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!

The 10,000 Feat – 2 FREE VIP Passes To Mountain Jam

 

 

 

 

 

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Introducing The 10,000 Feat!

The concept is simple: Help us get to 10,000 Likes on Facebook and we might send you to Mountain Jam!

How does it work? If we get to 10,000 Likes on Facebook by Monday, June 2nd, we will randomly select one person who has liked us and give him/her 2 FREE VIP Passes to Mountain Jam Music Festival!

About the prize:

Mountain Jam Music Festival – June 5-8, 2014 – 4-Day Jammer (VIP) Pass w/ Camping

  • Full 4-day Jammer (VIP) admission to the festival
  • Exclusive Jammer entrance to festival grounds
  • Special Jammer viewing area in front of the main stage
  • Access to Jammer (VIP) Campgrounds with free hot showers and 24-hour access to indoor bathrooms
  • Exclusive Jammer Hospitality Tents with lounge, bar and premier bathrooms
  • Jammer Hopitality Tents include hot and cold hors d’oevres, complimentary snacks, discounted drinks and soft drinks
  • Access to Jammer Lounge in the Learning Center with Jammer Concierge, indoor hang-out space and with 24-hour indoor bathrooms
  • Free Jammer merchandise package (includes limited edition festival t-shirt and poster)
  • Includes access for tent camping only (does not include an RV Pass or Car Camping Pass). If you would like to camp in your RV or with your car, you must purchase an RV Pass or a Jammer Car Camping Pass (1 per vehicle) in addition to this 4-Day Jammer Pass with Camping
  • Jammer (VIP) Parking: You must buy a Jammer Parking Pass (1 per vehicle) to park your vehicle in the Jammer Parking lot (in close proximity to the festival gate)

More information about Mountain Jam

Top 5 Reasons To Like Us On Facebook

  • We post pictures of your games so you can see yourself in action
  • We give you the inside scoop to what’s going on at Zog Headquarters
  • We post contests for you to win cool prizes [like this one!]
  • We announce awesome events and parties so you don’t miss out
  • We share fun content to brighten your day

So go like us, get your friends to like us, and you just might be jamming in style!

Visit our Facebook Page

My Team In Ten – The Zucchinis

We are proud to introduce a brand new feature to the ZogBlog: 

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.

The first team we’re highlighting is The Zucchinis, a Queens Volleyball team, who just started Zogging together this season!

The Zucchinis In Ten

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

About an hour and a half, give or take.

2)      How did you settle on your team name?

Based on the shirt color which is dark green and the big yellow “Z” in the middle.

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3)      What’s your favorite team memory?

Not a lot of candidates for this one: winning the inaugural match of Zog Queens VB on a crazy comeback fueled by Julie’s aces.

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

One set we’re “Fast & Furious”, the next we’re “Dumb and Dumber”.

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

“Hey I just met you, and this is crazy.” It’s a lyric, not a title, so what?

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

Snoop Dogg. He’s chill and also 6’4″, we need an outside hitter.

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7)      Beer Pong or Flip Cup?

Beer pong, the true challenge of human skill.

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

Anup. He hustles hard but always looks slightly confused.

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

No idea yet, but I have a sneaky feeling it’s going to be Alex.

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

Brief.

 

Thanks, Zucchinis, for giving us the inside scoop! Good luck this season!

Keep Zoggin’ – your team could be featured next!

The Legend of Stamford Continues…

Warren Klein is new to the Stamford scene but is here to share how his new move turned out better than expected. He gets by with a little help from his new Zog friends. 

When I moved to Stamford in September without knowing anyone in the area, I half expected to spend my evenings like an old cat lady, without the cats: talking to myself and shuffling around aimlessly.  Don’t get me wrong, I have great conversations with myself, but I always know what I’m about to say and finish my own sentences, which can be frustrating since I hate being interrupted.  I knew I needed to reach out into the city of Stamford and see what I could find; otherwise a trip to the looney bin may have been in order.

Enter Zog, no, not the gate keeper, nor the key master, but a great organization that sweats fun, and bleeds awesome.  I found them at the recommendation of a friend from New York. This was apparently a new extension of the organization into Stamford and they clearly led with their best foot forward.  The GM Devin is an effervescently bubbly league manager who is consistently seen laughing, answering questions about the league, and playing a mean game of beer pong.  The refs for our games are knowledgeable and fun to shoot the sh*% with as well.

I have to say, as great as the staff is, the league itself is what makes ZogSports tick. Put simply, the organized games are designed to facilitate fun.  Putting together a group of 10+ strangers can sometimes be a recipe for disaster, but I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a warmer group of people that fit together so well with so many different personalities.

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We began the year on a high note, with a few of us meeting for drinks before the first game was played.  This established the tone for the season: this league was about meeting young fun people in the Stamford area.  The pre and post game trips to the sponsored bar became a weekly release of stress for all of us who participated in the epic “Team Dodge Burgandy” experience.  Bar nights progressed to game nights at the various team members apartments, and even a Super Bowl party at my place (which admittedly was an abysmal failure because Peyton Manning forgot to put his big boy shoes on before leaving his hotel that morning).  Seriously, what a terrible Super Bowl.

Through the season the hilarity continued; we discovered two of our teammates had irrational fears of the Sleepy Hollow headless horseman. We discovered our self-appointed and self-important team captain, Jay, has a deep seeded childhood trauma from a Taboo game gone wrong, and I have not seen a temper tantrum throw like that in a good 20 years: “TABOO IS THE WORST GAME EVER!”  We discovered that you can lose a phone in the cracks of the bleachers; we discovered that colored headbands make us easier targets for the other team, and last but not least we discovered that we all are very happy to have met each other and participated in this league.

In an attempt to cloud source my work for this blog I emailed the whole team for input, and in an “aww” moment, we realized that what mattered most to all of us was the budding friendships we’d made, the fun we’d had, and a desire to beat the snot out of the red team who embarrassed us on multiple occasions with a coordinated attack involving misdirection, distraction and a ruthlessness unseen in Stamford since the great squirrel invasion of ’97.

I want to cap this blog entry off with my sincerest gratitude for everyone who has worked for ZogSports to make this winter so much more bearable and introducing me to my wonderful teammates (except captain Jay).

Dodge Burgandies will return stronger, faster, and better than before.  Part II begins this spring.

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20 Questions with Shira Weiner

Are you able to recite the  entire alphabet in just one word? ZogSportsLA’s Shira Weiner definitely can. Find out what else this Cheesehead is capable of!

1.         Sports You Ref? Soccershira

2.        When did you start working at ZogSports? Summer 2013

3.        Guilty Pleasure? Netflix, all of the Netflix, and McDonald’s French fries.

4.        Hometown?  Madison, WI, I’m a Cheesehead

5.        Hidden Talent?  I can say the entire alphabet in one word

6.        Favorite Sports Team? Wisconsin Badger Football, Go Badgers!

7.        If you were a drink, what would it be? Why?A beer called Spotted Cow, because it’s sweet and from WI.

8.        Funniest ZogSports Memory? When I played Zog soccer in NY, we had some epic post-game flip cups-educed outings.

9.        If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Why?“Great things come in small packages.” I’m 5’0’’ on a good day ;)

10.    What’s the last thing you ate? Homemade pizzas!

11.    Which celebrity would you love to meet? Why? Matt Damon. Good Will Hunting is one of my favorite movies. And he’s the cutest. good_will_hunting

12.    What are you listening to right now? The Oscars are playing in the background

13.    Favorite Sneakers?I have to buy kid’s sneakers (size 2.5) so any sneaker that isn’t bright pink or covered in glitter.

14.    How long could you go without talking? Probably longer than anybody would want.

15.    What’s the worst present you’ve ever received?I don’t have my ears pierced, but friends always send me earrings. I usually end up re-gifting them.

16.    What’s on your fridge door? So many save the dates. All my friends are getting hitched. Some roomie pics, graduation pics and magnets from cities I’ve visited.

17.  Last movie you saw?American Hustle

18. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? Flip cup. All the way.

19. Have you ever been in a newspaper or on TV? If so, where?Yes, in high school a few times in the local newspaper and my only TV appearance was in Ecuador I ended up in a friends fashion show. I think there’s still YouTube evidence of that one.

20. Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Why?I just visited New Orleans this year for the first time and fell in love with the music, food, sounds and the great people I met.