Long Beach Coed 4s & Coed 6s Beach Volleyball Tournaments

East End Volleyball (EEVB) is hosting coed 4s and coed 6s tournaments throughout the summer in Long Beach, NY.  The tournaments lead up to the Coed 4s/6s Championships on August 29th at Long Beach.  The first coed 4s tournament of the season will be held on May 31, and the first coed 6s tournament will take place on July 4.


Olympian Misty May-Treanor coming to Long Beach, NY August 2-4

FIVB Beach Volleyball Beijing Grand Slam - Day 4Three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor is providing the next generation of aspiring volleyball players a platform to take their game to the next level with the Dream in Gold Juniors Clinic and Tournament Series Presented by Spalding. The Dream in Gold tour will stop in Long Beach August 2-4 featuring a clinic and tournament for juniors conducted by May and her associates and an adult tournament with $5,000 cash prizes.

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Big Shot Volleyball Series ($6,000 Totally Light 2Go Summer Breeze Tournament)

The Big Shot Volleyball Series, presented by Spalding King of the Beach Volleyballs, will return to Long Beach, NY on August 11-12 with the $6,000 Totally Light 2Go Summer Breeze Tournament. The tournament will be sponsored by 4C Corporation, the makers of Totally Light 2Go Powdered Energy Drinks and Vitamin Stix. The Men’s Open Finals will be recorded and shown on YouTube Tuesday night, August 14. The event is sanctioned by Volley America, the largest beach volleyball grass roots organization in the US.

Top male doubles teams will compete for $5,000 cash prizes at the tournament. Players will also earn points in the $25,000 Volley America Grand Prix, to be awarded at the end of the season. Tournament play will start at 9 am Saturday with semi-finals and finals starting Sunday at 11 am. Admission is free for all spectators. The tournament will be held on the beach at Riverside Blvd.

The Big Shot Volleyball Series holds 35 events leading to the September 8-9 Big Shot Championships in Atlantic City, NJ and the October 27-28 $5,000 Volley America National Championships at Clearwater Beach, FL.

Top male players in this weekend’s tournament include Pro Beach Volleyball player and EEVB Junior Program Coach, Mark Burik. Players also expected to compete are Brooklyn’s top player, Mike Salak, and his partner Greg Hunter from the Jersey Shore. All have played on the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.

Top female players include Long Beach’s own Dana Fiume, who has also played on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Other top LI females competing who have also played on the Pro beach Volleyball Tour include Hilary and Melanie Pavels. Melanie also plays collegiately on the Florida State Sand Volleyball Team and as an amateur cannot accept prize money until she graduates.

Separate divisions will be held for players of intermediate and novice levels on Saturday and Sunday. The $60 entry fee entitles players to a full day of tournament play, an official Totally Light 2 GO Big Shot Volleyball t-shirt, and prizes from event sponsor’s Spalding, Bally’s Casino, Hot Buttered Sunglasses, Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau, Zem Booties Sand Socks, Rider Sandals, Park & Sun net systems, Dig Magazine, and Sportime.

For further information and applications contact East End Volleyball at 631-728-0397 or www.eevb.net

Bump, Set, Deal (Played out Puns)

It looks like all the frantic Facebooking and last-minute minutes have achieved results that should make all Long Beach volleyballers happy.  Late last night, the Long Beach website posted the below brief statement from City Council President Fran Adelson.

While the statement is short on details, it sounds like the City has backed away from a complete “takeover” of the leagues, but instead will push for standardized fees and increased regulation.  I’ll be updating as I receive more details.

Gary Pollakusky, one of the leading critics and organizers of the City’s initial plan to run the volleyball leagues, told me that after hearing the City’s pitch on Tuesday, “People resoundingly objected” to it.

While I don’t have all the details yet, it looks like the City heard that and has created a compromise.

City Council President Fran Adelson’s statement follows:

The following is a statement from City Council President Fran Adelson concerning volleyball in Long Beach…

We are pleased to announce that East End Volley Ball, Evolutions, and the City of Long Beach will be offering residents and visitors a cohesive volleyball program starting in May. The City would like to thank the league owners for their responsiveness to resident, public safety, and quality of life concerns, and ensuring that the highest level of volleyball will continue to take place on the beach. We are happy to announce that there will be a standardization of fees and procedures to benefit all volleyball players and that additional opportunities for play are being added on Monday nights at a discounted rate. We fully anticipate a fantastic summer of volleyball in Long Beach.

Piazza on the Summer League Meeting (Be there tonight)

Tonight, the Parks Department will be holding a meeting for the interested parties on the possible takeover of the summer volleyball leagues.

I’ve asked the head of the Parks Department, Bob Piazza, to discuss what he hopes to accomplish tonight. He exampled as follows to me:

Tonight is for the volleyball community to hear the presentation, and others to ask their questions and make their feelings know to The Recreation Department. I really hope those concerned can be there tonight. By now, everyone knows how to reach me (rpiazza@longbeachny.org) and where to find me (at the Rec), but time is of the essence at this point, so I need to have reactions to this by the end of this week. It is then my job to make a recommendation to the City Manager.

So if you’re interested in the developments with the summer volleyball leagues, I’d recommend you head down to the Rec Center at 7PM tonight and hear what everyone has to say.

Bump, Set, Debate (Summer Volleyball Leagues)

Over the last week it was announced the City of Long Beach was likely not renewing the beach leases given to the summer volleyball leagues, but would instead turn the league into a City-run function, like the City’s softball league.

Some people, especially those connected to East End Volleyball and Evolutions Volleyball, have been up-in-arms over this City “takeover” of a program they helped grow from the ground-up.

The City argues they can run the leagues better and cheaper, while providing new equipment and better organization. Supporters of the previous league management reject that notion and don’t think its fair for a business that built itself from nothing to be dismantled once its become so successful.

As I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this, I can’t help but notice how this conversation has been shockingly mature (well, for Long Beach at least). If anything, I think the debate has been relatively civil. Residents are bringing up concerns, debating them, and in a shocking twist, the City is actually responding and engaging. Namely recently appointed Parks Director Bob Piazza has been out in front of this the entire time and has been extremely accessible.

To that point, the Parks Deparment will host a meeting on the topic tonight at 7PM at the Rec Center for those interested.

Long Beach vollerballer Terry Mcnamara met with Mr. Piazza yesterday, and had an extremely balanced and well thought out response on the Facebook page “Long Beach Volleyball Players With Voices and Votes?” I’ve posted it in full below and think it should be required reading for all those who are interested in the subject.

Gary P. and I met with Bob Piazza, director of Parks and Recreation, for about 45 minutes this afternoon. He is a good guy, very accessible, and obviously willing to meet with anyone. I will give my thoughts here and not speak for Gary.

Bob took us through the proposal that is being presented tomorrow. It talks about a league offered Tuesday through Thursday and is limited to 40 courts per night with three teams per net. The options on the table are competitive 4’s and recreational 6’s, but I imagine that may be modified as discussions continue. The plan seemed to cater to the broad spectrum of skill levels as well as the concern about the breadth of the program across the beach.

The plan does call for new equipment purchase. This is long overdue I believe. There is also a plan to award the winning teams free participation the following year, notions about opening and or closing events and the requisite t-shirt is also part of the package, because if it’s not on a t-shirt it didn’t happen in Long Beach. I welcome any new ideas to freshen up the experience.

The plan in and of itself is not a bad one in as much as there are parties within the city, tax paying and voting parties, that take issue with the peripheral activities around the leagues. The most prominent of these would be drinking, disposing of said drink after processing, and bad language and behavior. This is a public league and there are eyes and ears on the other side of the fence that are either looking for an excuse to complain, or are genuinely troubled by what they see and hear.

This is a critical issue for the city to address and one of which we are not overly cognizant. The reason we do not spend much time on this is we are volleyball players first. With all due respect there are a lot of recreational teams that are there to party first, and if a ball is available let’s play, poorly. They frequently leave more than just footprints when they depart.

Hopefully this episode will serve to develop a better product for all parties. The city needs to address non-volleyball concerns and I think we as the consumers deserve a bit better product. I know I have silently settled for what has been offered for years, just grateful that there is someone to organize and run things.

That being said I am not entirely comfortable with the city sweeping in and displacing a private enterprise that has been built over twenty plus years. Risks were taken and rewards have been earned. It is not right to force those that grew this league into what it has become to walk away empty handed.

These days outsourcing and public-private partnerships abound. I believe there is a third way to be explored here. The expertise needed to run the leagues exists and should not be squandered. The city can play a more involved role and meet the demands of other constituents.

I can’t say that I have a firm opinion either way, but I am listening and where helpful I am proposing ideas. There is a lot of passion around this topic, and rightly so, but no one should let that passion blind them from at least seeing the other point of view.

City Answers Your Questions on Volleyball (Sort of)

I just received this memo from Bob Piazza, the head of the Parks Department, on the possible City takeover of the summer volleyball leagues.  I’ll point out that this memo is really talking about the questions that have been raised when the City takes over the summer volleyball program, not if.  Based on this document it appears its full speed ahead on moving the league into a city-run function.

Analysis to follow, but in my quick read, the most interesting thing for those concerned about this is the last point:

Q. Is the City open minded on this issue?

A. Yes. The City is listening and will continue to listen to the concerns of the volleyball community.

Full text follows:

Issue: The Recreation Department is considering operating and administering the summer volleyball leagues. Its aim is to provide a better product at a lower cost to participants. Here are some questions with the Recreation Department’s responses:

Q. Why does the Recreation Department want to organize and administer beach volleyball?

A To better serve all of the volleyball players who enjoy the beach. Some of the nights have grown in popularity, some haven’t. One of the things the Recreation Department would like to do is balance the crowds throughout the week to better serve all of its beach users, including volleyball players.

Q. The Volleyball league generates revenue for some local businesses. How would this change with the Recreation Department running the leagues?

A. The Recreation Department plans to expand that relationship by inviting more local restaurants to participate by offering incentives to draw the volleyball players.

Q. What other enhancements to the Volleyball leagues does the Recreation Department plan to have?

A. The Recreation Department plans to have an opening night ceremony with music and also plans to have music on a regular basis. Players can expect to see an opening night concert as well as a closing night award ceremony. The Recreation Department is considering adding Friday nights to help distribute the crowds to have less of an impact on parking, traffic, etc. Also under consideration is holding playoffs right here in Long Beach and giving all playoff champions a fee waiver for the following year.

Q. What about shirts?

A. All participants will receive a shirt included in the league fee. Additional shirts will be available for purchase.

Q. What about membership requirements?

A. There will be no membership requirements to participate in the league other than the entry fee.

Q. How much is this going to cost teams to play in the league?

A. It is anticipated that the cost to play in the league will be approximately $550 per team.

 Q. What about concerns that the Police and Lifeguards have about the Volleyball Leagues. 

A. Many city departments including recreation, lifeguards, police, sanitation, and beach maintenance will coordinate their efforts to provide services for the public and ensure the safety and convenience of all beachgoers.

Q. What about people who want to play volleyball outside of the leagues.

A. The Lifeguards will continue to work with the Volleyball Association to balance the need for available nets with the needs of other beach users.

Q. Is the City open minded on this issue?

A. Yes. The City is listening and will continue to listen to the concerns of the volleyball community.