2012-05-11 / Sports

12 Days Until Beach Volleyball Begins

By Joe McGivney

The Rockaway Beach Volleyball League successfully held their sole pre-season meeting in April and that’s when the hard work began for the RBVL committee.

Rosters, league fees and uniform orders were collected and 74 teams got ready to wage war this summer on the sands of Riis Park. Now the squads have been placed in divisions for the 2012 summer season.

Generally speaking, some teams that did well last year moved up and some teams that did not fare so well moved down. The goal is to have as many close and exciting games each and every week, no matter what a team’s level of play is. No one likes losing 3-21 or winning 21-2, but everyone likes playing five tight games each Wednesday. If every team finished the season at 25-25 those results would be perfect for league officials (And a mathematical improbability). The 2012 Divisional layout is published here in the Wave for the first time today.

Second thoughts were given about moving the Rockaway Breakers (now known as William J. Lachner Painters) up five divisions and they will only move up one to the Moon Division. They are no longer stars and are still a few divisions short of seeing jump serves every Wednesday. He Who Will Not Be Named better prepare his best motivational speeches. It’s going to get rough out there.

Welcome back to all of the returning sponsors and to the newest sponsors of RBVL teams – The Storage Place, William J. Lachner Painters, Edison Place, the Rockaway Seafood Company and Thai Rock Island. Your support is much appreciated and helps the league immensely.

The RBVL is still striving to make things run smoothly with the new, 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 2011. That same spirit will be needed in 2012 from everyone 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 bumps, sets and spikes, although they are nice, too. And this year, a player can receive a serve with open hands as long as they do it properly. The RBVL Rules Committee has decided to adopt the standard volleyball rule on a trial basis for 2012. Hopefully it will lead to better overall volleyball and not an increase in illegal jungleball. We shall see.

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. Or come to the beach on May 23, which is the league optional practice night. Sometimes teams find out that they need a few live bodies at that time.

The 2012 season will feature 9 different divisions with varying levels of skill. Look for 2011 champs, Freedhand’s, Dig This, Wharf Rats, Miley Home Improvement Posse, ROC FAM, Breakaways, Sands Point PT, White Horse Tavern Beach Posse and the Rockaway Breakers to return and defend their titles. 2011 runners-up Sugar Bowl, Bryan’s Auto Accelerators, the Mighty Boosh, Healy’s Rat Pack, U Got Served, Borders Surf Shop, Sal’s Auto Sandstorm, Bungalow Baranhas and the Social Yachties will be nipping at the heels of the champions.

Players can mark a few special dates on your calendars already. 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 until August 11. On that Saturday, the league championships will be played – keep your schedules clear. Every year it’s a blast! 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 voice any of your personal likes and dislikes. We are always striving for improvement.

Prospective new referees are always welcome and can contact the league officers via the website (www.rbvl.com). 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. emember, the RBVL is now on Facebook but unfortunately we don’t Twitter. It will only be a short few weeks before opening day arrives and there is still much to be done beforehand. If you have any questions please call Patty Moule on her cell phone, 917- 613-0908. Call between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. See you on the beach on May 23!

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