“Road to Brazil” series ends at FedEx Field

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World Cup Champions, Spain, will take on El Salvador followed by D.C. United against the Columbus Crew

Defending World Cup Champions, Spain, will take on El Salvador in an International Friendly at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The game scheduled for June 7th will feature Spain vs. El Salvador at 4 p.m. and then will conclude with D.C. United taking on the Columbus Crew.

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DMV Elite’s New Memorial Day Tournament

DMV Elite has recently announced a new Memorial Day Basketball tournament, the Memorial Amateurs Championship Tournament also known as The MAC. This tournament is designed to attract teams from across the country to compete for national recognition, exposure and bragging rights.

With this being the first year for The MAC, Director Chris Lawson is looking for it to become a big success, “The MAC is building to become the future largest youth amateur event on the East Coast.” With multiple teams coming from the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area and other teams from  Delaware, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania expected to compete for the trophy, DMV Elite is looking to make this a national tournament with top caliber AAU teams.

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Youth Cricket Championship marks milestone in sport’s growth

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The championship match held at South Germantown Recreational Park

Over three years ago, cricket programs for youths in Maryland were virtually nonexistent. On a bright and clear Sunday where the oval-shaped cricket ground met the horizon of Sugarloaf Mountain, the first state youth cricket championship in the country was held at South Germantown Recreational Park

For the president of the United States Youth Cricket Association, Jamie Harrison, the championship match marked another milestone for the sport. Since early 2010 when he began the USYCA and the Maryland Youth Cricket Association, the Glen Burnie resident has spearheaded the movement to cultivate and foster the non-traditional sport for children in Maryland and across the country.

“Maryland has a very large population with a passion for cricket. What’s lacking is infrastructure to allow the children of that demographic to properly learn the game, and also to introduce the game to other children outside that demographic,” said Harrison, USYCA president.

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7th Annual Potomac Junior Bonspiel

This exciting event is taking place November 2nd through the 4th at The Potomac Curling Club of the National Capital Curling Center in Laurel, MD. The First Draw is Friday at 7pm, the Expected Finals are to take place Sunday at 11:30am. (Times are subject to change)

Teams of all abilities are welcome! A maximum of 16 teams can be accommodated, and they plan to adhere to a 2-tiered draw format, with both recreational and competitive levels, in keeping with the tradition of our event.  The Potomac Curling Club has held many outstanding events at their location, including their yearly opener, the 2012 Inaugural Bonspiel which took place this past October.  Their next big event coming up is the NGCC Junior Playdowns which will take place from December 26th to December 31st.  You can find out more about this event and upcoming events by visiting www.curldc.org.

The game of curling was originally played by the Scottish and started back in the 16th century. It wasn’t until the 1830’s when the Scottish settlers brought the game to Michigan and from there it spread to the states of North Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Many people are not aware of how the sport of curling has taken off with growth. Today in the U.S. there are about 135 clubs and increasing. There is a U.S. Junior National Team and a U.S. Wheelchair Team.

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Here are some general key things to know about the sport of Curling:

  • Be honest. There are rarely referees or umpires in curling, so the game depends on players to police themselves and one another, especially during league play. If perchance you accidentally burn a stone, it is expected that you will be the first to announce it.
  • Be a good sport. Congratulate players, both teammates and opponents, when they make a good shot. By the same standard, do not embarrass a player who has missed a shot. Cheering a missed shot is considered in poor taste and poor sportsmanship. Also do not make light of any bad fortune that befalls your opponent.
  • Keep the game moving. A standard eight end game takes 2 full hours to play, so it’s a courtesy to your team, your opponents, and anybody playing after you to be on time, prompt and mindful of the clock. If you start late or play slowly, do not assume that you will be able to play a complete, 8-end game. If you notice that you are a full end or two behind all the other sheets, pick up the pace.

Be sure to check out the National Governing Body for USA Curling at www.uscurl.org for more information about the sport and the organization itself! See you soon, on the ice in Maryland.