Zog Crossed Lovers

Meet Chris and Jesse: Newlyweds who met 3 years ago on a ZogSports Football team.

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Here’s their story:

Jesse and I got married last Saturday.  We met back in 2011 when she joined our football team (cell block 4).  I was on the team since fall of 2009.  After she joined the team, a mutual friend brought her to ninth ward before the season started to introduce her to everyone.  It was a Friday and I was hungover from Thursday kickball, but for some reason I knew I had to go.  That’s the night I met her, and it was love at first sight.  She met all of my friends (we have several teams in several leagues, including kickball, dodgeball, etc. – which she also played intermittently over the past few years).  So here we are – married for 5 days, and all of our friends from Zog were at the wedding too!  In fact, Shaun Saunders (who I met when our team first formed in 2009) was one of my groomsman and gave the toast.  He’s my best friend to this day, and I was the best man in his wedding in April – so as you can tell, ZogSports has had a huge impact on my life!

ZogSports is not just about playing sports, it’s about bringing together teammates and soulmates.

Thanks for sharing your story with us.  We wish you the best!

The Rise of the Company Softball Team

Raise your hand if you play for a corporate Zog team!

Last week, the Wall Street Journal posted an article regarding the downfall of corporate softball teams. We found the findings to be pretty unsettling, so we asked our Zog Statisticians to do some digging. They discovered that not only have we had increased participation in our corporate leagues, but our corporate softball leagues have quadrupled in size from last summer to this summer! Plus, it seems that folks love to Zog with their boss: our stats revealed that 20% of our regular softball leagues are indeed company teams.

How about them softballs, WSJ?

We asked one of our corporate softball captains, Schuyler Penny,  how he feels about the matter:

“I’ve had a lot of fun organizing the softball team [...] We work pretty late hours here so the early departure every Tuesday to hit the fields has been a nice outlet for everyone participating. It’s competitive but still relaxed enough to feel like we’re out relieving stress while kicking ass as a different type of team than we normally are at the office. One of the best parts is getting to meet more people outside of our usual departments while also getting to know them in a way socially that isn’t just the usual post work happy hour.”

Even though WSJ reported that softball is now being replaced by other sports such as Kickball and Dogeball, Penny feels that Softball is nice because it isn’t as “physically demanding” as other sports. There is a sense of familiarity when stepping onto a softball field and with such “an athletically diverse team, we can still go out there and be competitive when we know how to balance our strengths and weaknesses.”

It’s no surprise to us that America’s pastime is thriving in our corporate leagues and we love hearing about coworkers (and Zog teammates)working together off the field! Our Zog corporate softball leagues give everyone an equal opportunities to join in on the social sports fun.

Don’t worry, WSJ, you have an open invitation to join the ballgame and see how to play the ZogSports way.

#SPOTaZOG

 What are the odds of spotting a fellow Zogger in NYC? Pretty high. The odds of spotting one in Argentina? Very low. Unless, of course, you’re Emily, an Atlanta Zogger.  Read on to find out how Emily was Spotted by a fellow Zogger in Argentina! 

When I was visiting Argentina a few weeks back I went to Iguazu National Park one day.  I’d happened to pack my Zog shirt and knew a day of trekking around the park in the heat would be the perfect t-shirt day. I donned my Zog shirt that Saturday also as a nod to my football team, Touch Down My Pants, playing back in Atlanta.

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Inside the park they have narrow bridges over the river that lead out to where the falls are.  It’s just wide enough for two people to pass going each direction.  After checking out the falls I was heading back to land.

A guy walking towards me, clearly an American in his Red Sox cap and speaking English, spotted me in the Zog shirt and says, “Hey!  ZogSports, awesome!”  Not having much room to stop and make small talk on the narrow walk ways I yelled over my shoulder, “Yeah buddy!” and kept on my way.

 

It was a brief, but fun exchange between Zoggers thousands of miles from home!

Though we aren’t in Argentina (yet), be sure to wear your Zog shirts around your city. You might run into a ZogSports staff member and receive one of these bad boys, good for a discount off of your next registration:

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My Team In Ten – US of Shakin & Bacon

My Team In Ten

These fun and interesting ten questions will give you some insight into some teams you might encounter throughout your Zog career.

Today, we are highlighting the 3 on 3 Coed Basketball team, US of Shakin & Bacon.

US of Shakin & Bacon In Ten 

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1) How long has your team been Zogging together for?

A year, we just completed our fourth season Zog seasons.

2) How did you settle on your team name?

Several team members work in television. Our name derives from the title of a series one of us was working on– The United States of Bacon.

3) What’s your favorite team memory?

In a season riddled by injury, Nicole was often the only girl able to make the games. One night, she forgot her shoes, and had to play in one our guy’s low-top Vans, that were at least four sizes too big for her. So Nicole played four games with oversized sneaks…and still led us to a 3-1 record.

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4) What movie title best describes your team’s skills?

Hustle and Flow. We’re a small team, so we depend on hustle, movement and passing to be competitive.

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5) What song title best describes your team’s relationship?

“99 problems” We can be shooting horrible, we can be physically banged up, we can be getting killed on the boards…but we never have a problem with the ladies on our team. They carry us and were the biggest reason we won the championship this season.

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6) What celebrity do you think would best fit as a teammate on your team?

Michael Shannon. He’s an amazingly talented character actor (Boardwalk Empire, Revolutionary Road, Man of Steel). He’s not the leading man, but he always contributes a strong performance.

We’re a not a team of superstars. We’re a team of role players. Everyone knows their assignment and sacrifices their own game for the good of the team.

Michael would fit right in with our squad.

7) Beer Pong or Flip Cup?

C. None of the above. We’re an older team, our Beer Ping/Flip Cup days ended with the Bush administration. (For some of us, Bush 41…for others Bush 43.)

8) Which of your teammates is the most entertaining during your games? Why?

Tough call here. We play with some real characters. You never know what Nicole is going to say or do on the court, or which item of clothing she has forgotten that we will have to track down last minute so we can play, always a surprise with that one! And then there is Kori. She’s constantly talking, coaching, and cheerleading. She’s our Energizer bunny.

9) Which of your teammates is the most entertaining after a couple of drinks? Why?

Nicole.

10) Describe your team’s Zog experience in one word.

Rewarding.

Not only have we ‘ve won some games, but through playing together we’ve become good friends.

 

Thanks, US of Shakin & Bacon, for giving us the inside scoop. Keep those championships coming!

Keep Zoggin’ – your team could be featured next!

A ZogSports Love Story

Love is in the air!

We know there are many reasons why people join ZogSports: some for the love of the sport, some for the love of the happy hours, some for the love of the camaraderie, and some for the love of love.  We’re always overjoyed to hear about couples who have met through ZogSports.  We take pride in the fact that there have been hundreds of weddings, and even dozens of babies, that have resulted through the help of ZogSports.

Today, we’re highlighting one of these Zog couples.  Here is Marelle with her story:

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Hi Zog – I have seen so many engagement and marriage stories, so I wanted to share mine!

My (former?) boyfriend, Sean Cacciabaudo, and I got engaged 12/01/13.  After moving back to NYC, I was having trouble making new friends and meeting good guys.  My friend Melissa and I decided to sign up as free agents for Zog bowling on Monday nights to do something different.  We were put on a team with 4 other people (Bowling With the Homies, Winter 2012), and I knew it would be a great time because of all our pre-bowling e-mail exchanges.  Melissa and I met up with Kirstyn Peterson a few days before our first game so we could get to know each other.  That night, Kirstyn showed us pictures of the other people on the team and told me, “I think you’ll like Sean…”  A few days later we had our first game and socialized a bit, but it wasn’t until Sean and I realized we both took the 6 train home that we had the chance to really talk.  The next week, in true Zog form, we ended up staying at the bowling alley bar well after our games were over, and he later asked me on a date for that weekend.

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Two and a half years, 11 sports “seasons” as teammates, and a Zog ski day trip later, we are engaged and getting married 11/16/14.  Kirstyn is now one of my closest friends in NYC and plays with us as well.

Thanks for helping find the love of my life!

 

Thanks so much for sharing your story, Marelle! We couldn’t be happier for you and Sean, and we wish you all the best!

The proof is in the pudding, folks!  ZogSports not only offers great games and great happy hours, but it can lead to lifelong friendships and can end your search for the love of your life!

If you have a story you’d like to share with us, e-mail Ashley@ZogSports.com.

We’re Hiring! Sports and Field Team Manager

 

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At ZogSports, you can be yourself, love what you do and help create a meaningful community for our customers.  Our mission is to deliver fun by bringing people together through sports.  When you join our team, you’ll be combining your passion for sports with your entrepreneurial spirit to maintain and grow NYC’s favorite (and largest) social sports organization.  Don’t you think it’s time to have a job where you love coming to work every day?                                            

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Every year we organize recreational sports leagues and great post-game happy hours for 100,000+ young professionals. Charity is an integral part of ZogSports. Therefore, we donate 10% of profit to charity every season (see Play For Your Cause on our website www.ZogSports.com).
  2. ZogSports is the real deal.  We have made the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in the US the past 2 years.  We have training, a growth strategy and care about our team and customers. As a result, our office culture is fun, energetic and a great place to be yourself and explore your potential.
  3. This is an entrepreneurial role where you’ll get a ton of responsibility from day one. You will learn aspects of running your own business and how to successfully contribute to any high growth organization.

The Sports and Field Team Manager is a full-time job reporting to our experienced NYC General Manager.  You will learn on the job by running leagues in NYC and managing the company’s growth in Football and Volleyball throughout Manhattan.  In addition, you will develop your people management skills and become a hiring expert.  You will be well-supported, much appreciated and an integrated team member from day one. 

Sports and Field Team Manager primary requirements:

  • Main Responsibilities

o   Strategic Planning and Operations – Continue to grow and manage ZogSports Football and Volleyball leagues in Manhattan (from strategic planning to sales and marketing to operations)

o   Manage Field Team (a.k.a. Part-time Staff) – Lead the Hiring, Training and Staffing process for the entire NYC Team (currently 125+ Part-time).  Includes Management of in-office part-time Field Team (currently 3 people) and an Assistant League Coordinator to help with the process.

o   Sales and networking – Develop relationships with companies, outside organizations and individuals to help promote ZogSports leagues in NYC

  • Important

o   In addition to flexible office hours, will be required to work evenings at least 2 days/week at fields/gyms/bars

o   Knowledge of Football and/or Volleyball

o   Interest in working in, and contributing to, a fun/active office environment (includes frequent ball throwing, music playing and other shenanigans)

  • Personality

o   Outgoing with a sense of humor

o   Creative problem solver

o   Leader

o   Organizer

o   Get it done attitude

REQUIRED:

  • BA or BS degree; 2-4 years of office experience
  • Fun on paper and in person – excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at one time and work independently as well as within a team
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Not petrified of technology, speaking on the phone or in front of a crowd, meeting new people at a bar, etc.
  • Reliable

PREFERRED:

  • Knowledge of organized sports, business of sports, and sports marketing

 

  • Please email your resume and a cover letter to Amy Cooperstock at jobs@zogsports.com.  Please reference “NYC Sports and Field Team Manager” in the subject field of your email correspondence.
  • Compensation package includes: salary for this job is commensurate with experience.  The position is also eligible for company incentive plan and health benefits
  • Due to the great number of resumes we receive daily, we regret that we are unable to respond individually to each person interested in our company, or answer inquiries regarding the status of a particular resume.  If there is interest in interviewing you for this job, a representative from ZogSports will contact you in the near future. We take our hiring process very seriously and potential candidates will meet with a number of team members before a final determination is made.

Thank you for submitting your resume to ZogSports!

 

My Team In Ten – Setsaholics Anonymous

My Team In Ten

These fun and interesting ten questions will give you some insight into some teams you might encounter throughout your Zog career.

Today, we are highlighting the pun-tastic Volleyball team, Setsaholics Anonymous.

Setsaholics Anonymous in Ten

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1) How long has your team been Zogging together for?

4 years or so

2) How did you settle on your team name?

Voted on as many different sexual innuendos as we could think of

3) What’s your favorite team memory?

The 1st championship

4) What movie title best describes your team’s skills?

“The Usual Suspects”

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5) What song title best describes your team’s relationship?

“Happy” by Pharell Williams

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6) What celebrity do you think would best fit as a teammate on your team?

LeBron James

7) Beer Pong or Flip Cup?

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8) Which of your teammates is the most entertaining during your games? Why?

Anthony, because he is probably the most obnoxious trash talker out there

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9) Which of our teammates is the most entertaining after a couple of drinks? Why?

Austin, because he just gets giddy and outspoken

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10) Describe your team’s Zog experience in one word.

Underestimated

Thanks, Setsaholics Anonymous, for giving us the inside scoop. Keep those championships coming!

Keep Zoggin’ – your team could be featured next!