2014-03-21 / Sports

RB Volleyball League Nears New Season

The Rockaway St. Patty’s Day Parade and the NYC St. Patty’s Day Parade have both finished and that means beach volleyball can’t be far off. Hang up your kilts and break out the Speedo’s because it’s nearly time to bump, set and spike on the sands of Riis Park. (By the way, does anyone have a picture of TBG or Cement Shoes in either a kilt or a Speedo?)

Excitement is building for this season, which is the silver anniversary year for the RBVL. Executive meetings have been held and 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 Superstorm 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 for ‘14. The entry fee for 2014 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, only one meeting will be held this spring. All team captains are required to attend the first and only pre-season meeting of the year on Wednesday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m. That’s only five days away. 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. (All captains should have also received all of this information via email.)

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. Updated roster and uniform order forms are available on our website – www.rbvl.com. If you need additional uniforms, 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.)

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.

All players are welcome to come out of hibernation and join the festivities as well. Donde esta El Cubby? 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.

Now for today’s feature math trivia question: Casino Towing joined the league in the RBVL’s second season. At that time, the male players were very old. Twenty-two years have since passed. How old are they now? Answer: Really, really old! Just look at Rocky and Joe. Plus, when CB is known as “the kid” on the team you know they are really old.

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 ultimate “Survivor” battle begins on the tropical island shores of Riis Park. 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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