Friday, March 24, 2006

Website Updates, Comments & World League

The update process of the news links has been hectic as expected. It is taking about 60 to 120 minutes to search, grab the headline and URL, move the existing front page news to the archive news and then making the new links. I just keep reminding myself that the season ends in 5 or 6 weeks. This brings up a new challenge, how I continue to get younger kids to view the DII, DIII and NAIA school websites once the news dies out. I have been thinking about asking the schools if they wanted to have a little ad with something about their team and school. I guess I will worry about this when I get to the end of the season.

I received my first blog comment this past week. It is good to see other viewers sharing their thoughts and experiences on the topic of men's/boy's volleyball growth. I happen to know the commenter who is both a great volleyball player and a great person. I hope that other blog readers share their thoughts and comments.

I have picked up a secondary mission with www. Middlehitter.com which is related to my main mission of men's/boy's volleyball growth. This new mission is attendance at this summer 2006 World League matches held in the US. The locations selected for the matches will make it hard to get boys attendance based on the hotbeds of junior boys volleyball. The best place for a boost of attendance is from the Midwest to the Minneapolis matches on July 29th and 30th. It would be great if a bus load or two from Milwaukee, Chicago and perhaps St. Louis could travel to Minneapolis during the World League weekend. I am going to approach some of the junior club coaches to see if they are interested in organizing such a trip. An alternative approach is to ask my contacts with Summit and TPC (USAV Adult Open teams) if they are interested in sponsoring the trips. They could probably use it as a fund raising activity by adding a $20 charge to the cost of the trip. This cost would cover their time for getting the bus, hotel, etc... organized and the money could go towards their Nationals trip expenses.

Another idea tied to the World League in Minneapolis, is to have the local USAV region setup an open gym on Sunday. The matches are on Saturday and Sunday evening. It would be great to get the out-of-town crowd out of the hotels (and the Mall of America) to a gym for some vb.

Well, I am signing off for today. I am attending the Loyola versus Ball State match tonight and should provide my match report later this week.

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