2005-04-29 / Sports

Groundhog Signals Upcoming Beach Volleyball Season

Forget Punxatawny Phil and Staten Island Chuck. Rockaway Cubby saw his shadow and announced that spring is here and it’s time to get ready for beach volleyball! Cubby also warns that you should beware of Rogue Sharks this summer.

Commissioner Patty Moule was back in action after a touch of the flu, ably assisted by the “Human Loudspeaker” Bugsy Goldberg as the RBVL held their final pre-season meeting on Thursday, 4/21 at the Kerry Hills Pub. Attendance was good with most team captains appearing and fulfilling their financial obligations.

The missing persons and missing money are being tracked down at this very minute. If you are reading this and you haven’t paid your league fee in full you better get on your bike immediately and pedal over to Bugsy’s house with the dough. Beginning Monday divisions will be drawn up and waiting-list teams will be contacted. Also, equipment and uniform orders must be finalized in order to make it in time for opening day. Additionally, an expansion of the league is under discussion and Patty and her committee must know exactly how many teams are returning so they can act responsibly. If you pass by Riis Park during the week look to the main building chimney. If you see white smoke, expansion has been approved; if you see black smoke, it has been voted down. (London odds-makers make it 2-5 expansion will get the nod.)

Captains must fax their uniform orders to Bugsy by 5/4 or they run the risk of having to play their first matches naked. A preliminary roster should be sent in at the same time. This is simply to help place your team in the most appropriate division. Captains should submit their official signed roster form any time up to and including opening day, 6/1. (Changes are allowed until week 3.) We have had some technical difficulties with our scanner so the forms may or may not be available on our website as you read this. Check it out in your spare time - www. rbvl. com. You can always entertain yourself with stories and pictures from 2004.

One major rule change was highlighted and it affects everyone. Occasionally severe inclement weather forces the league to cancel play by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The cancellation notice will be posted on the website and captains will be contacted via e-mail and telephone. This situation is rare.

In most cases a cancellation decision cannot be made without actually going to Riis Park at 6-6:30 pm. If action has not begun by 7-7:15 p.m. a cancellation will be declared. There is no longer any rainout date. The matches will not be replayed. That is different than past years. To repeat, rained out matches will not be replayed on Thursday nights any more. The second part of this new rule is that the sponsor party will be held on Wednesday night, RAIN OR SHINE! So if the weather gets ugly, we’ll still have fun at the bar, where we’ll be indoors and dry. Captains should make a point to cover this change with their sponsors so they are aware that we are coming on their scheduled Wednesday no matter the weather.

Many players mentioned that they knew people interested in becoming referees. Make sure that you get their names and phone numbers to Patty ASAP so that they can be worked into the schedule. The more qualified refs that we have, the more teams we can accommodate. As a reminder, you do not have to be a certified ref to work in the RBVL. In fact, many refs have been quite successful with a strong playing background (college and high school) and limited referee experience.

We continue to remind you that Wednesday, 5/25 will be our first night of volleyball at the beach. It will be a practice night for all and uniforms and schedules will be given out at that time. Hopefully it won’t rain for the third straight year. Wednesday, 6/1 will be opening day and play will continue every Wednesday until 8/13. On Saturday, 8/13, the league championships will be played at Riis Park during the day – keep your schedules clear. It’s not too early to save the date of the league awards dinner, which will be held at the Beach Club on Friday night, 9/16. Mark your calendar!

Thanks to Kerry Hills, who graciously hosted the meeting and went above and beyond the call of duty supplying a couple of trays of food for the always-hungry players. Cubby and Louie continue to have perfect attendance for 2005, as does Jimmy Mack, although Jimmy’s time out seems to have shrunk a bit. The Brooklyn Transplants set a new RBVL record in 2004 by averaging 90 Buds weekly. With a possible expansion to two teams this year look for that record to fall.

If you have any questions before the meeting please call Patty Moule at 212-604-7087.

This is her work number and a message can be left anytime, day or night. See you on the beach on 5/25!

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