Adult Nationals Wrap-up
USAV National Teams from New England
Top 7 Foods for Volleyball Players
Summer Volleyball Tournaments - Where to Play
6 Tips to Playing Outdoors
The "River" - Pick up Volleyball
Baystate Games - Volleyball
Official Yankee Yahoo Email Group
Volleyball Vacations - An Insider's View
The Rainy Pottstown Rumble
Get A Volleyball Body - Summer Workouts
Newport Volleyball Club Q&A's with Art Palmer
Yankee Board Members
Remembering Ed Austrum
Next Issue-Fall 2006
With Hurricane Katrina and the devastation that occurred in the Fall of 2006 in New Orleans, USA Volleyball decided to honor their commitment and run the 2006 USA Open National Championships in the New Orleans Convention Center. Leading up to the event, the unknown factor was if New Orleans would be ready to handle the influx of volleyball players to the area.
From everything I had heard from friends who went to help out the recovery effort to newspaper articles and television reports, I myself did not know what to expect. During the 15 minute cab ride from the airport, there was evidence all around you of the devastation that had occurred, houses still under construction, temporary housing trailers lining parking lots end to end, boarded up store fronts, vacant businesses, and hundreds of abandon and destroyed cars piled by overpasses and highways.
The downtown area and hotels that housed the players and the convention center showed progress of reconstruction with most businesses in the area open and welcoming the new business. The Hilton (main hotel for USAV) was still working on cosmetic restoration to the outside structure while the convention center closed 3 out of the 4 exhibit halls to complete work to both the interior and exterior.
After 9 months from being covered with water, the city is rebuilding but one step at a time. The main issue is that many residents have not returned back to the city, creating a shortage in the workforce forcing many businesses to remain closed. This was very evident along the RiverWay food court with only 3 out of 15 food vendors open.
What was very evident was that Nationals was about half the size as previous
years in terms of total courts being utilized over the week. In years past,
there would be 50-60 courts compared to this year where they maxed out at 37
during the first half of the week and 30 during the second session. The New
England region was again the largest region sending teams with 50 total for all
levels and genders.
Below are a list of all teams that
attended this year:
Full Speed Boom Leo Keegan
Providence Volleyball John Polinick
MIT Grad Volleyball Al Avestruz
Boston Volleyball-BAMF BrunoTramontozzi
Boston Volleyball-Fuzz Josh Wachs
Nothing Hits Dan Willett
Hard Armour Courtenay Trotman
Granite State Craig Martin
Husky Beavers Dana Jones
Execution Warren Kerr
Hurricanes Steven Ng
Conquest Steve Cribbin
Deadly Viper Squad Mark Archibald
South Shore VBC Ed Moore
Pig Pen VBC Tom Natt
Lost Boys Jeremy Fontaine
JagerBombers Ryan Woodcock
Set Me Mark Robarts
Volleyholics Lynn Jones
Fire in the Hole Zip Weeman
Boston Volleyball-Fire Ellen Bates
Pink Ladies Natalie Dales
The Shockers Meredith Newell
KSA Dottie Beattie
5 Minute Fling Socheata Tauch
Tsunami Helen Taylor
Inferno Cheryl Jakielo
Boston Volleyball-Ice Keri Pike
MIT Women's Vball Club Lijin Aryananda
Monkey Business Steve Cribbin
Hit List Melissa Duby
Team Magnum Laura Gleason
Team Boston Nicolle Becker
Too Much Meg Vitter
Regular Coed B/BB
Chicks Dig Me Sander Gates
Nothing Hits! Dan Willett
Mad Cow Pow Janet Chin
Deadly Viper Assassination Squad Mark Archibald
Team Under Armour Courtenay Trotman
Clash Mark Jones
Reverse Coed B/BB
Chicks Dig Me Sander Gates
Nothing Hits! Dan Willett
Team Under Armour Courtenay Trotman
Clash Mark Jones No
Scrappy McScrappersons Cheryl Jakielo
No Sudden Moves Jim Erviti
Wicked Olde Guys Al Kumpey
All For One Philip Gerstein
Downeast 55's Jack Hastings
Combo Express Patty DesMaisons
Floor Play Chris Stearns
Click here for results from the 2006 National Champions
In order to perform at our peak, we need to provide our bodies with optimal
fuel. The seven foods below serve up high nutrient density and a multitude of
healthy constituents shown to improve performance and recovery.
1. Walnuts: One of the best plant-based sources of protein, walnuts are also rich in fiber, B vitamins and Vitamin E. They are an excellent source of energy dense healthy fats. A great choice for a between-game snack!
Nutritional Info (per 1.5 ounces, or 20 halves): 250 calories, 6 g protein, 18 g fat
2. Blueberries: Nutritional all-stars due to their abundance of antioxidants, Vitamins C and E and fiber, blueberries (fresh or frozen) are great added to cereal or yogurt, mixed into a smoothie or just on their own! Antioxidants help to reduce oxidative damage caused by free radicals produced during periods of strenuous activity. These powerful berries provide a source of energy enhancing carbohydrates and fiber to help sustain your energy to keep you in the game! Nutritional info (per 1 cup): 80 calories, 1 g protein, 0 g fat
3. Yogurt: Yogurt, a great source of protein and calcium, is a fantastic choice for a quick breakfast or pre-game snack (top with fresh fruit, granola or nuts for added benefit). Calcium improves bone density and plays a role in muscle metabolism. Yogurt is also rich in B12, which helps athletes prevent fatigue. Nutritional info (per 1 cup): 150-200 calories, 8-12 g protein, 0-4 g fat
4. Bananas: This year-round, self-contained fruit is a fantastic source of fiber, B6, Vitamin C and potassium. A banana provides readily available pre-game energy, in addition to maintaining muscle function and electrolyte balance between matches. Nutritional info (1 large banana): 105 calories, 2 g protein, 0.5 g fat
5. Eggs: In addition to B vitamins and lutein (a powerful antioxidant), eggs supply the highest quality dietary protein, including all 8 essential amino acids. B vitamins serve as an important energy source for athletes. An omelet is a great anytime meal, or choose a hard boiled eggas a snack. Nutritional info (1 large egg): 80 calories, 6 g protein, 6 g fat
6. Salmon: An excellent source of iron, high-quality protein and super-healthy fats (omega 3 fatty acids), salmon is a fantastic option! It also contain B12, which is important for optimal performance. Choose wild-caught (preferably Alaskan or Pacific) rather than farm-raised, which tends to be high in contaminants, has more poor quality fat and is usually synthetically colored pink. Note: Most canned salmon is wild. Nutritional info (per 3 ounces): 150-200 calories, 23 g protein, 8-11 g fat
7. Whole grains: Whole grains, including 100% whole wheat
breads and cereals, brown rice, oatmeal and popcorn, are all excellent sources
of complex carbohydrates which provide essential energy for optimal performance.
Whole grains maintain energy for a longer period of time during a workout and
curb appetite by slowing the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. They
are rich in fiber, B vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Nutritional info
submitted by: Deirdre Williams, Licensed Dietician(MS, RD, LDN)
Summer is upon us and outdoor volleyball tournaments have started up. Whether you prefer beach or grass, there are plenty of opportunities to play in Boston, Rhode Island, and New York. Most tournaments start at 9am and run until 5-7pm based on the number of teams in your division. Formats are similar to indoor tournaments with pool play and playoffs for the top teams based on record. Here are a list of summer tournaments to play at:
Boston Ski and Sports Club: ( http://www.bssc.com/) Grass doubles tournaments
located in Boston and North Reading, MA with Men's and Women's events on
Saturday and ReverseCoed (RCO) on Sunday. Levels include Open, AA, A, BB, B and
prizes are given out for all teams that break to playoffs with cash prize for
Open division only. Reverse Coed is the most popular format and there can be up
to 50 teams pre-registered.
Register at: www.BSSC.com
Newport Volleyball Club: ( http://www.newportvolleyballclub.com/)
- Beach doubles located on Easton beach in Providence, RI. NVC follows AVP rules
for all tournaments with Men's sand Women's Open A, BB, B competing on Saturday.
Men 's sand Women'sAA and Coed format are usually held on Sundays.
Register at http//www.newportvolleyballclub.com
BostonVolleyball.com: Boston Volleyball (BVA) runs tournaments in Newton, MA with Men's, Women's, and Coed tourneys on grass in Open, AA, A, BB, B divisions. Coed tournaments draw in a majority of the registrations with 50+ teams registered.Prizes are offered for all levels for teams that break pool with a cash prize for the Open division. - Updated 7/14/06 http://www.bostonvolleyball.com/outdoortournaments.html
CDGD.org: Capital District Grass Doubles is the BSSC equivalent in Albany NY. They host men's and women's grass doubles on Saturdays and RCO on Sundays in Open, AA, A, BB, B. CDGD is run as a non-profit and provide cash prizes for Open, AA, and A levels (dependent on # of teams entered) as well as free pizza, water, and powerade at all volleyball tournaments. Register at: www.cdgd.org
East End Volleyball: EEVB.net travels up and down the east coast from Florida
to Newport, RI hosting beach double tournaments on Saturday and Sundays. Their
tournaments include men's women's and coed in Open, AA, A, BB, B with cash
prizes for Open and AA teams. Their â€śFlyawayâ€ť tournaments allow the winners
in Open, AA, and A divisions to get a free trip to Florida in mid-October to
compete in one of their final events of the season. Register at: www.eevb.net
Kas Bar Volleyball: Located in Worcester, MA, the Kas Bar hosts coed 2's and 4's beach tournaments in two levels, B/BB and A/AA on Saturday and Sundays. Food and drinks are available all day as well as a full onsite cash bar. Click here for a full tournament schedule.
• Communicate: Mine, Yours, Me, You, I Got IT! Communication is one of the most important aspects of volleyball, whether you play indoors or outdoors, the more you communicate, the better you will play and mesh on the court.
• Use the roll: Everyone wants to get the big kill and pound the ball however utilizing a roll shot or placing the ball around the court is the best way to keep the defense on their toes and makes you a well rounded volleyball player.
• Make them play the ball: Not every pass or set is going to be perfect and in your hitting window. During these times, getting the ball into play is more essential than trying to make the amazing hit and win the point. Keep the ball in play and make your opponents play the ball instead of hitting it out or into the net.
• Serve tough: A tough serve is the best way to win points and create errant passes that can lead to easy points. A tough serve is characterized by making your opponents move. Any serve that makes the other team move laterally will increaseyour opportunity to win a point. Serve your opponents, short, down the middle of the court or on the sidelines.
• Watch the toss: When facing a jump serve, the first step is to watch the toss. When you watch the toss, you have ample time to see the flight of the ball and move into position to pass it.
• Watch the ball: You would never take your eye off the ball when you are hitting or serving so why do it when your passing or digging. Many players will watch the ball until about eye level and then stop watching it as it hits their arms. Watching the ball all the way into your arms will make you a much more consistent passer, digger, and player.
Located between the Charles River and Soldiers Field Road next to the Charles
Kayak and Canoe Rental, â€śThe Riverâ€ť is a destination for pickup volleyball
in the Boston area. From mid-May through early September, you will find
volleyball nets lined up from end to end. Players bring their own nets and setup
to play doubles format in Men's, Women's and Reverse Coed from early afternoon
till the sun goes down throughout the week. On average, you will find 3-4 nets
setup but you will can see up to 8 nets or more during a sunny afternoon.
Playing levels range from BB to Open and plan to show up between 5:30-6pm during
the week and 12-1pm during the weekend.
The Bay State Summer and Winter Games are organized annually by the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation. The Bay State Summer Games are an Olympic-Style Sports Festival that allows its participants to not only have a great experience in their sport, but to take in all the other competitions that the Games' offer. 2006 marked the 25th anniversary of the Bay State Summer Games. What started as an event with 300 participants in 4 sports, has grown to include almost 7,000 athletes in 25 sports!
Volleyball is played in 6 divisions, Scholastic (High School) Boys and Girls, Open level for Men and Women as well as Masters (30+) for Men and Women. Tryouts are open to all residents of Massachusetts and dividedinto 6 regions, Central, West, Metro, SouthEast, Northeast, and Coastal.
The tournament is split up into a 2-day competition with pool play on
Saturday, July 15nth with playoffs and championships on the second day, July 16
For more information on The Baystate Games, visit http://www.baystategames.org/summer/index.asp
The summer is just beginning out here on the East Coast and we have just hit and sand and started playing outdoors but out in Cali, the AVP is in full swing and has already completed 6 tournaments on their 18 date tour. For the New England volleyball community, the AVP will compete in Seaside NJ on June 29-July 2 and at Coney Island NY from Aug 17-20th .
Continuing on their success from last year, Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh have dominated the tour on the women's side bywinning the first 5 events on the season. On the men's side Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser have gotten off to a tremendous start by winning four straight tournaments in a row after placing ninth in the 1 st event of the season. Visit the AVP.com for information on players, events, TV schedule, and online AVP merchandise. www.AVP.com
Yankee Volleyball has launched the official Yankee Volleyball Yahoo Group to
help promote New England volleyball in Boston, Western Mass, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Members can use this group to post volleyball related messages regarding tournaments, clinics, leagues, volleyball related events, questions, drills, coaching positions, and other volleyball topics.
This group is open to individuals looking to play, discuss, and who love the sport of volleyball in the New England area including MA, RI, NH, and CT. People from other regions are welcome to join as well.
Register by sending an email to YankeeVolleyballfirstname.lastname@example.org
Yankee Volleyball home page: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/YankeeVolleyball
Have you ever traveled to a tropical destination with a pristine beach and wish that you could play a little competitive volleyball? Professional Beach Volleyball Player Albert Hannemann, better known as AL-B, has taken this idea to the next level with his company called VolleyballVacations.com .
I first met AL-B at Club Getaway about 5 years ago at a Volleyball Vacations weekend. It was great! He took us to the gym, coached us, gave us some PRO tips, and we played a lot of volleyball. After meeting AL-B, I was immediately hooked on the concept of volleyball + vacation. I decided to check out one of his big trips in the Turks & Caicos Islands at Club Med, and it was even more incredible! I liked it so much that I went back again the following year!
Volleyball Vacations began because AL-B noticed how passionate volleyball fans are whether they play professionally or recreationally. It became his goal to give fans an opportunity to meet, socialize and play with top pro beach volleyball players.
The trips continue to grow and they are held 5 times a year. Are you looking
for the opportunity to escape cold weather and side-out on a tropical beach?
Share a cocktail with a pro and watch the sunset? If this sounds interesting,
you should check out one of AL-B's upcoming 2006 trips:
August 4-6: Club Getaway in the Berkshires, Kent CT
Oct 28 â€“ Nov 4: Club Med, Turks & Caicos Islands
Submitted by MLD
Rain or Shine, the Pottstown Rumble is one of the biggest grass tournaments on the east coast. Held on June 24 and 25, 2006, this annual event in Gilbertsville, PA was challenged by a bad forecast and wet weather. The weather did not hamper attendance as they were only 100 players short of last years numbers for a total of 1,210 players over two days. Men's and Women's Open, AA, A, BB, B dominate the tournament format however on Sunday Coed, Quads, and Junior level's are run.
Mens open action included a Lancaster area laden match with Jason Pfeiffer teamed with Derrick Smith against Nate Ocasio and Richard Ziegler. Peifer and Smith ultimately ended up winning the rain drenched, mud-spattered match 15-11.
In womens open action, Laura Cook and Cameo Neiman became the 3 time Rumble Champions defeating Kristen and Jocelyn Decker.
Please check their website for pictures from this year's event and information onnext years 16th annual tournament.
Volleyball is a sport that requires, agility, speed, and explosiveness. Running 5 miles will put you in good cardio shape which is beneficial to lasting through a full day tournament however you need to be able to be explosive each and every time the ball is in play. Getting your body in great volleyball shape takes a combination of interval training, core training (Fall 2006 Issue), and circuit weight training.
Interval training is the method of combining two types of workouts into one. Sprints are a great way to build fast twitch fibers and a 3-5 mile run will get you in great shape. Combine these two workouts into one workout. Start by warming up for 5 minutes with a jog. Once you are warmed up, run for 3 minutes at a moderate pace and then sprint for 30 seconds. Repeat this without walking or resting until you have completed 20 minutes or 3 miles. You can increase your sprint time to 45 seconds or 1 minute during the 3 rd or 4 th week of training.
Circuit Weight Training is the method of completing a series of exercises back to back to build lean muscle, muscle endurance, and increase your heart rate. There are many types of circuits but for starters, we are going to start in a gym with weights. Pick 10-12 exercises for a full body workout. The goal is to perform an exercise for 30-40 seconds without stopping with low to medium weight. Once you have completed that set, rest 45 seconds and move onto the next exercise. Beginners should go through the circuit once but for the more advanced person, go through the circuit 2-3 times based on time.
Sample Circuit Weight Program:
Lat Pull Down
Hanging knee lifts (abs)
Art Palmer is the current Newport Volleyball Club's President since 1990 and is working to grow volleyball in the Newport, RI with leagues, beach tournaments, and indoor volleyball events.
QUESTION: Why did you start NVC and what was your goal/mission?
ANSWER: Well, the Newport Volleyball Club was around before me. NVC actually started in 1984 and was more of a close group of players who just wanted to play together. After 6 years, the founding fathers had lost the drive to keep the NVC going. As for me, I was dating one of those early NVC members in 1988 and became interested in the sport but was unable to become a NVC member because I didn't have enough experience. I was in the masses playing recreational volleyball as part of the YMCA. In 1990 NVC was flopping around with no direction. I really wanted to play competitive volleyball (the girlfriend is gone by now), so I took the reigns and made it my mission that if you wanted to learn to play competitive volleyball you were welcome at any level. This is still the standard today.
QUESTION: You run volleyball year round, doing indoor
Tournaments, outdoor leagues, and beach tournaments at Easton Beach, RI. What do you enjoy doing the most and why?
ANSWER: Both have there unique pleasures. On the beach, I find the beach 4s league most rewarding. These folks, especially the lower levels, are out there to have a good time, very social and laughing. They just love the opportunity to be on the beach.
Indoors, I enjoy the NVC Wednesday night indoor program. This is our introductory program to organized volleyball which is a combination of league and clinic. The rewards are the most visible. The season starts with players not having a clue of the skills and strategies involved in competitive volleyball. And by the time Yankee championships roll around, they are ready to compete. You can really see the improvement from beginning to end and the players are most appreciative of the program.
But the bottom line, when it comes down to where you want to play, beach vs a gym, nothing beats the Beach.
QUESTION: Where do you see NVC going in the future, 3-5 years down the
ANSWER: I guess now is as good a time to make the BIG Announcement. While keeping our indoor programs status quo, NVC is making a huge investment into the outdoor game. We are in the developmental stages of opening the first volleyball country club and training center in the country. This has been a vision of mine for 10 years and we hope to be open in the spring of 2007. Although this date may have to be extended because of all the political positioning and permitting but, yes, we have purchased 18 acres in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The plans call for 20 sand courts and 10 grass courts and the ability to host regional, national and professional events. The ten year plan calls for lighting of the courts, clubhouse and pool. (There will also be tennis and platform tennis).
QUESTION: I know you run Juniors level tourneys during the summer and are you
doing any other volleyball programs targeted to High school players?
ANSWER: Yes, Yes and Yes but it will be all outdoors. About 5 years ago, the NVC beach staff made the commitment to juniors. We analyzed the player demographics of our tournaments and determined we needed to provide a vehicle to expose the beach game to juniors as the next generation of adult beach volleyball players. When our permanent facility is open, we will be offering a full host of junior programs including tournaments, camps, league and clinics. My philosophy, for what it worth, is the indoor needs the outdoor doubles game more than ever. In Rhode Island for the first time, the interscholastic league has adopted all the new rules and positions. This now creates the pigeon-holing of position at an early age. With such a short season, coaches will not have the luxury to do a lot of training/experimenting with player position and ability. Players will need to expand their skill set elsewhere. There is no better place for creating the all-around player than at the beach. This is something California has known for years. You watch what would happen to the caliber of interscholastic volleyball when coaches begin to encourage his/her team to commit to playing beach doubles in off season. They will improve at every skill and quickness. If I was a coach recruiting, one of my first questions would be - do you play beach doubles? If the answer is yes, then you are getting an all-around player with the flexibility of using them in multiple positions.
QUESTION: Where do you think the Volleyball is headed in the US now that the
AVP is on national television (NBC and FOX) and with the success of volleyball
in the Olympics?
ANSWER: Well, I hope pro-volleyball is heading to New England. I have been having intense negotiations with AVP for 2 year now for the return of the tour to our area. Let me tell you it has been very eye-opening to learn all that goes into hosting an AVP event. We hope to have some positive news to report within the next 6 months.
We are currently riding the Olympic wave with the AVP and the Olympics getting great ratings on network television. Because of this wave, the largest potential for growth is at the beach. But we won't see any growth if we don't provide permanent places to play. You can find a public basketball hoop or tennis court in every community in the country. This need to happen for volleyball if it has a chance of longevity after the Olympic wave crashes.
As for volleyball in general, the sport has a ton of potential but the biggest problem is opportunities to enter the sport. The biggest issue is places to learn and practice the game at the local level. This goes for both indoor and outdoor. If you want to play, you have to travel great lengths to play and follow very strict rules. This equals a major commitment. What needs to happen is the sport has to become main stream. What I mean by this is offerings to play volleyball need to rival basketball, softball, baseball in the form of local programs. Every town recreation department and YMCA needs to offer a volleyball program. These local programs need offer a single person sign up in order to allow anyone to get involved and balance team skill level. Plus the sport needs 'qualified' instructors. Not these drawn out certification programs that is required to train competitive teams but someone who can teach the basics correctly. For example, before each Junior Beach tournament we do a 45 minute clinic on beach rules & strategies. The basic Dos & Don'ts. Like how to dribble in basketball.
My final thought on this is all the volleyball organizations that have a
stake is the future of the game need to focus more on GRASSROOTS. They need to
concentrate more of their efforts to draw in the everyday recreational player
who shows an interest in the game. Reducing the requirements to play (Yankee's
big plus) and creating places to play. This is a very labor intensive, love of
the game endeavor but the rewards can be great both in popularity and
financially. It is my understanding the United States Tennis Association's
number one income generator is the US Open and the second is the USTA Adult
Leagues which consists of recreational players of all levels. These are the
folks that will create the secondary market required to perpetuate the sport.
These are the folks that will spend money on lesson & equipment and become
the number one fan in the stands. There is enough revenue generated from these
two programs to fund their elitist programs. As you can tell I like to root for
the underdog. It appears to me the volleyball governing bodies work to showcase
their elite players with the idea of gaining popularity and the rest will follow
but if you don't have the infrastructure to support this, it ain going tohappen.
The closest volleyball comes to grassroots indoors is the great organization
called Yankee Volleyball Association. Give me a t-shirt with a magic marker
number and a pair of shorts & sneakers and I can play. No set teams, no
matching uniforms, no certified scorekeeper & R2 on the roster. Then the
organization guides them towards the strict rules of the 'many rules' governing
body if they choose to go that route but the opportunity to 'just play' was
provided. We here in New England have much to be thankful for.
QUESTION: How did you start playing volleyball and how long have you been playing?
ANSWER: I am a product of NVC's grassroots program, no high school or collegiate experience. I started playing recreational volleyball at the Newport County YMCA and Newport Recreation at the age of 32 which offered no coaching. Once NVC became a fully open grassroots organization, I became a student as well as the organizer for competitive volleyball. I still think I have one more level of improvement in me, but the operation at NVC does not allow me the luxury to dedicate the time required. Hopefully, some day . . . before I get too old.
President Paul Santos
Vice President Gina Golden
Secretary Kelly Small
Treasurer Lora Loyall
Appointed Board Positions
Bookkeeper Dori Senerchia
Referee Assignor Glenn Corwin
Referee Coordinator Steve Webster
Registrar Judy Katalina
Scorekeepers Chair Dave Carson
Tournament Coordinator Paul Santos
Newsletter Editor Jonah Mytro
Web Page Editor Tom Sweeney
Articles to be featured in the next issue:
- 2006 indoor volleyball schedule
- Scramble Volleyball Tournaments
- Women's Collegiate review
- 6 playing tips for indoors
- Indoor Clinics
- Volleyball Leagues
- Volleyball Shoes Preview
- Coaches Corner
If you want to submit an article for our next issue, please contact the Newsletter Editor. All articles must be submitted by August 25th with 250-400 words max.