2008-03-28 / Sports

First RBVL Meeting Is Scheduled For April 2

Preparations for the Summer 2008 Rockaway Beach Volleyball League are currently underway. Patty Moule will again lead her troops into battle and try to top last year's very successful campaign.

Each year, the first order of business is to find out which teams will be returning and which will not. Last year, six divisions were fielded with a recordsetting 50 teams. We will not expand this year and that total will remain the same for 2008.

Team captains are required to attend our first meeting of the year at Kerry Hills Pub this coming Wednesday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m. Captains should bring a deposit of $100 per team to insure a spot in the league. The league entry fee has been raised to $600 per team. Additional fees for permits and rent, plus added insurance requirements, necessitate this increase.

If a captain is unable to attend, he or she must send a representative in their place. Roster and uniform order forms will also be distributed to each team.

If you are interested in fielding a new team, you should also come to the meeting and pay a $100 deposit (fully refundable), which will get you on the waiting list in case teams drop out and openings become available.

All players are welcome to come out of hibernation and join the festivities as well.

Although the league experienced a few growing pains, the general feedback on the 2007 season has been very positive and the league is grateful for everyone's input and assistance.

Feel free to attend the first meeting and to voice any of your personal likes and dislikes. We are always striving for improvement.

Prospective new referees are welcome to come by if you would like to be worked 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.

You can mark a few additional special dates on your calendars already. We will hold the second and final meeting before the season on Wednesday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. at Kerry Hills. Rosters (signed or unsigned), uniform orders and payment in full is due at that time.

Wednesday, May 21 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 the weather will cooperate as it did last year. Wednesday, May 28 will be opening day and play will continue every Wednesday until August 9.

On Saturday, August 9, the league championships will be played so keep your schedules clear. Every year, the championship is a blast!

Finally, it's never too early to save the date for the RBVL Awards Dinner, which will be held on Friday, September 12.

It will only be a couple of months before the "Desperate Housewives" of Rockaway leave Wysteria Lane (Cronston Avenue) and meet on the sands of Riis Park for yet another summer of fun.

Opening day will arrive quickly and there is much to be done beforehand. If you have any questions before the meeting please call Patty Moule at 917- 613-0908 (Call between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.). Take note that this is a new cell phone number for Patty.

See you on April 2.

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