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Making friends, having fun, staying in shape, partaking in “friendly” competition – there are many reasons why people choose to play recreational sports post college. Finding love? That’s a new one. But apparently birds of a feather… wear the same uniform, or at least the opposing team’s. According to this Wall Street Journal article, The Dating Game Takes to the Field, intramural sports can be better than a dating service when it comes to finding someone with similar interests. The very act of playing team sports can enhance the potential for attraction, says dating coach Tracey Steinberg. “It is easy to encourage, acknowledge and support your fellow teammates, which can be attractive to others.” Ms. Steinberg also cites the “Romeo and Juliet” mentality that can ensnare members of opposing teams.
Co-ed leagues in New York City, such as Zog Sports and NYC Social Sports Club, offer weekly games in a variety of sports from football to ultimate Frisbee which are often followed by post-game happy hours. Similar organizations are catching on in many other urban areas across the country because it is a fun way to stay active and meet new people.
Not to mention it certainly simplifies picking out an outfit. According to Christina Cozzi, “It’s a lot easier to get to know someone while wearing sweat pants and no makeup,” says the 27-year-old, who turned to dating services while she was busy starting up her own marketing firm. “I found it so much easier to get to know guys while sharing a common love for sports, being relaxed and having fun.”
Did you find a mate out on the pitch or the court? Post a comment and tell us about it.