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Spring Wed Sand Volleyball League

Update[masked]: I waited as long as I good to see a better forecast, but according to my research, there is a 65% chance of thunderstorms this Wed, so we're going to push back the start of the league (which is 8 weeks long plus playoffs) to next Wed, the 14th.  And I'm announcing it to all of MDA because I hope a few more people join.  Sure, more people always join the following week, but it would be great to fill in at least 3 more teams so we have an even 12.  We will all plan on the two sand courts.  I'll also bring my grass net for practice and to play on before and after your scheduled games, as well as set up a slackline to play on.  If you don't know what that is, you're in for a treat.  I plan to have a  BBQ on our final day of league. 

After that very long and cold and snowy winter I know I’m not alone in my excitement for sand volleyball.  Just like the last two years, we will play at Royal Oak Starr Park on Wednesday evenings.  The Spring League tends to be smaller.  It’s a warm-up to the huge Summer League. 

The Important Stuff

The goal is to form at least 12 teams, all of whom will play on the two sand courts at 6, 7, or 8PM.  To eliminate all confusion,  a sign with your team # and time you will play will be posted at each court. Rally scoring up to 25, and every game counts because the playoffs are determined by a team’s total wins.  Players are expected to bump, set, and hit when possible, you can’t touch the net, bad hands should be self called, and you must have at least one woman for every two guys on the court. Finding subs for absent teammates are your responsibility. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR RECORDING YOUR TEAM WINS EVERY WEEK. Team schedules will be posted on a Google spreadsheet that you should bookmark on your computer so you always know when to show up to play.  Because we will be fighting the sunset in early and late season games, it’s very important that your team start playing on time.  The games start and end on the hour whether all your players are present or not.  Find subs or play short, but the game will go on.  If teams run out of time, the team with the higher score will simply win that third game.  Unless you start very late or waste a lot of time, you should never run out of time.

Registration and Cost

Signing up as a team saves you money and makes my life easier, so please try your best to do so.  If you don’t know anyone and can’t join as a team, don’t worry, I’ll form one for you.  Simply (try to) show up by 5:40 on day one and I’ll do my best to place you on a fair team.  (I reserve at least 4 teams for free agents)  If you can’t make it the first day, it’s extra important to pre-pay because I do expect it to fill up (and it’s cheaper) (jimstange at gmail dot com, either amazon or paypal).

If you prepay before May 7th: $80 team or $20 per person

If you pay on May 7th:  $100 team or $25 per person

Your team may contain up to 8 players, but of course only 6 can play at once.  Depending on how many teams we have, there could be an option of signing up for a second team for a lower cost. 

Final Thoughts

I will strive to have the nets set up by 5:30 every day to warm up and get in a few games, and I will also have a grass court set up to play on before and/or after your scheduled games.  I always greatly appreciate early birds helping me set up whenever possible.  If you are a good player (especially women), it is likely that teams will want you as a sub. No glass containers are allowed at the park, and no alcohol should ever be on display (especially when we share the fields with the little ones and their parents are watching us). Thank you for always picking up any litter you might produce.

If you’ve ever played in a league of any kind, you’ll know that my prices are well under half as much as anywhere else.  I’m a one-man show and I keep my costs low so I can charge you all as little as possible.  I also offer more play time (before and after scheduled games) than anywhere else.  I hope to see everyone from last year as well as many new faces this season.  I can’t wait!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    5 mins away

    May 14, 2014

  • Harshad

    Hi, i dont know anyone and would like to join a team if possible. Are you playing tonight? Let me know.

    May 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am helping take charge today as Jim might be late. I'll be there as soon as I can with the nets.

      May 14, 2014

    • Jim S

      Yes we are going to attempt to play and don't worry we'll find a good team for you and everyone else who comes without a team

      1 · May 14, 2014

  • Jim S

    Yes we are setting up for those of you brave enough to come out and play but dress warmly and it made sprinkle on us

    May 14, 2014

  • Jim S

    No prob

    May 14, 2014

  • Scott F.

    I getting on the bail bus to. Hope to make it next week

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • Jim S

    Final word day off : if it is raining hard or medium at 530 when I will set up the net then it is cancelled but if it is not raining at that time that I hope some people show up and we will form some teams and we will get to play. However next week will be the official beginning. But it will be nice to form some teams and play some games today if possible but don't go too far out of your way

    May 14, 2014

    • Stacy

      My team won't be there today. See you next week!

      May 14, 2014

  • Emily C.

    I am going to stay up north so I won't be there this week but I will be there every other Wednesday;). Can't wait:)!!!

    May 14, 2014

  • Angel

    Heads up that I won't be there tonight, but I'll be there next week, come rain, thunder, or tornadoes.

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • Jim S

    If you can't make it or don't want to make it tomorrow then that's fine come next week for the first time no problem but I'm willing to risk the rain and it's warm enough not to worry about it so I will be there setting up with nets and I hope to see as many people as possible and form as many teams as possible. But don't worry we will form 1 or 2 more teams next week. You can miss the first game without any penalty

    May 14, 2014

  • Emily C.

    Can we make a rain call earlier rather than later... I am up north and am only coming home to play:). Would love to know if I am taking the4 hour drive or staying up here before noon:) thanks:)

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Jim S

    i hate to say it, but the weather is really screwing with us this year. supposed to rain every day. likely reschedule again.

    May 12, 2014

    • Stacy

      We've player in hail... Why not :)

      May 12, 2014

    • Stacy

      Played*. My phone doesn't like Swype :( fail.

      May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there any random teams formed by individuals w/out a team?! I'd live to play, but just moved back and would love to meet active and fun people!

    May 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes. If you do not have a team just show up, pay him and, if he still has room, he will place you on a team. He goes over it in the Registration and Cost section above. Also I would contact him to make sure there is still room and you can pay through amazon or paypal to guarantee a spot.

      1 · May 12, 2014

    • Jim S

      yes, plenty of room in spring league

      May 12, 2014

  • Jim S

    Because of thunderstorms it's very likely that were going to cancel this Wednesday and move it back next Wednesday

    May 6, 2014

    • Stacy

      Keep us posted

      May 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Is it okay to pay the fee on Wednesday. I am just a single looking for a team.. if that makes a diiference. And who will be collecting the money?

      May 12, 2014

  • Scott F.

    Not to sound like a sissy but I gotta rest my legs cause either I have shin splints or I am developing them so I'm not gonna be able to make it tomorrow. Hope to play with you guys soon though

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Emily C.

    I have to go to a funeral wed!!! Can I still be in the league if I miss the first game? Please let me know:)

    May 5, 2014

  • Andrew

    How many weeks does this spring league go?

    May 1, 2014

  • Toni C.

    How many weeks is this league?

    May 5, 2014

  • Blake T.

    Looking forward to some outdoor Vball and meeting some new people. More than likely will b looking for a team to join

    2 · May 3, 2014

  • ed

    Got my hand broke the last time I played in your league Jim …remember ..lol

    Still finishing up a Wed indoor league so if probably not unless I can sub
    for a team later in the season.

    Have Fun and play safe :)

    2 · May 1, 2014

  • Emily C.

    I just moved here and need a little help getting hooked up Oma team....

    April 28, 2014

  • Scott F.

    I'll try my best to make it by 6 but I might be a little late

    April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Count me in!

    April 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone is ever in need of a sub, I could do it. Only for the 8pm games though. I teach a meditation class at 6pm.

    1 · April 14, 2014

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