Baltimore’s Child Sports Directory: Find Your Niche

Though classic team sports are arguably the most widely popular in schools and rec centers, the variety of options for children in Baltimore does not disappoint.

Find a sport that’s right for your child or teen. These sports in our April 2022 directory range from individual to team-minded and strategic to physical–and a little bit of both.

Learn how your children can get involved in growing movements right here in their local community.

Liam Nadiv and Leo Yoon Chesapeake Fencing Club
Liam Nadiv and Leo Yoon refine their skills during practice at the Chesapeake Fencing Club in Towson. | Photo by David Stuck


A go-your-own-pace fitness option for many, competitive indoor rock climbing, also known as sport climbing, is a growing sport that was first introduced to the Olympics in the 2020 Tokyo games. At the network of Movement Gyms (formerly Earth Treks) spread out across the region–in Hampden, Columbia, Timonium and Rockville–kids can get acquainted with the sport in a supportive setting.

Youth programs at Movement include vertical games, age-appropriate basic skills instruction, after school programs for groups ranging from ages 4-17, introductory to advanced team climbing teams and a competitive climbing team that focuses on sport- and competition-specific training.

Sailing is both a recreational skill worth learning for leisure and a sport with competitive strategy. The Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore is an accredited U.S. Sailing School for all skill levels. In addition to lessons, the school offers adaptive sailing and racing for individuals with disabilities and spring, summer and fall youth programs with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) component.

Teenage girl indoor rock climbing
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Andover Apaches Youth Rugby plays a game with origins and popularity in England but a solid following across the pond. Rugby has crossovers with both soccer and football, as a contact sport involving moving a ball from one end of a field to another. It was first included in the Olympics in 2016.

This youth league in Linthicum focuses on adapting the sport to youth learners with co-ed non-contact teams for ages 5-16.

Impress your peers with your bowling game at the next birthday party or camp field trip. A popular recreational game, competitive league bowling allows players to practice skills such as precision, consistency, timing and footwork on both an individual level and within a team setting.

Greenmount Bowl offers youth leagues in Baltimore-famous duckpin and tenpin bowling for ages 4 to 21 in Hampstead, with low-pressure Saturday morning games for four-person teams.

Fencing involves a one-on-one face-off that employs artful technique with strategic chess-like moves. Learn more about the Baltimore-area Cheseapeake Fencing Club and  Homewood Fencing Club in our recent feature about youth fencing.

Academies of Fencing in Baltimore provides competitive fencing training for novices in all three fencing weapons and modern international-style instruction as students become more advanced. Participate in workshops at the Catonsville club and compete in local, regional and national events of the U.S Fencing Association.


Academies of Fencing in Baltimore

1120 N. Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD 21228


Andover Apaches Youth Rugby

471 Main Ave.
P.O. Box 196
Linthicum, MD 21090
[email protected]


Downtown Sailing Center

1425 Key Highway, Suite 110
Baltimore, MD 21230
[email protected]


Greenmount Bowl

1625 N. Main St.
Hampstead, MD 21074
[email protected]


Movement Gyms

1930 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093
Additional locations in Columbia, Baltimore (Hampden) and Rockville
[email protected]


Note: Check out more local facilities offering programming for the sports listed above in the sports directory in the April digital edition of Baltimore’s Child and online at

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