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sports & recreation

What drew you to the coaching profession?
I want what any coach wants, and that is for their players to be successful both on and off the field. I coach so that my players can experience some of the things that I was fortunate enough to experience. I chose to coach to have the opportunity to work with players that are passionate about the game, and believe in it enough to let it help them become men. I believe the game of baseball provides so many life lessons, and that is a big part of why I continue to stay attached to the game.
Do you remember the moment you realized you wanted to become a coach?
My 5th year at UVA was a big eye-opening experience for me. I was considered more of a utility player during my playing days. I played every position on the field at some point during my career (yes, I was a catcher for a day). I felt that I was a really wellrounded ball player, including my knowledge for the fundamentals of the game and for each position. I remember trying to listen to Coach O’Connor and his staff discussing in-game decisions and trying to learn the game as they saw it. I would ask Coach O’Connor to explain some of the decisions he would make, and he would gladly explain his decisions and help me to understand the differences in those decisions.
What did you learn during your playing days at UVa that has paid dividends in your coaching career?
I learned that you have to be fundamentally sound to be a good baseball player and to have a great team. The little things that you do every day add up. What you do with your time is what will make you a good player vs. a great one. I also learned that it isn’t just one person that makes up the team. There are guys that play all different roles on the team. If you play a lot or a little, you need to be ready to contribute when your number is called.
Is there a favorite memory from your playing days that you will never forget?
I will never forget the last home game of my career vs UC Irvine. It was my 15 minutes of fame (if you can even call it that), but what people don’t realize is that it took so many guys and individual efforts to be in that situation. People forget that Will Roberts pitched one of the best games in his career that night, and that David Coleman, Jared King and Reed Gragnani all had to have quality at bats to get us into the bases loaded situation. Not to mention the incredible hit by Chris Taylor. The entire seven or so seconds of that play are all a blur. I just know that it took an entire team to win that game. I will never be more proud of myself, my teammates, coaches and University as I was that day.
How has coaching more experienced players on the Tom Sox differed from your experience as the coach at Monticello High School?
I think the difference between these guys and my high school players is simply repetitions. You can see that the college players spend a lot of time working on their swings and their defensive fundamentals. Pitchers have more time to work on their pitches as well as their mechanics. High school players just need repetitions and need to take them seriously when they have the opportunities. I would honestly say that the guys that put in more time and quality effort into their game, reap the benefits.
How did last season’s VBL championship effect expectations and excitement around this year’s Tom Sox?
Last season’s championship was amazing for the team, organization and the community. I believe the expectation for a championship is there every year with an organization like the Tom Sox. We have people investing a lot of time, energy and resources to make sure we recruit the right players, and to make sure they have an unbelievable experience while in Charlottesville. The community itself is a huge reason why we get the talented players that we do. When players get to Charlottesville, they know that we are invested in them to get their opportunities, and to help bring championships back to the city.
things & stuff


  • Baseball, T-ball
    • Central Little League at Pen Park.

      For children ages 4-12. Email Raul Arbelaez, league president, at info@centralll.com or visit centralll.com.

    • Charlottesville Men’s Adult Baseball League.

      A 25-and-over league. Younger players are allowed based on their abilities. Games played at Burley and Sutherland Middle schools. Email David Hash at davidleehash@gmail.com or go to charlottesvillemabl.com.

    • Cove Creek Baseball and Softball League.

      Since 1996, this group has served boys ages 5-15 and girls ages 5-14 from Albemarle, Nelson and surrounding areas. (434) 970-2255; P.O. Box 9, Covesville, VA 22931; covecreek@covecreekpark.com.

    • Lane Babe Ruth Baseball League.

      For ages 13-18. Games and practices at Lane Park. (434) 977-5772; laneinfo@embarqmail.com; lanebaberuth.org.

    • McIntire Little League.

      Formed in the 1950s, this league offers T-ball and baseball for boys and girls ages 4-12. Games played at McIntire Park. info@mcintirell.com; mcintirell.com.

    • Monticello Little League.

      Ages 4-12 from Charlottesville, Albemarle and surrounding counties. The league also offers a Challenger program for special-needs youths ages 4 through high school. Games played at Quarry Park. Call Steve Morris at (434) 953-6491. Boatsam53@yahoo,com eteamz.com/monticellolittleleague.

    • Northside Cal Ripken Baseball League.

      Open to children ages 4-15 who live in the following elementary school districts: Agnor-Hurt, Cale, Hollymead, Stone-Robinson, Baker-Butler, Red Hill, Stony Point, Broadus Wood, Greer, Scottsville and Woodbrook. Games are played at Hollymead, Woodbrook, Charlottesville Catholic School, Burley, Sutherland and Baker-Butler. Registration for Fall Ball opens in mid-July and registration for spring leagues begins in December. ncrlbaseball@gmail.com; northsidecalripken.org.

    • Peachtree Baseball League.

      Open to boys and girls ages 4-18 who live in the following school districts: Brownsville, Crozet, Meriwether Lewis and Murray elementaries; Henley Middle; and Western Albemarle High School; as well as in neighborhoods west of Red Hill Elementary in North Garden and in Nelson County. Contact Cheryl Madison at peachtree@peachtree baseball.com; 1703 Daybreak Lane, Crozet, VA 22932; or visit peachtreebaseball.com.

    • Scottsville Dixie Youth Baseball.

      For boys and girls ages 4-12. Contact Timmy Cersley at (434) 566-2826 or gnomecfdhg@gmail.com.

    • YMCA Tiny Tots T-Ball.

      Open to boys and girls ages 3-6. (434) 974-4651; piedmontymca.org.

  • Basketball
  • Baton twirling
    • Charlottesville Royalettes

      Open to girls and boys ages 6 and up. Registration begins in September. Email Linda Pease at lpease@k12albemarle.org. royalette.com.

  • Bird Watching
    • Blue Ridge Young Birders Club

      For ages 7-18 who share a passion for bird watching, conservation, citizen science, photography and adventure. The group has bimonthly meetings with educational speakers, as well as field trips to local and distant birding hotspots. Speakers are available to visit service clubs and schools to educate about birding-related topics. Contact Gabriel Mapel, president, at info@blueridgeyoung birders.org. (540) 363-5035; blueridgeyoungbirders.org.

    • Monticello Bird Club

      Informal group of about 170 people who share enthusiasm for bird watching, conservation, citizen science, photography and adventure. The group has bimonthly meetings with educational speakers, as well as field trips to local and distant birding hotspots. Speakers are available to visit service clubs and schools to educate about birding-related topics. monticellobirdclub.org.

  • Canoeing, kayaking, tubing
    • James River Reeling and Rafting

      Offering canoe, kayak and raft rentals and riverside camping in downtown Scottsville on the James River. (434) 286-4386; canoetown@gmail.com; reelingandrafting.com.

    • James River Runners

      Offers canoeing, rafting, tubing, kayaking, camping and fishing on the James in Scottsville. (434) 286-2338; jamesriver.com.

    • Rivanna River Co.

      Offers canoe, kayak, paddle board and tube rentals and guided trips of various lengths, aimed at different experience levels, from the base at 1538 E. High St. in Charlottesville. (434) 218-2052; rivanna rivercompany@gmail.com; rivannarivercompany.com.

  • Cycling
    • Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club

      A chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, this group is dedicated to community service through building and maintaining trails. Also educates on trail construction and maintenance and organizes group rides in Central Virginia for riders with various levels of experience. P.O. Box 6516, Charlottesville, VA 22901; info@cambc.org; cambc.org.

    • Charlottesville Racing Club.

      Promotes bicycle racing and the cycling community. cvilleracing.com.

  • Disc Golf
    • Meadow Creek Gardens

      Nine-hole course in Charlottesville. (434) 970-3270; charlottesville.org/parksandrec.

    • Walnut Creek Park

      18-hole course in Albemarle County. (434) 296-5844; albemarle.org/parks.

  • Field Hockey
  • football
    • Central Virginia Pop Warner

      Open to boys ages 8-12 by weight division, cheerleading and dance open to girls ages 5-15. central virginiapopwarner@gmail.com; centralvirginiapopwarner.com.

    • Thomas Jefferson Youth Football

      The largest youth football league in Central Virginia. Open to boys and girls ages 5-14. tjyflinfo@gmail.com; tjyfl.net.

    • YMCA Flag Football League.

      Open to boys and girls ages 5-11. (434) 974-4651; piedmontymca.org.

  • hiking
    • Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

      Leads hikes, has workshops and maintains trails at Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Email Barbara Martin at barbara@barbaramartinmusic.com. patc-charlottesville.blogspot.com; (434) 985-9854.

  • Karate
    • YMCA Karate

      Ages 5-7 (beginner) and 8 and up (beginner/intermediate). Classes are held at the Crozet YMCA. (434) 205-4385; piedmontymca.org.

  • Lacrosse
    • Albemarle Girls Lacrosse

      Open to grades 1-8. Practices are at various schools and games are at St. Anne’s-Belfield. Contact Maureen Perriello at (434) 296-6005 or maureenperriello@yahoo.com.

    • Seminole Lacrosse

      Open to grades K-4 and girls ages 6-17. Offering spring recreational league, summer programs, summer/fall travel (U9-HS), ongoing camps and clinics. Email brian@seminolelax.org. seminolelax.org.

    • YMCA Girls Lacrosse

      Open to grades K-4. Games are played at Charlottesville High School. (434) 974-4651; piedmontymca.org.

  • Mixed Martial Arts
    • MMA Institute of Charlottesville

      Offers mixed martial arts training, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kempo Karate, fitness classes, women’s self-defense and a children’s program. Led by instructor Dave Morris. (434) 975-6624; dave@mmainstitute.com; charlottesvillemma.com.

  • Rugby
    • Virginia Rugby Football Club

      The state’s oldest rugby club, founded in 1961. Plays in the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union men’s division. Practices Tuesday and Thursday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on River Road. (540) 209-0690; virginiarugby.org.

  • running
    • Charlottesville Track Club.

      With more than 1,000 members, the club conducts races each year, including the Charlottesville 10-Miler, the Women’s 4-Miler and the New Year’s 5K. Open to all ages and abilities and offers training. charlottesvilletrackclub.org.

  • Skateboarding
    • McIntire Skate Park

      Located on the east side of McIntire Park, the skate park is free and open to the general public. Equipment includes ramps, jumps and boxes. Open noon to dusk Monday through Friday and noon to dusk Saturday and Sunday. Summer hours are noon to dusk daily. Helmet, elbow pads and kneepads are required and available for free use from an attendant on site. (434) 244-0166.

  • Sky Diving
    • Skydive Orange

      Offers tandem freefall jumps and accelerated freefall training at the Orange County Airport. (703) SKY-DIVE; skydiveorange.com.

  • Soccer
    • Monticello United Soccer Club

      Programs for boys and girls ages 8-18 with tryouts for some teams. Programs and camps are in the spring, summer and fall. (434) 974-GOAL; monusc.org.

    • Scottsville Organization for Kids Soccer

      Co-educational league for ages 4-15. P.O. Box 913, Scottsville, VA 24590; soks.soccer@gmail.com; scottsvillesoks.com.

    • Soccer Organization Charlottesville Area

      Teams for boys and girls ages 5 and older, as well as adult league teams. Serves the Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley areas. Contact Matt Wilson at Matt.wilson@socaspot.org or (434) 975-5025. socaspot.org.

    • West City Soccer

      Hosts year-round technique instruction programs for children and adults, provides various soccer position training by a licensed professional coach. (434) 430-0378; westcitysoccer.com.

    • YMCA Soccer

      Various programs open to boys and girls ages 3-8 in the spring, summer and fall. (434) 974-4651; piedmontymca.org.

  • Softball
    • Albemarle County Redbirds

      A fast-pitch travel team open to girls in Charlottesville, Albemarle and surrounding counties. Teams 10-and-under through 18-and-under. (434) 531-5907; redbirdssoftball@comcast.net; facebook.com/albemarleredbirds.

    • Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Adult Softball League

      Open to all adults. Spring/summer and fall leagues. Games played at Darden Towe Park, McIntire Park, Washington Park and Piedmont Virginia Community College. Contact Avery Watkins at (434) 970-3271 or watkinsa@charlottesville.org. charlottesville.org/parksandrec.

    • Charlottesville Retreads

      Group open to men ages 55 and older and women ages 40 and over. Teams practice at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday from March to October and play monthly luncheon games, hosting teams from Richmond and Altavista. Games are played at Darden Towe Park. Contact Larry Stremikis at (434) 328-2420 or larrystremikis@earthlink.net. charlottesvilleretreads.org.

    • Jefferson Area Girls Softball Little League

      In partnership with Albemarle County and Charlottesville parks and recreation departments, this group serves girls ages 4-16. Contact Jason Payne at jagsllinfo@gmail.com or 1710 Cherry Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22903.

  • Squash
    • Albemarle Racquet Club

      Two hardball and two softball indoor courts located near Albemarle High School. (434) 973-1321.

    • McArthur Squash Center, Boar’s Head Inn

      McArthur Squash Center, Boar’s Head Inn. 33,000-square-foot facility offers nine singles (softball) squash courts and two doubles (hardball) squash courts to University of Virginia faculty, staff, students, members of the Boar’s Head Sports Club and guests of the Boar’s Head Inn. Private lessons, clinics, summer camps and club activities available. Contact Dean Russell at (434) 972-7426 or dean_russell@boarsheadinn.com. boarsheadinn.com.

  • Swimming
    • Brooks Family YMCA

      Offers swimming lessons for all age levels and all age groups in two pools at 151 McIntire Park Drive. (434) 974-9622; piedmontymca.org.

    • Chris Greene Lake

      Offers daily swimming at the lake from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park is north of the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport on Route 850, off Route 606. Summer passes available. (434) 296-5844.

    • Crozet PARC YMCA

      Located in Claudius Crozet Park, the PARC YMCA offers year-round aquatics, fitness and recreation programs. Features eight-lane, beach-entry pool. Recreational, instructional, developmental and competitive swim pro-grams. (434) 205-4380; piedmontymca.org.

    • Jefferson Swim League

      Eighteen youth teams in Central Virginia with about 3,000 swimmers compete during June and July. Age divisions range from 5-6 to 15-18. Email president@jsl.org or visit jsl.org.

    • Lake Anna State Park

      Operated by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, this park has a swimming beach, concession stand and bathhouse available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park is located at 6800 Lawyers Road in Spotsylvania. (540) 854-5503; lakeanna@dcr.virginia.gov; dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks.

    • Mint Springs Valley Park

      Offers daily swimming at the lake from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park is on Mint Springs Park Road in Crozet. Summer passes available. (434) 296-5844.

    • Onesty Family Aquatic Center

      Outdoor water facility owned and operated by the city of Charlottesville at 300 Meade Ave. Summer passes available. (434) 295-7532.

    • Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center

      Operated by the city of Charlottesville on the campus of Buford Middle School at 1000-A Cherry Ave. Multi-visit passes available. (434) 970-3072.

    • UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center

      Operated by the University of Virginia and open to students, faculty and staff. Located at 450 Whitehead Road, adjacent to Scott Stadium. Offers 50-meter pools, Jacuzzi, wading pool, cardiovascular equipment, strength training, aerobic dance, martial arts. (434) 924-3791; virginia.edu/ims/aquatics.

    • Walnut Creek Park

      Offers daily swimming at the lake from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park is on Walnut Creek Park Road in North Garden. Summer passes available. (434) 296-5844.

    • Washington Park Pool

      Outdoor pool owned and operated by the city of Charlottesville on Preston Avenue. Summer passes available. (434) 977-2607.

  • Tennis
    • Albemarle High School

      Eight lighted hard courts.

    • Charlottesville High School

      Six lighted hard courts.

    • Crozet YMCA Tennis

      Ages 5-12 (also classes for seniors). (434) 974-4651; piedmontymca.org.

    • Darden Towe Park

      Four-court complex. No lights.

    • Pen Park

      Eight hard courts, four of which are lighted. Tonsler Park. Four lighted hard courts.

    • University of Virginia

      The university has 13 lighted courts next to Memorial Gym. Public use is sometimes restricted. To reserve a court up to two days in advance, email recsports@virginia.edu or call (434) 924-3791 during business hours. Reservations are one hour in duration, with a 10-minute forfeiture time. A claim ticket can be picked up with a valid ID card from the equipment checkout desk.

  • Tumbling
    • YMCA Tumbling

      Open to children ages 3 to 10. (434) 974-4651; piedmontymca.org.

  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

parks & trails

  • Charlottesville
    • Azalea Park

      23-acre park off Old Lynchburg Road. On the south side is Moores Creek, which adds to the site’s charm as it winds its way along the entire length of the park. Recreational facilities include an athletic field, a concession stand, basketball courts, playground, shelter and restrooms. An off-leash dog area is available on the east end of the park. In other areas of the park, dogs must be on-leash and under control. Dog owners are asked to clean up after their dogs; a bag dispenser is provided. Garden plots are available for rent by calling (434) 970-3592. Park hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Bailey Mini Park

      This small landscaped area is at the corner of U.S. 250 Bypass and Hillcrest Road. It includes a park bench and tall trees and is a great spot for lunch for those within walking distance. There is no adjacent parking available, but there is limited on-street parking in the neighborhood.

    • Belmont Park

      This 3.1-acre park is between Stonehenge Avenue, Rialto Street and Druid Avenue. The park contains a basketball court, benches, restrooms, playground equipment, large shady oak trees and a courtyard with shelter for outdoor concerts. During summer, a sprayground is operational from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Park hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on the street.

    • Carver Recreation Center

      Located in the Jefferson School City Center at 233 Fourth St. NW, this 33,000-square-foot facility offers a fitness center and fitness classes; recreational studios for arts and crafts, gymnastics and dance; and a high-teach teen center. Fees apply. Passes available for unlimited visits at Carver and the Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center.

    • Crow Recreation Center

      Located at 1700 Rose Hill Drive on the campus of Walker Upper Elementary School, Crow includes a game room and a kitchen. Hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    • Market Street Park

      This one-acre park, formerly known as Lee Park and Emancipation Park, is between Jefferson Street, First Street Northeast, Market Street and Second Street Northeast. The park, which is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails program, provides a lunchtime oasis in the downtown area, with benches and gardens. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Fifeville Park

      A small neighborhood park within Grove, Spring and King streets. The fenced-in park rises above the surrounding streets and contains a basketball court, shelter and playground. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on the street.

    • Forest Hills Park

      This 7.35-acre park on Forest Hills Avenue provides spectacular views of Carter Mountain. The park has a basketball court, playgrounds, a large sprayground, two pavilions and restrooms. The picnic shelter is available for reservations. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Greenbrier Park

      Consists of 28.3 acres in the Greenbrier neighborhood with walking/biking trails along Meadow Creek. Enjoy the view of sycamore groves, a meadow and Greenbrier Marsh, believed to be one of only two natural marshes in the Virginia Piedmont region. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on nearby streets.

    • Greenleaf Park

      This park, on Rose Hill Drive, contains 14 acres of grassy hillsides with hardwood and evergreen trees. Offers a playground, sprayground, picnic shelter with seasonal restrooms and a half basketball court. There is a wide, soft-surface trail that follows a creek near the U.S. 250 Bypass and connects the park to Walker Upper Elementary School and to natural trails leading to Plymouth Road.

    • Jordan Park

      This 3.1-acre neighborhood park at the south end of Sixth Street Southeast borders Moores Creek. The park has a basketball court, playground and picnic area. The Rivanna Trail passes through the park. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on the street. Dogs must be on a leash and under control.

    • Court Square Park

      A small park in the heart of downtown on property boarded by Jefferson Street, Fourth Street Northeast, High Street and Court Square. The park, which recently was renamed from Justice Park, and before that, Jackson Park is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails program, contains well-maintained flowerbeds and a number of benches. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Key Recreation Center

      Located at 800 Market St., adjacent to the City Hall Annex, the center has a gymnasium, kitchen and meeting rooms and is home to many programs and activities. Passes available. Hours vary.

    • McGuffey Park

      This 1.1-acre park is atop a hill next to the McGuffey Art Center at Second Street Northwest and Jefferson Street. Contains a playground, a half basketball court, a “weeping water well” and a circular path. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on the street.

    • McIntire Park

      One of the most popular parks in the city, McIntire is just off the U.S. 250 Bypass. There are lighted diamond fields, picnic shelters, trails on the west side of the park near picnic shelters and a bridge to Charlottesville High School. The park is the home of a newly opened YMCA facility and the future home of a botanical garden. The annual Dogwood Festival is held each April. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    • McIntire Skate Park

      In a new location in McIntire Park East, the park is currently closed for construction. Scheduled to open in November, the park is free and open to the general public. Equipment includes ramps, jumps and boxes. Open noon to dusk Monday through Friday and noon to dusk Saturday and Sunday. Summer hours are noon to dusk daily. Helmet, elbow pads and kneepads are required and available for free use from an attendant on site. (434) 244-0166.

    • Meade Park

      A 5.2-acre park at the corner of Meade Avenue and Chesapeake Street. Houses the Onesty Family Aquatic Center, a 15,750-square-foot facility that features a water slide, zero-depth entry family area with multiple water play features, lazy river, diving board and three lap lanes. The park also has a picnic shelter, playground and an open field. Park is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; aquatic center hours vary. Dogs are not permitted inside the aquatic facility.

    • Meadow Creek Gardens

      This 20-acre park, off Morton Drive near the intersection of Emmet Street and U.S. 250, contains 73 community garden plots, trails and a disc golf course. The gardens are located off Morton Drive near the intersection of Emmet Street and the U.S. 250 Bypass. Meadow Creek meanders through the woods along the entire southeastern portion of the park, and the Rivanna Trail runs through the park. To rent a garden plot, call (434) 970-3592.

    • Northeast Park

      This 4.8-acre neighborhood park is at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and Calhoun Street. There is a basketball court and playground. A pedestrian bridge connects the park to Marshall Street. Picnic tables are available. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available on the street.

    • Pen Park

      This 280-acre park is off East Rio Road on Pen Park Road and is the largest city park. Pen Park includes the Meadowcreek Golf Course, eight tennis courts, a Little League baseball field with batting cage, volleyball court, outdoor fitness course with 10 exercise stations winding through the natural setting toward the Rivanna River, a volleyball court, three outdoor picnic shelters and a large play-ground. The golf facilities offer a championship 18-hole course, practice range, putting green, short game practice area, full-service golf shop and dining facilities. Tee times can be reserved online or by calling (434) 977-0615. The park is open sunrise to 10 p.m. Dogs are allowed in the park on-leash, but are not allowed on the golf course.

    • Quarry Park

      This 9.1-acre park is on Quarry Road, off Monticello Avenue. Facilities include three diamond fields, a concession stand and restrooms. There is a parking lot near the restrooms and some off-street parking is provided. The park, which derives its name from the road that once led to an old stone quarry, has mountain views. The Rivanna Trail system runs nearby. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Rivanna Trail

      A 20-mile rustic “urban wilderness” hiking trail built and maintained by volunteers that encircles the city. The handicapped-accessible trail begins at Riverview Park and meanders north about 2.3 miles, crossing under Free Bridge and U.S. 250 along the Rivanna River. It serves as a community-wide resource for play, exercise, relaxation and nature-related recreation. rivannatrails@gmail.com; rivannatrails.org.

    • Riverview Park and Rivanna Greenbelt

      This 26.6-acre park is at the end of Chesapeake Street. Features include a playground, benches, an open field and a large parking area. Dogs are allowed off-leash on designated portions of the trail in Riverview Park on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Dogs must be on a leash and under control in all other areas. The adjacent Rivanna Greenbelt trail provides opportunities for walking, jogging, bicycling, fishing and observing wildlife. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Rives Park

      The 4.3-acre park consists of a flat open space with a view of Carter Mountain in the distance. Located on Rives Street between Monticello and Florence roads, the park features a basketball court, athletic field, open play area, picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms and walking paths. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is available.

    • Schenk's Greenway

      This trail connects the Albemarle County Office Building to McIntire Park. Volunteers with ArtinPlace and the Living Center for Education partner with the city to keep the park clean and attractive and to promote its use and natural state.

    • Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center

      Located on the campus of Buford Middle School at 1000-A Cherry Ave., Smith includes a fitness center, dance and exercise studio, two indoor pools, locker rooms and a wet classroom. Fees apply. Passes available for unlimited visits at Smith and the Carver Recreation Center.

    • Starr Hill Park

      This small neighborhood park is at Seventh Street Northwest and Elsom Street and is currently an open field. Limited parking available nearby. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Tonsler Park

      One of the busiest parks in the city, this 8.7-acre facility is on Cherry Avenue at Fifth Street Southwest. Features include a recreation center, tennis courts, a life-sized chess board, lighted basketball courts, baseball field and extensive playground equipment. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Off-street parking is available by the tennis courts and in front of the recreation center.

    • Van Clief Nature Area and Scottsville Lake

      A 63-acre park located in Scottsville with walking trails and Scottsville Lake, regularly stocked with trout by Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Anyone over the age of 16 must have a Virginia fishing license. Open daily during daylight hours. scottsville.org.

    • Washington Park

      This 9.25-acre park is at the intersection of Preston Avenue and 10th Street near the center of Charlottesville. The park is the home of Washington Park Pool, the Washington Park Center, basketball courts, playgrounds, a diamond field and open play area. Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking lots are at upper and lower levels.

  • Albemarle County
    • Beaver Creek Lake

      This 219-acre park is at 4365 Beaver Creek Road, Crozet. The lake is 104 acres and has a boat launch, but swimming is prohibited. There are four picnic tables scattered throughout the park and restrooms are available. Fishing is permitted with the appropriate license. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    • Bruce Park

      This peaceful park sits in the heart of Scottsville at the corner of Harrison and Main streets. Open during daylight hours.

    • Charlotte Y. Humphris Park

      This 25-acre park is open during daylight hours and offers 1.5 miles of trails. On Whitewood Road, off Hydraulic Road near Albemarle High School.

    • Chris Greene Lake Park.

      This 239-acre park is at 4748 Chris Greene Lake Road. The park features two beach areas, three miles of hiking trails, a dog park (with swim area) and areas for fishing and boating. There are eight picnic tables, two picnic shelters and five grills located throughout the park. The beach area is open for swimming from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day except on days when Albemarle public schools are in session. Canoes can be rented for $5 an hour. Fishing is permitted with the appropriate license. Park entrance fee charged from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Season passes available for individuals and families. Open daylight hours throughout the year. Take U.S. 29 toward Earlysville, turn left onto Route 649 (Airport Road), turn right onto Route 606 and left onto Chris Greene Lake Road.

    • Darden Towe Park

      This 113-acre park jointly is owned with the city of Charlottesville and is off Route 20 on Darden Towe Park Road. It has three softball fields; four multi-purpose fields used for soccer, lacrosse and football; four tennis courts, a Little League baseball field; and 3.8 miles of trails. Other park amenities include a wheelchair-accessible playground area; a picnic shelter with seating capacity of 50; electricity and open grills; and restrooms. There is also canoe access to the Rivanna River. The park includes a 1-acre dog park. Open daylight hours through the year. Take U.S. 250 to Route 20 North (Stony Point Road), then left onto Elk Ridge Drive.

    • Dorrier Park

      This 2-acre park is at 250 Page St. in Scottsville. Park amenities include a softball field, soccer field, two tennis courts and walking path. The playground area is wheelchair accessible. The park has a picnic shelter with seating capacity of 50 and electricity, but no grills. Restrooms are available. Take Route 20 to Scottsville, turn onto West Main Street and then onto Page Street. Open from 7 a.m. until dark throughout the year.

    • Ivy Creek Natural Area

      This 215-acre preserve jointly is owned with Charlottesville and managed with the help of the volunteer-based Ivy Creek Foundation. The area contains more than six miles of walking trails. Pets, jogging, hunting and collecting specimens are not allowed on site. Take U.S. 29 to Hydraulic Road, turn onto Route 743 (Earlysville Road). Open from 7 a.m. until sunset every day. (434) 973-7772; ivycreekfoundation.org.

    • Mint Springs Valley Park

      This 520-acre park in Crozet features swimming areas, more than three miles of hiking trails, fishing areas (with proper license) and boating access. The park has six picnic tables, five grills and two picnic shelters with open grills and electricity. Park entrance fee charged from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Swimming hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day except on days when Albemarle public schools are in session. Daylight hours, all year. Take U.S. 250 to Route 240, turn onto Route 788 (Railroad Avenue), turn onto Route 864 (Mint Springs Park Road).

    • Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Park

      6610 Blackwells Hollow Trail, Crozet. This 600-acre park features a series of multi-use trails for hiking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding. Restrooms available. Open from 7 a.m. until dark (weather permitting). From Charlottesville, follow Barracks Road (which turns into Garth Road) to the Piedmont Store in White Hall. At the store, go around the curve to Route 810 (do not go straight up to Sugar Hollow). Follow Route 810 for 7.8 miles and the parking area is on the left.

    • Preddy Creek Trail Park

      This 571-acre park is at 3690 Burnley Station Road. The park has 10 miles of trails for hiking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding. Trails range from easy to moderate. An advanced mountain bike trail recently opened. Restrooms available. Open 7 a.m. to dark (weather permitting). On Burnley Station Road, 2.6 miles from U.S. 29. The trails at this park might be closed during times of inclement weather.

    • Ragged Mountain Natural Area

      This 980-acre preserve surrounds the Ragged Mountain Reservoir and is owned by the city of Charlottesville. Features hiking trails through forest, rugged terrain and areas rich with wildlife. (434) 970-3260.

    • Simpson Park

      This 13-acre park in Esmont features a Little League baseball field, a multi-purpose field for open use, two tennis courts and a basketball court. There is a playground area and wheelchair-accessible picnic shelters with three picnic tables and open grills. A three-feature water park area with a sunning plaza is open during the summer. Restrooms available seasonably. Hours are 7 a.m. to dark. From Charlottesville, take Route 20 south to Route 712, left on Route 715, left on Route 627, then right on Simpson Park Drive.

    • Thomas Jefferson Parkway and Kemper Park

      Visitors are invited to stroll the parkway on Route 53, open from sunrise to sunset. The parkway features Kemper Park, an 89-acre expanse with an arboretum, pond, woodland theater and overlook. The Saunders-Monticello Trail stretches two miles along the south side of the parkway. The park is owned and operated by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello. Limited parking is available at the base of Route 53 and additional parking is available in a lot off Route 20. Dogs must be kept on a leash and can not go past the pond on the Saunders-Monticello Trail. Open daylight hours.

    • Totier Creek Park

      This 209-acre park is on Totier Creek Road, Scottsville. Fishing, with proper license, and boating allowed, gasoline-powered motors prohibited. The park offers three miles of trails, four picnic tables and restrooms. Open daylight hours throughout the year. Take Route 20 to Scottsville, turn right onto Route 726, turn left onto Route 845.

    • Walnut Creek Park

      This 525-acre park in the Red Hill area features 45 water acres with boat launch; 15 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and running; an 18-hole disc golf course; and two beach acres for swimming. The beach is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day except on days when Albemarle public schools are in session. There are four picnic tables scattered throughout the park and two picnic shelters available for rent. Open daylight hours. Park entrance fee charged from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. From Charlottesville, take U.S. 29 south, turn left onto Route 708, turn right onto Route 631 and the park is on the left.

  • Appalachian Trail

      One-fourth of the Appalachian Trail lies in Virginia. Shenandoah National Park has 107 miles of graded Appalachian Trail and many side trails. The proximity of Skyline Drive — the trail crosses it 32 times — and connecting links offer an endless variety of trips never too far from a potential base of supplies. Visitors can enter Skyline Drive at the Swift Run Gap Entrance Station near the Greene-Rockingham county line or at the Rockfish Gap Entrance in Waynesboro. (540) 999-3500; nps.gov/shen.

uva athletics

  • Football

      The second year under head coach Bronco Mendenhall saw Virginia reach the postseason for the first time in six years. Still, the Cavaliers exited the season with a sour taste in their mouths, losing the final four games of the season, including a 49-7 setback against Navy in the Military Bowl. UVa didn’t score a point on offense in the final two-and-a-half games of the season.

      Now entering his third season on Grounds, Mendenhall is hoping his culture shift sees even more tangible results, such as Virginia making the postseason for the second year in a row.

      To get there, he’ll have to do it without last year’s starting quarterback, Kurt Benkert, and the two of the most reliable tacklers in program history. Micah Kiser (LB) and Quin Blanding (safety) graduated, as did defensive end Andrew Brown. Kiser finished with 411 career tackles and Blanding had 495, good for No. 1 in Virginia history.

      The Wahoos will rely on guys like Juan Thornhill at safety and Jordan Mack at linebacker to pick up the tackling slack. Bryce Perkins, a JUCO transfer, will be the new starting quarterback.

      His top target will likely be Olamide Zaccheaus, but his number of reliable large-body options are limited — a point of concern for Mendenhall in the preseason. Jordan Ellis will be the primary running back. As a junior, he ran for 836 yards and six touchdowns last season.

      The Cavaliers open their season with a home game against Richmond — a team that beat them to begin the Mendenhall era in 2016 — followed by a road contest at Indiana, then a home game against Ohio before opening the ACC season against Louisville at home. Virginia last beat Virginia Tech in 2003. The Cavaliers’ new “Beat Tech” mantra will be put to the test in the final game of the season when UVa travels to Blacksburg on Black Friday to close the regular season.

  • Men’s Basketball

      It’s hard to characterize the last season for Virginia basketball. You could argue it was a tremendous success — the team finished 31-3 and spent the latter part of the season as the unquestioned No. 1 team in the nation. The Cavaliers also won the ACC regular season and tournament titles.

      Or you could argue it was a disaster — its season crumbling in a 40-minute nightmare loss to No. 16-seed UMBC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. UVa became the first No. 1 seed to ever lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

      However you want to define it, Virginia is expected to be very good again entering the 10th season under head coach Tony Bennett. Devon Hall and Isaiah Wilkins graduated and will be missed, but there is a talented group that awaits. First-team All-ACC guard Kyle Guy is back after averaging 14.1 points per game as a sophomore. As is point guard Ty Jerome, who had a 30 points in an ACC game, a rarity in the Bennett era. De’Andre Hunter, who missed the NCAA Tournament, is back and will be a formidable forward for Virginia. Jack Salt is reportedly coming back even bigger than last year. Mamadi Diakite showed flashes of a soft scoring touch last season. And fan favorite Jay Huff, the 7-foot shooting phenom, might just be ready for big minutes.

      Hall shot 45.4 percent from the field and Wilkins was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, so there are two huge losses. Virginia never found another Nigel Johnson-type backup PG grad transfer. And it’s unclear still if Braxton Key will be able to skip a redshirt season and play. So there are still question marks.

      Virginia opens the season against Towson on Nov. 6, and will highlight its nonconference schedule with a trip to the Battle 4 Atlantis, a road game at Maryland and a road game at South Carolina.

  • Baseball

      Virginia played its 15th season under Brian O’Connor in 2018, and for the first time under him, did not make the NCAA Tournament.

      It was a difficult season all around. The two top outfielders, Cameron Simmons and Jake McCarthy, missed most of the season with injuries. Starting pitcher Evan Sperling was out for a long time, and reliever Chesdin Harrington missed the whole year. So while Virginia had some bright spots, it didn’t have the pitching or hitting to compete in the ACC.

      Andy Weber had a team-leading five home runs, to give perspective on UVa’s struggles to hit the long ball. Bennett Sousa, the preseason closer, struggled all season out of the bullpen. Both Derek Casey and Daniel Lynch were strong starters, and Andrew Abbott was a freshman phenom out of the bullpen. Aside from that, the pitching was not very good during UVa’s 12-18 finish in the ACC. It was the first time under O’Connor that UVa finished below .500 in the league. The Cavaliers were eliminated in the ACC Tournament on a walk-off single in the 11th inning against Florida State.

      Five Virginia players were drafted and signed. McCarthy and Lynch were taken in the first round, Weber was taken in the fifth round, Casey in the ninth round and Sousa in the 10th round. Simmons was taken in the 15th round by the Texas Rangers but did not sign with the team. Catcher Caleb Knight and reliever Mack Meyer were undrafted but signed free agent contracts.

      As a team, Virginia had a 4.15 ERA, finishing over 4.00 for the third straight season. Since winning the national championship in 2015, UVa hasn’t made it to the Super Regionals. They’re hoping a newly renovated stadium, scheduled for completion before the 2019 season, will help continue to build the program.

  • Tennis

      After winning three-straight national championships, there was nothing new head coach Andres Pedroso could do to top the legendary Brian Boland.

      Still, it was a struggle for Pedroso with a very young team in his first season. The team finished 14-13, 6-8 in the ACC, and lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Columbia.

      Aswin Lizen was, by far, the most compete player for UVa, going 32-7 in singles, including a 20-5 record when playing in No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 singles. Ammar Alhaqbani struggled in singles, going 1-7 in ACC matches. Gianni Ross went 4-7 in ACC matches as well. The team struggled in doubles, going just 39-51 as a roster, including 13-19 in the ACC. The team barely made the NCAA Tournament, but beat VCU in the first round before the loss to Columbia in New York City.

      To Pedroso’s credit, the team he was working with was extremely young. All but three players on the roster were older than a freshman. It’s not the same as the 2016-17 team with a slew of seniors that are now playing professionally.

      The schedule has yet to be set for the 2019 season, but we do know about one game on the schedule. Boland and his new team, Baylor, will come to Charlottesville in March to start a yearly series between the two programs.

      On the women’s side, the team made an equal NCAA Tournament run, winning one match (also against VCU, but they did so having entered the season with different expectations. First-year head coach Sara O’Leary brought UVa back to the NCAA Tournament, and posted a six-win improvement from 2017. Virginia went 9-5 in the ACC, as well. Meghan Kelley went 14-3 in No. 3 singles, and Rosie Johanson was 11-7 at No. 1 singles. The team was 59-51 overall in doubles. They went 48-36 in singles matches during conference play.

  • Rowing

      It was another very successful season for Virginia rowing, which has a case to be called UVa’s most successful program for 2017-18.

      UVa’s second varsity eight finished in third place at the NCAA Rowing Championships. The varsity eight and the varsity four each finished in seventh place for the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers finished as the No. 5 team in the NCAA Rowing Championship standings, which was completed in late May.

      Heidi Long, Jane Hudson and Ellie Stewart were named All-American rowers for their efforts this season. Long was on the first-team, while the latter two were placed on the second-team. Six players were later selected to participate in the world U-23 championships that took place in Poland. Izzi Weiss earned a gold medal in the event, serving as the coxswain for the United States team.

      Head coach Kevin Sauer will be entering his 24th year with the program this upcoming season and has led his team to 16 top 5 finishes in the NCAA championships during his tenure in Charlottesville.

  • Women’s Basketball

      Virginia’s most successful season in recent memory also turned out to be head coach Joanne Boyle’s last. The Cavaliers earned their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2010, and they upset Cal in the opening round to earn their first tournament win since 2009.

      A few days after a loss in the second round to defending national champion South Carolina, Boyle announced her resignation so she could devote her full attention to the citizenship status of her daughter, Ngoty.

      After a one-point loss to Maryland near the end of its nonconference schedule, UVa went on an eight-game winning streak, which included victories in the Cavaliers’ first five ACC games. Virginia won seven of its first eight conference games.

      The ’Hoos went into a slump near the end of the season, losing five of their final seven regular season games before bowing out in the ACC quarterfinals against Notre Dame, which went on to win the national championship. Virginia did enough to earn a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and it knocked off No. 7 seed Cal, 68-62.

      For the second season in a row, sophomores Dominique Toussaint and Jocelyn Willoughby rarely left the floor, while another second-year, 6-foot-9 forward Felicia Aiyeotan, emerged as a force near the end of the season.

      Aiyoetan scored a team-high 16 points against the Bears, and she led the ACC with 69 blocked shots. Toussaint led the team with 11.4 points a night, while Willoughby added 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds.

      All three will be back in 2018-19, along with point guard Brianna Tinsley and French guard Amandine Toi, who missed last season with a torn ACL.

      In April, Virginia hired new head coach Tina Thompson, who earned a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame after retiring from the WNBA as its all-time leading scorer.

  • Lacrosse

      In head coach Lars Tiffany’s second season, Virginia snapped an 18-game ACC losing streak and ended its NCAA Tournament drought.

      The Cavaliers beat ACC foe North Carolina in the regular season, and they knocked off Syracuse in the ACC semifinals before falling to Notre Dame in the championship game. The

      season ended in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Loyola (Maryland).

      For the second season in a row, sophomore Michael Kraus was the team’s top scorer (44 goals, 39 assists), and he was one assist shy of becoming the first Cavalier with more than 40 goals and assists in a season. He was joined by freshman Ian Laviano, who finished with 37 goals.

      Sophomore Dox Aitken’s 39 goals are No. 2 all-time by a midfielder in a single season at UVa. He was joined by ACC rookie of the year Matt Moore, who finished with 19 goals and 15 assists.

      Midfielder Ryan Conrad was injured in the season but should be healthy for his senior season. The Virginia women were ranked as high as No. 6 in the country early in the season, but they lost six of their last seven regular season games and fell, 11-10, to Notre Dame in the ACC quarterfinals.

      UVa rebounded with a 12-3 victory over Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but the season ended two days later with a loss to in-state rival and eventual national champion James Madison.

      Sophomore midfielder Sammy Mueller led the Cavaliers with 59 goals and 15 assists. Senior Kasey Behr scored a career-high 56 goals and finished her career seventh all-time at UVa with 153. Both were first-team All-ACC picks, along with junior Avery Shoemaker, who finished with 45 goals and 11 assists.

  • Soccer

      The Virginia men’s soccer team was ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation and made its 19th all-time appearance in the ACC championship game, which the Cavaliers lost in penalty kicks to Wake Forest. The Cavaliers were a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and they lost in the second round to Fordham.

      Junior forward Edward Opoku led the way with eight goals and four assists, but he gave up his final year of eligibility to enter the MLS SuperDraft as an underclassman. He was taken in the second round by the Columbus Crew.

      Senior goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell was taken 19th overall by New York City FC after finishing his career as Virginia’s only keeper to earn All-ACC honors three times.

      The Virginia women were ranked as high as No. 3 in the country, and they entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Cavaliers won a pair of tournament games before falling to No. 4 UCLA in the Sweet 16.

      A pair of freshmen powered the Cavaliers. Goalie Laurel Ivory started all 23 matches and posted 10 shutouts, and forward/midfielder Taryn Jones tied for the team lead with eight goals and was second in points with 17. Senior Veronica Latsko led the way with 20 points (8 goals, 4 assists).

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