When I tell people that I run adult sports leagues on the side, they always have questions which range from the strange to the hilarious. However, one always comes up - "Why don't you just play in a city league?" My response is always the same. "I would if they would let me!"
Now, some background information is probably important here. There's nothing that should preclude me from playing in a sports league, mentally or physically. The people of Fresno and Clovis Parks and Rec also aren't jerks that keep people out of their leagues. Why then can't I play adult sports in Fresno or Clovis?
Well, it's because of the way that their leagues are run. If you want to play one of their sports, the process is simple. Someone shows up at the respective city office with a completed roster for the team. That person also pays one fee for the whole team. Seems simple enough. Cities all over the country have been doing it this way for decades. It's an easy and effective process that everyone can understand.
Except for one thing - you need a team. You need to find 10 or 12 people to play on your softball team. You need 7 people for your basketball team. You need 10 people for your volleyball team. I think you get the point. And if you're the team captain, you need to get all of these people you've recruited to sign waivers and pay you back the team fee that you fronted.
I am not from Fresno. I knew nobody when I arrived. Fun existed in Fresno, but this transplant was having a hard time finding it.
Now you can see where Valley Social Sports was born. I take the pressure off of you and shift it to Valley Social. If you decide you want to play any of our sports, all you have to do is register yourself. The Valley Social Crew and I can take care of the rest. Want to play kickball, but only have 3 friends? Not a problem. We've got tons of friends and we want to share them with you! Whether you sign up by yourself or with a couple of friends, we guarantee that we can find you a spot on one of our teams!
And what about our beloved team captains, those mavens who bring with them hordes of sporting kings and queens? Well we make life for them easier, too! No longer will captains have to chase down registration fees or forms from each player. Valley Social handles all of that through our easy to use website.
So there you have it - why a transplant from Tennessee is running adult sports leagues in Fresno and Clovis, California, instead of playing in the city leagues. I hope you'll join me for the next one. I've got great new friends for you to meet!
Come hang out with us at Sandals! You can meet the Valley Social Crew, check out Sandals at the Beach Grill, and see what the upcoming league will be like. It's free to play so bring all of your friends!
We will also be offering a discount on volleyball registration for the upcoming league, but you have to sign up on site to receive it.
For all of you non-volleyball types, we will also have corn hole and beer pong so come on out and help us put the Social in Valley Social Sports!
New seasons of kickball and volleyball are just around the corner! To make life easier on our favorite people - you, the players - we've completely redesigned our website. We hope it will make it quicker and easier for players to find registration, schedules, and information about upcoming leagues.
Make sure you take a second to look around at all the exciting new features. You can sign up for our email list on the bottom of just about any page. There's also a survey on the "Future Sports" page which will allow you to help us choose what sports we add next.
See something we missed or find a sweet picture of yourself that you want the high resolution version of (by the way, shout out to Jesus Sepulveda for most of the great photos on the site)? Just shoot an email off to Drew@ValleySocialSports.com and we'll make sure you get taken care of!
Congratulations to our 2017 Fall Kickball Champions, Rootin' Booters! This team, organized by the wonderful folks at one of Downtown Fresno's finest local shops, Root General Store, is the first team in Valley Social history to finish the regular season undefeated. Their sweep of the playoffs made them the undisputed masters of kickball this fall.
Think you've got what it takes to beat the Booters? Registration for our next kickball league is live now!
He is the operations manager for Valley Social Sports. You can find him on Thursday nights at Dickey Playground in the heart of Fresno, California, where he is managing the most exciting weekly event in town - adult coed kickball. Yes, kickball for adults. The best part? He takes the party to Kocky's Bar and Grill for post-game shenanigans every week. His shenanigans are cheeky AND fun. If you haven't experienced a Valley Social night hosted by Eric, I recommend you go sign up for any sport as fast as you can. You won't regret it.
My name is Drew. I founded Valley Social Sports after moving to Fresno from Knoxville, Tennessee. I knew not a single person outside of work. Discovering that adult friends are hard to make, I founded Valley Social as a place for working professionals and young adults to mix over sports and drinks. It's been nothing but good times since then.
We are the Valley Social crew. From our start with just 3 teams playing kickball in the middle of the winter to sold out leagues, we have loved every minute. Please take a minute to look around our site and find a sport or event that fits you. You can also easily sign up for our mailing list to be the first to hear about what is coming next. We know that if you join us for any of our leagues or events, you're going to be back again and again because at Valley Social Sports, it's good to be a player.
See you on the field!
- The Valley Social Crew