Thursday, November 15 2012
Join us as we celebrate 10 years of service to the sports travel world in the summer of 2013! With programs in over 35 countries and with a unique tour model of Travel. Play. Give Back, we look forward to impact 1000's of other athletes and coaches around world going forward! Thank you to all of you who have made our experiences possible!
Tuesday, November 16 2010
As hockey people we are not only committed to developing our US players/teams, but also the world of hockey in general. Touring sides are critical to the lifeblood of the sport's development. As a result, in 2008 we made a commitment to create our Zag Pioneers program which takes our US teams to countries that have never been visited by USA high schools or colleges. In 2009, Skidmore College embarked on a special journey to Beijing where they experienced hockey and culture in a unique and fantastic way. In 2010, St. Lawrence College journeyed to Brazil where they experienced a vibrant culture, scenic beauty, and athletic, yet developing hockey. In 2011, our pioneers program will take us to Portugal and beyond with one of our D1 traveling teams. For those interested in our pioneers program, consider our upcoming Zag Pioneer program to Fiji, Venezuala, or get creative and suggest a destination where we can make a difference!
Tuesday, November 16 2010
Where else can you find a perfect blend of scenery, adventure, and hockey within hours of our own USA border. Yes, teams from around the nation are discovering what the 2010 Winter Olympics revealed...Vancouver is a fantastic place to visit and train! With a strong history of hockey, coupled with world class facilities, and low pricing, Vancouver is fast becoming one of our most popular pre season destinations. Join us in Vancouver and experience what many of our nation's elite already have. Learn more here
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Tuesday, November 16 2010
Our 2011 Zag Bermuda program for high school and college teams is now open for registration! Over the past few years, the month of August has turned into a month long Zag extravaganza with teams from all over the nation coming in to train, compete, and take in the local Bermudian beaches and culture as a part of each teams 6 day preseason program. Located only a 2 hour flight away in one of the most beautiful island nations in the world, all hockey activities on the island will once again be held at one of the finest and most scenic hockey stadiums in the world. With competition featuring various teams from Bermuda and the USA, the month long extravaganza will again feature high level private team trainings by our international staff. Just ask the many colleges(like 2010 # 1 seeds Umass Lowell and Shippensburg Uni) and high schools that have participated over the years and learn how it helped to unite their girls and prepare them for their season! Dates are flexible to accommodate each individual team. As per all our programs the program will feature high level hockey, team building, adventure, cultural learning, and service. Programs start at 1299 per person(inclusive of flights, resort hotel, most meals, hockey training and games, transport, tour manager,activities,etc). Team space is limited so click here to learn more or contact us today!
Thursday, November 11 2010
We just wanted to offer a special thanks to all those teams traveling around the world in 2010. A few thoughts in review:
- Close to Home: While our popular hockey touring destinations like Ireland, Argentina, Europe(in general), Australia remained popular, the economy "encouraged" teams to partake in some of our fantastic budget oriented options closer to home. Vancouver and Bermuda are extremely popular for colleges and high schools alike. Our programs in those destinations and similar--Barbados, Dutch Antilles, Montreal, Toronto--are also great options. On a budget in 2011? Consider our programs in Bermuda, Canada, or the Carribbean.
- Zag Pioneers: As hockey people we are not only committed to developing our US players/tams, but also the world of hockey in general. Touring sides are critical to the lifeblood of the sports development. As a result, in 2008 we made a commitment to create our Zag Pioneers program which takes our US teams to countries that have never been visited by USA high schools or colleges. In 2009, Skidmore College embarked on a special journey to Beijing where they experienced hockey and culture in a unique and fantastic way. In 2010, St. Lawrence College journeyed to Brazil where they experienced a vibrant culture, scenic beauty, and athletic, yet developing hockey. In 2011, our pioneers program will take us to Portugal and beyond with one of our D1 traveling teams. For those interested in our pioneers program, consider our upcoming Zag Pioneer program to Fiji, Venezuala, or get creative and suggest a destination where we can make a difference!
- Giving Back: Our commitment to giving back while on tour is at the core of what we do. But, as we travel the world, not every destination has appropriate opportunities. So, over the years we have always sponsored children on our team's behalf. This year we are doing something unique for our 2010 teams. We are supporting a small organization known as Fields of Growth. Fields of Growth is a fantastic organization with a clear vision and we feel our sponsorship on our team's behalf will make a greater impact. More to come as we release details in the coming weeks!
Now is the perfect time to start preparing your 2011 journey! Contact us today via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 18005307924.
Thursday, October 29 2009
Have a limited budget? Never been on tour with a team before? Not sure you want to go too far from home? Worried about language barriers? Just want something new and unique for preseason? That is exactly why we developed our Bermuda and Adventure Vancouver programs. We wanted to create some fantastic hockey opportunities that were more accessible for teams on a limited budget or with limited tour experience.
For high schools, 2009 was another fantastic year in Bermuda. 2008 saw the Middlesex school taking part in the Bermuda sun and preseason training. 2008 proved that our Bermuda Open can be a critical part of a team's success in their season. Mamaroneck High School is a great example and entered our Bermuda Open and Team Training in 2008 and now find themselves undefeated and at the top of polls. For Colleges, our College Preseason Bermuda program allowed Moravian and Alvernia experience the Zag Difference! In 2008, we had perennial Division II power UMass Lowell take part in our NCAA pre-season tour to Bermuda. At only 2 hours flight, Bermuda provides one of the most beautiful hockey settings in the world. With pink sand beaches, the 2009 host of the Pan Am womens hockey championships, is an ideal setting for your pre-season or summer tour. Tours can be arranged from January-August. Prices: 1099-1499usd per person.
Vancouver, with its scenic beauty, is a fantasic hockey destinations. Conn College experienced an Adventure Vancouver never to forget! Full of fantastic hockey, and outdoor adventures! With a good standard of hockey, fine facilities, and ideal team building activities...the coast and mountains of BC are ideal for our teams looking to travel on a budget and looking for something new and unique. Tours can be arranged from May-August. In May, we also support a high level tournament which is appropriate for NCAA teams. Learn more about our program on our site. Prices: 1099-1499usd per person.
Thursday, October 29 2009
Hello! As many of you know we have been leaders in developing unique and powerful hockey experiences to Argentina for over 5 years. Argentina has always been a special place for our organization and most importantly for me personally. I grew up celebrating Argentine traditions in my home. My Mom, Aunts and Uncles all were raised in Argentina. My Grandparents spent 30 years of their lives giving to Argentine society. Needless to say Argentina holds a special place in my heart. In 1999, I lived, played and worked in Argentina where I lived with my Aunt and Uncle. It was a special time in my life and it inspired me to share what I had always known with people and athletes like me. So, when we formed Zag Sports soon after, Argentina was the first program we worked to develop. We anointed Silvina, our long time friend and friend of the USA hockey community, as our director of Argentine operations. She is with all of our groups and her impact on our program goes without saying. She played on the Argentine National team for many years and was an integral part of the core group of women that helped to put Argentina at the top of the hockey map. I of course met her while she was coaching at Columbia. That experience at Columbia was very important to her role at Zag today. It helped her to understand what our US athletes need and expect on and off the field and it helped her to understand how her country could best help better our athletes. She is a woman and fully captures what our girls need. Most importantly Sil gets and fully embraces what we do. She is a high level hockey person who organizes the highest level clinics and often organizes for our teams to play the Argentine National teams on many occasions. Not to mention our Master Clinician over the last 5 years has been the Senior Men's National Coach, Pablo Lombi! She is also director of one of Argentina's high level clubs. She has been instrumental in developing our "Impact a Child" program and our "Zag Homestay" program. Our "Zag Homestay" program is the first of its kind and 75% of our teams take part and enjoy the culture of Argentina by staying with a club family and building lifelong relationships. In addition, she has worked hard to develop unique active learning opportunities which expose our girls to the culture and history in new and exciting ways. Even more importantly, Sil is a native of Buenos Aires. She is connected at the highest level of hockey and society. Long ago, my family noted that in order to navigate Argentina in the best way possible you have to be Argentine. So, when you consider Argentina, please remember we have something special in our programs there. The program is a reflection of me and my family. As a founder of this organization....with an Argentine family heritage...and being an active member of the hockey community..I hope you can embrace and come to learn what all our traveling teams have come to know. Ciau! Melisa
Tuesday, October 27 2009
As hockey people, we strive to grow the game and develop players through our life changing experiences. That requires being pioneers in developing new experiences in new lands. Our2009 Zag China was just that and as the first known US based organization to develop hockey programs in China we are excited to allow teams from around the world to experience our Zag China program in 2010! After a 2009, that saw Skidmore College as a "Zag" pioneer and the first known amateur youth or college field hockey team to set foot on a Chinese hockey turf we are excited to share a fantastic culture and high level of hockey with more teams. In 2010, our Zag Pioneer Program will take us to Brazil where we will be the first to develop hockey experiences in the land that will host the 2016 Olympics! Will you and your team be a pioneer!
Wednesday, October 29 2008
So were we. You know it has always been our policy to NEVER cold call. First of all...being a coach in hockey....I know exactly just how irritating it can be. Our approach has always been that we don't work in the car business, or the insurance business...where cold calls are a way of life. What we do is very unique. We have always felt if you have and build something special teams will come to you. That is exactly what we have done. We believe in the power of our Zag community and believe that coaches and teams will travel and share in what we do for us. So if you haven't learned about us through your colleagues...well...that is the best place to start...before even hearing from us. If you haven't heard...we can connect you to the many coaches who have traveled. Also, remember...in the US... teams travel very rarely. Because teams have not traveled with multiple tour companies, they don't have anything to compare to. So for those that haven't experienced the uniqueness of what we do...we would encourage you to learn and experience it first hand. Remember, you really want to work with an organization that is rooted in hockey. An organization that has more than just a financial interest and has experience in our sport prior to selling tours to us. You want a company that has a passion for the game and making the game better. There are many little things that can't be overlooked and can only be known by those familiar with the game, athletes, and coaches. You don't want to travel to a far off location and play on grass. Being the only organization owned and operated by high level hockey people...well.... you are covered there. Secondly, you want an organization that provides something unique and different. You don't want to ride around in a tour bus and look at buildings as if you were a senior citizen group. You want to experience the country. That is exactly what we do. As the only organization who requires community service...well..that is unique in itself. Don't want to do community service? Well...I can assure you...for most of our teams it is the highlight. You wont regret it. In addition to giving back , our service opportunities allow you to experience the people and culture in authentic ways. Of course...there are the activities that no other organizations do...whether it is our Pizza making lesson in Italy, or homestay in Argentina....we provide active learning opportunities that are unique to us...well that is..until other companies realized how cool the activities were too. I guess...you can say...imitation is the best form of flattery and we are proud to have been leader and innovators in what we do. We look forward and would be grateful to serve you and your girls! Thanks,
Monday, October 27 2008
Greetings! As you all know we are an organization dedicated to making a difference. A big part of that has been our mandatory requirement for international service while on tour. As the first organization to meld the idea of high level sports and service and the first and only organization to require service as a mandatory element of the travel program, we look to build on that commitment in 2009/2010. We are also proud to have inspired many of our competitors to incorporate community service. While we certainly don't incorporate service to sell more tours, we do incorporate the service element b/c it is part of the fabric of who we are and what we do. In 2009, we will continue our commitment to sponsoring children in the name of select teams that travel under certain program. We are also pleased to announce our new "Impact a Child" campaign which will begin in our Argentina program. Under the Impact a Child program teams traveling with us will do the following:
- Financial Support: Zag will provide funding to the organization and children on an annual basis.
- Gather Clothing and Supplies: Teams will be asked t0 gather clothing, equipment, etc for delivery on their arrival in Argentina.
- Clothing Drop and Person to Person Sharing: Teams traveling will work with children within the program for 1 or 2 sessions during their program. The aim of that interaction is to share with each other and provide for future opportunity to nurture and give back upon the team's return.
- Zag Pen Pals: Participating teams will be encouraged to write and email their partner children on a monthly basis. We also encourage teams to consider gathering supplies during the year and sending them down.
We hope our added structure and building in opportunity for teams to sustain long lasting relationships with these children will prove powerful and life changing! Join us and learn more about our powerful and life changing programs!