2011-04-29 / Sports

Rockaway Beach Volleyball League Ramps Up for Opening Day

By Joe McGivney

The final Rockaway Beach Volleyball League pre-season meeting was held on Wednesday, April 13 and that’s when the hard work began for the RBVL committee. Last year, nine teams from the waiting list were admitted to the league, but this year none made it in. The league is still striving to make things run smoothly with the new and very large population of players.

More equipment must be purchased; more referees have to be found; nets will have to be set up much further down on the beach. All the new players assured 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. And it worked in 2010. That same spirit will be needed in 2011 from everyone as well. Your league has become the place to be during the summer in Rockaway. That has happened primarily because of great camaraderie and sportsmanship, which is more important than great bumps, sets and spikes. Although those things are nice too.

As announced last season, the league is now officially capped because of the enormous task of running this large mass of humanity out there every week. 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. The 2011 season will feature 9 different divisions with varying levels of skill. Look for 2010 champs, Sugar Bowl, Fillmore Insurance, JG Electric, Oceans 12, Miley Home Improvement Posse, the Beach Bums, Sal’s Auto Sandstorm and the Comeback Cats to return and defend their titles. 2010 runners-up Flip Cup All Stars, Coppersmiths, Wharf Rats, Keane, Inc., Average Joe’s, Happy Hour, Atlantic Service Sand Sharks and Team Margarita will be teams nipping at their heels.

Each season, some teams move up, some teams move down and many teams stay in the same spots. The goal is to have as many close games and division races as possible. No one likes losing 3-21 or winning 21-2 (well maybe one or two people like this) but everyone likes playing five tight games each Wednesday. For the first time, the new 2011 divisional set-ups are listed here in the Wave. Start planning your lineups and strategies.

You can mark a few additional special dates on your calendars already. Wednesday, May 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 the weather will cooperate as it did last year. Wednesday, June 1 will be opening day and play will continue every Wednesday until August 13. On that Saturday, the league championships will be played – keep your schedules clear. Every year it’s a blast!

Prospective new referees are always welcome and can contact the league officers via the website. 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. Remember, the RBVL is now on Facebook but unfortunately we don’t twitter. If you have any questions please call Patty Moule on her cell at 917-613-0908. Call between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.. See you on the beach on May 25!

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