Sporty Chic

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Three area athletic outlets

As the Olympics come to a close, you may be inspired to add some sporty spice to your life. Even if it is from the sidelines. Cincy Chic hit a home run and found three local sport-inspired groups that'll have you cheering for more.

With the Winter Olympics over and the Summer Olympics still two years away, it's only natural to be craving for sports. March Madness doesn't start for more than a week, and Opening Day is still almost a month out. But you can turn to these three Cincinnati organizations to get your athletic fix while playing something a little out of the ordinary.


Cincinnati Sports Leagues


Offering a wide array of sports, the Cincinnati Sports Leagues (CSL) helps you satisfy your competitive craving. This organization places a major emphasis on sand volleyball leagues, with somebody playing the sport almost every day. While some people have played in high school or even college, CSL's main focus is at the purely recreational level.


A sport that really has been taking off plays to your nostalgic side and takes you back to the schoolyard for recess. Kickball has been growing in popularity with players filling up each available opportunity. Now the CSL has expanded their schedule to include kickball almost every night of the week.



Another interesting offering at CSL are the corn hole leagues. Just as you can sign up to be a team player for kickball, you can be a bean-bag-throwing partner. Or you can opt for flag football or softball, which will both be available in the spring.


If you're more of a fan than an athlete, CSL sponsors many social events to make you feel right at home. The happy hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays and cater to the 21-and-up crowd, as they are sponsored by Bud Light, says Brandon Webb, director of special events. These nights allow you to mix and mingle without the commitment of playing in a league.


For more information or to sign up for a spring sport, head to


Cincinnati Rollergirls


The Kentucky Derby isn't the only derby around. The Cincinnati Rollergirls all compete in roller derby 10 months out of the year, and they go all around the country to do it. Their "home-rink" advantage is at the Cincinnati Gardens, where they will have their first home game March 27 against a team from California.


While roller derby came back in a big way after the A&E show "Roller Girls," today's roller derby is much different from the theatrical events of the show. "It showcases the athleticism of the actual athletes competing," says Mercedes "Sadistic Sadie" Stafford, Cincinnati Rollergirls president and jammer.


The way roller derby works is that skaters go around the track, helping the jammer pass people. The jammer is the only skater who can score points, and she scores a point for each person she passes. The sport involves much more than just speed, though, because skaters work to block the way of opponents, turning roller derby into a contact sport.


Cincinnati Rollergirls currently has 44 skaters with an additional about 30 volunteers to help make it all happen. The girls constantly are looking for more talent and help. They hold monthly tryouts for already experienced skaters and derby girls, but they also offer boot camps toward the end of the season to prepare interested skaters for those tryouts. And they take volunteers on a rolling basis.


If you're not interested in committing to being a skater or volunteer, you always can go to support your local athletes at a derby "bout" or game. General admission is $10 a person, but the Cincinnati Rollergirls offer a discount for groups of 10 or more. The group can reserve a section of seating so that they don't have to worry about finding the right number of seats to accommodate them, and group tickets are only $7 a person. To reserve a space for your group, you can e-mail


For more information about the Cincinnati Rollergirls, head to If you are interested in joining the team, you can e-mail , and if you'd like to volunteer for the Cincinnati Rollergirls, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Cincinnati Broomball Association


Quiditch isn't the only sport that uses brooms as equipment, but the "brooms" in broomball aren't exactly the kind you use to sweep up your kitchen. They are the kind you use to sweep up some points and leave your opponents clean out of luck. At least that's what the Cincinnati Broomball Association (CBA) wants to happen.


Offering league levels from beginner to experienced, the CBA strives to provide Queen City residents with an affordable opportunity to play broomball. The association purchases helmets, sticks, balls and any other necessary equipment needed to get the game on the rink.


They even help with the rink. As ice time can get pricey, the CBA works to get everyone together so that the price per person is much easier on players' pocketbooks. "Our goal is really to get ice time at a sort of bulk rate and then divvy that up among as many players as we can," CBA President Brian Kaeppner says. And that ice will be nice as the weather starts warming up just in time for the CBA's summer season.


During the summer, the CBA holds drop in sessions on various Sunday nights that are posted on their Web site. "The summer will probably be the best opportunity I think for the individual person who just wants to give it a shot to get introduced to the league," Kaeppner says.


The drop-in sessions are at the SportsPlus ice skating center on Reading Road, and each session costs $10 per player. The CBA provides the equipment on a first come, first served basis, and players get a chance to play some broomball.


For players who don't want to wait until the summer, you can sign up as a "free agent" on the CBA Web site, and you can be picked up for a team. You just have to provide your name, e-mail, gender (for co-ed regulation purposes) and broomball experience.


For more information about the CBA, how to start playing or how to cheer the broomballers on, head to or e-mail Kaeppner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Photographer: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Model: Sadistic Sadie
Location: The McAlpin

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