Should you play in sports leagues with coworkers?

How to Organize a Sports Team with Your Co-workers

By far, the simplest way to get a team together at your workplace is to spread the word. If you have the official sponsorship or support of your company, you can do this by posting notices on break-room bulletin boards or sending out e-mails. Make your contact information available and collect the phone numbers and e-mails of interested employees. If your team won't be a company team, it's best to approach co-workers informally.

Depending on what sport you'll be playing, you may have more sign-ups than you need. In an instance like this, you can go a couple of ways: Maintain one team and rotate the players, or create an intracompany league with multiple teams. Avoid holding tryouts, as you can cause resentment in co-workers who don't make the cut.

Once you've collected participants, you'll need to get organized. You may want to establish playing positions, practice times and a rules overview. If you're in need of gear, ask team members to donate fees or equipment. If your team is corporate-sponsored, your company may supply things like clubs, balls, rackets and even uniforms. It never hurts to ask.

You'll also need to find competitors. To locate a league or other company teams, visit an adult sports league site like You can also build interest by posting announcements on community bulletin boards or Web sites.

The next page has lots more information on adult sports leagues.

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