2013-04-26 / Sports

Rock Beach Volleyball Is Ready To Roll

By John Sica and Joe McGivney

The first Rockaway Beach Volleyball League pre-season meeting was held on Wednesday, April 17th, at the Blackwater Inn and team captains showed up in droves. The Blackwater surprised everyone with a spread of food that kept the hungry throngs quite satisfied throughout the evening.

They may have started a new league tradition. Who can ever argue with baked ziti and meatballs?

Our current situation with regards to Riis Park’s status and a timetable for starting the league was discussed briefly as there are still many unknowns.

Then the majority of time was spent collecting team rosters, league fees and uniform orders. That’s when the hard work began for the RBVL committee. Some years, no teams from the waiting list are admitted to the league and time will tell this year.

The league 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 RBVL 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 2012.

That same spirit will be needed in 2013 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.

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. The 2013 season will feature nine different divisions with varying levels of skill. Look for 2012 champs, West End Tents, Kenosha Kickers, Miley Quality Home Improvement, ROC FAM, Beach Bums, the Stanii, the Notorious D.I.G.’s, William J. Lachner Painters and Hamilton Hardware Hammerheads to return and defend their titles with the 2012 runners-up back again, nipping at their heels.

Each season, some teams move up, some teams move down and many teams stay in the same divisions. The league goal is to have as many close games and division races as possible. No one likes losing 3-21 or winning 21- 2 (well maybe one or two people like this), but everyone likes playing five tight games each Wednesday. In the next week or two, the new 2013 divisional set-ups will be listed here in The Wave. Start planning your line-ups and strategies. (Rumor has it that the Rockaway Breakers were so dominant last summer that they will be the first team to move up five divisions.) Last year, nine divisions of different playing levels were fielded with a record-setting 74 teams.

You can mark a few special dates on your calendars already. Wednesday, May 15th, is tentatively set as the next captain’s meeting. Keep an eye out on your e-mail for details and dates as they become available.

The date for opening day has not been determined yet, but the league championships are scheduled for Saturday, August 10th. Keep your schedules clear. Every year it’s a blast! The general feedback on the 2012 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.

Remember, 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 a.m. and 9 p.m.

See you on the beach soon!

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