2007-05-04 / Sports

RBVL Holds Final Pre-Season Volleyball Meeting

By Joe McGivney

By Joe McGivney

The Rockaway Beach Volleyball League held their final pre-season meeting at the Kerry Hills Pub in preparation for the upcoming summer session. Captains handed in their rosters, uniform orders and paid their fee balances to insure a place in one of the many divisions. Any absent teams were given until Sunday night, April 28, to deliver the goods directly to Bugsy at his house.

Bugsy reminded everyone of upcoming key dates, particularly Wednesday, May 23, which will be the 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.

The RBVL may officially label the event "Volleyball Practice Night" but do you know what Pat Connelly calls it? "My birthday!" he says. That sounds like another good reason to come out to Riis Park on May 23.

On Wednesday, May 30, the RBVL will initiate opening day and play will continue every Wednesday until August 11. However, this year there will be one exception. Since the 4th of July is a Wednesday, the league has moved that weekly match to Tuesday, July 3. Make a note on your calendar and get ready for a great night of volleyball followed by an even better party. On Saturday, August 11, the league championships will be played and the RBVL Awards Dinner will be held on Friday, September 14.

Joe followed with a brief summary of three rules that will be enforced this year at every level of play without exception:

1. ALL net violations must be called - no exceptions

2. NO underhand lift or reverse underhand throws are allowed (The only exception is on a hard-driven ball).

3. NO reaching over the net to interfere with a ball unless your opponent is directing the ball to your side of the court.

For those players who think that this results in too many whistles and say, "We just want to play," get used to it. Remember, we all just want to play - - - volleyball! Not jungle ball! Within five minutes, the feedback was 100% positive so it looks like we're on the right track.

Kenny Good came late to the meeting because he had to take care of a few things at the Beach Club such as the books, the bills and the hand grenade on the roof. We kid you not! Imagine how many times the dog ate his homework in grammar school? Mary Whelan was in mid-season form, juggling three Heinekens at once, if you know what I mean. The Mystery of the Missing Banner has been solved. Notorious thugs, Kevin and Mary Begley have admitted to taking home the brand new RBVL banner after the awards dinner last September.

They were quoted as saying, "We thought we were helping because Rocky didn't appear well; he seemed to have come down with something." (He did - he came down with around 25 Corona's.)

Many people don't know that Bonnie and Clyde Barrow first stole a volleyball banner before they began their infamous streak of robbing banks and murder. Keep an eye on these two! If anyone is interested in playing some ball before opening day, head on over to Aviator, where free play sessions are held on both Thursday and Sunday between 7 and 10 p.m.

As you are reading this article, the executive committee is forming divisions with varying levels of skill and ordering equipment and uniforms for 2007.

Teams that are on the waiting list are being contacted to let them know if room has opened up for them or if they must wait until next year.

If you are interested in a referee job, call Patty so that we can work you into our rotation. You do not need 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. However, all new referees and uncertified veteran referees are required to come to the beach with their whistles on May 23 for a brief seminar and training session. Finally, check out the NY Daily News on May 8 and May 15 as the weekly special Queens happenings section is going to feature the RBVL. I hope they mention Cement Shoes and Murph.

It will only be a few short weeks before opening day arrives and there is still much to be done beforehand. If you have any questions or issues, please call Patty Moule at 917-566-2809 (Call between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.). Also, take two minutes to visit our website and answer six questions to help us improve our league. The address has been simplified to www. rbvl.com. See you on the beach on May 23.

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