Triangle Weekender 2022

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Hockey

Ball hockey, also called street or dek hockey, is a modified way to learn the sport in a fun, competitive environment. Raleigh Ball Hockey League offers weekly pickup games and three divisions to play in. There are 14 teams in the league, open to players of any skill level. raleighballhockey.com Polar Iceplex in Raleigh offers

hockey programs for ages 3 and older. Take private lessons or join the PAHL Adult League. polariceraleigh.com The Carolina Stars are a USA Hockey – the governing body for ice hockey in America – club in Raleigh that started with just eight members in 2012. Young players train at the ice rink in the Field House at the Orange County Sportsplex. The team offers instruction from professional coaches and free hockey clinics. carolinastarshockey.com

The Carolina Hurricanes – or as we call them, the Canes – are Raleigh’s National Hockey League team. Formerly the Hartford Whalers, the Hurricanes have made 17 NHL playoff appearances (as of press time, the Canes are the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs) in 42 seasons, and won the Stanley Cup in 2006. On-ice action at the 700,000-squarefoot PNC Arena offers a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family and cheer as loud as you can! nhl.com/hurricanes

The Orange County Sportsplex also hosts four adult hockey leagues – three leagues are divided up by skill level, plus an Over-40 Division – and a variety of youth (ages 3-12) hockey classes, clinics and camps through its Sportsplex Hockey Academy. The Sportsplex is home to the Hillsborough Hogs youth hockey team, which is run by Triangle Youth Hockey of NC, a nonprofit, parent-run association that operates independently of the Sportsplex. oc-sportsplex.com/ice-rink

Baseball

Durham indoor baseball facility Riptide Baseball Academy offers group and individual lessons, clinics, equipment rentals and even has travel teams for players as old as 18. The facility has one full-size and two half-size batting cages, a new turf area and two pitching mounds. riptidebaseball.org

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With four fields located at 918 Junction Rd. in Durham, Bull City Little League provides baseball and softball experiences for youth of various ages and consists of a rookie (T-ball) team, youth baseball and softball and senior baseball and softball teams for ages 13-16. The league offers programs year-round. bullcitylittleleague.org

LET’S PLAY Whether you’re watching a game, teaching the kiddos a new sport, going the distance with a run club or throwing a disc around, there are plenty of ways to stay active and social in the Triangle! Compiled by Caitlyn Yaede Photography by John Michael Simpson