Competition -- a word that is all-too familiar for businesses, both big and small. In the day-to-day arena, there is constant oneupmanship over who has the better tech, or which product comes with superior specs or features. If you are a startup or a corporate, you know what it is like to be working harder than others to prove yourself and go in for the win.
It is this spirit of endurance, single-minded focus on the goal and the ability to stretch when needed, that we want to test. However, the results will be decided not in a boardroom, but in an actual sporting arena.
The second edition of the YourStory-Playo Startup Sports League is an epic occasion for startup and corporate sports enthusiasts to test their mettle on the field. Of course, off-field weapons that you wield every day, including how well you work together as a team, how quickly you can think on your feet and other strategic skills will work to your advantage.
Celebrating the spirit of sportsmanship
This unique sporting event is not just for the athletes and the sports buffs in your team, but for anyone who knows what sporting spirit is, and wants to have fun while indulging in some healthy competition. So whether you’re an investor, a founder, a team member [at a corporate or a startup] or someone who loves to cheer on others, head over here to participate.
What’s in store
Two action-packed, fun-filled days on the field and off it. Get together a team or find a partner and play away for amazing prizes.
Basket Ball 3 on 3: In this three-a-side format, Wow us with your ball-handling, shooting, passing, dribbling, dunking, shot-blocking, and rebounding skills and score the winning shot.
Badminton: Play a doubles game in an indoor arena and see if your smashes are sharp enough to help you win.
Throwball 4 on 4: This four-a-side format is a mixed doubles game with two women and two men in each team. Of course, you may remember the game back from school but there are some additional rules to suit this crisper version.
Football 5 on 5: With five players on each side, this one promises to be super fun. You need to spur the best defenders, strikers, mid-fielders and goalies in your team on to victory.
Cricket 6 on 6: This is a shorter, quicker and action-filled version of cricket with six players on each side playing on artificial turf. This is your chance to show off those helicopter shots a la Dhoni.
If you just love playing, there’s also a whole bunch of other past-times you can indulge in while your competitive compatriots battle it out at matches.
There’s wall climbing, paintball, laser tag, bowling, carting and, of course, the ever popular Tug O’ War without which any sporting event is incomplete.
And there’s one special element that will make you super-nostalgic. You get to play lagori too. Do you even remember the last time you played this all-time-favourite? Don’t you just want to relive moments of those childhood memories? Who says that as an adult, you cannot experience the same thrill that you did as a child?
And once you’re done flexing your sporting muscles, playing the fun games you enjoy, you can sit back and relax on chilled beer, and cheer for your favourite side, while also enjoying a host of fun activities related to sports, including panel discussions, fireside chats, fitness sessions and physio sessions.
It doesn’t matter if you are a startup professional or a corporate honcho, as long as you are a good sport and enjoy a game or two.