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Players Storm Through Turbulence

By Rocky D. and Joe McGivney                                            6/28/13


The RBVL started week three with ominous skies along with some lightning but the storm was not strong enough to intimidate this post-Sandy crowd.  However, players and referees are showing up later and later to start Wednesday evenings.  Games start promptly at 6:30 PM.  This means players get there by 6pm to set up net and refs by 6:15 at the latest. Late starts will no longer be tolerated.  Too many refs just want to wait until the nets are up and many teams just show up when they want to.  Forfeits will be handed out readily as indicated.  Based on the crazy weather we had tonight, it is imperative we start on time.  Patty is getting MAD and that is not a good thing.  Casa Bella Design Build lost to Gatemate.net three games to two in mostly close contests.  Kate Salica, former Flip Cup All Star and current Benedict Arnold, moved about the court with the lightning speed of well - lightning.   CBDB was well represented by the hitting of Pat and John.  Mike and Ike were no shows.  Casino Auto Body collided with Federation and escaped with a three- two victory.  Casino was led by the deft ball handling and cloud like sets of Lauren Ganun and Sarah McCarthy.  Rocky and Joe were out again with torn meniscuses and henceforth will be known as The Meniscus Brothers. Not in any way related to the Menendez Brothers who introduced early euthanasia to their middle age parents.  The Nice Guys finally sealed the deal in the Aviator Volleyball League during the spring indoor season after several runner-up finishes and one previous complete meltdown and heartbreak in the finals.  The victory was all the more sweeter because of the sweat and tears (and blood?) it took to bring home the title.  Congratulations to Allison, Patty, Tracy, Lauren, Brian, John, Joe, Kevin, Ryan, Alex, Captain Simon and #1 fan, Juliana.


 Daltons Rock Out with your Block Out (they are going to need a drop down box on that shirt) defeated IFMA’s three to two.  Sue Rothstein disappeared when the sky coughed a little lightning.  Hey, she should have sent for the Smith Brothers.  She apparently went over to practice with Casa Bella Design Build.  Was it practice or a tryout?  Next year we will all know.  The Flip Cup All Stars have two things to celebrate this year. 1) Mike Sica married Liz Murphy and 2) They had Leigh Ann standing in pretty as the second female on the court for the first game.  They surprisingly lost anyway.   Although there are some dominating teams no one remains undefeated.  And it is only week three.  Ryan agrees with the Volleyball Whisperer’s theory about the efficient ľ hit but sometimes he just has to let it fly.  The Zen Master agrees.  AJ moved to the Ocean Division and the Mighty Boosh promptly went 5-0 without him.  A plane flew overhead several times with the banner, “I love you, Gina.  Will you marry me? – Ernest.”  No one heard anyone yell out “Yes” in response.  Maybe that’s because the plane was flying with the sign facing the Atlantic Ocean not the beach.  Or maybe Gina was watching from London.  Please bring up the nets immediately after play.  We have people waiting for them in the equipment room. It is just not fair to keep people waiting while you’re standing around the net enjoying your post game festivities.  The tenacious tandem of Sean and Virginia behind the stick at Healy’s kept the crowd well sated and slaked. 


A great match was had between The Stanii and Edison Place. Edison won 4-1 but the volleys were long and the veteran Stanii want to know why the Edisons placed their strollers so close to the net and what is Edison Place?  Is it a place or a state of mind?  The Stanii welcome Thomas to the team and thank him for being patient with all the "advice "he is getting from the RBVL Veterans.  Goodbye DOMA – in time for Vinny Bonnano’s 30th birthday eve. The Bungalow Baranha captain helped his team win 3 games over Le Greann. The competition was fierce but friendly and held out through a rain delay to play the entire match. There was even a rainbow to help cheer the players on (not talking about Vinny’s double rainbow wings, his costume from the weekend’s Mermaid Parade.) Speaking of that parade, the Rockaway float won third place!  Vinnie celebrated the big day in death defying fashion. He tight-roped the entire boundary line of his volleyball court - without a safety harness!  After safely completing the stunt he stated, “Take that, Karl Wallenda!"  After Karl Wallenda learned that Vinnie had out walked him he despondently stated, “I guess I'll go back to being a barker at the Big Apple Circus."  Vinny, your RBVL Family loves you wherever you end up in the next few days.  Happy birthday to Liz of Tax City Suns of Beaches.  Liz is still holding strong at 25.


Everyone was reminded again of three rules that will be enforced this year at every level of play without exception:  1. ALL net violations must be called – no exceptions 2. NO underhand lift or reverse underhand throws are allowed 3. NO reaching over the net to interfere with a ball unless your opponent is directing the ball to your side of the court.  For those players who think that this results in too many whistles and say, “We just want to play,” get used to it.  Remember, we all just want to play - - - volleyball!  Not jungle ball!  And this year a player can receive a serve with open hands as long as they do it properly.  The Rules Committee adopted the standard volleyball rule in 2012 and it worked out fine.  We have many new refs, some of whom are learning on the job.  Some are young and some are not as young but they all are trying their best to call the games fairly.  Believe me, they do not have an ax to grind with any of our teams and we need you to treat them with respect.  (There has been occasional slippage in this department the last two seasons.)  To that end, please send us an e-mail (jmcgivney2@nyc.rr.com) on Thursdays with a quick summary of the previous night’s ref.  We’ll know who it was because we keep track of that stuff.  It can be simply, “Ref was great.”  Or give us some detail, “Ref called no net violations,” Ref called too many carries,” or “He called the game tighter than any ref this year.”  You get the idea – brief and to the point, both good and bad.  Thanks, in advance, for your assistance. 


Just a reminder, the RBVL has gone “green” and the Rules and 2013 Schedules are posted on the website.  This saves the printing of thousands of pages of copies.  Captains who have handed in unsigned rosters must now get them signed.  SIGNED rosters must be in by week three (6/26) at the latest.  However, there is really no reason you can’t take care of that at the beach before your first game.  All six people on your RBVL Committee are willing to help you with any problems that come up; just take care of matters in a respectful manner.  For new players, the RBVL Committee is made up of President Patty Moule (The Stanii), Steve Gifford (Connolly’s), Denise Brunner (Sun Cycle Island), John Sica (Blackwater Water Boarders) and Rocky and Joe Abbracciamento (Casino Auto Body).  You can find them every week, playing ball on the beach.  They are always available to help out on any matters and answer your questions but especially:  Steve and Rocky for equipment issues, Denise and Joe for referee items, John, Rocky and Joe for articles for the Wave, Denise and Patty for uniforms and schedules.  As always, if you have any questions before then please call Patty at 917-613-0908.  (Be sure to call between 10 AM and 9 PM.  Remember, Patty has a life outside of VB, too.)  Or just check our website at www.rbvl.com.  You'll find the answers to most of your questions there, not to mention pretty pictures and funny stories. 


See you on the beach!