6 Awesome L.A. Sports Leagues You Can Join
For all those sick of the gym but who are still holding tight to their New Year's resolution to get in shape, there's Zogsports. The social sports organization that brings together young professionals in places like New York and San Francisco basketball, bowling, soccer and other recreational sports and is launching March 17 in Los Angeles.
Founded in New York by Rob Herzog after he narrowly missed the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, Zogsports' focus is heavy on the first word in "social sports leagues". Each game ends at a bar for drinks and networking and there are organized group outings to wine tastings and river rafting, says ZogSportsLA General Manager Matt Worley. And, Worley says, Zogsports also focuses on giving back to the community.
"Charity is tied into everything," says Worley. "Each team chooses a charity to play for each season ... and the winner of your division gets a large check sent to the charity. We also have other ways to earn money for your charity with what we call Off Field Awards, so [awards for] best team name," and others.
The costs to join the Zogsports leagues depend on the specific sport's length and location.
The Los Angeles Zogsports (#6) will launch in March with co-ed touch football, the organization's most popular activity, in Culver City, and plans to expand to other areas and activities based on need. Find out more at their launch party, happening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at Rush Street in Culver City.
But, of course, Zogsports isn't the only social sports league in Los Angeles. Here are five others to consider:
5. L.A. Derby Dolls
Courtesy of Snap Shock L.A. Derby Dolls
The L.A. Derby Dolls, the famed all-female, banked track roller derby league, has been kicking ass and taking names for nearly a decade. They've dubbed their downtown lair the Doll Factory. Off the track, the volunteer-run organization works with charities like Aids Walk Los Angeles and the domestic violence and sexual assault crisis agency Peace Over Violence. Get involved with the league through their Fresh Meat program. Other leagues, like the Angel City Derby Girls and the SFV Roller Derby, are also available.
4. Los Angeles Velodrome Racing Assocation
Courtesy of Gus Sarmiento Los Angeles Velodrome Racing Association (LAVRA)
Prefer bikes to skates? The volunteer-run LAVRA meets about every two weeks at the Home Depot Center's 250-meter indoor wood bicycling racing track. All riders are welcome after they pass a certification course. Don't want to play? Here's how to watch.
9546 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA