2011-09-02 / Sports

RBVL Wraps Up A Successful 2011 Season, Part Two

By Joe McGivney

(Here is part two of the RBVL wrapup for the 2011 season.)

Commissioner Patty Moule traditionally concludes the 2011 season with her final thoughts: “To all RBVL Players, Friends, Family, Referees, Sponsors and Future RBVL Players, Here goes: As I get older, the season just keeps going faster. The RBVL is my second family and it gives me so much pleasure to see my son Alex playing, my daughter Lauren reffing “fiercely” and little Juliana not so patiently waiting her turn. I look around and see all different families of all ages playing together and it gives me such a good feeling of contentment.”

Speaking of age, my brother Michael is still playing at 61 years of age. Is he the oldest active RBVL player? Come on, veterans, let me know if anyone beats Mikey, who may be 61 but admits to having the emotional maturity of a 13-year-old.

Speaking of maturity, as you all know we now have 70 teams in the league; out of 70 teams we had 12 teams on a “watch list” for unsportsmanlike behavior. We never needed a “watch list” before and we never want to have one again. This year we were too easy on the offenders; in 2012 we will not be so patient. The expression “one bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch” still holds true as most RBVL players are thankful, gracious and fun-loving. Just don’t ruin it for the rest of us, you testosterone laden men. (Shockingly, most offenders were men.)

On a softer note, I want to thank all the players, refs and fans who make the RBVL such a wonderful experience to be a part of. As EJ wisely said several years ago, “It’s magical.” As always, I want to thank my RBVL committee members who continue to amaze me. As we age they are more hardworking then ever (OK most of them are retired now) and they truly are one of the most cohesive groups I ever had the pleasure of working with.

They are: Denise Brunner - treasurer, refs, scheduling court assignments - she really is the brains of this outfit; I am just a figurehead. I know she will continue to amaze me even when most of her future work will be via the Internet from Texas. Rocky Dorogoff - equipmentmeister, cub reporter, playoff social organizer - he tirelessly takes on many tasks. The same goes for Steve Gifford who runs that equipment room like a tight ship. Look out next year as he creates new ways to examine those bags. NO ONE better be rude to our Stevie or they will have to answer to me.

Joe McGivney - cub reporter, email guru, court assignments and this year’s sweatshirt organizer. He continues to be my voice of reason and “right hand man” though he has gotten a little less patient with unsportsmanlike behavior as he ages. And last but certainly not least, John Sica - webmeister and cub reporter. He is the “nice guy” and just wants everyone to be happy. He makes it look so easy. I’m looking forward to seeing you around town. Have a great year.

Just because the league is officially over doesn’t mean that the volleyball games must stop. It looks like the weekly Monday night pick-up games at Steve’s 127 Street Stadium will continue for several more weeks. We hope to see many of you on the beach at 6 p.m. if you are available.

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