As a special offer to MDA Paid Lifetime Members Only (if you aren’t one yet, it only costs $12 to become one, and you not only support the largest non-profit pickup sports group in MI, you also get many extra perks), I am offering 2014 Ringer Sports Complex season passes for sand volleyball at well over half price. Starting today, we will play about 28 Fridays and 22 Sundays, which total 50 sessions. At $5 each, it would cost you $250. Of course, no one (myself included) will come close to attending every VB opportunity. So I’m offering the entire year for just $80. If you attend roughly half the time, you are still saving a bundle and, perhaps more importantly, you’re saving yourself from having to worry about paying each time.
We play until dark and sometimes even later using the lights. When you pay your $5 in cash I will mark your hand. EVERYONE is welcome to play, including friends of friends, but please pay attention to the court designations below so that everyone has the best time possible. If you find yourself playing on the wrong court and someone else points this out to you, please don’t take offense. We were all beginners once. We’re all here to have fun. And remember, this is a bar, so don’t try sneaking in alcohol, you’ll get caught. I can’t wait to start playing with all my old VB friends while also making new ones every evening. See you soon.
COURT 1: (near bar) advanced doubles (or 3s when it's busy) court, play to 21, winning team can stay once, no team can stay more than two games (if people are waiting for that court), keep it moving fast, interested players should make sure current players know they want to play next game. No setting serves, no set over, strict VB rules apply. This court should never be empty (with people waiting). People should feel free to swap places with court 2 players when they are finished. Just don’t waste time. When it gets busy, I’ll have a signup sheet to keep things ordered and fair.
COURT 2: intermediate court, you must know the basic rules of bumping, setting, and hitting. We try to keep it to 4s, but once it’s crowded, up to 6 to a team. Even if you are athletic and fast, if you find yourself getting called for carrying the ball more than once, you need to practice more on court 3. YOU MUST FOLLOW VB RULES TO STAY ON COURT 2. Court 2 is for people who have played at least 50 proper games and know how to bump and set properly.
COURT 3: for everyone else, everyone is welcome here. Play up to 6 per a team, and you can rotate in a seventh player. Even in the middle of a game, you should welcome in new players because play isn’t that serious. Here is where newer players learn proper vb techniques. Players who are more experienced should be encouraging and help beginners hit and set properly, unless of course they don’t want to hear it. There are no calls for bad sets or hits, but please try not to touch the net, and absolutely call the ball so people don’t end up colliding with each other. No matter what, we won’t to avoid all possibility of injuries.
You can arrive at any timeand we play until dark. Many people arrive as early as 4:30PM (probably more next month). That’s the best time to start if you want to beat the crowds. If you are new and haven’t yet experienced the awesomeness of Friday night vb, then you are in for a treat. If I were you, I’d start now before the crowds get big during June and July. And if you are already on the wed night league, this is a great place to practice. The courts are private and kept in great condition. I personally put a lot of money up front to secure us the coveted Friday night time slot so, just like before, I will be collecting $5 from everyone. But if you think about it, that’s less than $2/hr for some of the best sand vb around. We will be playing every Friday until the end of October, rain or shine, unless there are lightning storms or something. I'm guessing you'll get all the court time you want in bad weather:-)