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.
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!