Here are local city- and county-organized winter adult basketball leagues for the 2004-05 season. Not all area recreation departments are set up to allow online registration. For those that don't, you can call, mail, fax or walk in to register at local offices or recreation centers. Web sites usually provide league information and sometimes registration forms, too.

Registration is typically by team, but individuals can contact league officials to be placed on or referred to teams with openings. County residency is not required, but sometimes nonresidents are charged an extra fee (as noted below). Registration is underway unless a specific "team registration period" is noted.

Teams generally play one game per week and have no practices unless otherwise noted.

Most leagues have a 10-week playing season followed by playoffs and a championship tournament; a few play only eight weeks. Minimum age is 18 unless otherwise noted.

Maryland

Anne Arundel

Men's League -- Season runs from December to March. Leagues for ages 18 and older, 35 and older, and 50 and older. One game per week. $180 per team, plus additional costs for officials on court. Team registration deadline: Oct. 27. www.aacounty.org/recparks or call John Spinnenweber at 410-222-0017.

Women's League -- Season runs from December to March. One league for ages 18 and older. One game per week. Individual or team registration. $35 per individual, $140 per team, plus additional costs for officials on court. Registration runs through Nov. 15. www.aacounty.org/recparks or call Jeff Porter at 410-222-6255.

Calvert

Men's League -- Season runs from Nov. 13 to early March. Leagues for ages 18 and older, 28 and older, and 40 and older. One to two games per week. $670 per team. Team registration deadline: Nov. 1. www.co.cal.md.us (click on "Recreation") or call 410-535-1600, Ext. 2227 or Ext. 2229 (sports office).

(Calvert is recruiting for a women's league. Interested players can call the number above.)

Charles

Men's and Women's Leagues -- Season runs from mid-November until late February. One league for men and one for women, ages 18 and older. One game and one practice per week. $700 per team. Team registration deadline: Wednesday. www.charlescounty.org/Recreation or call Darryl Price at 301-870-3388, Ext. 5105. In-person registration only.

Frederick

Men's League (women allowed) -- Season runs from January to March. One league for ages 18 and older. One game per week. $430 per team. Team registration deadline: early December. www.recreater.com or 301-696-2936.

Howard

Men's and Women's Leagues -- Season runs from early January to early March. Leagues for men 18 and older, 30 and older, and possibly a new league for ages 40 and older. One league for women 18 and older. One game per week. $480 per team for men; $50 per individual for women. Team registration deadline: mid-December, but 10 percent discount if submitted by first week in December. www.hcrpsports.com or 410-313-7275 or e-mail Mark Pendleton at Mpendleton@co.ho.md.us.

Montgomery

Men's and Women's Leagues -- Season runs from early December to March. Leagues for men 18 and older, 35 and older, 50 and older, 55 and older, 60 and older, and 65 and older. One league for women 18 and older. One game per week. $700 per team. Team registration period: Wednesday to Nov. 16. www.montgomerycountymd.gov (click on "Departments," then "Recreation") or 240-777-6870 or e-mail Brad.Roos@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Prince George's

Men's League -- Season runs from early January to April. One league for ages 17 and older. One game per week. Eight to 10 games per season. $530 per team. $50 additional fee for teams with non-county residents. Team registration period: December. www.pgparks.com or 301-918-8100.

The District

Men's League -- Season runs from mid-January to late March. Leagues for ages 18 to 25 (Night Owl), 35 and older, and for lawyers (Lawyers League) 21 and older. One game per week. $450 per team (Night Owl), $400 (35 and older), $400 (Lawyers). Team registration period: November to Jan. 1. www.dpr.dc.gov (click "2004/2005 Fall & Winter Programs," then "2004/2005 offerings") or 202-698-2250.

Women's League -- Season runs from Jan. 10 to mid-March. One league for ages 18 and older. One game per week. $400 per team. Team registration deadline: Jan. 1. www.dpr.dc.gov or 202-698-2250.

Virginia

Alexandria

Men's and Women's Leagues -- Season runs from early January to late March. One league for men and one for women, for ages 18 and older. One game per week. $500 per team. Additional fee for nonresidents. Team registration period: Early November to late December. www.alexandriava.gov/recreation or call 703-838-5003.

Arlington

Men's and Coed Leagues -- Season runs from December to March. Leagues for ages 18 and older. One game per week. $260 per team for men's recreation league, plus referee fees. $670 per team for men's more competitive Eugene Green league. $600 per team for coed league. $20 additional fee for nonresidents. Team registration deadlines: Oct. 27 (recreation); Nov. 5 (coed); Oct. 29-Nov. 5 (registration period for new Eugene Green teams). www.arlingtonva.us or 703-228-1801.

Fairfax

Men's League -- Season runs from Nov. 29 to early March. Leagues for ages 18 and older, and 30 and older. One game per week. Some teams hold preseason practices. $795 per team. $20 additional fee for nonresidents. Two-thirds of roster must be county residents. Team registration deadline: Oct. 29. www.co.fairfax.va.us/rec/Team_Sports/Sportsdirectory.htm or 703-237-7485.

Loudoun

Men's and Women's Leagues -- Season runs from Dec. 12 to early March. Leagues for men 18 and older, and 35 and older. One league for women 18 and older. One game per week. $700 per team. $29 additional fee for nonresidents. Team registration deadline: Dec. 1. www.loudoun.gov/prcs/sport/adult.htm or call Allen Brooks at 703-771-5211.

Prince William

Women's league -- Season runs from February to April. Open to ages 18 and older. One game per week. $475 per team. Team registration period: mid-December to late January. www.pwcparks.org (click on "Sports") or call Terri Feden at 703-730-1055.

There are currently no winter park-authority-sponsored men's leagues. Here are two alternative men's leagues that use county facilities:

Western Prince William County Men's League -- Season runs Dec. 1 to March 15. One league for ages 18 and older. Two games per week. Two preseason practices. $925 per team. $40 additional fee for non-county residents. Team registration deadline: Nov. 12. 703-361-5301 or e-mail jfcloans@comcast.net.

Eastern Prince William County Men's League -- Season runs from mid-November to late March. For ages 30 and older. About $750 per team. One game per week. Team registration deadline: Nov. 5. www.epwcbl.org or 703-441-2861 or e-mail commish@epwcbl.org.

Stafford

Men's League -- Season runs from mid-January to late March. Church league and open league for ages 18 and older. Two games per week. Two preseason practices. $550 per team. Team registration deadline: Dec. 3. www.staffordparks.com (click on "Current Activities" link) or 540-658-4572.

Steve Hocker, right, keeps his back to an opponent during a game at Magruder High School in Rockville.