Are you totally serious about volleyball? Just want to work up a good sweat and enjoy some pizza afterward? Somewhere in between?
Outdoor Capital District Volleyball has a spot for you.
The organization runs competitive grass-league volleyball tournaments throughout the region, catering to a range of skill levels. And you can find information about pickup volleyball games on the website ocdvolleyball.org.
The last event of the summer is set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, at Collins Park in Scotia for men, women and co-ed teams of two and four.
“We have different levels based on ability,” said Jennifer Sangiacomo, an OCDV tournament director and competitor. “We have a beginner level [BB], intermediate [A] and advanced [open]. We also offer a junior division for players under 18, although many of these players opt to play with the adults.”
OCDV is always looking for more players. The Last Rites Tournament is the organization’s final opportunity to showcase what it has to offer on and off the grass.
Can’t make it? Another set of tournaments is already being planned for next summer by Sangiacomo, Ben Rosenthal and OCDV founder Deb Singer. OCDV has been running competitive grass tournaments and leagues for nearly 30 years.
“It’s a social yet competitive atmosphere. We have a very friendly and welcoming player base. We typically run events on four weekends, but we added
some sand in this summer,” said Sangiacomo.
Sangiacomo said about 45 teams participated in OCDV’s Summer Sizzler earlier this month at Collins Park.
“We used to get 80. I’d like to see 30 to 50 teams per day,” Sangiacomo said. “We take a lot of pride in approaching players for feedback and coming up with ways to get people interested.”
OCDV is looking to build its junior player base. “We’re trying to get more juniors involved,” Sangiacomo said. “We are going to start giving local clubs back 10 percent of the entry fee for every junior that plays. We are also going to start experimenting with half-day tournaments for some of our events.”
Sangiacomo said the Last Rites Tournament will be run on an accelerated format.
“Players will not have many off matches,” she said. “We get the tournament done by 3 o’clock so people can get on with their day or get home to watch some football. We’ll also be doing a raffle and giving away prizes and cash.”
The Last Rites Tournament will consist of pool matches and playoffs to follow in its divisions of various skill. All OCDV tournaments provide water and pizza, and include a serving contest.
“Playing doubles provides a chance for players to fine-tune their skills as they get more contacts than they would playing indoor 6s,” Sangiacomo said. “It also helps a player become more well-rounded because to be successful, a player must perform all skills [passing, setting, hitting].
“If someone has never played before and would like to, I would recommend the BB level or signing up for the 4s on Sunday.”
The OCDV website is full of information, including organization background, events, results and registration fees. The pickup page has a running list of places to play around the area.