by Peter Hickman
Hello volleyball friends,
Mid-City Volleyball Group will set up courts this Saturday along Bayou St John. A “speed” tournament will begin at 10am ($5.00/player), please arrive early (preferably by 9:30am) so the tournament can be configured with the appropriate numbers of teams. If we don’t get enough players for a quads tourney, I will bring short-court lines and run a doubles tournament. Pick-up games will follow the conclusion of the tournament somewhere around noon.
I’m proud to say that MCVG has created a sister nonprofit organization, Mid-City Youth Volleyball (MCYV), that is devoted exclusively to the education of children. Please check out our website: www.midcityyouthvolleyball.org. MCYV will start up free youth clinics on November 3 that will last through the winter (unless we must break to actually construct sand courts). We want to grow the sport!
Speaking of growing the sport, MCVG-supporter Stew Sheng is the USAV Bayou Region Boys Development Director, and he is organizing a mixed age division for boys fifteen to eighteen years old to play in USAV indoor tournaments during the winter/spring club season. He is also trying to organize a boys high school indoor league for spring 2013.
The 2013 Boys’ High School Indoor Volleyball League is supported and partially sponsored by the Bayou Region of USA Volleyball. Now is the time for your school to participate since there already is an interest in boys’ club and beach volleyball. Your school may already have students who are playing. Please forward this to the person(s) who will organize your school’s team and make this opportunity available to your students. Please contact Steward Sheng at (504) 638-1852 or e-mail Stewart Sheng at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or concerns.
Now for girls volleyball… as you may recall, Mark Bailey is an assistant principal at O. Perry Walker High School and has brought on several occasions one of OPW’s finest athletes, Delores Tyler, to the bayou for tournaments and pick-up games. In August she was selected as the Metro Pre-Season Player of the Year, a high honor for a region that has very competitive junior-level volleyball for girls. OPW will be playing at Cabrini this coming Monday. The junior varsity match will begin at 4pm, and the varsity match will follow beginning around 5pm.
To add to the intrigue, Cabrini‘s head coach Greg Castillo has coached at both Loyola University and Xavier University before switching to the high school ranks. This match-up is right here in Faubourg St. John not far from where MCVG normally sets up nets. Please join me in supporting our young local athletes.