I just wanted to let you know I enjoy reading your blog. I completely agree with your assessment of the effects of rule changes on volleyball and am saddened if you are right, and college coaches have little to no input in the direction of the sport.
I still vividly remember watching a men's Mountain West playoff game around when rally score was initially instituted. UCLA was playing someone...maybe irvine or la verne... and it went 5 games. The fifth game was tight and I was really enjoying the back and forth battle. and then, all of a sudden, the whistle blew, and it was over. I sat there for a moment wondering what had just happened. It was right in the middle of the battle! no one had emerged victorious!! but the game was over because they had earned 2 points in the beginning of the game. It was a sad moment for me, to realize that I wouldn't be able to watch teams go the distance anymore.
Volleyball being such a small world, I am always a little curious who you are... but understand your need for anonymity and am slightly impressed at your ability to limit details in such a way to stay anonymous! Thank you for keeping a little bit of volleyball in my life! I share your opinion on most of what you write about and it makes it fun to read...I just don't know how you have the time to write so often! One of my all-time favorites was the soccer ball pic when the NCAA announced sand volleyball. disgraceful!!
Thanks again, MD
Thank you for the wonderful compliments. Keeping the site current does present some time challenges, but it is a therapeutic escape to vent and to genuinely assist families by answering questions which I just know readily because of my experience.
As you relay a bit of history of the sport and my site, I will share that I am quite nervous about Volleyball, both within and without. Sand, FIVB rule adoption, domination of athletic departments/conferences by football, a toothless coaches association, all make me fear the sport I grew up playing will cease to be relevant in college athletics.
Anyways, it is late and I just wanted to say Thank You.