If you’re looking for intense competition and fast BMX racing, you should be at the East Coast Nationals this weekend in Severn, MD. BMX is a fast-paced race run on a dirt track loaded with hairpin turns, multiple rollers, step-up, step-down and table-top jumps. Riders push their bodies to the absolute limit running against the clock, and only the top competitors move on. It is an exciting sport to watch, and you never know who the victor could be, one crash could ultimately alter the entire race. Continue reading
Baseball season is underway here in Maryland and with the name Ripken involved you know it will be something to remember. Ripken Baseball is an sport-event organization based in Aberdeen, MD. They specialize not only in organizing numerous tournaments in the State of Maryland, but they also provide instructional videos from Major League players like Cal and Bill Ripken to help youth players exceed in their level of play.
Created by Cal Ripken and brother Bill Ripken in 2001 in remembrance of father Cal Sr., Ripken Baseball has surpassed expectations in providing a unique experience when hosting baseball tournaments in their spring to fall season. These one of a kind tournaments are held at their premier complex located in Aberdeen. With a huge selection of baseball fields, batting cages, pitching mounds and training fields, the Ripken experience at the Aberdeen complex will surely display the best of youth baseball in the coming months.
If you haven’t had the chance to attend or play in a lacrosse or field hockey tournament hosted by Aloha Tournaments, then you are missing out. Aloha Tournaments has been providing the State of Maryland with elite youth lacrosse tournaments since 1999. Over the past 16 years the organization has carried out numerous lacrosse and field hockey tournaments across the nation, and continues to provide exceptional experiences for all players, coaches and families involved. Not only have I played in the lacrosse tournaments growing up, but I had the opportunity last summer to work for Aloha during one of their busiest seasons to date.
Aloha Tournaments was created and founded, believe it or not, in a garage. The first annual Warrior Lax Splash Lacrosse Tournament was played in the spring of 1999 and the organization has only continued to expanded countrywide, hosting tournaments in Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, and even Colorado. Since the first Lax Splash was hosted in Maryland, the company has gone from hosting 144 teams in one tournament, to now taking care of 40,00 players and 60,000 fans each year. Chris Hutchins, a top affiliated partner associated with Aloha Tournaments, discussed how the culture of the organization has changed over the years. “Initially when it started, it was just for the youth and rec leagues, [but] as we continued to grow we were asked to host tournaments in different counties and in other seasons.” Between the months of May and November, Aloha Tournaments hosts 26+ events nationwide, nine of which are held in Maryland. Last summer while working for them, I got the chance to help host a lacrosse tournament all the way in Sacramento, California. Although the scenery was very different from Maryland, the level of competition was just as high.
With cold temperatures predicted to stay at least five more weeks here in Maryland, the Annapolis Yacht Club sets sail to carry on the second half of their 2014-2015 Frostbite Series. Frostbite racing, or Frostbiting, is another term for sailing in the winter and as “America’s Sailing Capital”, sailing enthusiasts are not about to let a little cold weather keep them from their boats. Local sailing aficionados at the Annapolis Yacht Club have been producing numerous sailing events to help grow the sport since its’ inception in 1866 as the Severn Boat Club, located in a small-one story frame shack on an oyster pile. In the late 1930’s to early 40’s the Boat Club was changed into what is now known as the Annapolis Yacht Club. In following years, around the early 1960’s, the creation of the Frostbite series was implemented by Club.