Pickup Sports Featured on UrbanDaddy.com

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Pickup Sports Blog Featured on Bloggers.com

 

So yesterday Pickup Sports was featured on Bloggers.

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Thanks for everybody's contribution and let's try our best to keep up the work!

The Community of Pickup Sports & Games

Much has happened since I spoke last with Jonny Chai of 5 Stones Fitness while he was pulling his kid around in a tire on the Marina Green in San Francisco.  But I had the chance to speak with Jonny again today to learn more about his personal training business in San Francisco, as well as what he's looking to do as he expands his business.  Jonny's an interesting guy, and is definitely focused on the importance of community in his client base - and his business as a whole.

And then I opened my personal Facebook account and got an update from one of my old Irvine Novaquatics swimming teammates, Morgan Hoesterey.  Aside from my insane jealousy for her stand-up paddleboarding lifestyle, I felt very happy and proud of her for pursuing her dreams in Hawaii - and having a damn good time with her friends while doing it.  You can learn more about her travels and adventures on their Destination 3 degrees Facebook site.  (Go girl!)

This brings me back to community, friendships and the innate human need to be around other people.  You've read about me questioning whether or not surfing, rock climbing or other "individual" sports are best alone (found here) - whether it be tennis, soccer, basketball, etc.  Now I'm posing another question: It's possible to do "individual" sports alone, but is it possible to get maximal enjoyment out of those sports while playing alone?

My previous argument that individual sports are better enjoyed with someone else could be bolstered by the fact that competition in and of itself creates a community, which in turn makes sports more enjoyable.  We're competitive creatures by nature, and a little competition is always healthy...

Are you confused yet?  If not, I'm glad we understand each other.  If so, I encourage you to get out and find a game to see what we mean by "community".

For starters!!

So let's start by saying I'm not sure how this entire website works, but it's probably simpler than I think.

I am a New York tennis player, which is ironic because tennis is such an outdoors sport and the weather here has not exactly been all fun in the sun.  I've played high school tennis for four years after having just picked up a racquet my freshman year.  Throughout the years I got good, but not good enough.  I didn't expect to play after high school and honestly neither did anyone else.  

Well jokes on everyone because the coach from Queens College Division II offered me a place on the team!  I did not start because it was my first year and I was still considered inexperienced, but of the 10 or 11 games I was put in for our conference, I had consecutive wins singles and doubles.  Some of the competition were not hard at all, but having that record is a self boosting motivation I needed after much negativity in high school.  At first I didn't think I could juggle work, classes, and tennis in one semester.  

I admit at times I just wanted to shoot myself because it was just so much.  There were some downsides like getting a C- in Geology, but I still believe it was the professor that was hardcore on us! I'm still not sure how I got through the fall semester, but I have a feeling it was my team that helped me a lot.  Our team was very close that I stayed over the dorms many days to hang out and go to class the next day.  We all went out with each other and all of them were older than me so just getting adjusted to college life was a piece of cake with them around.  They are all so nice, but then again none of them are from NY.

Feb07