10 Life Lessons You Only Learn From Playing Social Sports

We all know you’re not just playing in that kickball league just for the fun of it.  You learn something new every day, and you’ll be damned if you don’t expand your mind when you step up to the plate…literally.
10 Life Lessons You Only Learn From Playing Social Sports
1) You probably weren’t as good in gym class
as you thought you were
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2) There are no professional scouts in the stands
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3) Always take photos at the beginning of the night
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4) Don’t date anyone who yells at referees
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5) You don’t really know your coworkers
until you’ve survived a dodgeball match with them
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6) Don’t give out your number after a game of 105 cup beer pong Drunk Flirting - Meme Center

7) You’re never too old to make new friends
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8) You won’t get judged on your skills, but you will get judged on your team name
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9) A game of flip cup can be the solution for ending an age-old rivalry
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10) Playing social sports can make you feel like a super hero Super Hero - Pinterest

 

What life lesson have you learned through playing social sports?
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Highlight of the Week – Love From NYC to SF

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“We both joined Zog Touch Football in NYC as free agents in January 2013 (I had never done football before, just volleyball).  We ended up on the same team and have played on a Zog team together every season since.  We moved to San Francisco a little over two years ago and are getting married in a few weeks at a vineyard in Sonoma!

-Chelsea,  Snap, Tackle, Pop!, ZogSports San Francisco

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Did you get the last cup in beer pong?
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Highlight Tapes

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That’s Hilarious

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The Hawk Will Never Die

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Season Made

Everyday Were Shufflin

Unwind and Socialize

Highlight of the Week – Bucket List

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“After a few failed attempts in elementary school and high school (I always quit out of fear of not playing well enough and embarrassing myself), team sports have been on my bucket list.

After a few random pick-up games over the years, I realized if I didn’t organize something and get it on the books I was running from my fear, again. So, I organized a company team and signed up with Zog Sports. Yes, we played our first season and lost, but the team’s enthusiasm and support was inspiring. It was amazing! There was even a cheering section at some games. I went from no goals to goals and assisting and we wrapped up the season awarding every player for something. Everyone cheered for all efforts and improvement.

Well, we signed up for the next season and won the Championship. The whole experience has been pretty amazing. We’ve all met new people, developed discipline on many fronts, and just really had fun. While winning is fun, no matter what we go out there fired up every time and end the night feeling amazing. It’s been a great experience.

-Jessica, Jumpstart, ZogSports San Francisco

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Did you get the last cup in beer pong?
Did you meet the love of your life?

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A Very Zog Engagement

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Didn’t Know You Before

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We Make Them Look Good

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Swiffer Sweeper

Sandy Balls

All About The Glory

Highlight of the Week – A Family Affair

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“With the help of Netflix and whoever is on our bench during our games, we’re able to make coed basketball a whole family affair! We’ve never been able to play on the same basketball team together and Zog has provided a fun atmosphere for us and our kids at the court. The girls will cheerlead and we have found that extra something to spice up our week to stay active. The refs even play with our kids on timeouts and after our game. The coed basketball has become our second community and we can’t wait to play each and every season!”

-Mike and Teresa, Game, Blouses, ZogSports San Francisco

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10 Years Later

10 Years Later

Backs Against the Wall

Backs Against the Wall

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

DANGAR

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Reaching the Promised Land

Reaching the Promised Land

Highlight of the Week – Creating A Zog Family

Creating a Zog Family

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

We’ve been with Zog football since it started in the bay area and slowly built a team after a few free agent seasons. Now our squad is like family. We go out together, we snowboard in Tahoe together, and I know I can always reach out to any of them if I’m ever in a pinch. Being a transplant to San Francisco isn’t always easy, but when I made friends like these it made the SF experience so much better!

-Justine, Snap, Tackle, Pop!, ZogSports San Francisco

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Did you get the last cup in beer pong?
Did you meet the love of your life?

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Friendly Competition

Friendly Competition

Legends of the Hidden Zoggers

Legends of the Hidden Zoggers

Across the Country

Across the Country

More Fun Than You

More Fun Than You

Excuse to Drink

Excuse to Drink

Highlight of the Week – Ballers to Baggers

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

I’ve been playing basketball for a couple seasons because that’s my main sport, but this cornhole thing is a totally different ball game. It’s so much fun to get to play a sport and drink a cocktail at the same time!”

-Courtney, Bean Baggers Ball, ZogSports San Francisco

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Did you get the last cup in beer pong?
Did you meet the love of your life?

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New Team, New Fun

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New Kids on the Block Party

Who's Got Spirit?

Who’s Got Spirit?

Unbreakable Bonds

Unbreakable Bonds

Charity Check

Charity Check

Highlight of the Week – Company Dodgeball

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“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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Did you get the last cup in beer pong?
Did you meet the love of your life?

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Highlight Of The Week - MVP Glasses

Highlight Of The Week – MVP Glasses

Highlight Of The Week - 13th Season

Highlight Of The Week – 13th Season

Highlight Of The Week - Happy

Highlight Of The Week – Happy

Highlight Of The Week - Colleagues

Highlight Of The Week – Colleagues

Highlight Of The Week - Love To Ball

Highlight Of The Week – Love To Ball

Highlight Of The Week - Champions

Highlight Of The Week – Champions

Highlight Of The Week - Engaged

Highlight Of The Week – Engaged

Highlight of the Week - Tie Dyed

Highlight of the Week – Tie Dyed

Highlight Of The Week – Champions

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“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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Did you get the last cup in beer pong?
Did you meet the love of your life?

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Highlight Of The Week - Engaged

Highlight Of The Week – Engaged

Highlight of the Week - Tie Dyed

Highlight of the Week – Tie Dyed

From NYC to SF, a Zog Perspective

 Going from East to West, John McCartney knows a lot about making moves. Though he left his NYC team behind, he was able to continue his ZogSports journey in San Fran. Today he shares how it all began…

It has been a thrill to be involved with ZogSports for all these years.  I was first introduced to the league by a friend who informed me her team, “Rule 76: No Excuses, Play Like A Champion”, had some open spots on the roster. I was glad I made the cut.

Being involved with the “Rule 76” team had a profound effect on my life as it afforded me with the opportunity to meet some really kick ass people, most of whom have become dear friends of mine. After having an enjoyable first season, I continued to play in as many seasons as possible. Granted, a few injuries here and there couldn’t compare to the joy of being on the same field as my friends. I was always looking to get that win week in and week out and then, of course, hit the bar for some Flip Cup, Beer Pong, Civil War, and Ring of Fire.

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Few of the Rule 76/Lock It Up members from throughout the years, Social Bar & Grill, NYC, December 2010

From my first NYC Zog football team in 2008 to my last one in 2013, “Fargin Iceholes”, I am so lucky to have had so many memories over the years through Zog. The competition, the rivalries, making the playoffs, and of course happy hour made my NYC lifestyle all the more exciting!

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Fargin Iceholes, Octagon Field, Roosevelt Island, NYC, March 2013

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Fargin Iceholes & Tom Brady’s Tears, Tammany Hall, NYC, March 2013

When I made the decision to move from New York to San Francisco for work towards the end of 2013, I knew that somehow I would get involved with the Zog SF league.  I introduced myself to Nick, the SF General Manager, inquired about the winter season and the potential to become a league football referee.

No Punt Intended

No Punt Intended

We’ve just finished the third week of the ZogSportsSF winter football season and I’m fortunate to be part of “No Punt Intended,” a team comprised of individual players. From top to bottom everyone has been so supportive of each other and we are having fun along the way. In addition to playing I now have been able to become a part of the “Zog Referee” family.

Realistically, I know there’s no difference between the New York and San Francisco Zog leagues.  However, I will make three general observations having been lucky enough to experience both:

1. Weather. This winter season I am definitely happy to be on the West Coast! The weather has been very good, sunny and mid 60s. I’ll gladly take this weather over what I experienced in New York!

2. Level of competition. Being a newly minted Zog football ref has given me the chance to see a number of teams play, and I have to say that there are a few San Francisco teams who would give the New York teams a run for their money. On the other side of the spectrum, there are a number of new teams with no prior Zog experience who could use a little extra practice time! The San Francisco league is still pretty brand new, all in good time.

My new Zog ref shirt, Galileo Field, San Francisco, February 2014

My new Zog ref shirt, Galileo Field, San Francisco, February 2014

3. Happy hour. It saddens me in a way that there is no “Parlour” in San Francisco. I truly believe that the Zog happy hour is an absolute important piece to the overall experience; it’s where you can meet other Zog players, make new friends and new memories! I am looking forward to recreating this and calling a local bar a ZogSports home of our own.

The San Francisco league has so much potential for growth and it’ll be exciting to see where we end up in the years to come!

A ZogSportsSF Vegas Vacation

Our special guest Zog blogger this week resides in sunny San Fran. Kyle Smeallie is here to tell us what really happened behind the scenes in Vegas.

“Have you seen the setup downstairs?” my teammate asked at Friday’s happy hour. I’d been distracted by the sun setting over the Vegas strip, Honey Gobbler cocktails, and that guy on team New Jersey whose hair was just so Jersey. “Look through the pool.”unnamed

From water’s edge, through the windows lining the pool’s base, you could see the display downstairs: ping pong tables, corn hole set ups, a dozen pool tables, the works. All for us. That’s when it dawned on me: we were in for an insane Vegas weekend.

The ten of us on team San Francisco were all the fortunate winners of social media contests put on by ZogSports. Our prize was a weekend trip to the City of Sin, where American Honey had invited social sports leagues across the country to compete in the first-ever Bar-sity Athletics World Championship. Airfare covered, two nights in the Hard Rock Hotel, a little somethin’ to throw down on the tables, no-cover at over-the-top clubs, all sorts of perks. (American Honey, your marketing team: Doing It Right.)

Saturday started with eye black, game planning (i.e., drinking) and getting pumped for the main event, a kickball tournament. Winning team would take home $10,000 along with a billboard (!) in their hometown. Sixteen teams from cities around the country, no one out-and-out saying it but there was certainly some regional pride on the line. This made it all the better when our team, the fearsome squad from San Francisco, tasted defeat immediately, after we gave up 10 runs in the first inning. We ended up bringing it back to 10-7, but in the end we couldn’t get past Frankenstein’s fat foot. (Looking at you, Dallas.)

In at least one other respect, though, we absolutely crushed. That was in the category of impromptu interview skills, because when the dudes at BroBible asked our teammate Charlie, “why is playing in a kickball league awesome?” he knocked it out of the park.

With our kickball dreams dashed, we did the only responsible thing we could: We rocked out, threw dice at the craps table, doubled down on Blackjack, went all-in on Hold ‘em, and downed American Honey like they were giving it away (because they were). Then we hit perhaps the wildest club I’ve ever been to, Surrender. There was a pool with little floating pads for lounging, a mini-casino in the club and Zed’s Dead on the decks.

Basically, it was Vegas Vacation, and we were all Nick Papagiorgio getting the royal treatment we didn’t deserve. (Am I right?) All because we play ZogSports.

So hey, thank you Zog, and thank you American Honey. But most of all, thank you, Nick in a Box.