BRAZOS LIFE: SPORTS & RECREATION DIRECTORY 2023
During Aggie football season, people come from all over the world to watch the Aggies BTHO (“Beat the hell outta…”) whichever team is their unlucky opponent at Kyle Field. Visit gameday.12thman.com for all of the most up-to-date Gameday Guide information.
Football might be king, but don’t sleep on all that Aggie Athletics has to offer! The Aggies compete at Basketball, Tennis, Baseball/Sofball, Equestrian, Track and Field, Golf, Volleyball and many other sports. Aggie tickets are easy to find if you look early. The ticket center at the 12th Man Foundation will happily sell season tickets, individual tickets by game, and more. 12thmanfoundation.com
TAMU RECREATION & REC CENTER Each year more than 13,000 students participate in Texas A&M’s intramural program. Rec Sports offers dozens of different intramural sports with a division of play for everyone! Some of the programs include Aquatics, Certification Courses, Drop-In Recreation, Fitness & Wellness, Indoor Climbing, Intramural Sports, and Strength & Conditioning. Also check out Outdoor Adventures where backpacking and rock climbing trips are planned each year. You can rent equipment and even take climbing classes to practice your skills on the giant rock wall at The Rec! recsports.tamu.edu/programs
POLO ROAD REC CENTER The Polo Road Rec Center is Texas A&M’s second recreation facility. The 28,000 square-foot facility shares space with Transportation Services and Dining Services in the new Polo Garage Facility. Several popular dining vendors including Shake Smart, The Market, Salata, Houston Street Subs, and Panda Express. All currently enrolled students and Rec members have access. recsports.tamu.edu/polo-road-rec-center
Outdoor Resources Information is provided on Texas Parks and Recreation areas, rivers, lakes, rock climbing areas, hiking trails, fishing areas, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and camping activities. Check out their free service, Camping Concierge, where staff help you plan your next outing in the great outdoors! recsports.tamu.edu/outdoor-adventures | 979.845.4511
SPORTS CLUBS The Texas A&M Sport Club Association offers the opportunity to compete with clubs from other collegiate institutions at the state, regional, or national level in over 35 different sports. Each club is student-run and led. Clubs include: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheer Squad, Climbing Team, Cycling, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Judo, Lacrosse, Pistol, Racquetball, Rugby, Soccer, Sailing, Ultimate Frisbee, Taekwondo, Trap and Skeet, Water Polo, and many more. recsports.tamu.edu/sport-clubs
AGGIE PARK This beautification project in the heart of campus is an outdoor space for study and relaxation, tailgating, entertainment and recreation for students and visitors. The project, which is envisioned as “an outdoor MSC,” includes an additional and enhanced tailgating space, water features, an outdoor amphitheater, a performance pavilion, public Wi-Fi, dedicated media utilities for national broadcasts, permanent Distinguished Alumni recognition, and improved infrastructure. A new building operated by The Association of Former Students will be programmed for year-round use, providing flexible and functional space for Aggie Ring Day and other events. aggiepark.tamu.edu
CITY PARKS, SPORTS & RECREATION
Between the cities of Bryan and College Station alone, there are over 100 parks totaling more than 2,000 acres of fun! Our area’s parks have amazing amenities and programs, as both cities have invested substantially in renovating and improving these areas. Parks with baseball and soccer fields are common, but a few of their parks boast in-line hockey rinks, skateboarding ramps, splash pads, party pavilions, as well as several public pools. You may find horseshoe pits, indoor tennis facilities, or especially exciting events put on by each respective Parks and Recreation Departments during every holiday season! 12thmanfoundation.com
CITY & COUNTY WEBSITES
Brazos County | brazoscountytx.gov
Bryan Regional Athletic Complex
Bryan Parks and Recreation
BCS Soccer League
College Station Parks and Recreation
College Station Programs
|Walk on the Wild Side Enjoy a short story, hike, and playtime in the Lick Creek outdoor classroom. The program is designed for preschoolers and their caretakers. Spots are limited. 979.764.6216
Exploring Experiments Explore nature in an exciting, enriching, hands-on environment. Each week, kids will discover a new topic through experiments and exploration at the Lick Creek Amphitheater. The program is designed for kids 7-12. Spots are limited.
Texas Hunter’s Safety Certification Course Ages 9+ must successfully complete this course to legally hunt in Texas. Anyone under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent. The day of class, participants must pay an additional $5 in cash to Texas Parks & Wildlife to cover the certificate cost. This course is for youth and adults. Visit cstx.gov for class dates and registration information.
Brazos County Master Gardeners Sharpen your gardening and landscaping knowledge from local master gardeners. This course is for youth and adults.
Wilderness & Remote First Aid Certification This course is perfect for scouts, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone who spends time in remote environments. Participants learn advanced skills for emergency situations when help may be far away. Based on the Boy Scouts of America’s Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, the course aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs. Successful participants receive a digital certificate valid for two years. You must have a current adult CPR/AED certification to participate. This course is for youth and adults.
YOUTH SPORTS & ACTIVITIES (RECREATIONAL, LEAGUES AND CLUBS)
For more updated information contact each organization directly.
Several youth sports leagues and clubs are offered in the Brazos Valley, many through the Parks and Recreation Departments of both Bryan (bryantx.gov) and College Station (cstx.gov). Besides all the city sponsored programs, there are tons of local and national leagues to participate in too! In addition, be sure to check out Challenger Sports, a sports program for children with special needs. The physical and mental health rewards of exercise and team sports is well documented and leads to kids that are happier, more physically fit and prepared for the challenges of society.
BASEBALL / SOFTBALL
Brazos Little League
Brazos Valley Girls Softball Association
Bryan National Little League
Bryan United Little League
Harvey Little League
Friday Night Lights 7v7 Football
Football (Boys & Girls Club)
Star Smart Football
Central Sports Football
Brazos Valley Fútbol Club
Bryan Soccer Club
Brazos Valley Youth Soccer Association
College Station Soccer Club
Aggieland Sports Alliance Basketball
Basketball (Boys & Girls Club)
BCS Elite Basketball
Central Sports Basketball
Brazos 4-H Archery Club
Brazos County Archery Club
Aggie Swim Club
Tsunami Swim Team
Legacy Wrestling Club
City of College Station Tennis
Academy of Modern Martial Arts
BVMMA and Fitness
Gracie Barra JUI JITSU
Brazos Valley Juniors Volleyball
Central Sports Volleyball
WHY PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH SPORTS?
ATHLETES CAN TRANSFER SKILLS TO THE CLASSROOM You might think that sports might be a distraction to student athletes from schoolwork, but the goal-setting skills a sport requires can be applied in the classroom as well. Sports require memorization, repetition and learning; all skill-sets that are directly relevant to class work.
SPORTS TEACH TEAMWORK AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS Learning from coaches and working as a team with other players teaches kids to effectively communicate to solve problems. This is a vital ability for not just sports or school, but for all aspects of life.
EXERCISE HAS GREAT PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS There is no question that sports can help you reach and maintain your fitness goals. Being active also encourages healthy life decisions such as choosing not to smoke or drink. There are many long term benefits to engaging in sports such as lowering your chances of developing cancer, heart disease, or osteoporosis. Research has indicated that physical Exercise increases neurogenesis in the hippocampus, the brain area important for learning and memory.
BETTER SELF-ESTEEM AND MENTAL HEALTH Self confidence can be boosted by working hard and achieving your goals. Achieving a sport or fitness goal encourages you to achieve other goals you set. This is a rewarding and exciting learning process. Exercise also modulates dopamine and serotonin, which are linked with treating depression. Indirectly, sports can improve mood and sleep as well.
REDUCE STRESS WITH SPORTS When exercising, there is a reduction in the body’s levels of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Research has shown that people with depression and anxiety disorders had significantly decreased anxiety after only 20 minutes of physical activity. Participating on a team can also fight loneliness and offer a good opportunity for social interaction and becoming part of a community.
FISHING & HUNTING
The Brazos Valley has become one of Texas’ top fishing destinations because of the excellent freshwater lakes and streams filled with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, and other fish species.
Lake Bryan is a great spot for largemouth bass fishing during the early spring and fall. Channel catfish are also abundant at Lake Bryan and can be easily caught on natural baits from either a boat or the bank. Kids can fish for Crappie in early spring in the shallow water from the floating courtesy dock. There’s also a variety of sunfish species in the lake.
Another notable fishing spot within the Brazos Valley is Lake Somerville. Only 30 miles from Bryan/College Station, anglers know this lake for its quantity and quality of Bass, Catfish, and Striped Bass. Visit tpwd.texas.gov or contact local authorities for any specific or changing details.
|Recreational hunting and fishing licenses and stamp endorsements are available at:
|Academy Sports & Outdoors
2511 Earl Rudder Fwy S
Burdett & Son Outdoor Adventure Shop
Bryan Food XChange
Texas Parks & Wildlife Office
HUNTING GAME ANIMALS: SPECIES & SEASONS
|Our area allows hunting for the following game during the appropriate times of year designated by the Texas Parks & Wildlife. Additional details can be found at tpwd.texas.gov.
White-tailed Deer Archery only occurs from October to November each year. General season is November to early January. Special youth-only season opens a few days earlier and closes a few days later for licensed hunters ages 16 and younger. See Texas Parks & Wildlife website for more specifics on antlerless deer and MLDP tag protocol. A limit of four deer, with no more than two bucks. Antlerless deer may be taken by hunting license tag during archery, muzzleloader, and youth-only seasons, except on properties where antlerless MLDP tags have been issued then take is by MLDP tag only. Antlerless deer may also be taken by hunting license tags during designated periods in the General Season.
|Squirrel It is always open season for these critters, no bag limit.
Quail Open season on these birds runs from late October to late February, with a daily limit of 15 and a possession limit of 45.
Rabbits/Hares No closed season on these, and hunting is allowed state-wide.
Alligator General season is April to June, with a bag limit of one per person per year.
Dove The regular season runs from September to October and December to January. There is a daily limit of 15 white-winged, mourning and white-tipped doves in the aggregate, to include no more than 2 white-tipped. Legal shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
TRADITIONS CLUB Traditions Club is the private golf club and residential community in Aggieland! Nestled among majestic native hardwoods, rolling hillsides, the natural banks of the Turkey Creek, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Traditions has a setting like no other in the Brazos Valley. In the center of 900 acres, you will find the Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II Design championship golf course. This provides the perfect backdrop to luxurious club amenities and is home to the Texas A&M Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams. Additionally there are homesites that range from a fourth acre garden site to sprawling estate sites over an acre in size.
In addition to being recognized as one of the best golf courses in Texas, Traditions Club includes a family swim center with a beach-like wading pool for the little ones, a sport and leisure pool, and a 25-meter junior Olympic lap pool, and casual dining. Fine dining is available in the Clubhouse, which offers the Century Ballroom, Twelfth Man Dining Room, Sul Ross Room, wine cellar, and outdoor terrace. Our men’s and women’s locker rooms offer fitness areas and tables for gathering, as well as full dining options in the men’s locker room. The newly completed Racquet Center at Traditions Club provides a prime playing experience with our six outdoor lighted tennis courts, four pickleball courts and two padel courts. 3131 Club Dr., Bryan | traditionsclub.com | 979.779.1007 (Voted Best Golf Course in The Best of the Brazos Valley 2022)
|Brenham Country Club
4107 TX-105, Brenham
brenhamcc.com | 979.836.1733
Calvert Country Club
City Course: Phillips Event Center
Copperas Hollow Country Club
The Golf Club at Texas A&M
Miramont Country Club
|Oak Grove Country Club
10399 FM 46, Franklin | 979.828.2301
Oak Ridge Country Club
Pebble Creek Country Club
Pecan Lakes Golf Course
Rolling Hills of Hilltop Lakes
The City of Bryan features several public pools. Visit their website for more information on pools, swim programs (youth and adult), scuba lessons, rates, rentals, and more. bryantx.gov/parks-and-recreation/pools-and-aquatic-facilities
Bryan Aquatic Center The Bryan Aquatic Center boasts an Olympic-sized pool featuring two water slides, zero depth beach entry perfect for families, the only public diving board in the area, and plenty of sunning space. Open throughout the year and heated during the colder months for year-round fun! 979.209.5222
Sadie Thomas Pool (Sadie Thomas Park) is only open for recreational use during the summer. Check website for hours.
Henderson Harbor is another seasonal pool that features water slides, a splash pad, and shallow water fun. Check website for hours.
The City of College Station features two public pools. Visit cstx.gov/pools for more information on pools, swim programs (youth and adult), rates, rentals, and more:
Adamson Lagoon (Bee Creek Park) The mini-water park is equipped with two large water slides, a separate baby pool, aquatic offices, a bathhouse, and concessions. Amenities include water slides, stump slide, tadpole slide, lily pad walk, water basketball, and private rentals. Open only during the summer months. 1900 Anderson, College Station | 979.764.3735
Cindy-Hallaran Pool (Brian Bachmann Park) Cindy-Hallaran Pool features a beach entry in the shallow end and gently slopes to an overall depth of 4-feet. This shallow pool provides a pleasant and safe environment for families with younger children with amenities like the popular Clam Slide, swimming lanes, shaded areas, and shallow beach entry. 1600 Rock Prairie Rd, College Station | 979.764.3787
OTHER BRAZOS VALLEY POOLS
Brenham The Blue Bell Aquatic Center has three public pools, all in one convenient location: This beautiful three-pool complex is composed of an indoor six-lane competition pool, a heated therapy pool, and an outdoor leisure pool (which is open only during the summer months). Swim lessons, fitness classes, and special programs are offered throughout the year. 1800 E Tom Green St, Brenham | 979.337.7250
Caldwell Texas Public Pool
404 N Johnston St, Caldwell | caldwellrecreationalassociation.com
Navasota Municipal Pool
103 Stadium Dr, Navasota | navasotatx.gov/parks-facilities/pages/navasota-municipal-pool
SURVIVAL SWIM SCHOOL OF THE BRAZOS VALLEY
The Survival Swim School of the Brazos Valley offers a comprehensive pediatric drowning prevention program for infants and children 6 months to 6 years of age. These lessons teach aquatic problem-solving through highly-effective and specialized instruction in behavioral science. These lessons are taught one-on-one with a certified instructor and are not only about water acclimation or swimming, but instead the end goal is for children to gain aquatic independence, aquatic problem-solving, and the ability to rescue themselves should they reach the water alone. 1540 Crosswind Dr, Bryan | survivalswimschool-bv.com | 979.676.0841
LIFEGUARD TRAINING (AND MORE)
Available through the City of Bryan Parks & Recreation Department. bryantx.gov/now-hiring-summer-lifeguards-camp-counselors
- American Red Cross Lifeguard Course
- Junior Lifeguard Course
Available through Texas A&M Recreational Sports Department. recsports.tamu.edu
- American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
Brazos County Expo Complex Arena The Brazos County Expo Complex offers year-round comfort, cleanliness and convenience. With new amenities, state-of-the-art equipment and friendly, professional staff, the Expo is the perfect package for any event.
Drawing attendees to your event is a cinch. The Brazos County region is home to over 280,000 people. 150 acres of property surrounding the Expo Complex give visitors ample space for stretching out. Roads surround all four sides and 1,548 parking spaces allow efficient flow of traffic into and out of the Complex. The Expo’s many amenities include Arenas, Pavilions, Exhibit Hall, Ballrooms, and RV Spots. brazoscountyexpo.com | 979.823.3976
|5D Ranch Riding Trails
6536 Joee Ln, Navasota
facebook.com/5DRanchRidingTrails | 936.306.8536
Brazos Valley Driving & Riding Club
Brazos Extension Horse Committee
Dick Freeman Arena & Equestrian Center
Dos Brisas Equestrian Center
Horse Haven Equestrian Center
|Indian Spirit Springs Equestrian
4342 Dobrovolny Rd, Bryan
indianspiritsprings.com | 979.318.2411
Lost Horizon Ranch
North Star Equestrian Center
On The Bit Farm
Still Creek Arena
CROSSFIT AGGIELAND CrossFit Aggieland is a one-of-a-kind box that you have to experience for yourself. We are truly home to the best of the best. The best coaches. The best facility. The best programming. The best community. You are more than a number within the CrossFit Aggieland community, whether you’re a former athlete or someone who has avoided the gym your entire life. The coaches at CrossFit Aggieland tailor their programs to fit the specific needs of their clients. Through personal training and group classes, their members become better versions of themselves. 3815 General Pkwy, College Station | crossfitaggieland.com | 979.703.6665 (Voted Best Crossfit in The Best of the Brazos Valley 2022)
SAWED-OFF CROSSFIT Elements of track and field, gymnastics, weightlifting, and strongman are combined in short intense daily workouts to maximize results for any individual. Sawed-Off teaches movements that you find in real life; pushing, pulling, squatting, jumping, throwing, carrying, and sprinting. Getting fit and healthy shouldn’t be boring or monotonous. It should be fun, varied and done with friends. 4000 Harvey Rd, College Station | sawedoffcrossfit.com | 979.431.3433
|College Station CrossFit (BoomFit)
3200 Longmire Dr, College Station
boomfitbcs.com | 979.693.3103
|Snap Fitness Navasota
1610 N Lasalle St Ste C, Navasota
snapfitness.com/us/gyms/navasota-tx | 936.825.3000
HOTWORX COLLEGE STATION HOTWORX is a virtually instructed exercise program created for users to experience the many benefits of infrared heat absorption, while completing a 30-minute Isometric workout or 15-minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session. As the infrared heat penetrates your body causing you to sweat, the isometric postures further accelerate detoxification by physically removing the toxins from your organs through muscle contraction. Their patented sauna combines heat, infrared, and exercise–what we like to call “3D Training”–and makes HOTWORX a workout unlike any other fitness program available! 1902 Texas Ave S, College Station | hotworx.net/studio/collegestation | 979.475.4099 (Voted Best Fitness Club/Studio in The Best of the Brazos Valley 2022)
GOLD’S GYM Gold’s Gym College Station gives you access to everything you need reach your fitness goals: weight and strength training areas, a wide selection of free weights, cardio equipment, resistance machines, group exercise classes, Gold’s Studio® and Group Cycle offerings – plus a team of certified Personal Trainers ready to support and motivate you to become the strongest version of yourself. goldsgym.com
200 Brentwood Dr E, College Station | 979.764.8000
1285 Arrington Rd, College Station | 979.314.1346
3125 S Texas Ave Bryan | 979.822.8000
ROW HOUSE High-energy, music-driven group classes combine rowing intervals with floor-based strength exercises for the ultimate all-in-one, low-impact, cardio-enhancing, full-body strength workout for all fitness levels. Rowing can be intimidating, but their coaches are there to encourage you, high-five you, and inspire you.
4001 Texas 6 Frontage Rd Suite 400, College Station | therowhouse.com/location/college-station |
ORANGETHEORY FITNESS Orangetheory is a heart-rate based HIIT total-body group workout that combines science, coaching, and technology to guarantee maximum results from the inside out. The hardest part of a workout is showing up, but Orangetheory makes it simple for you to push yourself and be your personal best. orangetheory.com
1025 University Dr, College Station | 979.213.5696
11655 FM Rd 2154 #200, College Station | 979.401.3104
1904 Texas Ave S, College Station
f45training.com/collegestationtx/home | 979.353.2008
Balanced Body Works
Brazos Valley Barbell
|College Station Fit Body Bootcamp
4099 Hwy 6, College Station
collegestationfitbody.2x-win.com | 833.434.8263
Fitkick Bootcamp BCS
ACADEMAY OF MODERN MARTIAL ARTS AMMA offers a wide range of martial arts to learn with kids and adult focused classes. Whether your kids want to learn the punching and kicking style of Taekwondo or the grappling art of Judo, they’ll be learning the things you care about; focus, self-discipline, goal setting, and self-defense. Adults can train in Taekwondo, Judo, or Modern Arnis…or all three! If you are looking for something fun that will get you in shape, burn calories, and get strong, then try their Fit Kick Fitness Program or try out their weight room. 2551 Texas Ave S Ste A, College Station | ammacs.com | 979-695-7150
2216 Texas Ave S, College Station
9round.com | 979.696.2150
BVMMA & Fitness
Bryan College Station Boxing Club
Eclipse Tae Kwon-Do
|Last Call Jiu Jitsu
212 N Bryan Ave Suite #102, Bryan
instagram.com/lastcallbjj | 281.841.3012
Longoria Boxing Club
Master Pak’s Martial Arts
Montoya’s Shorin Kempo Karate-Jitsu
Palmisano’s Martial Arts
University of Sidekicks
THE BRIDGE YOGA Their physical location is at the point where Bryan and College Station meet, so that both communities can easily access their classes, workshops, & the Sangha (yoga community). Their promise is to provide accessible and inclusive yoga for all! Anahata–The heart chakra–serves as a bridge in our bodies, connecting our physical energies with our emotional and mental energies. The Bridge Yoga is committed to serving as that same type of bridge for each of you, helping all of us develop our mind-body-spirit connections.
Start with the body, your mind and heart will follow. Start with the mind, the body and heart will follow. We all seek connections and harmony each time we find our way to the studio and onto our mats. 702 University Dr E Ste 102D, College Station | thebridgeyogabcs.com | 979.485.9190 (Voted Best Yoga Studio in The Best of the Brazos Valley 2022)
YOGA POD COLLEGE STATION With Heated Vinyasa, Hot Yoga, and fitness options for beginner yogis to advanced practitioners, our classes are designed to improve your skill sets and challenge you along the way. We want our students to achieve a greater sense of presence or the “flow state”. Through our Philosophy and Science our students will reduce stress, build strength, and increase flexibility. Through breath, strength, and sweat, you will achieve the yoga experience you have been searching for. 3995 Texas 6 Frontage Rd #100, College Station | yogapod.com/collegestation | 979.693.3837
|College Station Yoga
3024 Texas Ave S, College Station
ifbcs.com | 979.450.1027Genesis Yoga
303 S Baylor St, Brenham
genesisyoga.net | 979.353.0078
305 N Parker Ave Unit 112, Bryan
studioyogabcs.com | 979.820.3464The Yoga District
505 University Dr E #801,
tydcollegestation.com | 979.571.7996
SUZANNE’S SCHOOL OF DANCE SSD has built a dance community marked by integrity and excellence. SSD dancers go beyond technique to learn important life skills in an uplifting, faith-based environment to grow in excellence of dance and heart. Over the years, the Suzanne’s School of Dance family has grown in size and renown, but the heart has remained the same: to create a safe place for dancers to grow in the art of dance while also learning that their dance is a gift from God used to glorify Him. 211 Rock Prairie Rd, College Station | suzannesdancestudio.com | 979.310.6339 (Voted Best Dance Instruction/Studio in The Best of the Brazos Valley 2022)
THUNDER ELITE CHEERLEADING, GYMNASTICS & DANCE With cheer teams that have claimed over 200 national titles, a dynamic gymnastics team, and a dance team that has won over nine national championships, it’s no surprise that Thunder Elite has been voted the “Best of the Brazos Valley” for over 10 years! 4260 Boonville Rd, Bryan | thunderelitecollegestation.com | 979.774.2914 (Voted Best Gymnastics Instruction in The Best of the Brazos Valley 2022)
|Brazos Ballroom Dance Studio
501 Graham Rd, College Station
979.255.7211 | 979.393.2411
Brazos Valley Gymnastics
Expressions Dance Studio
Gentri Gandy’s Dance Factory
Kice’s Elite Dance Center
10810 SH 30 Ste A, College Station
powersportskids.com | 979.776.0018
Pure Energy Dance Productions
Susan’s Ballroom Dance
The Dance Barre