2014-03-07 / Sports

RB Volleyball League Preps For New Season

By Joseph McGivney

Preparations for the Summer 2014 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, which came together despite the efforts of Super Storm Sandy. Each year the first order of business is to find out which teams will be returning and which will not. Last year, nine divisions of different playing (and imbibing) levels were fielded with a record-setting 74 teams. There are no expansion plans this year and that total will remain the same all through ‘14.

The entry fee for this year will return to $750 per team and covers all expenses (referees, park fees, insurance, equipment, etc.) And to streamline the collection of money and rosters, we will hold only one meeting this spring.

All team captains are required to attend our first and only pre-season meeting of the year on Wednesday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in one of our new sponsor’s venues – Uma’s restaurant at 92-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, 718- 318-9100.

Captains must bring a full roster (unsigned is OK, signed is even better) and their full payment for the 2014 season - $750. 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 – www.rbvl.com.

If additional uniforms are needed, please write a second check just for the extra uniform payment. Please note that we need one check of $750 for your team and possibly another check for extra uniforms. We will not accept cash or multiple checks made out to captains or the league from individual players. KISS – keep it simple, stupid!

The fee for anyone who registers after the March 26th meeting is $800. At midnight on Sunday March 30th, registration is closed and no more teams will be accepted. (That means late teams have March 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th 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 2013 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. 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.

We are cleaning out our database and captains must supply two names with emails and text #’s as part of your vital information on your roster. We’re looking to improve the speed and accuracy of our announcements and information dissemination. (Impressive vocabulary, no?) These will be the emails and texts we send to this season with important league information. And they will be the contact information we use when we have to make short notice decisions, particularly concerning the weather.

March 26th is the first critical date but you can mark a few additional special dates on your calendars as well. Wednesday, May 21st, 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 28th, will be opening day and play will continue every Wednesday until August 9th. On Saturday, August 9th, 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 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 Uma’s on March 26th!

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