2012-03-09 / Sports

RBVL Start Preparations For 2012 Season

By Joe McGivney

Preparations for the Summer 2012 Rockaway Beach Volleyball League are 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, 9 divisions of different playing (and imbibing) levels were fielded with a record-setting 70 teams. There are no expansion plans this year and that total will remain the same for 2012. Due to higher expenses (park fees, insurance, equipment, etc.) the entry fee for this summer will be $700 per team. And to streamline the collection of money and rosters, we will hold only one meeting this spring.

However, you have one additional duty this year. You must simply confirm that your team intends to return to the RBVL this summer by replying via e-mail to Denise at DeniseBrunner@MSN.com. We must receive your reply by March 15; it is your initial registration. Please identify yourself and your team by name so we know who is replying. Do not skip this step! Send a one sentence e-mail ASAP or you are not registered for 2012. All captains should have already received all of this information via e-mail.

Now for the meeting details. All team captains are required to attend our first and only pre-season meeting of the year at the Blackwater on Wednesday, 4/18 at 8:00 p.m. Captains must bring a full roster (unsigned is OK, signed is even better) and their full payment for the 2012 season is $700. If a captain is unable to attend he must send a representative in his place with both the money and the roster. Roster and uniform order forms are available on our website at www.rbvl.com.

The fee for anyone who registers after the April 18 meeting is $750. At midnight on Sunday April 22, registration is closed and no more teams will be accepted. That means late teams have April 19, 20, 21 and 22 to get in before it is too late. All players are welcome to come out of hibernation and join the festivities as well. The general feedback on the 2011 season has been very positive and the league is grateful for everyone’s input and assistance.

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.

Captains can do us a big favor by emailing your vital information (name, address, phone numbers, e-mail address, team name) and the information for an alternate (or two) from your team. If the information is the same as last year, don’t do a thing. However, if you have a new e-mail address or you’ve elected a new captain, send the info to jmcgivney2@nyc.rr.com as soon as possible; you don’t have to wait for the meeting. We’re looking to improve the speed and accuracy of our announcements and information dissemination. Wednesday, May 23 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 30 will be opening day and play will continue every Wednesday until August 11. On Saturday, August 11, the league championships will be played – keep your schedules clear. Every year it’s a blast! It will only be a couple of months before the Rockaway babes and hunks show the “Jersey Shore” crew the real meaning of the word “party.”

Opening day will arrive quickly and there is much to be done. 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. See you at the Blackwater on April 18.

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