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posted Friday, September 2, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 35
Seattle Volleyball Club looking for new recruits
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Seattle Volleyball Club looking for new recruits

by Joshua Michael Rumley - SGN Contributing Writer

This has been a major year for LGBTA sport events in Seattle. There have been rugby tournaments, soccer matches, and softball championships, and now it's time for volleyball season. The Seattle Volleyball Club (SVC), the Northwest's largest LGBT volleyball league, is looking for a few good men and women to start teams and compete in the fall 2011 and winter 2012 seasons.

'It's our goal to bring the joys and challenges of volleyball to as many players as possible,' said Eric Goemer, SVC secretary. 'Seeing people show up each week after work pumped to play makes what we do all the more worth it.'

The SVC consists of four different divisions to allow players of all skill levels to compete. Whether it's a player's first time stepping on to the court to serve or an advanced player's new season of spiking fear into their opponents, there is a team for them. This year, SVC expects to have more than 200 players in 28 different teams competing for ultimate volleyball glory.

Don't let not belonging to a team stop you from participating this season; the SVC has a matchmaking tool to help single players find teams to join.

'The matchmaker tool allows registered members of the SVC website to place ads stating whether they are a player looking for a team or a team captain looking for players,' said Goemer.

The fall 2011 season starts on September 19. Players of all experience levels are encouraged to attend one of the SVC preseason skill clinics which will teach the fundamentals of volleyball and allow players to compete in scrimmages. The skill clinics will be held at Garfield Community Center (2323 E. Cherry St.) at 7 p.m. on September 6 and 13. The skill clinics also help league officials determine what division you should be playing in.

League play for Divisions 1 and 2 will be held on Wednesdays at the Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave. S.) from 7-10 p.m. Divisions 3 will be held on Tuesdays at Yesler Community Center (917 E. Yesler Way) from 7-10 p.m., and Division 4 will be held on Tuesdays at Garfield Community Center from 7-10 p.m.

The SVC charges a $60 fee per player and a $150 fee per team joining the league. The fees must be paid before September 9 to avoid a $20 surcharge per player and a $50 surcharge for each team.

The SVC is excited to kick off the fall 2011 season with the largest LGBT volleyball tournament in the Northwest, the Emerald City Cat Fight (ECCF). The tournament starts on September 9 and runs through September 11. Spectators are welcome.

Thirty teams from across the U.S. and Canada will be descending upon Seattle to compete in round robin and elimination rounds to determine which teams will face off for the ECCF championship. The ECCF is the first stop in the Triple Tiara tournament series. The best placing team from the ECCF and the Triple Tiara tournaments in Vancouver B.C. and Portland, OR, will be awarded the Triple Tiara.

The opening ceremony for the ECCF will be held at R Place on September 9. This will be the opportunity for teams to register for the tournament. Registration will be on the third floor dance floor from 7 to 10 p.m.

On September 10, the tournament will be held at the Garfield High School gymnasium (400 23rd Ave.) and Garfield Community Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Also on September 10, Purr will be hosting the 'Seed Party' which will allow players from competing teams to meet one another off the court and size up their competition in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

On September 11, the tournament will continue at Rainier Community Center 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Garfield High School gymnasium 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

'SVC gives people the opportunity to be active and be social at the same time. For me, I enjoy the fact that I can get a workout playing volleyball, and have fun doing it. It makes it a lot easier to live an active lifestyle when that lifestyle includes friends,' said Goemer.

More information about the Seattle Volleyball Club and the Emerald City Cat Fight can be found at seattlevolleyballclub.com.

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