***I don't have a net yet. Right now, David Hartley and/or Erik Boller are the point men for nets. I'll cap RSVPs to 8 and if you post that you are bringing a net, I'll open it up for 8 more. If no one posts that they can bring a net, I will cancel it for that week****
We play with Outdoor VOTR rules.
1. No hand setting the serve. Ever.
2. You may only hand set the first ball over if it is 'hard driven' - which means that it only travelled downwards, no up motion. Roll shots, down balls, and overpasses are all 'soft driven' and if you hand set them, its a side out or a point. You *ARE* allowed to hand set off of a block.
3. Sets must be clean. Momentary contact, both hands at the same time. If it's illegal contact, call your own. Generally (VOTR rules), if there is enough spin so that the ball travels 1 or 2 full rotations before it is hit, people are going to say thats an illegal set. This is not technically true, but people do it anyway. If you are certain that contact was legal and the set was clean, ask for a replay. If people are consistently asking "are you going to call that?" with increasing levels of snark in their voice, you should stick to bump setting
When playing 4s, 3s, or 2s, hand sets over the net must be square with the shoulders. Side setting over the net to sneak a point in, accidentally misplacing a set, or even if the wind catches the ball and pushes it over the net is illegal. Sets over the net must be super clean with very little rotation.
4. No open handed dinks. Ever. If you are making a hitting motion and miss the ball ("paintbrushing"), thats ok. If you redirect the ball and the last part of your hand to contact is the fingertips, its illegal. Close up your hand and punch it, close your fingers and cobra, knuckle it over, those are all clean. Open handed redirects are illegal.
If after all this, you feel like this meetup isn't for you, thats totally cool. No hard feelings. Davido runs tons of meetups at varying skill levels, I'm sure you can find something that will work. Similarly, if we play with you and feel that you aren't up to snuff for this group, we will ask you not to come back. There's no hard feelings at all, it's just that we want to play competitive upper level ball. If you attend some of the many clinics around and get yourself up to the level we want to play at, we would love to have you back!
I'm going to say that again:
If you are not playing at the level we want, I or someone will advise you of some other places for you to play. No hard feelings, we just like playing competitive ball.
Last year we met to the east of the trees at the south end of the park. Usually we are the only nets up in the park, so it should be easy to find.