Howard Recreation

March 19, 2006

Overview -- Here is a list of some county agencies, facilities and groups involved in athletics and recreation. Note that many groups maintain Web sites, and some use them exclusively to field inquiries from newcomers.

Agencies

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks -- The agency has the best overview of the county's competitive scene. The department produces seasonal listings of its activities, including sports, trips and classes. Headquarters: 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Guilford. 410-313-4700. Most adult team sports in the county are organized through the department, and some youth teams use the department for registration. For sports information: www.hcrpsports.com.

Columbia Park and Recreation Association -- The organization is supported by all Columbia property owners and operates, for fees, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, three tennis clubs (one open year-round), an ice-skating rink, three athletic clubs, two 18-hole golf courses, a miniature golf course, a skateboard park and a horse center. Columbia residents and those who work in the county get reduced memberships or fees at all facilities. Nonresidents also can use the facilities for higher fees. Fees vary by facility. Headquarters: 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. 410-715-3000, or www.columbiaassociation. com.

Community groups

Overview -- Three community-oriented groups offer multiple sports for children. Volunteers and centers in the communities listed operate all three. Because of blurred boundaries and other considerations, participants are allowed from outside their primary communities.

Elkridge Youth Organization -- Offers soccer, basketball, baseball and softball. Serves the northeastern portion of the county. www.eyosports.org.

Howard County Youth Program -- Offers baseball, fast-pitch softball, volleyball and basketball. The group holds a long-term lease on Kiwanis-Wallas Park, a multiple-field facility for baseball and softball, at U.S. 40 and Route 144 on the western edge of Ellicott City. Draws primarily from greater Ellicott City. www.hcyp. org.

Savage Boys and Girls Club -- Offers soccer, flag football, basketball, baseball and softball and serves communities in the southern and southeastern portion of the county. 301-604-8308 or www.savagebgc.org.

Badminton

Department of Recreation and Parks -- 410-313-4700.

Baseball

Atholton Youth Recreation Association -- Offers recreation and travel levels. Primarily serves south-central parts of Columbia, southern part of the county. 301-776-2972, or www. ayra.com.

Columbia Youth Baseball Association -- Recreation and travel levels. www.columbiabaseball.com. Register, make queries at the Department of Recreation and Parks, 410-313-4700.

Elkridge Youth Organization -- Recreation and travel levels. Primarily serves northeast portion of the county. www.eyosports.org.

Howard County Youth Program -- Recreation and travel levels. Primarily serves greater Ellicott City. www.hcyp.org.

Savage Boys and Girls Club -- Recreation and travel levels. Primarily serves southeastern part of the county. 301-604-8308. www.savage bgc.org.

Western Howard County Youth Baseball and Softball -- Primarily serves western end of county. www.whcsports.com.

Basketball (youth)

Catholic Youth Organization -- Boys and girls leagues through middle school. Organized by Roman Catholic parishes. Contact Church of the Resurrection, Ellicott City; Trinity Preparatory School, Ilchester; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ilchester; St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, Clarksville.

Columbia Basketball Association -- Recreation and travel levels, boys and girls. Circulates information via the school system. 410-381-3743, or www.columbiabas ketball.com.

Elkridge Youth Organization -- Recreation and travel levels. Primarily serves northeast portion of the county. www.eyosports.org.

First Baptist Church Crusaders, Guilford -- Travel-level boys club for players through high school. 410-740-9498, or youthsports.com/ members/firstbap.

Columbia Jaguars -- Travel-level club for boys. www.columbiajaguars .org, or 410-730-2609.

Howard County Youth Program -- Recreation and travel levels. Primarily serves greater Ellicott City. www.hcyp.org.

Savage Boys and Girls Club -- Recreation and travel levels. Primarily serves the southeastern part of the county. 301-604-8308, or www.sa vagebgc.org.

Western Howard County Youth Basketball -- Primarily serves the western end of the county. 410-489-0351.

Basketball (adult)

Department of Recreation and Parks -- Operates leagues for men and women. The men's organization includes two leagues for over-30 players. Information for men's or women's teams: 410-313-4700, or www.hcrpsports.com.

Baton twirling

Dynamics -- Club is mainly for girls through college age. Competes out of and practices at Volleyball House, Elkridge. Has won several national championships and competed internationally. 301-776-1222.

Bicycling

Baltimore Bicycling Club -- 410-792-8308.

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