2012-04-13 / Sports

Rockaway Beach Volleyball League Schedule Meeting

By Joe McGivney

The sun beat down and the air grew still as the final jump serve headed for the sand and the winning ace. Suddenly, Bugsy was airborne, digging the attack to save the point. Then Seal set a beautiful ball that the elevating Murph spiked for a winner. Now that’s volleyball.

No actually that’s fantasy volleyball. It only happened that way in a midsummer’s night dream. Real volleyball on a real beach is a completely different story. There’s not as much airborne or elevation. Well, real volleyball is right around the corner and the RBVL is currently preparing for the 2012 summer season.

This year the team registration process was changed a little bit and captains were required to respond via e-mail by March 15 whether they were returning or not. That was their initial registration. All team captains are now required to attend the first and only pre-season meeting of the year at the Blackwater this Wednesday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m. Captains must bring a full roster (unsigned is OK, signed is even better) and 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 the website – www.rbvl.com. The fee for anyone who registers after the April 18 meeting is $750. At midnight on 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.

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, the RBVL will hold only this one meeting this spring. 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. Feel free to attend the meeting and to voice any of your personal likes and dislikes. We are always striving for improvement.

Captains can do a big favor by e-mailing 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 contacts. 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 levels were fielded with a record-setting 70 teams. There are no expansion plans this year and that total will remain the same for ‘12.

On a sad note, the Rockaway Breakers lost their matriarch and number one fan, Catherine Davis, who passed away this week. Please remember her and her family in your prayers. You only had to meet her once to see where the Breakers get their joy and love of life. Her spirit lives on with her children, in-laws and grandchildren. You can mark a few additional special dates on your calendars as well. Wednesday, May 23 will be 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. Wednesday, May 30 will be opening day and play will continue every Wednesday.

On Saturday, August 11, the league championships will be played – keep your schedules clear. Every year it’s a blast! Opening day will arrive quickly and there is much to be done beforehand. 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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