BSD Volleyball Blog
Very Belated Welcome
to the Fall 2009 Season!
(October 31, 2009)
to the Spring 2009
season of Bump Set Drink volleyball! We are now
eight weeks into the new season, playoffs have started and it's long
past time to shake the dust off the
blog. But before I get going with my usual salt and tequila
induced ramblings... I thought I would take this moment to recognize
the continued growth of the BSD Volleyball League
thanks to your continued support.
As I mentioned in a blog posting from last season, the BSD
Volleyball League would average 22 teams in Spring seasons and 20 teams
Fall seasons. During the 2004-2007 seasons these numbers held
steady. Following the Fall 2007 season, the League Directors
increased their focus on attracting new players and reaching out to our
customers in order to continue to provide the best competitive and
social environment for volleyball players in the area. In 2009,
we have set new high marks for player registrations in both the Spring
and Fall seasons.
Thanks to all of you for making this season a record Fall season.
Please let us know about your experience this season. Pull us aside and give us feedback
or suggestions - or send us email. We have made a few changes
this season based on your feedback.
Better Time Management
In prior seasons, we had noticed that regular season matches tended to
run over the one-hour time-slot. Many times the matches scheduled
for 9:00pm would not get going until 9:30pm or later. This
season, we have taken the following steps towards the goal of starting
matches much closer to their scheduled start times:
Referees have also been asked
to record the match starting time on the scoresheets. Based on
the data collected over this regular season, it seems these changes
have achieved their desired effect. Almost every match started
withing 10 minutes of the schedule start time.
- We added 10 minutes to each match. Instead of
starting matches "on the hour", we have new start times: 7:00, 8:10 and
9:20pm. The extra 10 minutes is used as a buffer between matches
(in case they run long) and allows warm-up time for the next match.
- We have emphasized to the referees the need to start
matches on time and monitor match progress after each game.
Each team will play one "double-header" in the regular season. In
most cases, the "double-header" night for each division will be on the
same night. (The only exception was for the BB division, because
we did not have the court capacity to fit double-headers for 8 teams on
the same night.
Why did we do this? Well, simply because we needed to schedule 11
weeks of matches in 10 nights. Because the Fall season has a
"hard stop" on Thanksgiving, we wanted to make sure everybody got the
same value for their money as in the Spring seasons.
Regular Season Wrapup
Let's take a look at how each division finished up the regular season,
including their early playoff results:
- AA Division: Doug Theoharis' team
rallied on the final night of the regular season to grab first place
over Matt Dunlap's team (#2). Team Theoharis' victory pulled them
into a tie in the standings and gave them the tie-breaker edge for the
#1 seed. Both teams survived their first round playoff matches
and will meet in the winner's bracket match next week.
- A Division: On a wild final night of
double-headers, Linda Morley's team (#1) and Steve Truland's team (#2)
each made up a 2 game deficit behind Dee Weiss' team (#3) to create a
3-way tie for first place. Team Morley and Team Truland earn the
first round byes based on head-to-head results. Both teams also
survived their first playoffs matches and will meet in the winner's
bracket match next week.
- BB Division: Ali Alibakhshi's team
(#1) rolled to first place with a 17-4 record. After two weeks of
playoff matches, Team Alibakhshi will face Fernando Jimenez's team (#2)
in the winner's bracket match next week. Arvin Chandran's team
(#3) and Angela Jandrew's team (#8) were eliminated with two losses.
- B Division: Jeff Jimenez's team (#1)
dominated competition in the regular season with a 22-2 record.
Team Jimenez will meet Ben Clark's team (#2) in the winner's bracket
match next week.
Volleyball is on Facebook!
(April 26, 2009)
Ahh... Facebook. It's
not enough to simply announce that BSD Volleyball has established a
Facebook group and invite you all to join. No... I am feeling the
need to ramble on about this geezer's view on the social networking
site. This is a blog after all...
What is a Webmaster in his early 40's doing on Facebook? I'm not
really sure. Over the last few months, I had been reading
articles that Facebook is not just for kids anymore. Businesses
are setting up shop on the social networking site and geezers are
moving into turf once reserved almost exclusively for high school and
college students (many of them scantily clothed
apparently). Hardly the "early adopter", once the vast
majority of the group takes a plunge on something then I can feel
confident enough to cruise on in. Last month, I floated the idea
that I might join Facebook to my high-school age son who has been using
Facebook ever since it blew up MySpace as the "social network of
choice" years ago. His reaction was to roll his eyes, shake his
head dismissively and quickly ponder how long it would be before
millions of teens on the site join some other new social networking
site now that their parents are invading their turf.
So, I took the plunge and setup my Facebook page. Within a few
days I started getting friend requests from people I went to high
school and college with over 20 years ago. I'm not sure there is
a polite way to say this, but reconciling the image of what they looked
like a generation ago with their recent pictures... worth the price of
admission right there! Anyway...
I have setup a BSD Volleyball group on Facebook. Please
join us if you have a Facebook account. There is a discussion
board there where you can post about your team, your games, your
post-game adventures, your expectations about the outcome of future
games... notice I did not say "trash-talking" (smile). The league
will also use the Group to mark important dates and help enhance
communication to league members. BSD Volleyball is a social
league, so setting up a presense on a social netowrking site seems like
a good fit. Some of the stuff you folks post up there is
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