Rites of Spring: Why Amateur Sports Still Matter in Baltimore

Doesn’t matter if there’s a trophy at stake or a Natty Boh—the joy of playing adult sports is in the doing. Here's our ultimate guide to getting out there this season:
News & Community
Ten Things That Make Camden Yards The Best in MLB
Our list of insider tips, can't-miss attractions, and perennial favorites at Oriole Park—recently ranked the top stadium by USA Today.
Rites of Spring: Baltimore is Finally Embracing Its Skateboarding Community
Throughout the past two decades, local leaders like Stephanie Murdock have successfully advocated for public skating spaces.
Rites of Spring: Sheehan Stanwick Burch on Why Local Lacrosse Culture Matters
Lacrosse and Maryland go hand-in-hand, as it does with the Stanwick family—eight college lax-playing siblings raised in Roland Park.
Rites of Spring: Adult Baseball Leagues to Join This Season
Childhood dreams never die for rec players on these Baltimore ballfields.
News & Community
Rites of Spring: Pickup Basketball Has a Storied History in Baltimore. Is it Fading?
"We linked up together and formed bonds with people we would never talk to under any other circumstance," reflects author D. Watkins, "and then from park to park, we balled harder than the sun shined."
Rites of Spring: The Baltimore Flamingos Make Rugby Inclusive to All
The first LGBTQ-friendly rugby club in Maryland welcomes everyone over the age of 17, with just one caveat: You must have fun.
Rites of Spring: Little Italy’s Bocce Courts Host Popular Evening Leagues
While preparing for the upcoming season, longtime players reflect on the culture of the Old World sport.
Rites of Spring: Cricket is Growing in Baltimore
Baltimore County is expected to complete construction of its first-ever cricket field at Cloverland Park this year, which will serve, among others, the Saathi Baltimore Cricket Club.
Rites of Spring: Beach Volleyball Makes Rash Field One of the City’s Busiest Public Spaces
Thanks to Baltimore Beach Volleyball, the Inner Harbor courts host between 1,000 and 1,500 people weekly during the spring, summer, and fall.
Rites of Spring: Six Great Spots to Get Your Pickleball On
Pickleball courts range from fancy state-of-the-art indoor facilities to free outdoor courts, some that may even require you to BYON (bring your own net). That’s the beauty of it.

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