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.

How to Pret and Zog, all in one day!

This past week, ZogSports had the opportunity to host a unique event for the infamous Pret -A-Manger. Now you may be wondering what  ZogSports and Pret have in common. Well not only do the Zog staff enjoy gobbling delicious chocolate chip cookies from the Pret on the corner of 38th and 6th, we also organize corporate sports leagues and private events for companies across NYC. So instead of hosting the Pret quarterly meeting in a conference room, they decided to bring their hard workers out to Roosevelt Island for some fun with ZogSports.

Doing what we do best, we spiced up their meeting with some activities to keep the Pret staffers moving. We setup shop with booths and games for the Pret staffers to enjoy, and our social sports leagues skills were put to the test. From football to ultimate Frisbee, ZogSports gave Pret a little taste of what we offer during our regular season leagues. And of course, in usual Zog fashion,  the sports activities merged into a huge happy hour. With 150 people in attendance, The River Walk Bar and Grill was ready to kick off the happy hour with open arms. Now Zoggers know that we don’t just sit like adults at a bar, we have to have our usual bar games ready to play. Staying true to our Zog roots, we setup beer pong for all!

We had a blast helping Pret host this event and can’t wait to run an Olympics event for the Pret employees later this summer!

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