Northern Virginia Broomball: The Saturday Night Wars

Guide to broomball in the Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia area
This summer, two competing pickup broomball leagues will face-off on Saturday nights in Northern Virginia.

Capital Broomball, Springfield

Capitol Broomball, which I finished my rookie season in over the winter, has a summer season at The St. James in Springfield. Capitol Broomball plays on a full regulation clean sheet of ice. Equipment (broomball shoes, sticks, helmets) is included with registration.

Cost: $120 – REGISTER NOW

From the Capitol Broomball:

Though the St. James is running it, things will mostly be the same. You’ll still sign up as an individual (or with a carpool) and teams will be drafted. The cost is $120 for an 8 game season (pickups not included). Games will be played on Saturday nights with the first game starting at 6:30 pm. We will have equipment for players to borrow (helmets, shoes, sticks). If is recommended, but not required, that players wear gloves, shin pads, elbow pads, and a mouth guard.

League Schedule
All games 6:30 p.m.

June 15 – Week 1
June 22 – Week 2
June 29 – Week 3
July 13 – Week 4
July 20 – Week 5
July 27 – Week 6
August 3 – Playoffs
August 10 – Playoffs

Pickup Schedule
June 1 – 6:10 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.
June 8 – 7:40 p.m. – 9:10 p.m.

Medstar Capitals Iceplex, Arlington

Up in Ballston, the Medstar Capitals Iceplex will also have a Saturday night broomball league, starting June 15. This looks to be more casual or entry level and will likely be played as “small rink” — between the blue line and the boards. Sticks are included, but bring your own helmet.

From the Caps Iceplex site:
Join our Summer Broomball League to get a taste of what Broomball is about! Our Summer Broomball League is a recreational league designed for beginners- come as an individual or get friends together and form a whole team! Broomball League lasts for 10 weeks, plus playoffs, and is a great activity for those familiar with hockey.

Cost: $150 REGISTER NOW

League Schedule
All games start at 7:10 p.m.
June 15
June 22
June 29
July 13
July 20
July 27
August 3
August 10
August 17

Pickup Schedule
June 2 – 5:10 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
June 9 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

I’m an advocate for broomball overall, so this tyranny of choice is a bit frustrating, but my hope is the game is grown in the area, even if it would have been nicer to spread it out. My plan is to stick with Capital Broomball, but if I was less experienced, I’d be at the Capitals Iceplex.

All D.C. AREA BROOMBALL CALENDAR

I have compiled a Google Calendar of DC area broomball. Other sessions will be added as they are announced. Check with the rink to confirm times, availability, etc.

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