2009-05-15 / Sports

2009 Rockaway Beach Volleyball Season Has Arrived

By Joe McGivney

The Rockaway Beach Volleyball League will kick of the 2009 season this Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. at Riis Park.

All 56 teams from last year have returned, and four new teams have been added to the RBVL family. Please give a large welcome to Ocean's 12, the Bad News Bears, Social Yachties and Gerri Truden's crew.

Last year, the new teams added quite a lot of excitement on the beach and also on the dance floor! Both Bar 13 NYC and the Rockaway Breakers showed the veterans how to really have some fun. You go, Rusty!

For the first time in league history, expansion has helped to produce eight different divisions from 4 to 10 teams with varying levels of skill. The new divisions will be called Ocean Breeze and Star.

Remember, this coming Wednesday is the first night of volleyball at the beach. It will be a practice night for all. Uniforms and schedules will be given out at that time. Hopefully the weather will cooperate as it did last year.

New teams can learn how to set up the nets and get used to the layout on the beach, which can be difficult to navigate without a GPS system in hand.

Also, beginners should feel free to ask for assistance from some of the oldtimers if they'd like a pointer or two on how this game works. However, only the most experienced players should ask Rocky to teach them the famous Reverse Flipper Spike. You can get hurt real bad if you don't know what you're doing.

Prospective new referees are welcome to come to the beach 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.

Introduce yourself to Denise if you are interested.

We have taken on so many new teams the last few years that it seems like a good time to re-introduce you to the RBVL Committee members who make things run so smoothly.

Their dedication and hard work have contributed mightily to the amazing entity that this league has become. Patty Moule is the RBVL President and commander of all things volleyball, or as you Sopranos' fans would say, the Capo di Tuti Capo. She is involved in every aspect of the league down to the smallest detail.

You wouldn't believe how she stepped in to resolve the nagging "referee's pens" issue a few years back. Moule couldn't do it all herself and she confidently delegates major assignments to her colleagues.

Denise Brunner is the league treasurer and handles all financial, referee, sponsor and awards party demands. Joe McGivney remains #1 Cub Reporter/ Editor for the Wave, Rules Official and leader of the competition committee, which makes up the divisions and schedules the playoffs.

Steve Gifford and Rocky Dorogoff are equipment managers extraordinaire. Rocky also acts as Parks Department Liaison and Cub Reporter while Steve does anything and everything that doesn't fit in a category (the dirty work). John Sica is our third Cub Reporter, Videographer, Webmaster, as well as the sire of many of the next generation of volleyball players (i.e. Brian, Trish and Mike).

Wednesday, May 27 will be opening day and play will continue every Wednesday.

On Saturday, August 8, the league championships will be played - keep your schedules clear. Every year it's a blast!

It will only be five days until the bumping, setting and spiking (and carrying) begins so loosen up the bones and stretch out those muscles.

If you have any questions feel free to call our fearless leader, Patty Moule on her cell phone, 917-613-0908 (Call between 10 AM and 9 PM.). See you on the beach on May 20.

Posted below is the proposed setup for the 2009 standings: Teams in bold were crowned the 2008 volleyball champions.

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