Note that the clubs and groups listed below in alphabetical order are in addition to law school organizations.
UVA student recreational club for those interested in learning or honing archery skills. Club furnishes equipment (including both compound and recurve bows), providing opportunities to keep in form for hunting season, shoot in regional tournaments, or just have fun.
North Grounds Softball League
Open to anyone in the North Grounds of the University, the softball league is comprised mostly of Law School students, with some faculty and staff participating, and a few Darden School of Business teams. There are three leagues: a coed league, a regular league, and a "macho" league. Teams on the coed league must have at least four women players. The season takes place in fall and spring, with playoffs to determine league champions. The NGSL also hosts a national softball tournament in the spring with teams from more than 60 schools.
Virginia Club Baseball
UVA student club team plays competitively against ACC schools such as Duke, Wake Forest, and University of North Carolina, and in-state rivals such as William and Mary. Tryouts in late February. The 20-game schedule runs from mid-March to late April. Two to three weekends are spent on the road in North Carolina, and the season ends with a tournament at UNC.
Mountain Bike Club
Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club.
Charlottesville Bike Club
Local club compiles the Guide to Road Rides in Central Virginia with maps and details of on-road bike rides.
Charlottesville Racing Club
Road racing, mountain biking, and cyclocross. All ages and levels.
Monticello Velo Club
Road bike racing club. Check out site for information.
University of Virginia Cycling Team
For graduate/law/business students, undergraduates and alumni. The Virginia Cycling Team is a club sport at the University of Virginia and is a member of the ACCC (Atlantic Coast Cycling Conference) of the National Collegiate Cycling Association (NCCA), sanctioned by the United States Cycling Federation.
Offers guided mountain bike ride, rentals, races, camps, etc. Call for directions.
UVA Outdoor Equipment Rental
Students and Intramural Sports members can rent canoes , includes paddles, life vests, and a car top carrier system. Inexpensive.
James River Runners
Canoeing, inner tubing, kayaking and rafting. Equipment rentals, group excursions, and wilderness trips. 20 years' experience.
James River Reeling & Rafting
Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and fishing rentals and trips.
Downriver Canoe Company
Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and rafting on the southern fork of the Shenandoah River in the Shenandoah Valley.
Albemarle County Parks and Rec.
Ballroom, swing, and country line dance classes.
Charlottesville Dept. of Recreation
Ballroom (regular, latin, waltz) dancing classes.
Different dance class schedule each semester.
Swing Club UVA
Student group that organizes lessons, workshops, and dances.
USA DANCE: Charlottesville Chapter
The local chapter of this national group offers dances and lessons in waltz, fox trot, rumba, and other ballroom dances. See their "dance links" page for information on dance groups in Charlottesville.
A great way for people who have played hockey in high school to continue enjoying the sport. This club team plays other schools, mostly in Virginia but also in Maryland and North Carolina, and practices about three times a week, primarily in fall. Social activities with other club teams.
Mountain River Outdoors
Owner is very friendly and knowledgeable about locations and local fish. Pole rental $15-25/day. Sells licenses and boating and marine supplies. Specializes in a wide variety of fly fishing equipment and accessories.
See the following fishing sites under Parks:
Beaver Creek Reservoir (bass, bream, crappie, catfish, muskie) and Chris Greene Lake (bass, bream, crappie)
One of best small-mouth bass rivers east of the Mississippi. For fishing outfitters, see Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting.
Rapidan River (trout)
No gas motors, fee, or rental boats. Large-mouth and small-mouth bass, bream, crappie, muskie, walleye.
Sugar Hollow (trout)
Getting there: Take Barracks Rd./Garth Rd. out of town northwest for half an hour to White Hall, where the road takes a 90-degree right turn just before a country store. Instead of following the road, go straight on to Sugar Hollow Rd. and go to the end.
See Virginia Golf for general information about golfing in the state.
Birdwood Golf Course
University golf course open to public. Student and faculty/staff rates. Four sets of tees, 18 holes, driving range, and restaurant.
Meadow Creek Golf Course at Pen Park
Charlottesville Hiking Group
This meetup group's primary activity is hiking, but they also offer camping, backpacking, kayaking, dog walks and social gatherings. Most of the hiking trips are dog-friendly. Free and open to all individuals with an interest in outdoors activities.
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (Charlottesville Chapter)
Local hiking club leads a hike or trail maintenance trip every Saturday. Meet at Albermarle High School at 9 a.m. Bring food, water and appropriate clothing.
Virginia Riding Team
The UVA Riding team consists of athletes of all levels and offers a chance for interested members to compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association.
Virginia Polo Club
Virginia Polo Center
Scrimmages five days a week for all skill levels. Competition with other colleges and local polo teams.
Rt. 1, Box 402, Elkton, VA 22827
Getting there: Rt. 29 N to Ruckersville, then 33 West. Off Rt. 609 in Elkton.
Working quarter horse ranch with great mountain views. Open 7 days a week. Reservations required. Children welcome. Picnic and camping areas.
Main Street Arena
230 W. Main St, at the Downtown Mall
Previously Charlottesville Ice Park. Public skating, skate rental, skating lessons, hockey leagues, UVA hockey games, and parties offered. Open 7 days a week, year round. Call for prices and hours, or see the website. Occasional coupons in local newspapers.
Ice Hockey Club
UVA student club competes with universities such as Duke and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To join the club, show up for tryouts at the Charlottesville Ice Park in late September (Be sure to bring the proper equipment). Players not earning a spot on the traveling squad are still able to practice with and be a member of the team.
Women's Club Lacrosse
This UVA student club plays against other University club teams and Division 2 and 3 varsity teams. Spring tournaments in Maryland and Louisiana. Tryouts are held in the fall for the year, and the team carries about 30 to 35 members.
Virginia Men's Club Lacrosse
UVA student club holds practices and games both semesters. Competes in the NCLL and plays teams such as Maryland, Richmond, and Washington and Lee. Tournaments each year at East Carolina, Penn State, and New Orleans. All skill levels are welcome from beginner to ex-varsity.
UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports teaches some martial arts classes. Many private martial arts schools exist in Charlottesville. See the Yellow Pages.
Cavalier Judo Club promotes the practice and study of judo, a sport derived from jujutsu. The word "judo" means "the gentle way," referring to the way that judo uses an opponent's motion to throw them rather than overpowering them with force.
Undergraduate and graduate students at the University practice Kendo- a Japanese sword martial art. The club trains novice members in the basic skills and prepares the higher-level members for national tournaments. The club also welcomes Kumdo practitioners
Shotokan Karate Club
Tae Kwon Do Club
The University's Tae Kwon Do Club (TKD Club) was created in the fall of 1992 and has been in operation ever since.
Wushu Club members are currently training in Shaolin and Long Fist forms. Advanced members may learn animal forms, weapons, and other styles.
Virginia Rifle and Pistol Club
The Virginia Rifle and Pistol Club offers full instruction in pistol and rifle marksmanship as well as shotgun sports. All participants are given instruction in firearms safety and have the option of shooting for fun or for the competitive teams.
Rocky Top Climbing Club
Indoor rock-climbing introductory lesson. Equipment rental.
ACAC Rocks also has an indoor climbing wall; see the section on private gyms.
Rivanna Rowing Club
Central Virginia rowing club provides equipment, education, and support to rowers of all levels.
Virginia Rugby Football Club
"The oldest rugby club south of the Mason-Dixon." Established in 1961, the Virginia Rugby Club welcomes law students at practices or in the audience at matches.
Ragged Mountain Running Shop
Good source of information on running, local road races, and local track club. Sells a Charlottesville running trails booklet. Turn in old running shoes for discount on new pair.
Charlottesville Track Club
Local track club established in 1976, sponsors Saturday morning runs, speed workouts, fun runs, and 5K and 10k races. Student membership rate.
Sailing Association at the University of Virginia
UVA student/faculty group for all levels. Sailing lessons for beginners. Boats available for pleasure sailing. Club races competitively, travels to regattas.
Uva scuba certification info
UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports offers scuba diving certification, as well as the following private shops:
Charlottesville Scuba Center
Classes, equipment, and travel packages are offered. Operates former quarry for local diving in season.
University Dive Center
Offers classes, equipment sales, service and rental, and travel packages.
Skiing & Snow Tubing
Check the UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports Specialty Classes for ski trips.
Near Harrisonburg, Virginia (40 miles)
Eight slopes, five chairlifts, accommodations across from ski area. Snow tubing park is popular with families.
Wintergreen, Virginia (43 miles)
12 slopes, four chairlifts, slopeside accommodations, snow tubing. Popular with law students.
Other ski resorts farther away (call for information):
Basye, Virginia (l02 miles)
Davis, West Va (3.5 hours)
Hot Springs, Virginia (172 miles)
Slaty Fork, West Va (82 miles)
Virginia Soccer League
One of the largest club sports at UVA provides students a chance to play competitive soccer without the extensive time commitment that the sport usually demands. Full-size teams play full-field intraleague games on the weekends during the fall. University students of all playing abilities are welcome to join. There is usually a co-ed law school team.
Atlantic Coast Athletic Club (ACAC)
Private club and gym, olympic-size, intermediate and infant swimming pools. You must be a member. ACAC also has a waterpark open to all for an entrance fee in summer.
City of Charlottesville indoor swimming pools
(call for hours and rates):
Smith Recreation Center
Rates and Hours
Fitness center with competitive-swim and leisure pools, water slides, lazy river and exercise programs.
City of Charlottesville outdoor pools are open from Memorial Day (last Monday in May) to Labor Day (first Monday in September). Call for rates and hours.
Meade Park, Onesty Family Aquatic Center
Rates and Hours
Washington Park Pool
Rates and Hours
UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports offers a summer tennis program for adults and children. See Gyms and Athletic Facilities for information on University tennis courts.
Tennis Club at UVA
Virginia Club Tennis brings together advanced and intermediate players at the University of Virginia who wish to play tennis actively at a competitive level. Practices are held several days per week, and the team routinely competes against other schools.
Charlottesville Tennis League
This well-established league offers competitive play on a weekly basis. Mixed doubles are played spring, summer, and fall in eight-week sessions. Any mixed doubles pair or individuals may sign up. Indoor play during the winter.
Atlantic Coast Athletic Club (ACAC)
Tennis instruction and league teams. Eight clay tennis courts open March-Nov.
UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports offers hatha, kundilini, and mixed-style yoga classes. Some classes are conveniently located at North Grounds.
Hot Yoga Charlottesville
Yoga in a 110-degree heated room. The routine is the same every time. Validates parking at the nearby garages. Offers specials to first-time customers.
For serious study in a yoga community, try a workshop in yoga, meditation, or spirituality under Sri Swami Satchidananda and his students in this Integral Yoga ashram in Buckingham near Scottsville, about one hour from Charlottesville.
Classes focus on supporting women during their child bearing years through pre and post natal yoga