2012-05-18 / Sports

Tee-Minus 5 Days Until Beach Volleyball Liftoff

By Joe McGivney

Is the calendar correct? Can beach volleyball really be starting in five days? Yes and yes! The Rockaway Beach Volleyball League will hold their first night of beach volleyball this coming Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Riis Park.

It is an optional night for teams to get out for the first time and work off some of the rust that has built up over the fall and winter months. A large can of WD- 40 may have to be sprayed on the bumps, sets and spikes for them to travel smoothly.

Last year, 55 out of 70 teams showed up and had fun playing non-league matches with friends and colleagues. This year promises to be even bigger. If you are not on a team and you are looking to play, you can come to the beach and try to hook up with a needy team. When they see you in action, captains have a better picture of your ability and how it meshes with their team than they do from a phone conversation. It is not easy hooking onto veteran teams but it happens. Sometimes teams find out that they need a few live bodies. Good luck.

Seventy-four teams will prepare to battle this summer in nine divisions, which span many levels of expertise. There are beginners like Rocky and experts like Murph or is it beginners like Murph and experts like Rocky. Or is it none of the above? The 2012 Divisional layout is published here in The Wave so teams can see where they were placed and can plan their game strategies accordingly.

Welcome back to all of the returning sponsors and to the newest sponsors of RBVL teams. The league would not flourish without your financial support and is very grateful for your help. RBVL players should consider using some of the many league sponsors for personal items. After all, these businesses supported you when you needed them; why not return the favor and support them if you need services they provide. Quid pro quo, Clarissa.

The RBVL committee members will be around each and every week to help out on any matters and answer your questions but especially: Steve and Rocky for equipment issues, Denise and Joe for referee items, John, Rocky and Joe for articles for The Wave, Denise and Patty for uniforms and schedules.

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. And this year a player can receive a serve with open hands as long as they do it properly. The Rules Committee has decided to adopt the standard volleyball rule on a trial basis for 2012.

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 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. The RBVL is now on Facebook If you have any other questions please call Patty Moule on her cell phone at 917-613-0908. Call between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. See you on the beach on May 23 for practice night! y p

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