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Tee Minus 2 days until RBVL Liftoff

By Joe McGivney                                           5/20/16


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 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 accordingly.  continue


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RBVL Crowns 10 Champions

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.  continue

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