Destination Guide: Finding Broomball Off the Beaten Path…in Maryland
by Omar Chavez
Don’t have the budget for the Nationwide Tournament Circuit? Looking for ice but not the premium price? If so, consider exploring “American in Miniature”—Maryland is the perfect destination to experience a little bit of everything, and the broomball culture reflects that spirit. Here are my picks for the perfect Maryland broomball experience:
Charm City Broomball: This sport’s economic vitality is built on the ground floor experience—run and slide on the ice, score some goals, and meet new people. From half to full ice, sneakers and broomball shoes, Charm City has everything you can ask for. Check out some YouTube clips of the experience here and also here.
Charm City is located in the Patterson Park neighborhood of Southeast Baltimore. A designated historic district, you are within walking distance of some of the city’s best restaurants, nightlife and cultural activities. After your game, head to Sharky’s Bar & Grill (2819 Eastern Ave, Baltimore) for the friendly service and great drink specials. More Information
Baltimore Broomball Club (“BBC”): 12+ years running. Multiple marriages, young families with 60+ children on the membership rolls. Thursday night is “Broomball Night” at the Reisterstown Sportsplex, thanks to the BBC. Check out the YouTube clip here for the experience.
Tracing its origins to a Miami University alumnus attending the USA Broomball National Championships, BBC has become a proper broomball club. It’s about fun and family first, and competition brings the fun. You will meet, play with, and compete against everyone. From there, it is easier to field teams that compete and win on the National Tour. If tourney ball is not your thing, BBC hosts multiple social events and partners with the Washington Capitals for in-game exhibitions. After your game, head to the outdoor patio at Full Moon Pub (1100 Westminster Pike, Reisterstown) and relax in their comfortable swinging chairs. More Information
Rockville Broomball (“Rockville”): Limited openings but a premiere experience—click here to get a taste of the action.
Rockville Ice Arena provides specialized training opportunities for the competitive and elite player. The quality of play is so high even out-of-state and Minnesota players come to train. The program revolves around a position switching model, emphasizing development on skill, vision, and decision-making. It is an an environment that breeds confidence and passion. You will have fun and develop your playing skills to a premier level, which leads to success on the National Tour.
Rockville trains on dates that do not conflict with other recreation or club commitments. Post-training socials can be found at Urban Barbecue or the superb margarita and tequila offerings at Villa Maya (5566 Norbeck Rd, Rockville, MD 20853).
It’s amazing how one of the smallest states in the U.S. can hold so many varied experiences. As this list proves, Maryland will soon earn the title of “Broomball America (in miniature).”