Volleyball Group Grateful for Use of Facilities

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The Mid-City Volleyball Group and Mid-City Youth Volleyball presented the gifts above to Bayou Bicycles for their continued support and especially for the use of their bathrooms.  The temporary arrangement of setting up portable nets along the bayou has lasted an unexpectedly long time, and Bayou Bicycles has supported the volleyball venture the entire time.  The Mid City Volleyball group has been running formalized speed tournaments near Bayou St. John for three years.  The group hopes to have a permanent sand facility in Mid-City someday, but until then, they depend on the generosity of businesses like Bayou Bicycles for the use of their bathrooms.

Volleyball Saturday

by Peter Hickman

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Mid City Volleyball Group will run an adult speed tournament at noon this Saturday.  We’ll be at our usual place along Bayou St John across the street from the Mid-City post office.  This week will be a draw tournament with two divisions based on skill level.  The tourney will most likely be co-ed, but we will always consider running a separate women’s division if the ladies are insistent.  The photo above was taken by Eddie during last week’s co-ed tournament… it was a record turnout, and everyone seemed to have a really good time.  The photo of Angela and Doug shows the intensity of play in the upper division!  Speaking of skill level, MCVG may run a few adult clinics this winter to give some pointers to help your game, but you can also contact Reuben Alumbres to arrange for private instruction.

Bicycle rack fundraiser

NOLA Social Ride will be selling raffle tickets this Saturday.  Bill Katzenmeyer, fearless leader of the Thursday bike-fundslow-speed bicycle rides of NOLA Social Ride, will show up this Saturday with raffle tickets to purchase a bicycle corral for Frenchmen Street.  Bring an extra $5.00 and help their cause… you could win a nifty new Cruiser bicycle that’s been fully decked out, or you could win bar tabs at Mid-City establishments like Finn McCool’s.  The drawing will take place whenever they finish selling their set number of raffle tickets.  See http://www.nolasocialride.org/ for more info.

Saints Game at 3:30pm

Wanna watch the Saints game as a wild-and-crazy group? We will be breaking down the nets right after the tournament so that we can watch the New Orleans Saints dominate their re-match with the Seattle Seahawks during the Saturday afternoon divisional playoff.  I suggest we head to the nearby Bayou Beer Garden… they have a great deck complete with heaters for colder weather, and the food and beer selection are both fine.

Volleyball is Fun

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Hello volleyball friends,

We’ll be playing volleyball as usual along Bayou St John this Saturday assuming the weather holds. I think there will be about a 50% chance of rain Saturday, but most of you know the routine… if we get nets set up before it’s raining then we’ll most likely play through any isolated showers. Our schedule is as follows:

9:30am-11:30am Junior League (help us get more kids!)
11:30am-2:00pm Adult “speed” tournament ($5.00/player)
2:00pm-until… Free pick-up games

Don’t forget that we’re also now playing on Tuesday evenings starting at 5pm and going until sundown. Frank is running a doubles tournament Tuesdays ($5.00/player) starting at 6pm, and we may be adding a net of quads tourney action too if there’s demand.

FYI our volleyball group has submitted a proposal to the Sewerage and Water Board to develop sand volleyball courts on vacant land across the street from where we usually set up. A handful of nearby neighbors have raised some concerns about our proposal which has caused the S&WB to consider withdrawing their lease offer. MCVG in the next three weeks will be doing everything it can to convince the S&WB that there is great community benefit to our proposal. We may need you to be present at a meeting or two to show the S&WB that there is in fact great demand for a sand volleyball venue. I will keep you posted when we hear which meetings to attend, but I can say that all S&WB meetings take place at 9am at their headquarters at 625 St Joseph Street (2nd floor conference room). Just to give you a heads up, the Finance Committee will meet June 4, the Executive Committee will meet June 7 and the full board will meet June 19 (see http://www.swbno.org/news_boardmeetings.asp).

On a sad note I must deliver some tragic news. Long-time volleyball player John Martinez passed away yesterday morning at the age of forty-six after a sudden bout with lung cancer. He has inspired a group of nineteen of us to visit his home town of La Ceiba on the Caribbean coast of Honduras, and we will miss him dearly on our trip next week. I will pass along information about funeral services as soon as I hear anything.

See y’all Saturday,

Peter Hickman
Volleyball Soldier

VOLLEYBALL SATURDAY

volleyball-youthHello volleyball friends,

The Mid-City Volleyball Group (MCVG) and its sister organization Mid-City Youth Volleyball (MCYV) will be back at the bayou this Saturday for volleyball fun and games. We will set up at our usual location along Bayou St John across from the Mid-City post office, and we’ll offer our usual activities: free youth clinic from 9:30am-11:30am, adult “speed” tournament ($5.00/player) from 11:45am to approximately 2:00pm, and free pick-up games following the conclusion of the tournament.

I personally will be at the Dillard University Health & Sports Fair this Saturday where I’ll set up one court and encourage DU college players to try the outdoor version of volleyball. The Health & Sports Fair runs from 10am to 3pm, but there’s also an International Art and Music Festival taking place on Dillard’s campus Saturday that goes from 11am to 8pm so I will likely stay at Dillard all day (and leave the net set up as long as possible).

If anyone is interested in becoming a Beach IMPACT certified coach and helping us teach the fundamentals of outdoor volleyball to youngsters, the next Beach IMPACT webinar is taking place April 15-16 (Monday and Tuesday) from 7:30pm to 10:00pm CDT. More information is available at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Calendar/2013/April/15/Beach-IMPACT-Webinar-Apr.aspx. To take the class you must first register as a USAV member in the Bayou Regional Volleyball Association (see www.bayouvolleyball.com), and you should indicate that Mid-City Volleyball is your “club”. The BRVA will re-imburse your webinar fee if you register with MCVG as your club affiliation! You are responsible for paying your own USAV membership fee, but keep in mind that summer outdoor membership only costs $15.00 and you’ll still get all the perks like the USAV bi-weekly newsletter.

Yours truly,
Peter Hickman
President of MCVG and MCYV
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Volleyball Saturday

volleyball1Hello volleyball junkies,

MCVG and MCYV will hold the customary youth clinic this Saturday morning (9:30am-11:30am) followed by an adult “speed” tournament at noon (please arrive before 11:45am since that’s when we pick teams). There’s a ton of other stuff to do this weekend, but there’s nothing more fun than volleyball with friends! After the tournament we’ll hold an adult clinic on how to play “the box” which will be good preparation for the following week when we’ll require y’all to play the box! It’s sort of like playing doubles with four people on the court, and once you get used to it it’s quite fun.

FYI the Irish Channel St Patrick’s Day parade starts at 1pm at the corner of Felicity and Magazine on Saturday. For those of you who must see the parade and catch a month’s supply of cabbage, carrots and potatoes, you can probably play in the speed tournament and still make it to the end of the parade further along the route.

Speaking of green, the Green Wave sand volleyball team started their season last weekend with two victories. Congratulations Tulane! Their one and only home stint of games is this weekend. Tulane University will play Friday through Sunday, one game a day against a different team each day. See http://www.tulanegreenwave.com/sports/w-svolley/sched/tul-w-svolley-sched.html for the schedule. I personally hope to see the Sunday match if some other Mid-Citizen is willing to drive out to Kenner… we can all talk about it Saturday during our “Bayou Ball” activities.

To help MCVG/MCYV build a sand volleyball venue in Mid-City near where we normally play, please give in to pressure and sign up for a NOLA Wise Home Performance Evaluation. You can register by phone by calling 523-WISE(9473), or you can register on-line at http://nolawise.org/index.php/assessment-request. Make sure you specify that MCVG sent you! The evaluation costs only $35.00 (the remaining $65.00 is subsidized by Entergy), and you can learn many ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Small businesses are eligible, too, and if you rent please pass this message on to your land lord or land lady.

Don’t forget that The Mid-City Volleyball Group is sponsoring the NORDC Movie in the Park this Friday! Tomorrow evening “Dolphin Tale” will be shown at St Patrick ball field (corner of St. Patrick and Baudin), and MCVG will be selling concessions. Show time is dusk, and it is a family-friendly event.

It’s not too late to join our group adventure to La Ceiba Honduras this summer from June 5 through June 10. If interested please send me your passport number and tell me your date of birth (I promise I’ll keep it a secret). This is a rare opportunity to experience Honduras from the perspective of local Hondurans, so don’t miss out on the fun! Round-trip airfare will probably be on the order of $550.00, and the rest of our expenses will be minimal since the exchange rate between Honduran Lempiras and US Dollars is nearly 20 to 1.

FYI Madeleine Ruiz was admitted to Children’s Hospital yesterday with a stress fracture in her backbone spanning two discs. Needless to say she is out of commission for a while! If you care to visit her, she’s in room 325. I’m reluctant to give her phone number out to this entire list, but if you’d like to send her a message please contact me directly.

Wear something green and goofy Saturday in honor of St Patrick’s Day…

Peter Hickman
Tireless Advocate for Community Volleyball

Volleyball Saturday

volleyball1Hello volleyball junkies,

MCVG and MCYV will hold the customary youth clinic this Saturday morning (9:30am-11:30am) followed by an adult “speed” tournament at noon (please arrive before 11:45am since that’s when we pick teams). There’s a ton of other stuff to do this weekend, but there’s nothing more fun than volleyball with friends! After the tournament we’ll hold an adult clinic on how to play “the box” which will be good preparation for the following week when we’ll require y’all to play the box! It’s sort of like playing doubles with four people on the court, and once you get used to it it’s quite fun.

FYI the Irish Channel St Patrick’s Day parade starts at 1pm at the corner of Felicity and Magazine on Saturday. For those of you who must see the parade and catch a month’s supply of cabbage, carrots and potatoes, you can probably play in the speed tournament and still make it to the end of the parade further along the route.

Speaking of green, the Green Wave sand volleyball team started their season last weekend with two victories. Congratulations Tulane! Their one and only home stint of games is this weekend. Tulane University will play Friday through Sunday, one game a day against a different team each day. See http://www.tulanegreenwave.com/sports/w-svolley/sched/tul-w-svolley-sched.html for the schedule. I personally hope to see the Sunday match if some other Mid-Citizen is willing to drive out to Kenner… we can all talk about it Saturday during our “Bayou Ball” activities.

To help MCVG/MCYV build a sand volleyball venue in Mid-City near where we normally play, please give in to pressure and sign up for a NOLA Wise Home Performance Evaluation. You can register by phone by calling 523-WISE(9473), or you can register on-line at http://nolawise.org/index.php/assessment-request. Make sure you specify that MCVG sent you! The evaluation costs only $35.00 (the remaining $65.00 is subsidized by Entergy), and you can learn many ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Small businesses are eligible, too, and if you rent please pass this message on to your land lord or land lady.

Don’t forget that The Mid-City Volleyball Group is sponsoring the NORDC Movie in the Park this Friday! Tomorrow evening “Dolphin Tale” will be shown at St Patrick ball field (corner of St. Patrick and Baudin), and MCVG will be selling concessions. Show time is dusk, and it is a family-friendly event.

It’s not too late to join our group adventure to La Ceiba Honduras this summer from June 5 through June 10. If interested please send me your passport number and tell me your date of birth (I promise I’ll keep it a secret). This is a rare opportunity to experience Honduras from the perspective of local Hondurans, so don’t miss out on the fun! Round-trip airfare will probably be on the order of $550.00, and the rest of our expenses will be minimal since the exchange rate between Honduran Lempiras and US Dollars is nearly 20 to 1.

FYI Madeleine Ruiz was admitted to Children’s Hospital yesterday with a stress fracture in her backbone spanning two discs. Needless to say she is out of commission for a while! If you care to visit her, she’s in room 325. I’m reluctant to give her phone number out to this entire list, but if you’d like to send her a message please contact me directly.

Wear something green and goofy Saturday in honor of St Patrick’s Day…

Peter Hickman
Tireless Advocate for Community Volleyball

Volleyball Saturday

Hello volleyball friends

This Saturday we’ll be doin’ our usual thing: free youth clinics from 9:30am to 11:30am followed by an adult “speed” tournament at noon. We’ll be at our usual location along Bayou St John near the Mid-City post office. Please arrive by 11:45am for the tournament so we can get an accurate head count… it really screws us up if we add more players as cards are being distributed. We’re thinking of charging extra money if you arrive after 11:45am. Seriously! Right now it’s still only $5.00/player whenever you arrive. FYI the final rounds of the LHSAA volleyball season will take place tonight through Saturday at the Pontchartrain Center. Playoff brackets for tonight’s quarter-final action can be seen here: http://lhsaa.org/sports/brackets-results/volleyball/. Just a reminder, the next opportunity to take the Beach IMPACT on-line course is in two and a half weeks. It’s a two-part webinar on Monday November 26 and Tuesday November 27 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm (CST) each night. The October course filled up quickly and at least one New Orleanian was unable to sign-up at the last minute, so don’t delay. Early Bird pricing will apply only until November 24, 2012. Sign up here: http://www.teamusa.org/Home/USA%20Volleyball/Education/Coaching%20Education%20Events%20Schedule.aspx. The cost will be $25.00-$50.00 depending on whether you are already indoor IMPACT certified. If you obtain a coaching certificate and help Mid-City Youth Volleyball give instruction for at least one clinic, then we’ll reimburse you the cost of your Beach IMPACT training. However, you will still be responsible for becoming a USAV member at a cost of $20.00 or $50.00 depending on what category you select (see www.bayouvolleyball.com to register as a member of the Bayou Region). Have a great weekend, Peter