2010-05-21 / Sports

Beach Volleyball League to Kickoff Season This Wednesday

By Joe McGivney

The Rockaway Beach Volleyball League will kick of the 2010 season this Wednesday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Riis Park.

All 59 teams from last year have returned and nine new teams have been added to the RBVL family. Please make welcome Dig This, The White Horse Tavern Beach Posse, ROCK FAM, IFMA’s, Beach Bums, Simba’s Pride, Arverne Avengers, Servpro NW Brooklyn and Atlantic Service Sand Sharks.

Last year, the new teams added quite a lot of excitement on the beach and also on the dance floor! They all showed the veterans how to really have some fun. For the first time in league history, expansion has helped to produce 8 different divisions totaling 68 teams with varying levels of skill.

This decision to expand was made with much trepidation. More equipment must be purchased; more referees have to be found and nets will have to be set up much further down on the beach. All the new players assured RBVL President Patty Moule that they would do whatever it took to help the season run smoothly. They all volunteered in advance to help in any way that was needed on and off the beach.

That same spirit will be needed from all the veterans as well. Your league has become the place to be during the summer in Rockaway. Remember that has happened primarily because of great camaraderie and sportsmanship more than great athletic play, although there is quite a bit of that, too.

Because of the enormous task of running this large mass of humanity out there every week, the league is now officially capped. There will be no further expansion in upcoming years, which means there no longer is a waiting list. If you are not on a team and you are looking to play, you should make a friend, date a current player or maybe even think about marrying into the league.

Remember, this coming Wednesday, May 26, is 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. 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 old-timers 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 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. She 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, with Rocky also acting as a 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 and Webmaster as well as the sire of many of the next generation of volleyball players (i.e. Brian, Trish and Mike).

Wednesday, June 2, will be opening day and play will continue every Wednesday until August 14. On that Saturday, 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, 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 at 917- 613-0908. Call between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. See you on the beach on May 26.

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