, Gardner said Washingtion Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo has joined his ownership team. Gardner’s company also owns a trio of D.C. bars: Irish Whiskey Public House, Orange Anchor and the soon-to-open Union Social.

Dudley’s is hoping to open early next year, according to its Facebook page.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 20, 2015 at 8:00 am 0

Fall 2015 is almost here, and USS is set to kick off its Fall Social Sports season!

And we have good news: United Social Sports is bringing more leagues to Arlington this Fall. Want to meet new people? Maybe see your friends more often? Wanna stay active and moving?

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

Ready to play? Check out the returning and new leagues playing this Fall. USE Promo Code: ARLFL15 & save on registration.

Bar Sports (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Bocce (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Skeeball (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Soccer (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Softball (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Volleyball (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Ultimate Frisbee (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Heads up – Team Sports registration closes Sept 15th, and Bar Sports on Sept 22nd or when leagues fill. Be sure to act fast!

Don’t miss out on our upcoming events:

The preceding post was written and sponsored by United Social Sports

by ARLnow.com — July 22, 2015 at 9:00 am 1,463 0

Rosslyn sunset and helicopter (Flickt pool photo by John Sonderman)

Grant for New Bikeshare Stations OKed — Arlington County will receive nearly $300,000 from the federal government to install eight new Capital Bikeshare stations along the GW Parkway. Among the locations set for a new Bikeshare station are Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon, Gravelly Point Park and Reagan National Airport. [Arlington County]

Jefferson Davis Name Change Unlikely — The Virginia General Assembly is not likely to approve changing the name of Jefferson Davis Highway any time soon. “Jefferson Davis was an avid racist and segregationist… But there’s not a whole lot of people clamoring about it except coffee-shop liberals in Arlington,” Del. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) told the Sun Gazette. Plus, Arlington County already has numerous streets and schools named after slaveholders. [InsideNova, InsideNova]

APS Honored for Healthy Food Options — Arlington Public Schools has received the top award in the “Healthy School Meals” category of the 2015 Virginia School Boards Association Food for Thought Competition. [Arlington Public Schools]

Lighting Task Force Approved — The Arlington County Board on Tuesday approved the appointment of a citizen working group that will study the issue of athletic lighting in Arlington. After a public process, the group is expected to come back to the Board in 11 months with a recommendation as to whether all artificial turf fields in the county should have lighting, a controversial issue for many who live near such fields. [InsideNova]

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

by ARLnow.com — July 16, 2015 at 9:20 am 1,428 0

Butterfly at Long Branch Nature Center (Flickr pool photo by Airamangel)

Bailey’s Crossroads Project Canceled — A project that would have redeveloped a vacant office building into an apartment building in Bailey’s Crossroads has been canceled. The project was to take place just over the Arlington County line, on the Fairfax County side of the intersection of Columbia Pike and Carlin Springs Road. [Washington Business Journal]

W-L Turf Project On Track — A joint Arlington County-Arlington Public Schools project to replace the artificial turf at Washington-Lee High School’s stadium remains on track to wrap up early next month, despite the rainy weather that the area has been experiencing. [Arlington County]

Flickr pool photo by Airamangel

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

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