Welcome to our very first volleyball newsletter

This joint effort is aimed at bringing together many of the diverse groups within the Santa Cruz and Northern California volleyball community. Please feel free to contribute any relevant information (announcements, commentary, coaching tips, conditioning, injury prevention, you name it) to future editions. We are starting modest with the hope of a bi-monthly release. If at any time you would like to be removed from our subscription list just click on the Unsubscribe button. Thanks for taking a look!

Question of the day: When is it okay to take the first contact open-handed in beach doubles? See the discussion taking place in our new Volleyball Forum. While you are there be sure to get registered and add a comment, question, tip or announcement. It is free and easy. (Because it is a free forum you will see some ads generally not worth looking at. Sorry about that!)

Look for the No Attitudes Allowed Beach Volleyball Series to start in March. Divisions for Coed, Men's and Coed Novice Doubles. The April tournament will also feature Women's Doubles. The California Beach Volleyball Association under Mark Hullís direction gets going in April. Each series offers 9 tournaments. Later, we will get the NCVA schedule posted. There'll be lots of events to choose from, to say the least.

The Capitola Classic Indoor Tournament scheduled for April 4, 2009 is nearly full. It is a great format playing half the day Reverse Coed and half Traditional Coed. If you are interested, let Phil know right away. Also check out the results from the January 10, 2009 and previous tournaments

Eric Hand, Exercise Physiologist, discusses lower body strength for volleyball. Jenny Brewer, Certified Nutritionist, delves into eating for energy. Future newsletters will have regular contributions from both of these very knowledgeable volleyball-playing authors.

Collegiate Volleyball: Have you seen the UC Santa Cruz nationally-ranked Division III Men’s Volleyball team play yet? They are outstanding. Every Monday in March you can support them by eating at Hula’s Island Grill in Downtown Santa Cruz. Hula’s will donate 10% of the proceeds to the men’s volleyball program. Also check out Stanford Men's Volleyball. They recently knocked off top-ranked Pepperdine.

Club/League Volleyball: A men’s 60 and over team to play at Nationals this year is looking for players. Contact Ben at 831-438-0189. If you are interested in playing in a an adult league in the Silicon Valley area, check out the Industrial Volleyball League. For 30 years, the IVL has run top-notch year-round competition.

Share the Love: Tara Nicklous, a regular participant in our tournaments has just been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Click here to offer support and see updates about her condition.

Pay It Forward: Save Our Shores runs monthly beach cleanups and other activities. For a really fun (and free!) way to plant trees, play environmental trivia at Jogo Green. Check out other creative ways to save the planet at our Making a Difference page.

Finally, we are in the process of creating a page for players looking to get hooked up with others. Go here for a start. If you have any ideas about creating something like an interactive calendar of events and games, please let me know. This is a community newsletter so any submissions are encouraged. Thanks.

Spring is just around the corner. Daylight Savings Time starts March 8 this year!


Content by Phil Kaplan, Technical Support by Drew Freeman, Newsletter Design by Ian David Webb