Stay in and play


    So far, PGN has been getting great responses to this new column — and being reminded of the myriad athletic activities available to the community in this area. It was again brought to our attention by Philthy Britches player Stingray and friends while they were handing out schedule cards last week.

    The Philly Roller Girls were off and rolling for their seventh season in the City of Sisterly Shove as of April 14. They are among the top 12 organizations in the world in the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association.

    Next up are the Broad Street Butchers v. Heavy Metal Hookers and another pairing to be determined on May 12 at the Class of 1923 Arena, 3130 Walnut St. The third early season challenge is on June 9, during Pride weekend.

    Tickets are only $10-$15 and the first whistle is at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

    It’s always swimsuit season

    The Philadelphia Fins Aquatics Club has adjusted its practice times. Swimmers now meet 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Friends Select School until summer, when they’ll paddle over to Kelly Pool in Fairmount Park. No one is expected to attend all practices.

    Did you know the Fins were founded in 1988 and hundreds of Philadelphians have hit the water with them since? If you just want to give it a try, your first week is free. If you’re just looking to get or stay fit, get more information (and check out some great photos) on the website:

    Standings Halfway through the spring schedule, it’s a case of the blues for Greater Philadelphia Flag Football teams. Tied in first place at 5-1 are the Blue Diamond Phillips and the Aquamarines. Go to for the entire league standings.

    The Philadelphia Gryphons RFC have two games left this spring. They play at home April 21 and May 5 and an open date April 28. Home games are played at George Pepper Middle School, 2901 S. 84th St. Directions and more can be found at

    Short notes

    • Sunday, April 22 is the opening of the City of Brotherly Love Softball League season. The ceremonial opening-day pitch is scheduled for noon.

    • Team Philadelphia is still looking for men and women to be paddlers in this year’s Independence Dragon Boat Regatta; email Bob at [email protected] if you are interested.

    • The PGN Bulletin Board lists sports and recreation organizations and how to contact them. The sports information is printed the fourth week of every month or can be found online under the community tab at

    Softball, soccer and tennis are picking up steam so we’ll go back outdoors next time. Until then, get out and play!

    To submit information for Get Out and Play, email [email protected].