The Wiltshire Volleyball Association has proposed running an outdoor league once the lockdown restrictions are eased.
Information about the league was emailed out to players by Cliff Ball but is repeated here:
I have some exciting news! With the announcement that organised outdoor sport can begin from March 29th, I have agreed with Steve and the rest of the Wiltshire Volleyball Committee to run an outdoor volleyball league from the beginning of April to around end of May/ into June until completion.
I know most of the volleyball world doesn’t play outdoors until at least May normally so this will be a little different as you may need an extra top, leggings and definitely some shoes with good grip! But let’s just make the best of what’s on offer.
Paul Escott has kindly agreed to administer the tournament and entry details (incl cost) are at the bottom of this e-mail.
Here’s the format – a little different to the norm but it should make it interesting 🙂 There will be 3 divisions to enter: Div 1 – Any team (all men, mixed or all ladies) can enter this but it is geared towards Premier Div standard (don’t let that stop you entering) Div 2 – Any team can enter thus but this is aimed at Div 1 teams (..again men, mixed or ladies) Ladies Div – Aimed at ladies and under 16 boys who are capable of playing at this standard Teams of 4 players to be registered, not 5 please, as the aim is not to have substitutions! Matches to be 4 people only with no subs. If a player cannot make a match, the team can borrow a player. If injury occurs (god forbid) then the team can play on with 3 people. I want this to concentrate on 4….. Wiltshire 4’s is competition name. 4 people per team and 4 sets. This will focus teams. If player cannot make a game another player (even a player from another team) can play in their place. If not registered for ‘any team’ the player can be registered on the day and pay fee immediately. Teams can be made up from your club …or individual 4 players from different clubs (note this is aimed at players from inside Wiltshire not far and wide) Match is 4 sets to 21 pts; 2 points clear capped at 23 points. Therefore a draw is possible. One compulsory time out of 60 seconds at 11 points to clean the ball, posts, net etc. No other time outs. Normal volleyball rules apply including service rotation but any player can attack and block, e.g, server could serve and then go to front court and block or spike in that same rotation. Only beach style tipping is allowed, i.e. Knuckle, snake, cut, but no tipping as such with the flats of the fingers (you get the picture) ….volley dumps are allowed though. There will preferably be a ref and scorer, who will sanitise the ball, net, posts etc during the breaks. However, a ref and scorer is not essential as teams can self-referee. I wouldn’t want any games called off due to no officials. Covid Guidance will apply throughout and I will send out a ‘common Covid statement’ before the competition begins, which all players, participants must adhere to. Anyone disregarding the instructions ot found to be in breach will be disqualified from the match and competition! There will be 4 venues which you must selectas your preferred home venue from where to play your matches – Coate Water Park (Sand court!) – Lydiard Park (Near Swindon) – Calne (The Rec) – Devizes (Poulshot) Therefore the playing surface will be grass or sand court on a Full size court at Men’s height – Div 1 & 2, and Ladies height – Ladies Div Both teams are to complete a ‘simple’ score sheet collating info with the opposing team; both teams will scan and send the result to Paul Escott on completion of the match – No score sheet NO POINTS! Paul will send out scoresheet format at some point, which you will need to print off. Paul will keep results and update regularly using Excel based speadsheet Interested? Hopefully the answer is YES of course!
Please send e-mail to Paul Escott and cc me with the following info: – Team name – Anything within reason Team Manager – Contact name, tel no and e-mail Team players – 4 players only per team (if you need to register someone new if someone drops out then you must pay £2. Remember only 4 can be registered at the start) Preferred playing day and time – For example Mon to Thu 6.30 and Sunday after 10.00am (suggest start time is 6.30 in April due to light) Preferred Venue – Several if you wish from Coate – Lydiard – Devizes – Calne (we will ensure directions are provided for all venues). If Coate is not available when you arrive due to someone else using the sand court then I would expect you to play on grass nearby) Payment – £10 per team and £2 per player – total £18 per team (extra players must register and pay if not already. If a team is made up from players from one club then payment will be invoiced by Karolina to the club. If teams are made up form players form different clubs then I will sort out payment collection from you.
There will certainly be questions but hopefully most is covered. I want it to be simple, fun and slightly different to the norm but obviously with safety in mind as we are still not out of the woods regarding Covid and all the guidleines that go with this.
I will ask for common sense and some flexibility. There may be inclement weather and the odd disagreement but ideally I would like you to resolve this at the match. Only if necessary please defer to Paul and me as tournament managers.
I look forward to seeing your entries soonest. Any queries let me know. And please stay safe.
Our juniors have a new U12 boys team called the Saturn Smashers. The boys made their JuVoTo debut at Lavington School on Saturday where they played two teams from Devizes and a team from Wessex. Although they were unable to secure a first win they played very well and both said they enjoyed the experience.
Many thanks to their parents and other family members for taking the boys and supporting them so passionately throughout the day.
The last outdoor session of the summer was held on Friday night and indoor training begins on Friday 14 September (7PM for juniors and 8PM for adults). As the sun set, eight players enjoyed the last chance to play outside.
It is September which means the new volleyball season is beginning. This season we are going to start things a little differently by running the first adult training session outdoors on the Rec at Anchor Road. The session will start promptly at 7PM because it will get dark. The first indoor training session will be on 14 September (at Calne Leisure Centre).
New players are welcome at any training session (and the first one is free if you are new to the club).
Matches get under way later in the month. The fixtures are due to be finalised and it looks like a busy start for the Meteorites with their first match at home on 23 September (which is before the pre-season tournament on 29 September, the team for which Marketa is organising). Comets have their first match on 7 October (away to Swindon Reds).
For the juniors the first grand-prix (now branded at JoVoTo) is on 29 September while regional training starts on 22 September (all the dates for both can be found on the SWVA calendar). The Wiltshire training starts on 9 September (this Sunday).
Having struggled to get a team of six together, we did not get off to the best start when Alex had to pull out on the eve of the tournament. However Cliff had met two boys who had come down to play the pairs and were looking for a team to join in the six-a-side; therefore Jake joined our team while his friend Casper played for Wiltshire Mavericks, although Mavericks wanted Jake to play for them on Sunday. The rest of our team was Anji, David, both Harriets and Neil.
There were nine teams in the Mixed 2 competition with each team playing all the other teams in 30 minute matches. We played six matches on Saturday. Although we only won the last of these, we had played well and came close to winning a few of the others. We did have a problem when Harriet Bentley hurt her ankle in the second match and had have treatment, although she did manage to return for the matches in the afternoon. The weather was very hot and sunny and we were glad to finish for the day.
On the Sunday we played the final two matches of the round-robin and discovered that we had come eighth of nine. That meant we were going to play PVC Storm and Cry Me A River for the remainder of the day. We started well and beat both teams but Harriet Adams was not feeling well and could not continue. We were very grateful to both the other teams for lending us players to enable us to play the matches. For the final match Nik Ball joined us and played very well.
The picture shows the Neil, Jay from PVC Storm, Lisa from PVC Storm, Harriet, David, Anji and Nik.
Serena Morten passed away on 29 June at Great Western Hospital after a brief illness. This came as a shock to the entire club as Serena was much loved by everyone in the club. Our thoughts and prayers are with Richard and the rest of the family.
Richard has sent the following message regarding Serena’s funeral.
“Firstly, thank you very much for your kind words of support. Serena’s funeral will be at Semmington Crematorium at 14:30 on Friday 20th July. All are invited, and we’d love to see you afterwards in the Town Hall, Calne (even if you can’t make the Crematorium). We’re going for colour rather than the traditional black and white. Family flowers only but small donations via uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/SerenaMorten to the NSPCC and Diabetes UK would be much appreciated.”
The Meteorites ended their 2017-18 league campaign with a 25-12 25-17 25-23 defeat at Royal Wootton Bassett. Against a team comprised only of men (and as Richard pointed out their smallest player was almost as tall as our tallest player) it was always going to be a tough match. Things did not start well as Bassett raced into a 10-1 lead before we called a time-out. After that the Meteorites played to their strengths and produced a very good performance from which they can consider themselves unlucky to not win the third set. Harriet Adams was the MVP having produced some ferocious hitting in the second and third sets.
It means that Meteorites end the season bottom of division 1 but having produced some fantastic performances in the second half of the season.
The local volleyball club for Calne and the surrounding area of Wiltshire