Tee Minus 2 days until RBVL Liftoff
By Joe McGivney 5/20/16
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 PM at Riis Park.
Excitement is building for this season, which is the 27th
year for the RBVL. Wow!
5/25 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.
When the weather is good 55 teams have showed up and had fun
playing non-league matches with friends and colleagues.
This year promises to be bigger and better.
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. 78 teams
will prepare to battle this summer in 10 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 mailmen like Murph and retirees like Rocky?
Or retirees like Murph and Rocky?
Or is it none of the above?
The 2016 Divisional layout is published here in the Wave so teams
can see where they were placed and can plan their game strategies
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By Joe McGivney 8/14/15
On Saturday, volleyballs flew all
day on the sands of Riis Park as contestantís fought for the fabled winnerís
sweatshirts in the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League playoffs.
The weather was an ideal 84 degrees, sunny and virtually windless and the
quality of play seemed to match the quality of the playing conditions.
Ten different division champions were crowned by dayís end and the mood
was both festive and bittersweet as the 2015 season ended and the joy of another
terrific year was offset by the sadness that many friends would go their
separate ways over the next 10 months, not seeing each other quite as regularly
anymore. More than a few people
were weepy! Nets were available at
9:30 AM and a Rockaway miracle occurred Ė everyone showed up on time and set up
the courts promptly, for the fifth year in a row.
At 10:30 AM, players were bumping, setting and spiking (and flubbing,
fanning and whiffing) in heated playoff action.
People anticipate each and every Wednesday evening when they could put
aside real life for a few hours of volleyball, a couple of cold beverages and an
hour or two on the dance floor. Saturdayís tournament took that spirit to the
highest level. The people lucky
enough to be in the RBVL know it doesnít get any better than that.
Commissioner Patty Moule outdid herself again although she selflessly
deflected credit to her committee of veterans Rocky, Steve, John and Joe,
Colleen, Mike, Liz and Theresa for a job well done.
(And donít forget retiree Denise still helping behind the scenes.)
Thank you all for making the season a great success and making Saturday one of
the RBVL's most spectacular playoff days ever. Your camaraderie and
friendship elevate the league to heights no other league enjoys. As
always, the exciting games, food (Kudos for the
delicious sandwiches and wraps)
and music help but you are what make the day so special.
Final 2015 standings
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Funny RBVL Stuff:
Ref - Player interaction video, click here
message from most interesting man alive, and history of league picture
League mulling changes, click here
League mulling changes, click here
new roster form: 2015 roster-waiver form.pdf
Got a complement? see the RBVL Committee Members
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