Get in the Game: Mind, Body, and Sport (Your Social Skills)

We all know that ZogSports lets you keep playing all your favorite sports you grew up playing, allows you to try something new, expands your social network, and gives you something to look forward to every week.  But did you know that ZogSports is actually healthy for you?  Mentally, physically and socially?  Expert psychotherapist, Alyson Cohen, LCSW, explains why:

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Get in the Game: Mind, Body, and Sport (Your Social Skills)

Have you ever thought about joining a social sports league in New York City? Well, you should. My clients are always looking for ways to make friends in Manhattan, build their professional networks, and find time to stay in shape. Joining a social sports league is a great way to strengthen your mental, physical, and social well-being.

Here are some key reasons why:

1- Physical activity reduces depression. It will physically make you feel happier. Exerting your body to get your blood flowing directly causes serotonin levels in your body to increase. Serotonin is the “feel good” neurotransmitter (brain signal) that when released, gives you feelings of carefree lightheartedness. This is the same effect as antidepressant medications, but you can get it without those pills! In addition to releasing serotonin, having a planned sports activity will give you more motivation to leave your home, thus reducing isolation and forcing you to flex your social muscles.

2- You will improve your physical health. Let’s face it, you’re not as young as you used to be. And when you’re a kid it’s easy to stay fit; you have recess, gym class, and energy levels that keep you bouncing off the walls. Now you’re an adult. You work in an office; you need a change of pace – literally. Step. It. Up. Joining a social sports league will give you the encouragement and boost needed to add fitness to your life. It’s  got potential to be way more fun than a gym and with all the distraction of your new friends, you’ll hardly realize you’re burning calories. Lifting weights and running on a treadmill isn’t for everyone,  but throwing balls at each other and running bases has definitely been fun for you at some point in time. Your inner kid is still in there and will give you all the energy you need once you find something fun to do!

3- You will make friends and build your social skills. So maybe you are new to the city and you literally know nobody. You’re not alone. Thousands of other people have just moved here too and they’re probably going to join some sort of activity to make friends. And it’s okay and a totally normal thing to do in a city as big as New York. The best part about meeting people through a social sports league is they want to be your friend! They want to hang out with you, get to know you, and have fun. It’s a win-win (even if your team continually loses). If you’re an introvert and have trouble talking to strangers, you don’t have to! Just focus on your game play until you’re ready to take that next step. Chances are that it’s only social anxiety holding you back but once you have upped your body’s blood flow, you’ll likely feel more at ease and better able to interact with your teammates.

4- Your professional network will expand. Lucky for you, the other members of your team are not professional athletes, however they are professional somethings. And maybe they work in an industry that could directly benefit your career (another win-win). Networking in New York City can be costly, time-consuming, and just flat out boring. Networking through a social sports league keeps interactions laid back, genuine and  could promote a higher quality relationship. The more diverse networking avenues you pursue, the more diverse professionals you will meet. It’s a simple formula and you will find it’s very possible to have fun and network at the same time!

5- Your self-esteem will improve. Participating in an activity that you enjoy will make you feel good about yourself. Even if you were the last kid to be picked on the team in gym class, now’s your chance for redemption. Generally, the level of play in social sports leagues is pretty non-competitive. Knowing that you took the big step of putting yourself out there, trying to meet new people, and putting effort into a new activity will make you feel proud of yourself. And you should be.

If you’re feeling like you could use a boost mentally, physically, socially and professionally, why not give joining a social sports league a try? The only thing you’ve got to lose is depression, weight, social anxiety, and job isolation.

For more information on maintaining your well-being, please visit my web site at www.alysoncohentherapy.com.

Let ZogSports ease your mind and help kick-start your healthy living lifestyle.  Use these quick tips to calm any nerves and find the right fit for you:

If you’re looking to make friends, don’t be afraid to sign up alone.  Most people who join ZogSports sign up as a free agent their first season and also want to make friends.  Zog places free agents on the same team, with other people of a similar skill level.  If you want to sign up with just a few friends, you can do that too, and Zog guarantees you will be placed on the same team.

If you’re joining to expand your professional network, explore ZogSports’ corporate offerings.  From corporate-only leagues to corporate events including field days and team building activities, you’ll find the perfect outlet for networking and improving employee engagement and company culture.

Afraid the competition will be too stiff?  ZogSports offers multiple competition levels for each league, so whether you’ve played your whole life or never played before, you’ll fit right in.

If you have any questions about ZogSports, feel free to email us at info@ZogSports.com or call us at (646) GO PLAY-8.  Our dedicated full time staff is always easy to reach and happy to help!

Visit us at www.ZogSports.com.

Highlight of the Week – Found a Home

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

I’ve played in almost all of the social sports leagues in Washington DC in practically every sport offered. But my friends and I have definitely found a home playing Saturday Softball with ZogSports as the “Fighting Randos.” I’ve dabbled in other sports with Zog, but there’s a sense of comfort whenever I set my gear bag down on the dugout benches at the New York Avenue Playground, put on my face mask, and jog out to the pitchers mound. So for me, any Zog highlight will always feature the “Randos” and over the course of the past couple of years, there are quite a few memories and classic moments that come to mind. However, nothing can top the Spring 2015 Championship Game between us and “Hit and Run.” The “Randos” and “Hit and Run” had been involved in a friendly rivalry during that spring.

Go Randos!

-Emma, Fighting Randos, ZogSports DC

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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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Highlight Tapes

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The Hawk Will Never Die

Highlight of the Week – Same Game

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“ZogSports is the highlight of my week, because I get to see old friends and meet new people, all while playing the same game that we loved as kids.

-Michael, The Replacements, ZogSports Atlanta

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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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Love from NYC to SF

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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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The 3 reasons why people are playing in social sports leagues this summer

Summer registration is open and leagues are selling out fast.  Why?

Here are the Top 3 Reasons why people are playing ZogSports this summer:

1) It’s hard to meet people in NYC…

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unless you consider sharing a seat with a woman in headphones meeting people.
When you play ZogSports, you meet super fun people from day one!

2) You need that sun-kissed glow…

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and tanning booths are so 2006.
When you play ZogSports, getting that golden tan is an added perk!

3) You gotta keep up that beach bod…

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since you finally mastered the post-workout selfie.
When you play ZogSports, you can break up your mundane workout routine!

Don’t live vicariously through Instagram this summer.  Spare yourself the FOMO and join a team with ZogSports!

Choose your sport:

BASKETBALL
BOWLING
CORNHOLE
DODGEBALL
FOOTBALL
HOCKEY
KICKBALL
SOCCER
SOFTBALL
ULTIMATE FRISBEE
VOLLEYBALL
WIFFLE BALL

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 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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Highlight Tapes

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That’s Hilarious

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The Hawk Will Never Die

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Season Made

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Highlight of the Week – Highlight Tapes

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“It started off with me and a buddy just trying to get into a healthier life style but quickly became the best part of my week. Every week as soon as the game ended I couldn’t wait to get back out there next week. I enjoyed it so much I even started making my own highlight tapes. Granted I may not be the best player but I made sure the highlight tape made it look like I was. The thrill of the competition was amazing and I thought it couldn’t get any sweeter, but somehow it did. After trying to win a championship for 5 plus seasons it finally came! Now my highlight of the week is defending this 2x time back to back Zog Championship soon to be 3x times! Keep a look out for Curry Up and Shoot!

Check out their highlight tape here!

-Steve, Curry Up and Shoot, ZogSports New Jersey

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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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That’s Hilarious

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The Hawk Will Never Die

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Season Made

Everyday Were Shufflin

Unwind and Socialize

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Glory Days

Highlight of the Week – That’s Hilarious

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“I signed up for Dodgeball on Monday nights with some family and friends and it has become the highlight of the week. There is something hilariously competitive about throwing a ball as hard as you can at another adult, for no other reason than because you are allowed to. We laugh, sweat, and make fun of each other. But get to throw balls at each other – that’s hilarious..

-Berge, One Leg Up, ZogSports NYC

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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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The Hawk Will Never Die

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Season Made

Everyday Were Shufflin

Unwind and Socialize

Mr. Mars & Mrs. Venus

Glory Days

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Bucket List

Challenge Someone to #KissMyBalls

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The entries have started coming in and we’re proud to have a community full of supporters.

According to the Testicular Cancer Foundation, testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15–34. The good news is it’s 99% beatable when detected early. Let’s come together to play a part in saving lives.

Throughout the month of April, Testicular Cancer Month, we’re raising awareness about Testicular Cancer.  For every individual who participates in the #KissMyBalls campaign, ZogSports will donate $5 to the Testicular Cancer Foundation*.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Take a photo of yourself kissing a SPORTS ball
  2. Post it to Instagram
  3. Use the caption “Hey @ZogSports #KissMyBalls!
  4. ZogSports will donate $5 to the Testicular Cancer Foundation on your behalf
  5. Challenge your friends to share their kiss

*maximum donation of $10,000

Let’s make a difference, one kiss at a time.

Thanks for your support!

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#KissMyBalls

April is Testicular Cancer Month, and we are going nuts to show our support.

ZogSports is opening up the cash vault, 5 bucks at a time, in an effort to help provide education and support to young men to raise awareness about testicular cancer.  We are proud to team up with the Testicular Cancer Foundation and present to you the #KissMyBalls campaign.

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Throughout the entire month of April, ZogSports will donate $5 to the Testicular Cancer Foundation for every individual who participates*.  How do you participate? Just pucker up and kiss your balls!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Take a photo of yourself kissing a SPORTS ball
  2. Post it to Social Media
  3. Use the hashtag #KissMyBalls!
  4. Challenge your friends
  5. ZogSports will donate $5 to the Testicular Cancer Foundation on your behalf

*maximum donation of $10,000

Let’s make a difference, one kiss at a time.

Thanks for your support!

TCF

 

 

 

Highlight of the Week – The Hawk Will Never Die

What is your ZogSports Highlight?

“Our team looked forward to our dodgeball games every Thursday, but our highlight was definitely winning the championship game. While some of us began as strangers, our team became close over the weeks we played together and it was awesome to share our big win together. Besides bragging rights, our win donated money to the Kinney Center, a center for children with autism, at our alma mater, Saint Joseph’s University. We are looking forward to some new competition in kickball this spring!

-Julia, Corden’s Angels, 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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Season Made

Everyday Were Shufflin

Unwind and Socialize

Mr. Mars & Mrs. Venus

Glory Days

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Bucket List

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A Very Zog Engagement