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Pickup Sports Presents at SF New Tech Mobile Night

SF New Tech is the original San Francisco tech meetup group where techies, tech enthusiasts and tech "aspirationalists" congregate to see what's new and interesting from Bay Area entrepreneurs and small businesses in technology.  Last night focused specifically on cool mobile technologies and applications, and Pickup Sports received a spot to present on stage in front of a sold-out crowd at Mighty!  Check out the bill on SF New Tech's website here.

There was a lot of anticipation and energy in the room since mobile has become one of the hot new buzzwords in tech, and most of the presentations were quite impressive.  Lots of polished apps and quirky presentations from really smart folks made for an interesting night.

We were really happy with our demo of the iPhone, Android and WebOS emulators, and a bunch of people at the event downloaded our app right then and there!  We were able to explain how Pickup Sports was born and where Pickup Sports is looking to go as it matures.  Thanks to everyone for some great questions and shoutouts on Twitter, and stay posted for more from Pickup Sports!

It was a great audience and great experience overall, and we were happy to share the stage with apps and companies like Flipboard, vid.ly and cooliris.  Great job everyone!

Pickup Basketball Rules

Pickup basketball can be a fun game, but there are still some rules that people should follow to avoid arguments.  After all, it's just a game, there are more advantages to keep it fun.
  1. You can only claim the court that is not currently open.
  2. Have at least 2 people to claim a half court, 8 people to claim full court.
  3. Form a team that is balanced, otherwise it destroys the fun and the losers will simply quit.
  4. Set the game points, 11 point game, 16 point game or 21 point game.  Regular shots are 1 point and shot from three point lines are 2 points in a pickup game.
  5. If it's first game, you can shoot for who get's the ball first before starting the first round.  Otherwise the winner of last round gets to be offense first.
  6. There are no referees, but violations still apply.
    • For Offense: violation includes traveling, double dribble, offense foul
    • For Defense: violation includes regular foul, intention foul
    • 5 seconds and 3 seconds violations usually isn't included in a pickup game
    • Unless it's intention violation, there are no penalty shot.  The other side simply get's the ball.
  7. After winning, the winning team can decide to play "next" challenger or retire with glory.  If there is no "next" challenger, same teams can start the game again, possibly switching players.

Hopefully this sets some group for those who are looking for Pickup Basketball Rules.  Now go post a pickup game.

Sports is in All of Us

There are many sayings in the world of sports.  One of them is, "You win some, you lose some."  Today, Egypt both won and lost.  The people of Egypt happily lost a dictator, and won (what they hope to be) a newfound freedom.

 Today we have to step back from the world of sports and recognize the historic day that the youth of Egypt have given us.  It's not every day a dictator steps down, and it's definitely a sign of the times when social media plays such an important role in such a series of events.  It's exciting, revealing, provocative and unsettling all at the same time.

 But what caught my attention on the radio this morning were comments that we haven't seen this level of excitement and celebration in the streets of Cairo since the World Cup.  Don't misinterpret; I'm not comparing a soccer game to an historical change in the country's leadership.  What I thought was remarkable was how the correspondent on the radio used soccer as a means to relate the celebration and euphoria in Egypt.

You may think this is nothing, but I see the incredible influence team sports have in everyone's life – including a country's culture.  When someone mentions a soccer game celebration, a majority of the world’s population knows exactly what that means.  Don’t take the effect of team sports on our world lightly.  It’s more powerful than we realize.

There is No Age Limit for Pickup Sports

Greetings from sunny California!

I just can't get over this weather in the Bay Area, and it's definitely had a positive impact on my mood in recent weeks.  La nina, global warming, climate change, the Al Gore Effect, or whatever, it's made exercising and playing sports outside so much more enjoyable.  My apologies to those on the East Coast.

But today I realized there's no age limit to pickup games.  I met the guys from 5 Stones Fitness (http://5stonesfitness.com/) in the Marina this afternoon as they were loading up a tire with a kettlebell, some weight, spare clothes...and a baby.  (Don't worry, the kid did it on his own accord.)  As the tire was pulled around Marina Green, it reminded me that fun comes in all shapes and sizes - and ages.  The guys from 5 Stones were having a good time and getting a good workout, and the little guy in the tire was enjoying the ride too!

It doesn't matter how you do it, as long as you're having fun by staying active.  So get out and have some fun - and drag someone along with you...okay, that was bad.

Check out the quick video here:

From the Mission to Kilimanjaro: Where's Your Game?

Every once in a while I stumble across something that reminds me of just what a pickup game can do. Like the other night. On my way home from a swim in the Mission District, I stopped to watch a late game of pickup soccer. Winter is when we count our blessings in SF - while the rest of the country is blanketed by snow, we have warm days that almost make us forget the cold and foggy summers that lie ahead. The field was green (ok, so maybe it was artificial turf, but hang with me here), kids were running back and forth on the sidelines, their parents and older siblings were out passing the ball back and forth, and under the stadium lights I was struck with the thought that a whole community had come together at the end of their week in a way that they might have done in Bogota, or Mexico City, or maybe just down the road in LA. That night, I thought, pickup games helped strengthen a community.

Juneau-based mountain guide Bill Dwyer had a similar thought when climbing in Kilimanjaro, and then turned it on its head. Writing for JuneauEmpire.com, Bill describes the inspiration that drove him to use to soccer to bridge a divide between porters and clients that went deeper than language and money. Halfway up the highest mountain in Africa, Bill's started pickup games that brought him into a community, even if only for a short while. His story is here: http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/020411/out_780512023.shtml.

The next time you travel, forget the paperback and the headphones. Bring a soccer ball. We'll put you on the map with Pickup Sports. You don't need to learn the language.

High expectation's for the future of "pickup sports"

...that is, when more american's learn how important exercise is.

I am tennis/guitar player and also a college student and  am very dedicated to what I do. I've always believed if I wanted to do something, then do it right, and the only way you can get there is dedication, disipline, and the desire. Growing up I was chubby, and maybe even obese, and I thought I could just sit home watch cartoons and play video games. Untill my parents put me through different sports. I actually started off swiming, yes I was that chubby 10 year old in a speedo, but when I was put into a pool for the first time it was an amazing expierence. Which eventually led to me going back often, that led to me joining a swim team, and winning a bunch of swim meets.

When my swiming days ended I got into alot of other stuff like basketball, ice skating, football, jeet kune do, and judo. But nothing really stuck like guitar and tennis did. I still to this day have my first guitar even though I've moved on through 3 other ones, because of it memories of where i started on it.

Tennis is what really saved my physical apperance, beacause if I didnt pickup that, I might've gone back to eating chetos and playing halo for the rest of my life. But thankfully I met really good russian coaches that once played in the pro curcuit, who drilled me to death with forehands, backhands, and serves. If it wasnt for tennis then I'd probably weigh alot more than 180. Pickup sports I believe is a great tool to find people that enjoy the same actiivties that you do, if its from basketball to any other sport that floats your boat. I've also heard that evently "Pickup Sports" will soon be more musician freindly too. With all the bands out there missing a singer, drummer, bassisst, or guitarist, it would definately be awesome if musicians can connect better too.

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

Is Surfing a Pickup Sport?

If you're lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, you've been lucky enough to appreciate some of the unseasonably gorgeous weather we've been having recently.  Those of us inclined to brave the cold water in search of a nice ride found last weekend particularly special.  The waves were decent, the sun was strong and it was a great time out surfing.

 

But it got my surf buddy and I talking about the camaraderie and fellowship of surfers along the coast.  For the most part, surfers are pretty chill and accepting of beginners and visitors - because we've all been there.  But why can't surfing be a pickup sport?

It's more fun when you're with a few buddies or betties, and as many Ocean Beach surfers can attest, it's not always safe to be out by yourself.  So we figured surfing is another great sport that we can tell people about on Pickup Sports.  Just like other games on the Pickup Sports app, it passes the following criteria:

1) You can partake alone (but it's more fun with at least one other person)

2) Location is very important (since good surf breaks are found in many places)

3) If you're new to the area or sport, some local input is invaluable!

Let us know what you think, and if you're out to hang ten or thrash the lip, don't go it alone!

2011 NHL All-Star Game Adopts Pickup Game Format

According to the Fanhouse Staff (@fanhouse), it's hard to imagine the Fantasy Draft for the NHL All-Star Game not returning for a second year.  Why?  Because the fans and media loved it!  Over 2.5 million viewers tuned in, and ratings were up 36% from 2009.  (The Winter Olympics took precedence in 2010.)  The players loved it too, but not all of them: Phil Kessel was picked last (which is never fun), but he received a car for it and some good-natured ribbing from teammates.

The new selection format leaves final selection up to captains, much like you would do on the playground for recess.  How awesome is that?  It's also pretty cool that a major sports league like the NHL would embrace the new format, which is nothing but fun and entertaining for its fans.

Pickup Sports is obviously a big fan of this move by the NHL to bring excitement back to the game.  Nice work to all those at the NHL for opening a new chapter for the All-Star Game!

 

More information on the draft, how it works, and what happened at the game:

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2010/11/10/nhl-makes-all-star-game-format-change-official/

http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2011/02/devils_patrik_elias_didnt_appr.html

http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2011/02/01/nhl-all-star-game-ratings-rise/

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/589304-nhl-all-star-draft-chill-out-hockey-fans-the-nhl-catered-to-you