Meant To Be – A ZogSports Love Story

We know that many people play ZogSports in order to keep playing their favorite sports from childhood, but so many people join ZogSports for the social aspects, too: to have an organized and fun outlet to hangout with their group of friends on a weekly basis, to make new friends, and maybe even to meet their soulmate.  The latter became true for Brenda and Colin Miners.

Check out their amazing story that proves they were meant to be, and thanks to ZogSports, they finally found each other!

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In the fall of 2010, I started a soccer team with a few friends. I had moved to NYC from Canada two years prior and I thought [ZogSports] would be a great way to meet new people. In order to fill up the roster, my friends invited their friends who invited their friends, and that was how Colin was introduced onto the team. As we slowly got to know each other every week after the games, we realized how much we had in common. 

We had both graduated from the same school, the University of Waterloo, but in different years. We had both completed internships in NYC in finance. He even worked with an old roommate of mine at one point and claims to have visited our apartment but I wasn’t home (3 years before we officially met). A few years after we started dating, I found a picture of the two of us at a poker tournament back in Canada, sitting next to each other, and the picture was dated July 5, 2005. 

We’ve been loyal members of ZogSports since that fabulous fall of 2010. Through ZogSports soccer, and the continuous cycle of friends bringing in more friends, we found our family away from home. So many special friendships and bonds were formed through our weekly games, all of which we carried off the field. Some of our friends have come and gone, not only from our soccer team but from NYC. We were thrilled to have a reunion and celebration at our wedding in Jamaica on April 12, 2015. 

Funny thing is, I’m not even any good at soccer! But we all have so much fun, it doesn’t matter. 

We love this story!  Congratulations, Brenda and Colin, and might we say you all look dapper!

ZogSports is the best mix of sports and social.  Whether you’ve been playing for years or never played before, your new best friends, and maybe even your lifelong partner, are waiting for you!  Join a team now at www.ZogSports.com.

Have you experienced a highlight through ZogSports? We want to hear about it! Tell us at highlights@zogsports.com.

Highlight of the Week

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“Being captain of my kickball team feels like its my birthday party every week! Friends of mine from all walks of life come together to play kickball and the best part is that we are now spending more time together on and off the field.”

-Dave, Light Bondage, ZogSports Philadelphia

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Did you make the game winning catch?
Did you get the last cup in beer pong?
Did you meet the love of your life?

We want to hear about it!

Send your ZogSports highlight with photos of you and/or your team to Highlights@ZogSports.com.


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“ZogSports has meant so much to me. I was able to come right to LA and immediately have friends that shared a common interest. And creating a softball team allowed for the perfect non-threatening environment to meet the girl I’m going to spend the rest of my life with.”

-Austin, Pitch Slapped, ZogSports LA


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“One night when refereeing volleyball, a team got completely blown out in all three games that they had that night so they were done playing in about 25 minutes.  Zog allots 45 minutes for the matches, so they were a little bummed and feeling very defeated since their games were over so soon.  To make sure they had some fun that night, I let them use the court for the rest of the time and kept refereeing so they could keep playing.  The teams really enjoyed themselves and ended up mixing up the teams, getting to know each other, and having a lot of fun.”

-Claire, Volleyball Referee, ZogSports DC


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“Each week our free agent team comes together and plays volleyball, each week our teamwork improves, our scores get better, and we all become better friends. I love seeing the improvements we make as teammates, while growing new friendships, all in such a short period of time! Can’t wait to play future seasons together!”

-Jeremy, Sand Shrews, ZogSports Atlanta


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“I helped organize a dodgeball team for our company and everyone loves getting together every week to play. We’re not the most athletic bunch but we love hitting the happy hour afterwards!!!”

-Heather, zioPatches O’Houlihan’s Heart Stopper, ZogSports San Francisco

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“Our team had one pair of Zog sunglasses that we used as “MVP glasses,” giving them to the MVP at the end of each game. When I told Zog about it, they gave us a pair for everyone on the team! It was a fantastic week!”

-Justine, Notorious D.I.G., ZogSports New Jersey


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“This is our 13th season playing soccer as a team. It’s something I truly look forward to every week; some of my teammates have become my closest friends.”

-Carly, Strippers XIII.5, ZogSports New York


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“My highlight: sitting on the grass with the team, taking off our cleats, sweat on our foreheads, sun on our backs, bodies aching, happy.”

-Rosie, Show Us Your TDs, ZogSports Los Angeles


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“Playing in one of the ZogSports leagues was the highlight of my spring. I love to ball, am socially conscious, and enjoy meeting new people on a daily basis. Zog made all of those happen all at once.”

-Rory, Get Thi$ Money, ZogSports DC


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“Every weekI had a BLAST playing with my colleagues and getting to know them on a personal level. Especially our weekly outings after the games. Hopefully we can repeat as champions next season!”

-Jarvis, Coke A-Team, ZogSports Atlanta

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“After getting spanked last season it was awesome to bring home the win tonight! Can’t wait for next season to shoot for back to back championships!”

-Julian, How I Set Your Mother, ZogSports San Francisco

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“We met right here. I picked upSean outside. I said, ‘Hey Zogger!’ He was wearing his shirt. Then I stalked him!”

-Julie, Snakes On A Lane, ZogSports New Jersey

…and now they’re engaged!

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“The highlight of my week is putting on my Tie Dyed Zog T-shirt,because it makes me proud of how unique our team is.We made the shirts ourselves which was awesome for team bonding.”

-Shannon, Psychadelic Ballers, ZogSports New York

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.

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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!

 

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!

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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!