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City rec leagues get under way this month

March 05, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Weekly adult recreation leagues will get under way in Hagerstown next week, but there’s still time to sign up to participate, according to a City of Hagerstown official.

The city’s Parks & Recreation Department will host seven leagues, including outdoor basketball, coed kickball, coed dodgeball, 4-on-4 flag football, ultimate Frisbee, ball hockey and coed touch football.

“It’s turning out well,” Recreation Coordinator Andy Hoffman said.

A sign-up night will be Wednesday at Barefoot Bernie’s, 901 Dual Highway, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Participation costs are $30 to $40 per individual and $250 to $350 per team — depending on the sport — for the 10-week season, which includes a T-shirt and game-night specials at local businesses, which help to keep costs low through sponsorships.

People can sign up as an individual or with a team. Participants of all skill levels are welcome, and leagues are designed to be fun, Hoffman said.

 “It’s supposed to be fun, active and social,” he said.

Leagues are held the same day each week during the 10-week season.

Hoffman said he has seven teams registered for outdoor basketball (Sundays) and at least four teams ready to roll in both kickball (Mondays) and ball hockey (Saturdays).

Local companies are looking to the city’s rec leagues as team-building activities, Hoffman said, with Volvo Powertrain signing up several teams to participate in dodgeball (Tuesdays).

Flag football (Wednesdays) currently has three people signed up as captains wishing to field a full team, but more players are needed, Hoffman said.

Hoffman said more registrants are needed to get ultimate Frisbee (Thursdays) and coed touch football (Saturdays) leagues started.

Kickball will open the season Monday, March 12, at Hager Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Other leagues will get under way in the following weeks.

Players can register at sign-up night Wednesday or any day at the Recreation Department’s office at Fairgrounds Park from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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