Spring season heats up

Rugby, Softball, Kickball

It is about that time of year when a lot of your local sports teams are beginning to start up their leagues or are commencing their training for their spring seasons. Here are some dates to help you find an activity (or three!) to participate in for the 2015 year!

Rugby

The Charlotte Royals will have the Rugby 101 Boot camp on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Cordelia Park, 2100 N. Davidson St. This event will be a controlled practice headed up by Coach Amanda Vestal and will take new players through some basic rugby drills, some low level fitness exercises and help define and explain some rugby terms and jargon. The entire Royals team will be there, participating in the drills as well, so it will provide an excellent opportunity to meet the team and coach. To learn more, visit charlotteroyalsrugby.com.

But if you would rather just come out and watch the team, here is their spring schedule:

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March 7: Table Rock @ Charlotte
Tuckaseegee Park
4820 Tuckaseegee Rd.

March 21: Round Robin
Charleston, Atlanta, and Charlotte
The Rugby Athletic Center in Charlotte
3722 South Tryon St.

April 4: Charlotte @ Guilford College
Guildford College Athletic Fields
5800 W. Friendly Ave.

April 25: Colonial Cup Tournament
Philadelphia, PA

May 2: Charlotte @ Charleston
Charleston, SC

May 16: Prom Dress Match
Nashville @ Charlotte
Tuckaseegee Park
4820 Tuckaseegee Rd.

Also, in case you missed it, the Royals hosted their annual Beer Pong tournament at Sidelines Sports Bar, 4544 South Blvd., on Friday Jan. 9. It was a massive turnout with 28 teams competing in the double elimination tournament for the $50 dollar prize (and bragging rights for the entire year.) The deep and talented event started at 9 p.m. and lasted into the morning hours. In the end, however, team Glam Newton ending up taking home the championship, dispatching their opponents 6 cups to 2. The event helped raise hundreds of dollars for the Charlotte Royals, and the entire team would like to thank everyone who attended.

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Softball

Carolina Softball Alliance is planning on holding open clinics March 15 and 22 for any new players that want to join the league.  These clinics are integral in helping the league determine a player’s skill level to properly place them on a team. This clinic is also open to returning players and is a good way to meet other people in the league. Also, if you have interest in bringing a complete team into the league, that is welcome, as well.

The league will be played on Sundays at Revolution Park, 1225 Remount Rd., between the hours of 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., except for holidays. For any further questions or information, follow the league on Facebook, or at their website, carolinasoftball.org.

Kickball

If softball is not your speed and you are looking for something a little less physically demanding, then check out the co-ed Stonewall Kickball Charlotte league. This league’s second season starts March 8 at Veteran’s Park, 2136 Central Ave. After being played on Tuesday nights this past season, kickball will move to Sunday afternoons from 12:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. This might make for busy Sundays or a little bit of overlap for those looking to play with both the local softball and kickball leagues, but, no doubt, they’ll be packed with fun! If you would like more information on signing up, go to stonewallkickballcharlotte.leagueapps.com/. : :

[Ed. Note (Feb. 2, 2015, 11:42 a.m.) — The original version of this column noted that kickball will play on Sundays from 12:30-3:30 p.m., based upon information received in a press release from Stonewall Kickball Charlotte. The press release’s information was in error; the times have been updated.]

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