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What You Need To Know About Playing Social Sport
Aug 10

What You Need To Know About Playing Social Sport

August 10, 2018 - 5 days ago

Getting (and staying) fit can get a little tedious. Gym-time, treadmills, evening runs. So why not shake it up a bit? Playing a team sport combines cardio, strength, mental alertness, fun and a fair bit of socialising, and it’ll make your morning spin class seem a little on the dull side in no time.

One way to incorporate a little team sport fun into your fitness diet is to sign up to a league with Sydney start up UrbanRec. With 25 different leagues and locations through out Sydney, and about eight more in Canberra, UrbanRec sees about 2000-3000 people playing sport with them each week. We’re not only talking about your usual staples: basketball, soccer, netball… but also neon bowling, multi-sports, and dogdeball…

The games have a focus on socialising, rather than serious competition, and UrbanRec even has a huge discounts program at local pubs so that socialising can go on after the final whistle. It’s all about balance, after all right?

We spoke to Urban Rec Managing Director (of fun) Sydneysider Madeleine Wilke about the team sports she runs in Sydney and why you should consider signing up for a league.

So, tell us, why did you want to start up Urban Rec in Sydney?
Well, I was living in Canada and playing a version of UrbanRec there, and when I returned to Australia I realised there is nothing like it here. There are plenty of sporting clubs, yes, but it was the social side and the beginner ‘friendly-ness’ that got me hooked. I needed something like Urban Rec in my life, so I built it!

Out of all the sports you offer, what’s the most popular?
It’s an even mix between soccer, netball and ‘multi-sport’. I think soccer and netball are popular because people are more familiar with them. Especially in Australia, people at least know the basics of the game, so they gravitate to that. With ‘Multi-sport’ you play in the same team, but a different sport every week. So you’re constantly trying something new, and no one is good at every single sport, so it makes things more unpredictable and fun.

Who are the kinds of people who sign up?
We find it’s young professionals. People that work full time and are settling into the daily grind. It’s a nice way to mix up the week, and jump out of your comfort zone.

What can people expect when they turn up for their first game?
The first game is easy! We have amazing staff who go out of their way to make you feel welcome. If you are signed up as an individual, one of our league managers will be onsite to introduce your team and get you settled in with an Urban Rec team tee. Each season we go through the rules like it’s the first time, so you are never singled out. Don’t be shy to admit you are a complete newbie, and even if you have played before, be open to learning the rules again. Be ready to make friends!

Is there an equal number of guys and gals signed up? Any romances?
There’s roughly 50/50 male-female ratio in UrbanRec, which is great, because it shows women love sport just as much as men! PLENTY of romances, but a lot of people sign up with their partner too. It’s something fun and different to do together and you get to see all different sides of someone when they are competing! No weddings that I am aware of yet… but plenty of long-term love.

Lastly, what’s the one thing that everyone who signs up has in common?
The right, fun-first attitude. Everyone is playing sport for the fun of it. There are so many other competitions on offer if you want to play sport seriously, and grade up. But this is not for those people. Everyone who plays is looking for some fitness, some friends, and to not take themselves too seriously.

This blog post originally appeared on Urban Sweat Sydney and was reprinted with permission. 

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Whats On: August In Sydney
Jul 23

Whats On: August In Sydney

July 23, 2018 - 23 days ago

CITY 2 SURF (UR CREW RACE-WALKING): SUN 12 AUG, BONDI BEACH

Join Urban Rec staff and members as we race-walk through the worlds biggest fun run. We will have Urban Rec Elmo running with us, as well as a special picnic at the finish line. Join our crew by RSVP’ing online and you will get a special UR merch pack to wear on the day including a t-shirt, sunnies, and hat. RSVP HERE. 

UR SOCO: fRI 24 AUG, MARRICKVILLE

The Urban Rec Social Committee (UR SoCo) is responsible for creating, hosting, and planning different types of events to attend and create for our members. We are now actively looking for committee members to join us for the 2018/2019 planning! RSVP HERE. 

RETURN 2 RECESS TRIAL & GAME DAY:  SAT 1 SEP, CAMPERDOWN PARK

We're looking for 10-20 people to join us for a sunny day of games in the park. We are launching Return to Recess, and we have 30 games to trial. Turn up with a friend, or friends, and we will set you through your paces playing a selection of fun, random games from your days of school.  After each game, you will be asked to rate the game based on FUN, FITNESS, and INTEREST LEVEL. Games will be everything from Backyard Cricket to Pacman, to Tips, and skipping, piggy in the middle, and plenty more. RSVP HERE. 

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How to play competitively in a social sports league, without being a dick
Jul 19

How to play competitively in a social sports league, without being a dick

July 19, 2018 - 28 days ago

White line fever is real. You’re a good human normally, but as asoon as you cross that line onto the field something takes over. 

We run competitive sports, you’re playing to win. We get it, and what’s the point in playing if you don’t want to win, right? But NEWSFLASH, there’s a way to win gracefully. 

We spoke to our event hosts to get their tips on how to play competitvely in a social sports league, without being a dick. 

Don’t exploit weaknesses in other teams. If you are playing against a player who is relatively beginner, and you are more experienced, move away from this player and mark someone else who is more challenging.Donald, UR Canberra

Competitive doesn’t = aggressive. You can play hard, and skillful without being intimidating or aggressive. Smile. It lets the opposition know you are having fun, and you don’t mean anything agressive in your game.Mads, UR Sydney

If your team want to play hard, don’t then get upset when your opposition meets you at that level. Sometimes a good, heated, and competitive game is what people want, but if your opposition sense your energy, they will meet you there, don’t get upset because you set the tone. Sam, Touch Footy

If you can see a team are competely beginner, smashing them on the scoreboard does absolutely nothing. It makes them feel like shit, and you look like a pack a douche bags. Find a way to challenge your team, and have fun with it. Work on your defense, or make some challenging passes, or shots for fun.Danny, Soccer

Don’t show off. Remind yourself this is a local social sports game, you look silly side stepping and running trick shots, if you want to level up your play, save it for the big league” Daniel, Flag Gridiron

Praise the opposition, keep your talk positive and only about your team and have a laugh! Even if you play hard but fair, the way you conduct yourself goes a long way. You should be excited to play every team even if one has more ability than the other, the social aspect brings fun to every week!" Zak, Multisport

“Engage the other team. Always start and finish each session with a handshake no matter what. Have some banter. Make sure there is a joke or two going between you and the oppositon, it helps to ease any tension during play. Be self-deprecating. Laugh at yourself went you miss a shot or fumble the ball. Congratulate the other team if they make a good shot, block or steal. You want to be friends with these people in the pub after the game, and you want them to come back next season to play.” Andy, Basketball

“Learn the rules of the sport that you're going to be playing, don't be afraid to ask more experienced players (on your team or the opposition) for a little guidance and ask the host for clarification if you don't understand something. If you're an experienced player, don't try to exploit rules and play within the spirit of the game.” Jamie, Netball

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Urban Rec Social Committee
Jul 12

Urban Rec Social Committee

July 12, 2018 - one month ago

The Urban Rec Social Committee is responsible for creating, hosting, and planning different types of events to attend and create for our members. We are now actively looking for committee members to join us for the 2018/2019 planning! Below is tons of info about being on the UR SoCo, and how to get involved. 

What kind of events does the UR Soco run? 

Some of the Events will be curated and hosted by Urban Rec, some will be for us to attend and participate together. Everything from sports tournaments, to fun runs, trivia nights, or afternoons at the pub.

Who is on the UR soCo? 

It is made up of 6 people. Represented by all 3 positions in UR.

  • 2 UR HQ Staff
  • X2 Event Host Staff
  • X2 Members
WHO ARE THE CURRENT SOCO MEMBERS?
Michelle – UR Event Host
Dan – UR Event Host
Lindsay – UR HQ
Danny – UR HQ
Raj Panchal – UR Member & Host
Ruth – UR Member
You guys have got this, why do you need us? 

Because we want to run events that you guys love, enjoy, and care about. Sitting in our ivory tower dictating events to you might not be the best approach. We would love to have input and feedback and support from everyone who enjoys Urban Rec.

How many events to we run a year?
  • UR curated events: 4-6 per year, these include
    • Dodgeball Tournament
    • Christmas Event
    • Superbowl Tournaments
  • Other Events: 4-6 per year, these include
    • Fun runs, City 2 Surf, Colour Run
    • Social Serve
    • Scavenger Hunts
    • Festivals
How often do we need to meet? 

The UR SoCo will meet 4 times a year in person at Marrickville. They will also maintain communications throughout the year on a Facebook group.

  • November (to decide 2019 event summary)
  • February
  • May
  • August
What role will I play? 

Urban Rec HQ staff will be the drivers of the agenda. Members and staff will be asked to contribute by coming to the meetings, communicating via Facebook, and showing up to help host the events on the day. ANYTHING else you can bring professionally to the table. Are you good at marketing, are you good at photography, anything you can do to contribute would be readily welcomed.

Is this paid? 

Nope, sorry. You will get access to play for FREE in any UR season when you are on the committee. But there are no paid benefits. You are doing it for love, and because you want to be involved in something new and interesting. Lastly, if you are shit, and don't help in anyway - we will tell you to leave the committee. We want enthusiasm, passion, and a bit of love.

How to get involed? 

Simply send us a message and let us know you are keen to [email protected] Make sure you explain that you are free to commit and attend meetings. 

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Whats On: July in Sydney
Jul 2

Whats On: July in Sydney

July 2, 2018 - one month ago

It’s due to be a HUGE month at Urban Rec Sydney, so we decided to make it simple. This is your chance to play sport with us this Winter. Some of our leagues have already launched, but the bulk is happening this July. 

Play Soccer

Choose from our Street Soccer leagues in North Sydney and Camperdown on Thursday nights. Or join the outdoor Soccer league in Maroubra. Our Centennial Park league is now on hold till September. 

Play Flag Gridiron 

We consolidated our Flag Gridiron leagues for the Winter and are now running just one league on Monday nights in St Peters. But do not worry. Our Eastern Suburbs league will be back in the Spring on Tuesday nights!

Play Dodgeball

Launching in the first week of July, our Dodgeball leagues are both raring to go. The Wed nights in Marrickville are a sold out event, and the Tuesday league in Woolloomooloo is going strong and with a new clubhouse this season, we are excited to show the teams a fun time this Winter!

Play Netball

Our Netball leagues are super popular, and even though most of them are outdoors, netballers bloody love it. You can choose from 3 types of Netball. Your regular 7-aside Netball on Monday nights in Redfern. Then Fast5 Netball on Tuesdays in Redfern and Wednesdays in Moore Park. We also have another version of Netball played in North Sydney on Wednesdays, this is called Street Netball, and it’s so different, but so fun. 

Play Multisport

Our ever-popular Multisport leagues are all looking to start up again. We have our Wednesday night competition in Redfern, and one in North Sydney which normally attracts the after work crowd. Then our OG league, which is in Pyrmont on Thursday nights. Each of our locations offer varying types of sport including Basketball, Netball, Hockey, Tag Footy, Dodgeball, Soccer, and even Benchball. You never know what you’re going to get, and it makes for lots of fun. 

Play Volleyball

Our Rebound Volleyball league is consistently the most fun sport we offer. Played on a squash court this variation of regular indoor volleyball is good for beginners, and people wanting to try something new or test their skills. We always get 6-8 teams every season, and the tunes, and post game drinks makes this league different and unique. Where will we launch the next one?

Play Basketball

Our Basketball leagues are famously different and more fun. We offer the skill level thats for beginners and people not wanting to take it too seriously. So it’s all the good parts of streetball and pickup, built into a league with consistent games, and teams. You can play in this league on Thursday nights in Redfern. Starting very soon. 

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Blacklight Dodgeball
Jun 22

Blacklight Dodgeball

June 22, 2018 - one month ago

Urban Rec took over Zetland with a HUGE Blacklight Dodgeball Tournament. 

The event called for all the fun-loving uncoordinated humans of the world. 12 teams dodged their way through laser-lights, smoke and competed for the winning place.  There was glow in the dark face paint, Dollar Bing Darling DJ’s and an epic amount of glow in the dark sticks. 

Check out the below video for a small teaser of what went down.

f you want to play Dodgeball with Urban Rec we have 3 leagues running across Sydney and Canberra. Click here to see league locations and start dates.

  • Dodgeball in Marrickville – Wed & Thu nights
  • Dodgeball in Woolloomooloo – Tue nights
  • Dodgeball in Braddon (CBR) – Thu nights

Want Urban Rec to help you host an event like this, we offer plenty of options for corporate days, team building, or simply because you’re worth it. Check out our events page for more info.

 
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Monthly Merits: MAY
May 30

Monthly Merits: MAY

May 30, 2018 - 2 months 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 - 2 months 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 - 5 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 - 5 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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