Urban Rec - Vancouver, Okanagan, and Australia's Sport and Social Club
Monthly Merits: MAY
May 30

Monthly Merits: MAY

May 30, 2018 - 22 days ago

Did you know that internally, we always announce monthly winners. As voted by UR HQ and our staff, we give props to the leagues, teams, players, and staff members we feel are hitting the Urban Rec nail on the head. We just realised, you guys might like to know… der. So here is it. May 

LEAGUE OF THE MONTH

WINNERS: Basketball in Camperdown, Monday nights

WHY: Starting back in 2016 when we decided to offer Basketball for the first time in Newington College we only had 4 teams. Proudly, all four of those teams, STILL play in this league. We have moved to Camperdown, and every single Monday the teams turn up with the right attitude and approach to social basketball. There are no heroes, no legends, just fun-loving people. 

team of the month

WINNERS: money $hots

WHY: Oh my god. The history in this team is beyond belief. Originally starting as an individual team way back in 2013, Money$hots were one of our original teams to join. We played outdoors in Marrickville, and it was a new and exciting sport for us. The team Money$hots chose their name as a member has played in another team overseas with the same name. This was now an international team brand. Over the years the team mates have changed. People have moved on, moved countries, and gone on to have babies. But the friendships are strong, and their approach to the game has never changed. They are honest, they are fun, and they are always the first to invite you to the pub. This team are creme-de-la-creme, and we are proud to call them home-grown. 

player of the month

WINNER: richard, bo’s knowes (flag gridiron)

WHY: Richard came to Urban Rec just a short time ago, but the impact he has had on not only his team, but the entire league is undeniable. Richard is proof that one person can indeed change and effect the energy of an entire league. Every time our season is coming to a close, he has been carefully home-brewing a special drop, just for the teams to enjoy. He emulates Urban Rec, and without him, the Flag Gridiron community would suffer. 

event host of the month

WINNER: michelle, (dodgeball and Multisport)

WHY: Michelle graduated from a player to an Urban Rec event host this year, but her enthusiasm for growing and supporting Urban Rec has been evident since the day she joined. She goes above and beyond to contribute to the events, leagues, and social nights we hosts. She is the most thourough, and thoughtful event host, and does not miss a beat. She will happily go out of her way. 

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New Member Perks at Skyzone, Strike Bowling, and Holey Moley Golf
May 24

New Member Perks at Skyzone, Strike Bowling, and Holey Moley Golf

May 24, 2018 - 27 days ago

You know what’s fun, being a KIDULT! Urban Rec are all about getting our members to grown down a little bit, and have some relaxed fun. That’s why this NEW Partnership is the most exciting thing to happen in YEARS. 

Funlab are the brainchild behind some of Australia’s most exciting experiential venues. Just like us, they know how to be a big kid, but with all the benefits of being an actualt adult (read booze). 

We have hosted events at these venues before, and we know you are going to love this new member perk for ALL URBAN REC MEMBERS. (Thats right, all 9,000+ of you!). 

ENJOY $10 ACTIVITIES AND $5 HOUSE DRINKS AT ANY OF THESE SYDNEY VENUES, mon through thu. 

You heard that right, you can have some random fun, and a drink for $15. I mean….. YOU’RE WELCOME. 

  • SKYZONE – Alexandria and Miranda
  • STRIKE BOWLING BAR –  Entertainment Quarter (Moore Park), King Street Wharf, Macquarie, Chatswood, Castle Towers and Charlestown
  • HOLEY MOLEY GOLF – Newtown and Darlinghurst coming soon

Find out more, and how to access these discounts by clicking here. (You will need to show your Urban Rec Member card). 

That’s not all folks. 

They are giving us a bunch of double passes to give away to YOU GUYS. So if you display epic sportsmanship, you could WIN access to these venues for FREE. OR if you love to hedge your bets, you could join our weekly competition on our Facebook page, where you vote for the winning teams, and win WEEKLY PRIZE PACKS. 

Lastly, watch this space as we announce more social events and parties to round out a killer year of epic events. 

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Autumn Season FitBit GiveAway!
Mar 16

Autumn Season FitBit GiveAway!

March 16, 2018 - 3 months ago

YO YO YO!

Autumn is here, and the Urban Rec spirit is falling all around us just like the leaves are falling from the trees!

With Autumnal cheer come Autumnal Prizes! 

*Enters Fitbit Blaze* *Crowd Goes Wild*

This Autumn Season we are giving away a One brand new FItbit Blaze.

Every Indiviudal registered player will be entered into a draw. The draw will be made on the 10th May 2018.

Kickstart your ‘fit life’ with this fitness tracker or simply use it to tell the time or track how long the sunday arvo nap was! Either way its a super cool prize! 

Good Luck!

Go on, you good things!

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Urban Rec's New Location in Alexandria
Mar 13

Urban Rec's New Location in Alexandria

March 13, 2018 - 3 months ago

Urban Rec is excited to announce our new leagues coming to All Sorts Indoor Sports in May. All Sorts Indoor Sports is a state of the art indoor venue located within Sydney Business Park, in Alexandria. 

Historically, Urban Rec ran leagues at this venue in it’s maiden year of 2012. But after a 5 year break we are excited to come back to the venue and run social mixed sports for the venue. 

We will run an indoor Mixed Soccer league with a min of 5 players on the court including 2 females. This will be a small sided court and played with a futsal ball. The league is targeted at teams and players that want to play Soccer, but not take themseleves too seriously. This is a safe, and beginner friendly league. Our Event Hosts are friendly, approachable and with a coaching mentality for the games. 

The second league we are running is a Floor Hockey league. A very popular sport of our forefathers in Vancouver. This is for those that love ice hockey, or roller hockey. Played within a small sided rink, the league will be 4-aside with a goalie. The ball used is a soft floorball style ball, meaning goalies do not need protective gear and can be subbed at any time. 

It would’nt be an Urban Rec league without the post-game beverages, so we have already organised for Urban Rec members to get hook ups at the on-site brewery, Rocks Brewing Co. There is no better way to end your game on hump day than with a fresh brewed beer and a feed. 

As usual Urban Rec is organising individual teams to join both competitions. Individual registration is open online and players can enter onto a team. Once the team is full with an even amount of players, we enter them into the competition to play as a regular team for the rest of the season. 

There are plenty more events coming up at All Sorts, with our Water Wars and Dodgeball Disco events to have centre stage at the venue. We cannot wait to see you there!

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Flag Gridiron - Summer 18 Seasonal Wrap Up
Mar 1

Flag Gridiron - Summer 18 Seasonal Wrap Up

March 1, 2018 - 3 months ago

There is a first time for everything, and this season, we felt there was SO MUCH going on in the flag gridiron community that we had to send a seasonal wrap-up for all our leagues!  So here it goes... We would love to hear back from you to see if you enjoyed this little written throw-back in time, and if you think we should do seasonal wrap-up’s in the future as well!

SYDNEY VENUE CHANGES FOR AUTUMN & WINTER:
As we move into the Autumn and Winter, our Inner West and Eastern Suburbs leagues are preparing for the migration to a new home.

  • Monday and Thursday night leagues (Inner West) will move to Camdenville Park (we have previously played here, and despite West Connex threatening to take the park, it is ours for the foreseeable future!).  It has good amenities, and is super close to St. Peters train station!  We will also be adding a new Clubhouse for this location - The Botany View Hotel. 
  • Tuesday night league (Eastern Suburbs) will move to ES Marks - Centennial Park (this is our previous venue, with expected upgrades to the lighting, which we look forward to!).  The facilities are premium, and certainly make you feel like you are playing with a under-the-lights stadium experience! 

SUPERBOWL TOURNAMENT:
If you missed....shame on you!  The day was EPIC, and was a great opportunity to get some new teams into the flag gridiron community.  In fact, the 'Beginners' Division SOLD OUT 1st, with the 'Intermediate' Division lolly-gagging a little....The half-time show was next-level entertaining, with some of the best TD celly's we have ever seen!  Congrats to our Superbowl Sunday tourney winners PEANUT GALLERY and HAILY MARY'S!  The 'NFL Combine' was a super fun way to check out some of the speed and agility being represented in our leagues.  

NORTH SHORE LEAGUE:
We have had TONS of requests to get a league started for our peeps up North!  With field availability being so scarce, we have the idea to run a Sunday afternoon flag gridiron league in Cammeray.  NOW - WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU NORTHERNERS!  Would you be interested in playing on a Sunday afternoon league, closer to home?!  Shoot us a line back, and let us know if you think we should take a gamble!

CANBERRA LAUNCHES A LEAGUE WITH 8 TEAMS:
We are stoked to bring flag gridiron to Canberra!  We had hesitations, but there was a clear demand, and we launched with 8 strong teams registering to play American Gridiron!  Whoop whoop!  There is a 2-week field closure upon us soon, but the league is getting better every single week, which makes us feel excited about the future of the sport in Canberra! 

RULE REMINDERS:
We have had a few rule variations flying around, but we have tightened our flag belts to make sure all the leagues are playing with the same rules.  Here are some quick summaries for you.  

  • Minimum 1-2 females to play -> depending on the league, the minimum # of females may be 1 or 2.  Make sure you check if your league is a minimum of 1 or 2 females on the field. 
  • Using females to play -> to stop male-dominated teams from not including their female teammates appropriately in the games, all females must be involved in each drive at least once.
  • Steamboats and rushing the QB -> your Event Host will be calling our 'steam-boats' to signify the time (after 3 steamboats) allowed until the defense can rush the QB.  

FAREWELL TO BART:
If you have played flag gridiron at all in the last 5 years, you will most likely have been hosted by our fave man - Bart.  A huge upset in the Urban Rec flag gridiron community, as Bart is spreading his wings and making the move to Melbourne for work.  He has been an integral part of the success of this sport in Sydney.  He has a genuine way of cooling down the heated players, and simplifying the rules for our new teams and players.  He is going to be sorely missed.  If you see him over the next week, give him a huge dose of your love and appreciation! 

THURSDAY LEAGUE IN ST. PETERS TO CHANGE TO RECREATIONAL/INTERMEDIATE:
We tried to separate the leagues in the Inner West into a 'recreational/intermediate' league and an 'intermediate' league.  No success.  The people have spoken. Both Monday and Thursday night leagues will be offered as 'recreational/intermediate' leagues.  This means your team will play each team once, and then there will be a top and a bottom half of the table for the re-seeding part of the season.

EVENT HOST OPPORTUNITIES:
The show must go on.  We are actively looking for an Event Host to take over our Tuesday night league in Centennial Park in Sydney.  This is a GREAT opportunity to get involved in the sport, meet new people and get paid to have a fun-tastic time!  If you think you might be interested, shoot us an email letting us know why you would be a stellar person for the job! 

That's all for now folks!  Please let us know if you enjoyed our cheeky little season wrap-up!  If you have any suggestions, questions or comments, never hesitate to shoot us an email – [email protected]

NEXT SEASON DETAILS (AUTUMN) – want to play Flag Gridiron?

  • Mondays at St Peters – Mon 9 April – Register
  • Tuesdays at Centennial Park – Tue 3 April – Register
  • Thursdays at St Peters – Thu 19 April – Register
  • Thursdays in Braddon (next season Winter)
  • Sundays in Cammeray – May – Register your interest
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UR HQ: Summer Wrap Up

February 26, 2018 - 3 months ago

Things are in full swing behind the scenes at Urban Rec HQ, so here are some updates from us to you. 


PUB NIGHTS

We are hosting PUB NIGHTS as a new initiative this season. It means we hand pick one night per league and organise for FREE jugs to meet teams at the bar! The purpose… to get you guys socialising outside of the field, court, diamond, pitch. It’s all about the ‘third half’, right?

Danny and teams at The Bat n Ball till all hours on a
Friday night after Cricket and Softball!

FLAG GRIDIRON LAUNCHED IN CANBERRA

We launched our SECOND ever league in Canberra this month. Flag Gridiron started very strong with eight brand new teams. Our main man in Canberra Donald said he was really impressed with the teams down there, we were worried they were going to take a while to buy into the “Urban Rec Way” but they all played with a seriously good attitude, and we are pumped about the future leagues we’re launching this year in Canberra. 

Teams relaxing with an esky after their first games in Canberra

Valentines Day traffic light parties

...went off with a bang. Shit got awkward at some of the leagues, but love isn’t easy. We certainly know which of our Event Hosts are on the market now, and which of our players are taken. Haha. It was a lot of fun, with my favourite part being Dan dressed up as cupid. 

Dan our Netball Event Host about to love sting the world.

Our new 2018 promo video launched

...and while it might not mean much to you guys, it’s seriously nolstagic and wonderful for me to watch. Seeing Urban Rec grow from ONE touch football league, and a dream in Dec 2011, to 31 leagues and locations across Sydney and Canberra. It’s seriously the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Thanks for believing in us everyone. :)


an epic dodgeball event for 4pines

4Pines celebrated Christmas in Feb this year, with a huge 200 person conference, plenty of beer, and a Dodgeball Tournament, we will never forget. The themes included ‘Gross’, ‘Where’s Wally’, ‘Bogan Pride’, ‘Summer Mullets’, ‘Denim Devils’… the list goes on, and they did not dissapoint. You would think people who work together would be less competitive, noooooo sir-ee. It was on for young and old, the cages we’re rattling, and no one was humble in their achievements. It was the definition of fun, and we should all try and get at job at 4Pines. 

We hosted them at Q Station in Manly! This photo
featuresplenty of beer being wasted. 

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY TOURNAMENT

We hosted a SUPERBOWL SUNDAY TOURNAMENT, the Sun eve before the real deal in the US and it was awesome to see four new teams come out and try their hand at a new sport. We also bought a new Urban Rec Tournament trophy which is HUGE, 2 teams now have their names planted permanently on the big beauty as a part of UR history. Click here to see more about the event. 

The Tournament Champs from the Intermediate
division, Hail Marys! Look at the size of that trophy!!

Well, thats a wrap for Summer. We are going to do these updates more often. We are humans here behind the scenes, so we want you to know more about us, and what we get up to each season. 

Me (with the sunnies on head) at our last staff meeting! 
How great is our crew. 

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Chaos in the Cage - 5 weeks in the life of a Cage Host.

February 23, 2018 - 4 months ago

Holly’s High Flying Los Flamas Blancas Still unbeaten 5 games in! Can anyone derail this train?!…The bookies are tipping Leanne and the rest of the Jillaroos from “It’s all in the Neymar” to take the top spot over the coming  weeks! Watch this top spot battle!

From the Top of the League to the Bottom… The Belters sit equal last with the Mad Cows, My sources tell me things are about to change at the tail. The Belters all time highest scorer, The Tatted Silver Fox himself Ryan Christie returning from a minor ankle injury could be exactly what the team need heading into the business end of the season. The Mighty Pig from the Mad Cows has been spotted putting his team through grueling training sessions on sunday arvos in a bid to rise up the league, after playing some real nice footy against the Neymars it would seem to be paying off!

And into the mixer! MID table battles GALORE! The Unicorns led by the Judge himself (occassionally the jury and executioner) had a storming start winning 3 from 3 but seem to have hit a couple bumps in the road, i can only imagine they are soon to return to winning way with hot shot Tommy Gun in fine form recently. 

Sitting just behind the unicorns in equal 4th place are No Baine & Leichhardt Utd! No Baine’s Baby Faced Assasins may not be able to get into a pub but they are certainly a force to be reckoned with as far as scoring goals is concerned! Leichhartd Utd Strong at the back, fast up front! Do not underestimate Marcus – The Greyhound with a rocket right hoof!

Onto the fan favourites Inner West Ham and Such Good Friends!! Inner West Ham...well what can i say, what they lack in eyebrow shape they make up for in heart! Having lost star man Jimmy Jangles to Japan the future looked bleak but not for Old mate Andy, the proud father to be, seems to have had a resurgence in recent performances not only saving but bagging goals at each end! SUUUUUCH GOOOOD FRIENDSSS, I dont want to make irresponsible correlations but is it purely coincidental that the SGF have began to decline at the exact moment Tom ‘the hulk’ Hogan Returns?

Stay Tuned! 

If you want to play Soccer with Urban Rec, you can join any of our Soccer, or Street Soccer leagues that run year round. 

Thursday Nights in Marrickville

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Clubhouse Reccy: Bat n Ball Hotel
Feb 13

Clubhouse Reccy: Bat n Ball Hotel

February 13, 2018 - 4 months ago

The Bat n Ball hotel is a cosy English style pub with some great Australian traditions. The interior has a nice warm feel to it, that makes it the perfect place to cosy-in after playing sports out in the cold Autumn night. It’s located just off the Eastern Distributor, making it about a 15 min walk or 2 min drive from our fields at Moore Park and ES Marks. 

Sit down in one of the booths, or grab a seat at the bar and enjoy a $6 craft beer when you show your Urban Rec card. The kitchen is open till 9pm, and is served from an anecdotal caravan within the dining area. Fun!

The bar staff have a really nice demeanour, making you feel like you belong there, which is a welcome break from some of the mass-murdered Sydney pubs. They know Urban Rec, and they know you have arrived for a pint and a feed to rest your weary bones. It’s a pleasure. 

Each weeknight they offer special deals for the punters. These specials are not just a slap on a plate scenario, they are the real deal with each offering a genuine meal. Not too much, not too little. Elegant sufficeny. 

  • Mon – Hot Wings 1kg bucket $10
  • Tue – $11.90 burger night
  • Wed – Steak night $11.90
  • Thu – Parmi night $11.90

What makes this place special? It’s locally owned, and you can often see the owner enjoying a pint by the bar, making this venue feel really unique and special in a crowded market. 

What Member only deals for UR crew? $6 schooners for any beers or ciders on tap (inc craft beers), and $6 Glasses of House Red and White Wine

Most underrated dish? The Mac n Cheese burger. Strap in for a cheese journey like no other, with some wild dreams to follow. It’s a burger pattie you won’t forget. 

Insider scoop – Wednesday night is Trivia night, so the later you attend the better, unless you’re planning to play. It can get noisy if you are looking for a quiet feed post game. 

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4 Really Stupid Obvious Reasons Workplaces Should Consider Recreational Sports
Jan 26

4 Really Stupid Obvious Reasons Workplaces Should Consider Recreational Sports

January 26, 2018 - 4 months ago

SWEAT EQUITY. Der. It doesnt take any level of superior intelligence to know that people need to get their sweat on. Let's not even bore ourselves with the proven science. The shiny, sweaty face after someone has played 40 mins of Dodgeball or Soccer is invaluable. Your people need to sweat. It's that simple. #worksweatplay

BE A TEAM, PLAY AS A TEAM. You need to know that working towards something trivial (debatable) like a goal, or a point on the sports field speaks VOLUMES for what happens in the work place. It's subconscious, and phycolocially instilled in us on a human level that no manager can do by sending a motivational email. "Dear Team, Let's start working as a team - Sincerely, Bad People Manager MANFI" (Masters in No Fucking Idea)

GOODBYE SILOS. Finance don't talk to Sales, don't talk to IT. It's INSANE. When did spending 8 hours in the same (room) get so impersonal. Workplace collaboration is not about what you know, it's about who you know. Get to KNOW Ben from IT when you're encouraging him to defend the line in a game of Flag Gridiron. Get to KNOW who people are beyond their keyboard. *violently shakes the keyboard in the air in frustration*

KIDULTING IS A THING. if you are your team are too busy "adulting" you need to re-think EVERYTHNG. Being a grown up sucks, your ankle hurts, your too busy for recreation, and you got bills to pay. STOP your team from thinking like this. Sprinkle some variety in their day. Make them feel energised at work, excited, playful and young again. Make them spend 40 mins of their evening throwing Dodgeballs at other people before they head home and watch the MAGIC unfold. *spirit fingers*

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Priority Re-Registration now offers discount for returning teams
Oct 19

Priority Re-Registration now offers discount for returning teams

October 19, 2017 - 8 months ago

We are very excited to be offering a NEW way for our returning teams to get added value. PLENTY of you have been playing within Urban Rec leagues for years – so we have found away to give you a little back, for the upcoming Summer season. 

Priority Registration is for any team that want to play with Urban Rec next season. Not only will you secure your spot ahead of any other Urban Rec members, or the general public, you will now get $60-100 off team rego. 

Here’s how it works. 

On Monday November 20th at 9am Priority Rego will open. Your team Captain will use their secret link to access registration, and the discounted fees. Priority Rego will be open for 7 days.

On Monday November 27th at 12noon all remaining team spaces will be available online and all prices will revert to regular seasonal fees. (Still a good price, but not a special price, ya know). 

That’s it!

Heres a few questions we reckon you’ll ask. 

What about individual players, do they get a discount? Sorry – individual rego remains the same price. If you and your team from last season are looking at  re-registering, consider doing it together as a team. 

What if we cannot get the team commiteed, and paid by that time? This one is especially for the organised and committed teams – you can start talking to your team now about next season so you don’t miss out. 

What if my team are signed up for Soccer, but we want to return into Dodgeball (for example)? We will co-ordinate your team to move sports and get you re-registered within priority rego period. Simply shoot us an email as it’s a bit of a trick on our end!

What if I am not the Captain, and I am going to be taking over the team next season? Make sure your Captain for the current season assigns you as Captain, and you will have access to the priority rego link to carry the team onwards!

How do we know when next season starts? Your Captains will be notified of next season start dates in their Captains chat – they are subject to change due to rain-outs or other re-shedules that can happen, but generally only a few weeks either side. The summer season generally runs Jan-Apr. Here are the tentative Summer start dates. 

  • Aussie Rules//Mon//Camperdown//15-Jan 
  • Basketball//Mon//Camperdown//15-Jan 
  • Basketball//Thurs//Redfern//18-Jan 
  • Dodgeball//Tues//Woolloomooloo//16-Jan 
  • Dodgeball//Wed//Marrickville//17-Jan 
  • Fast5Netball//Mon//Leichhardt//19-Jan 
  • Fast5Netball//Tues//Redfern//5-Dec 
  • Fast5Netball//Wed//Moore Park//31-Jan 
  • Fast5Netball//Tues//North Sydney//16-Jan 
  • 7s Netball//Thurs//North Sydney//18-Jan 
  • 7s Netball//Mon//Redfern//15-Jan//Intermediate league
  • Flag Gridiron//Mon//Camperdown//20-Nov 
  • Flag Gridiron//Tues//Centennial Park//12-Dec 
  • Flag Gridiron//Thurs//Camperdown//18-Jan//Intermediate league
  • Multisport//Wed//Redfern//17-Jan 
  • Multisport//Wed//North Sydney//13-Dec 
  • Multisport//Thurs//Pyrmont//1-Feb 
  • Multisport//Tues//Camperdown//6-Feb 
  • Rebound Volleyball//Tues//Sydney Uni//12-Dec 
  • Outdoor Soccer//Tues//Moore Park//16-Jan 
  • Street Soccer//Tues//Pyrmont//14-Nov 
  • Street Soccer//Thurs//North Sydney//18-Jan 
  • Street Soccer//Thurs//Camperdown//1-Feb 
  • Caged Soccer//Thurs//Marrickville//18-Jan//Intermediate league
  • Caged Soccer//Sun//Marrickville//21-Jan 
  • Softball//Tues-Fri//Moore Park//6-Feb 
  • Touch Football//Wed//Glebe//7-Feb 
  • Touch Football//Thurs//Camperdown//18-Jan 
  • Return to Recess//Tues//Pyrmont//29-Jan 
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