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jamesfeger 12-09-2007 08:02 AM

The Serve and Side-Out Order
 
The Serve, a Side-Out Order, and Five Hit Play Volleyball /Soccer

Undefeated and Master Blaster

No-Use and the Islanders remain undefeated in this season’s Rocball round robin competition. And, Val Taisakan of the Islanders is this year’s first “Master Blaster”. Val scored a “jam” Saturday night in the game against No-Mercy to complete the conditions of earning the title. Of the techniques to score in heavy hitting, the jam is the most difficult.

A jam is a play where a person at the net can knock down a served ball just as it is about to cross over the net, and score a court point with one or less opponents touching the ball before the ball lands on the court.

Team No-Use came out of last weekend’s game as an undefeated team in this year’s Rocball games. Evenflow, Islanders and No-Use were the three undefeated teams in Rocball after the Try-Outs knocked off No-Mercy in last week’s games.

The game between the undefeated started off well for Evenflow. No-Use won the serve but Evenflow scored the first point and then scored a three point goal on volley off their first serve to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first set. No-Use came back and scored a two point backcourt kee off Evenflow’s second serve and then caught on fire, and went on to win first set 18 to 6.

The second set between the undefeated was a long fought out victory for Evenflow. Evenflow and No-Use went back and forth with the lead in the second set up to point 13. Evenflow and No-Use were tied at point 13 when a xunk serve caught No-Use flatfooted and off balance. The xunk dropped No-Use to 11 points and put the momentum of play with Evenflow. Evenflow went on to win the second set 25 to 19. :)

Evenflow’s second set win proved to be their best play of the game. Because, No-Use dominated the rest of the game with a 20 to 8 win in the third set and 19 to 8 win in the fourth set to stop Evenflow from forcing them into OT and juiced-out with a 75 to 47 game winning score.

The heavy hitter of this game was Sivas Awes of No-Use with 2 aces and 4 kees for 12 points. There were 8 aces, 4 xunks, and 17 kees scored in the game. No-Use made 1 block, 1 dig, 4 kills, and 1 shank. Evenflow made 1 block, 2 kills, 2 shanks, and 1 save.
:cool:

jamesfeger 12-09-2007 04:27 PM

Where do I go to find information about team net sports like volleyball on the Sports Central Message Boards:?

jamesfeger 12-10-2007 07:09 AM

The Serve, a Side-Out Order, and Five Hit Play

Local Boys beat Naturals

Both the Local Boys and Naturals were winless going into this game. And Naturals, despite shanking the first serves of possession twice at 11 points, drew first blood with an 18-11 first set win. :mad:

Naturals scored on set point after the Local Boys lost serve and a point off their only shank of the set.

In the second set, the Naturals were the only team that lost a point off a shank serve. The battle for the second set was a tight win for Local Boys at 18-17. In the third set, the Local Boys took charge and won it 20-12.;)

At the end of the third set, the game score was Local Boys 49 and Naturals 47. Both teams were in good position to win the game.

Local Boys only had to win the fourth set to juice-out and Naturals only had to win the fourth set with a three-point margin to win the game. But it was the Local Boys' night and they won the game off a dink at set point for a 18-14 fourth set score and the game.

The heavy hitter of the game was Typhoon Saito of Naturals with two aces and two kees for eight points. There were nine aces, 12 kees, and two goals scored. Naturals made a dig, 18 kills, and 10 shanks. Local Boys made three digs, four kills, and four shanks. :cool:

jamesfeger 12-10-2007 10:14 PM

5 hits :cool:

One hit off the serve

Two hits to return a served ball

Each team will have 5 hits to score

Only the team in service has closure

Court scoring is one point

Aces are two points

"Kees" backcourt scoring is two points

Goals are three points. Goalie doesn't rotate

Quarter/set system to win

O-kon overtime rules

And, the FIVB only wished they had the flexibility :D

jamesfeger 12-12-2007 01:53 AM

DID ANYONE EVER WONDER WHY VOLLEYBALL HAS NVER MADE IT AS A SPORT LIKE BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, OR FOOTBALL?:(

WHY ISN'T THIS TEAM NET SPORT A MAJOR ATTRACTION?:o

COULD IT BE BECAUSE OF IT'S RULES OF PLAY?:confused:

IS RALLYPOINT SCORING FOR SISSYS?
: :eek:

jamesfeger 12-12-2007 07:41 AM

The Serve, a Side-Out Order, and Five Hits

Islanders beat No-Mercy

The Islanders, undefeated in their first two games of the round robin, and No-Mercy, coming off their first defeat of the year, played the last game on Saturday night.

In the first phase of Rocball in the 18-team elimination series, No-Mercy defeated the Islanders. But last Saturday proved to be a payback moment for the Islanders.:thumbup:

It started off bad for the Islanders as No-Mercy came out swinging and thrashed them in first set 19-10.

The Islanders seemed a little unnerved at the first set loss and shanked a first serve of the second set giving No-Mercy the present of the lead with an unearned rally point. No-Mercy took their present and turned it into a 9-3 lead before the Islanders were able to regroup and tie-up the score at 11-all.

The Islanders took the lead in the second set, 14-12, when Shane Yamada slammed in a goal to make the score, 15-14, in favor of No-Mercy. The Islanders came back and scored a kee and regained the lead, 16-15, but lost the lead on their next possession off a shank serve and put the score, 15-15. :mad:

No-Mercy wasn't able to capitalize off the Islanders' mistake and went into a slump as the Islanders broke through No-Mercy's defense with a couple of kills that won them second set, 18-15.

The Islanders found their groove and unscrambled the secret of No-Mercy's defense coming off the second set win. The Islanders fought their way to a juice-out win taking the third and fourth sets, 19-9 and 18-13, with a game score of 65-56.:eek:

The game saw the two teams score in all categories of Rocball-ace, xunk, jam, kee, goal with blocks, digs, kills, shanks, and saves. The heavy hitter of the game was Kaleo Olaitiman with four aces and a kee for 10 points. There were 10 aces, a xunk, a jam, 10 kees, and five goals scored.

No-Mercy made a block, a kill, and three shanks. Islanders made two blocks, a dig, three kills, and a save.
:cool:

jamesfeger 12-14-2007 10:43 PM

Three Catches and a Throw :eek:

I went to get a haircut today. My barber is from Okinawa and she was watching sports on the Japan National TV, NHK. I thought she was watching a volleyball game when I walked into the barber shop.:confused:

BUT What I saw was three catches and a throw. There were six players to a team, volleyball net, and a volleyball court. The players looked like they were either older elementary or young middle school players.: Game was 15 with 2 point margin to win.
:rolleyes:

The serve was a throw, there wern't any sets, and no spikes. :o

jamesfeger 12-16-2007 04:28 PM

No-Use rallies to remain lone undefeated team

After four weeks of play in the round-robin phase of the World Organized Rocball Community League, No-Use remains as the lone undefeated team of the 2007-2008 season after beating the first-year players of the Try-Outs in their toughest win of the year.

Try-Outs is fast becoming the team to watch as it has been pushing veteran teams to the limit after finally ridding themselves of volleyball's rules of play and integrate successfully into the world's first offensive and defensive scoring team net sport.

In Rocball's quarter/set system of play, a regular game can end in four sets, if a team outscores its opponents in game points and wins the fourth set.

Try-Outs cut through No-Use's defenses in the first three sets-19-6, 20-15, and 19-7-and started the fourth set with a 30-point lead. ;)

All Try-Outs had to do was win the fourth set to win the game and knock off the only undefeated team of the year with their first loss.

In Rocball, the fourth set separates the rookies from the veterans. The players of Try-Outs looked a little tired and maybe a little too comfortable for the thrashing they handed out to No-Use in the first three sets.

For its part, No-Use dug in, looked like they had found their resolve, and stopped Try-Outs from winning the fourth set and juice out. :mad:

No-Use won the fourth set, 20-16, and forced the game into overtime.

In overtime, or o-kon in Rocball, the team with the most points scored after four sets of play but failed to win the fourth set has the advantage.

Try-Outs had the highest score after four sets and only had to win one overtime set of 10 points or a goal to win the game. No-Use, meanwhile, had to win two overtime sets to win the game.

And No-Use did just that, winning both OTs, 13-7 and 11-9, to remain unscathed in the competition.:)

The heavy hitter of the game was Ichnis Kapwich of No-Use with three aces, a xunk, three kees, and a goal for 17 points. The heavy hitter for Try-Outs was Larry Sharry with three aces, two xunks, and three kees for 16 points.

There were 19 aces, seven xunks, 12 kees, and four goals scored. Try-Outs made a block, two digs, 11 kills, three saves, and three shank serves. No-Use made three blocks, three kills, and seven shanked serves.:cool:

jamesfeger 12-22-2007 07:22 AM

The Shank:mad:

In a team net sport like volleyball the serve is the action that starts and ends a game. In the FIVB version of this team net sport it is considered a competitive action to award the receiving team a point every time there is a bad serve. A team can win a game on an unearned point. This is what happens with rally point scoring.:thumbdown:

In the team net sport that first developed offensive and defensive scoring, Rocball, only if the first serve of possession is bad can a bad serve cause the score between teams to change. If the first serve of possession is bad, it is called a shank and the serving team loses a point for delay of game. This way the difference of the scores between teams change without awarding an unearned point. And, a team has to have the serve in order to win a set or game.
:thumbup:

jamesfeger 12-23-2007 11:29 AM

Naturals beat Evenflow in overtime

With the round-robin phase of the 2007-2008 season of the World Organized Rocball Community League ending next week, No-Use is the only team remaining undefeated. :cool:

There currently is a three-way tie for second place with No-Mercy, Try-Outs, and Evenflow with identical 3-2 win-loss cards each, and a two-way tie for third place with Naturals and Local Boys sporting 2-3 records each. :)

The last two teams, Islanders and Malat, are out of competition and don't have a chance for playoff spot.

Last Saturday night at the Marianas High School Gymnasium, Naturals won its second game in overtime game and knocked Evenflow out of sole possession of second place. :mad:

Naturals started the game against Evenflow with a shank serve that allowed Evenflow an unearned rally point and the lead.

Evenflow capitalized on Naturals' error and scored a 3-point goal off volley on their first serve. Evenflow went on a scoring spree that took them to an 18-11 set point.

Naturals came back and played aggressively at the net with three consecutive kills, some good defensive saves, blocks, and more kills, and a goal to come from behind and tie the set at 18-all.

Both teams served for set point twice before Evenflow hammered in a goal as the service team at set point and won the set, 23-20.

In the second set, Evenflow had the momentum and went on to beat the Naturals 19-13 and were leading in game points, 42-33, at the send of the second set.:rolleyes:

But in the third set, everything seemed to go wrong for Evenflow. The team was coming off the backcourt for the 2-point plays, but the ball was not coming down in the court.

Evenflow's kee shots were going over and off court on both sides of the goal and as a result, Naturals were back at the net striking down one kill after the other.

Naturals demolished Evenflow in the third set, 19-5, and took the lead in game points, 52-47.;)

In the last set of regular play, Evenflow needed to win the fourth set with a six-point margin to juice out. Naturals only had to win the fourth set and juice out (win).

Evenflow had the opportunities to win the fourth set by juice-out but they played like they were nervous and made three shank serves.

Naturals did what was working best for them and continued to aggressively attack at the net and despite Evenflow's best efforts in winning the fourth set, they were only able to win it by three points.

Evenflow won the fourth set with the least amount of game points scored and Naturals lost the fourth set with the most game points scored.

That effectively threw the game into overtime, which Evenflow has never lost in.

That was not the case last Saturday, however, as Naturals stopped Evenflow in the first overtime set, 11-3, for their second win of the season and an outside chance to make the playoffs.:thumbup:

The heavy hitter of the game was the beach volleyball MVP Typhoon Saito of Naturals with a xunk, five kees, and a goal for 15 points.There were seven aces, two xunks, 13 kees, and four goals scored.

Naturals made a block, three digs, nine kills, three saves, and two shanks. Evenflow made two blocks, two kills, three saves, and three shanks
:redhot:

jamesfeger 12-31-2007 10:53 PM

No Mercy ruins No-Use's attempt for perfect record

The round-robin phase of the 2007-2008 World Organized Rocball Community League concluded Saturday with No Mercy spoiling No-Use's quest for a perfect season at the Marianas High School Gymnasium. :mad:

No Mercy achieved what six other previous teams were unable to do the past couple of months by outscoring the powerhouse team and juicing out in four sets, 72-46.

Both teams played tight offense. The only shank, a serve that causes a team to lose a point, came in the middle of the fourth set by No-Use. Both teams were scoring multiple points from backcourt and kills from the net. No Mercy scored six two-point aces to No-Use's two aces.

Neither team served a xunk, a play in which the receiving team can lose two points off the serve, and the goalies of No Mercy deuced-out No Use's goalies 8-4, No-Use got the best of No Mercy in three point goals scored at 2-1, and in the art of putting down the dink, teams came out about even. ;)

At the end of the second set of play, teams were playing tight with No Mercy having the edge at 35-33. In the third set, No Mercy went out and crushed No-Use, 19-4. In the fourth set, No Mercy had a 17-point advantage over No-Use. But No-Use and No-Mercy are staffed with veteran Rocball players and know better to slack off in the last set of regular play in Rocball. They know you can't juice-out, win a Rocball game-in four sets with the most game points by losing the fourth set.

In Rocball's quarter/set system, a team has to win the fourth set to either win the game or force the other team into overtime. But the night belonged to No Mercy as they showed no signs of fatigue by doubling up No-Use with a fourth set score of 18-9.

The heavy hitter of the game was Myron Laniyo of No-Mercy with two aces, three kees, and a goal for 13 points. :cool:

jamesfeger 01-03-2008 04:34 PM

New Year's resolution? Change the way this kind of team net sport (volleyball) is played.

For almost 100 years, the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) has unsuccessfully managed this kind of team net sport. They couldn't think their way through a thought when they switched from the side-out scoring system, and shot themslves in the foot when they implemented the rally point system. They changed volleyball from a picnic sport to a sport for sissies. And, that is why the sport needs to be changed.:eek:

Jim Feger
Rocball founder

jamesfeger 01-07-2008 08:11 PM

Try-Outs eliminate Naturals

In the game that eliminated Naturals from any chance of making the playoffs, Try-Outs smashed their way to a 10-0 lead in the first set before the Naturals were able to score their first point. But, after scoring their first point of the game, Naturals scored up to 10 before losing the serve.

And for eight serves to the end of the first set, Naturals and Try-Outs scored away and tied up five more times before Try-Outs were able to close it down at 19-17.:rolleyes:

In the second set, Try-Outs took the lead and were at set point, 18-15 with the serve. At set point, Try-Outs served a shank dropped down to 17 points and gave serve back to Naturals.

Naturals were in good position to close the point gap and take the second set, but they served a shank and the second set score dropped to 14-17. On the first serve of the next play, at set point, Try-Outs' goalie scored a two-pointer off the volley and ended with a 19-14 win.

In the third set, Naturals stomped their way past Try-Outs for a 19-12 win and tied the game points between teams at 50 points each at the end of the third set. A third set game point tie in Rocball means there is no possibility of a game going into overtime. Whichever team could win the fourth set, would win the game.:mad:

And in the fourth set, it looked like Naturals were going to pull it off. Naturals jumped off to a 14-8 lead before Try-Outs were able to get the right kind of defense set up to stop Naturals.

Try-Outs held the Naturals to 14 point for the next five plays and pulled ahead at 15-14. Naturals got the serve back, but Try-Outs scored two points on defense, regained the serve, and scored a court point off their serve and volley to win the set and the game, 18-14.:thumbsup2:

Typhoon Saito of Naturals was the game's heavy hitter with three kees and two goals for 12 points.:cool:

themush 01-07-2008 08:47 PM

Seriously what the hell are you talking about?

jamesfeger 01-07-2008 10:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by themush (Post 266892)
Seriously what the hell are you talking about?

The evolution of a team net sport that has existed as long as basketball and with its roots of play originating from the same game as basketball. And, it was all born in the Americas:cool: Tens of millions of people around the world play volleyball but only a few know the reason why the FIVB changed the game from the side-out play to rally point.

"You do have some background knowledge and/or play of volleyball?"

Marc 01-09-2008 10:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by themush (Post 266892)
Seriously what the hell are you talking about?

:lol:

http://voiceofcanada.files.wordpress...1/applause.jpg

jamesfeger 01-10-2008 01:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marc (Post 267365)


Thanks for your support!;)

THe semi-finals begin this weekend.

Send me your shirt size and address and I'll send you a Rocball Jersey.

jamesfeger 01-15-2008 04:31 PM

The Stats Are Out

Rocball has two “Master Blasters” this year, Val Taisakan of the Islanders and Eugene Solomon of team Evenflow. Both Val and Eugene have scored at least once of the five categories that separate a side-out system of scoring from rallypoint.

To earn the title of “Master Blaster” a player has to score at least one each of the two point serve called an ace, the two point serve called a xunk, the two point backcourt score called a kee, the three point goal, and the most difficult, the one point “jam”. The jam is a play where a receiving team player can knock down or jam a served ball just as it crosses over the net.

Myron Laniyo of No-Mercy is the season’s heavy hitter. Myron has scored 13 aces, 2 xunks, 29 kees, and 5 goals for 103 points not counting his kills, dinks, and court point scoring. Myron is last year’s MVP and “Master Blaster” but has yet to score a jam.

Myron Laniyo’s 29 kees is the leader in backcourt scoring and is tied with Ichnis Kapwich of team No-Use at 5 goals each. J.R. Gechig and Eugene Solomon of team Evenflow are tied for scoring 16 aces each. And, J.J. Neth and Julius Saito of the team called the Try-Outs are tied at scoring 3 xunks each.

In team statistics, Evenflow has scored 68 aces, the Try-Outs’ scored 10 xunks and is the best in the league for that kind of serve, team Evenflow is the best backcourt scoring team with 73 kees, and team No-Use leads in the 3 point scoring category with 12 goals.

And, even though team Evenflow came in 4th place for the semi-finals, they scored the heaviest with 68 aces, 6 xunks, 1 jam, 73 kees, and 8 goals for 318 points. The second best heavy hitting team was No Mercy with 56 aces, 4 xunks, 64 kees, and 10 goals for 278 points. No-Use came in third with 36 aces, 8 xunks, 69 kees, and 12 goals for 262 points. And, team Try-Outs in their first year playing Rocball came in fourth place with 60 aces, 10 xunks, 40 kees, and 7 goals for 241 points.

jamesfeger 01-20-2008 02:21 AM

No-Use & Evenflow win Roc semi-openers

The Rocball team with the best win and loss record No-Use, and the number one Rocball scoring team Evenflow both won their first semi-final games against No-Mercy and the Try-Outs on Saturday at the MHS gym. :cool:

Team No-Use’s only defeat of the Rocball season came from No-Mercy on the last game of the round robin phase of the Rocball season. On Saturday night, No-Use juiced-out and defeated No-Mercy in four sets 88 to 71 in their first game of the semi-finals. And, No-Use only has to win the next game against N0-Mercy next Saturday night to advance into the best of 5 games for the World Title of Rocball.

No-Use won the first set of their game against No-Mercy 24 to 20. No-Mercy bounced back in the second set and won it 22 – 20. At half time the game score was 44 to 42 in favor of No-Use.

In the third set, No-Use got a big boost with five points scored off two plays that included a 3 point goal and a two point ace. No Use went on to win the third set 22 – 15. At the end of three sets of play No-Mercy was down by 9 points and needed to win the fourth set with a 10 point margin to win the game, or win the fourth set with less than a 10 point margin to force No-Use into overtime. But, No-Use closed down the game with a 22 – 14 set win and moved within one game of advancing to the championship finals. ;)

In the game between Evenflow and the Try-Outs, the Try-Outs lost the first three sets 8 – 22, 21 – 17, and 21 – 18. The Try-Outs made improvements in every set and when it counted mos,t they won the fourth set 21 to 14 and blocked Evenflow from juicing out to win the game.

In the fourth set, the Try-Outs jumped out to a commanding 9 – 0 lead and Evenflow got caught stumbling over themselves with a series of shank serves. Evenflow would score a court point and then serve a shank to lose the point in four of their first plays of the fourth set. The Try-Outs won the fourth set 21 – 14 and forced the game into overtime.

The players of Evenflow are the most experienced overtime players in Rocball. They have played four overtime games and only lost once in that situation. In the first set overtime, Evenflow unchoked, served no shanks, and closed out the game 11 – 8. :rolleyes:

On Saturday, January 26, N0-Use, No-Mercy, Evenflow, and the Try-Outs will play their second semi-final games. Evenflow and the Try-Outs will play will play at 6:30 pm, and No-Use and No-Mercy will play at 8:00 pm.

jamesfeger 01-27-2008 03:29 AM

No-Use Advances & Try-Outs defeat Evenflow

No-Use is the first team to clinch a spot for the Rocball Championship title by juicing-out No Mercy in four sets 72 – 64. With no quarter time breaks and no half time rest, the game was completed in about 50 minutes. In a similar contest between the Try-Outs and Evenflow, in a game that took about 45 minutes to play, the Try-Outs won their first game against Evenflow to tie up their semi-final series at one game each.;)

The Try-Outs and Evenflow played the first game on Saturday night. The Try-Outs came on strong in the first set and beat down Evenflow 23 to 13. Evenflow came back in sets two and three at a 21 – 18 and 22 – 10 to take the lead in game points 56 to 51.

In order to win the game, the Try-Outs had to score the difference of the score after three sets of play plus one point, or by a margin no less than 6 points. All Evenflow had to do to win the game, was to win the fourth set by any margin.

But, team Try-Outs started the game with strength and they overpowered Evenflow in the fourth set with a 14-point margin at 22 to 8. The win was the first victory the Try-Outs have had against Evenflow in the four times they have matched up to play one another this season. :)

No Mercy was the only team during regular season to defeat No-Use and spoiled team No-Use’s undefeated record in the regular season of play. On Saturday night, No-Use crushed No-Mercy’s hopes of advancing into the championship series of play.

In the first two sets, No-Use and No-Mercy flip-flopped their scores and started the third set tied at 36 point each. No-Use won the first set 21 – 15 and No-Mercy came back and won the second set 21 – 15.

In the third set, No-Use spiked, killed, dinked, and backcourt scored without mercy to win the third set against No-Mercy 21 – 7. No-Mercy had two options in order to win the game by the end of set four. They would have had to win the fourth set by 15 points to win the game or win the fourth set by any margin less than 15 to block No-Use from juicing-out, and forcing the game into overtime.

But! No-Use chose neither of those options for a chance to advance intogames for Rocball’s World Championship title. No-Use liked the way the third set ended so much they came out and defeated No-Mercy by the same score 21 – 7 and ended No-Mercy’s bid to make it to the finals. :mad:

On Feb. 2nd at 6:30 pm, the Try-Outs and Evenflow will play their last game of the semi-finals. The winner of that game will advance to the championship games and face off against No-Use in the best of five games, at 25 point sets, in Rocball quarter/set system of play for the world title for Micronesia's indigenous sport. :cool:

jamesfeger 01-28-2008 10:13 PM

So!

Why isn't there a thread or even a sub-forum for team net sports like volleyball? This kind of sport is played at all levels of school as intramural, interscholastic, and collegiate competition. Students win scholarships to play volleyball. Then there is professional volleyball which is gaining a lot of notice in Europe, and it's an Olympic sport.

Except for the thread "The Serve and Side Out Order" which is critical of volleyball's rallypoint rules of play, and the exposure of the first team net sport of this kind to implement offensive and defensive scoring, Rocball, the indigenous sport of Micronesia. Where can a person find conversation or statements about a sport that is played by tens of millions of people around the world, and has been with us for the same amount of time as basketball, on the Sport Central Message Boards?


Just Wondering!

themush 01-28-2008 10:22 PM

Ummmmmm I don't think anyone else cares james. But, keep up the good work... sport.

buckeyefan78 01-29-2008 04:43 PM

Does Team Evenflow have anything to do with Pearl Jam?

And if so, do they wear flannels while competing?

jamesfeger 01-29-2008 10:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by buckeyefan78 (Post 269665)
Does Team Evenflow have anything to do with Pearl Jam?

And if so, do they wear flannels while competing?

Don't know what a Pearl Jam is:confused:

But, we all live on the islands of the Pacific Rim, like Saipan of the Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Yap, Guam, Belau, Kosrae, the Marshalls etc. So, we don't need flannels. The low tempeture is around 78 degrees and it gets as high as 90 degrees, sometimes.

But, flannels can say a lot about a person's life style. You are a "buckeye' so I would imagine you are from the midwest. So you wear flannels in the winter to keep warm. But, what kind of flannels? That is the question! If your flannels are long johns with a flapper(back door), chances are you don't have indoor plumbing:eek:

And, that would be a shame, because I think they stop making Sears & Roebuck catalogs.

Marc 01-29-2008 11:58 PM

Best. Thread. Ever.

Pearl Jam is a famous rock band!

jamesfeger 02-03-2008 05:22 AM

Evenflow does it the Hard-Way

The final two teams to face off for the world championship of Micronesia’s indigenous sport will be No-Use and Evenflow. No-Use eliminated No-Mercy last week in the semi-finals best of three in a two game sweep. And, Evenflow finished off the Try-Outs in double overtime in their third game of the semi-finals to qualify for the world series of Rocball. :cool:

In the final game between Evenflow and the Try-Outs, it was a game of come from behind action that best describes the competition of their team’s final game. The Try-Outs came on strong and won the first set 23 – 10. Evenflow came back in the second set with a 15 – 6 lead and then lost the set 21 – 20. In the third set, Evenflow came out slamming and spiking with a 17 – 2 point lead and blew it by losing that set 22 – 19.

At the end of the third set, the Try-Outs were leading in game points 66 to 49. To win the game and advance to the championship series, all the Try-Outs had to do was win the fourth set. Evenflow was in a much more serious situation. In order for Evenflow to win the game they needed to win the fourth set by an 18 point margin. And, in a 21 point set, that was highly unlikely to happen. ;)

Evenflow needed to win the fourth set if they wanted any chance to make it out of the semi-finals. Evenflow needed to block the Try-outs from juicing-out. That meant that Evenflow needed to win the fourth set at any margin to force the game into overtime. Because, in Rocball’s quarter/set system of play, the team with the most game points scored, has to win the fourth quarter/set of play to win the game.

In the fourth set, Evenflow and the Try-Outs played point for point for the first 9 points. The Try-Outs shanked a serve at point 9 and sub scored to point 8. Evenflow jump all over Try-Out’s bad serve and took the lead with 16 – 8 before the Try-Outs were able to get the serve back.

The Try-Outs scored up to point 10 before losing the serve again. Evenflow scored a backcourt kee for two points off the Try-Outs serve and that brought them from 19 points to set point 21. But, in Rocball, only the team in service has closure. So, Evenflow then served for the set point, but the Try-Outs scored a point off their serve and won the serve back.

At this point, Evenflow had 21 points and the Try-Outs had 11 points and the serve. The Try-Outs shanked the serve, lost a point, and lost the serve to Evenflow at set point. Evenflow served, scored a point, and won the set but not the game. And, the Try-Outs lost the set but not the game. :mad:

By winning the fourth set, Evenflow forced the game into overtime but were still at a disadvantage. The Try-Outs only needed to win one overtime set to win the game. Team Evenflow had to win two overtime sets to win the game. In Rocball’s quarter/set system, an overtime set can be won at ten points or a goal, whichever comes first. And, Evenflow, the best overtime winning team in the league, won both sets to win the game and advance to the finals.

Next Saturday, N0-Mercy and the Try-Outs will play for third and fourth position titles of the Rocball season and teams No-Use and Evenflow will play their first game of the best of five series for Rocball’s exclusive World Championship title. :rolleyes:

buckeyefan78 02-04-2008 07:41 PM

So Evenflow won huh?

Congrats to Eddie, Mike, Jeff, Stone and Matt? :confused:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SPMfr38fCA

:cool:

Tarkus 02-04-2008 09:17 PM

Props to james for the dedication but this thread reads like a Rain Man clip...

themush 02-04-2008 09:22 PM

haha. http://smilies.vidahost.com/otn/laug...elrotflmao.gifhttp://smilies.vidahost.com/otn/laug...elrotflmao.gif

jamesfeger 02-06-2008 04:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tarkus (Post 270659)
Props to james for the dedication but this thread reads like a Rain Man clip...

Maybe I can help you out;)

What part of which post was confusing for you? I mean the ones that contained Rocball competitive descriptions of course.
:cool:

Tarkus 02-06-2008 08:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jamesfeger (Post 271003)
Maybe I can help you out;)

What part of which post was confusing for you? I mean the ones that contained Rocball competitive descriptions of course.
:cool:

Actually you lost me at the title of the thread...:P

Like I said before...props for your whole layout but man, this is like taking a test with so much info to read. Problem with me is I always hated tests.

Good luck tho...:thumbup:

jamesfeger 02-07-2008 04:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tarkus (Post 271073)
Actually you lost me at the title of the thread...:P

Like I said before...props for your whole layout but man, this is like taking a test with so much info to read. Problem with me is I always hated tests.

Good luck tho...:thumbup:


I was going to write in volleyball/soccer as the title. That is what it is known by on other forums. There is a history to the sport and the disagreements with the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) that go back a few years.

Rocball is the first team net sport of its kind to develope offensive and defensive scoring. Volleyball's old scoring system use to be called side-out. It was a scoring system that only allowed the service team to score points,

The FIVB changed the scoring system to rallypoint scoring that allowed both teams to score off serve and during volley in 1995. There particular system of scoring under rallypoint sissified the sport.

Rocball was developed in 1981 and has been organized and played as a league and sporting event for 25 years. I wrote to FIVB and introduce the concept of offensive and defensive scoring on numerous occassions back in the 8os. Rocball came up on CNN's World Report in 1993 & 1994 as the Micronesian team net sport. In 1995, the FIVB adopted the concept of rallypoint which is a diluted version of our indigenous sport of Rocball.

There is a lot more and what the significant differences are that separate Rocball from the anemic value of rallypoint volleyball.

So! this thread should be titled Rocball or volleyball/soccer. The court od play looks like a volleyball court with smaller soccer goal post.

jamesfeger 02-10-2008 03:23 AM

No-Use squeaks by Evenflow

In the first of the best of five games to determine which team is the best in the world, No-Use edged out Evenflow 89 to 88 in four sets for a first game juice-out victory in Rocball. :)

In the first set, No-Use dominated play with seven two pointers compared to Evenflow scoring only 3 two point plays and losing 3 of those points off shank serves. No-Use went on to take the first set 26 – 14.

In the second set, Evenflow got even and one better by knocking off No-Use 27 -14. Evenflow’s second set scoring efforts was without a service shank, they scored 6 two point plays ands a three point goal. No-Use was held to four 2 points play and remained service error free. ;)

At the end of two sets of play, the games points were 41 to 40 in favor of Evenflow. Both teams played hard offense and defense with Evenflow coming out on top with two three point goals, four two point plays, and no shank serves. No-Use played solid with a lot of one point court scoring, five two point plays, and a shanked served that cost them the set. Evenflow won the third set 25 – 24.

The score going into the final set of regular play had Evenflow at a two point advantage 66 – 64. In order to juice out and win a Rocball game under the rules of a quarter/set system of play, a team needs to have outscored their opponents in game points after four sets and win the fourth set for victory.

Evenflow flow needed to hold onto their game point lead to win the first championship game and No-Use had to win the fourth set with a game point margin of 3 points or more.

Evenflow scored five two point plays and lost two points on shank serves. No-Use scored seven two point plays made no service errors and won the fourth set with just enough points 25 -22 to edge out Evenflow in game points 89 – 88. :redhot:

Rocball Championship competition continues on Saturday, Feb. 16th with game two scheduled for 6:00 pm and game three at 7:30 pm.

In the game which decided the positions of third and fourth place, No-Mercy defeated the Try-Outs in four sets in a come from behind win to clinch the third spot. This game was tight in all four sets of play up to the fourth set. The Try-Outs won the first three sets, 21 – 19, 26 – 19, and 23 – 22 and had a ten point lead going into the last set.

No-Mercy needed a margin of 11 point in the fourth set to juice out and win the game. No-Mercy scored 22 points in the last set and held the Try-Outs to only 9 point for a 82 – 79 juice-out win. :D

Tarkus 02-10-2008 05:03 PM

Finally took the time to look up more on Rocball & James & lo & behold, found a wealth of info & dedication. Interesting stuff once you get the picture. Props once again, James, for all the effort & vision. I can see you're not a nut after all. ;) :D Please excuse us 1 celled organisms for our flippancy...

Thanks for bringing some actual substance to SC. Keep fighting the good fight.

I don't know if this is a current logo I found but it was sharp nonetheless:

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/9...inlogo2ni0.gif

jamesfeger 02-11-2008 04:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tarkus (Post 271349)
Finally took the time to look up more on Rocball & James & lo & behold, found a wealth of info & dedication. Interesting stuff once you get the picture. Props once again, James, for all the effort & vision. I can see you're not a nut after all. ;) :D Please excuse us 1 celled organisms for our flippancy...

Thanks for bringing some actual substance to SC. Keep fighting the good fight.

I don't know if this is a current logo I found but it was sharp nonetheless:

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/9...inlogo2ni0.gif

Thanks Tarkus,

Thanks for taking the time to look into Rocball and the exposure of our logo. The logo on our web site is about ten yeras old. I've modified it by making it wider. Otherwise the design is the same.

If you would are interested, we do have Rocball jerseys with logo. And, if you would like one, send me your address on the "private message" and I'll send you one free of charge. I've done the same for individuals in England, Australia, in the states to Michigan, Florida, and Mass.

jamesfeger 02-15-2008 09:01 AM

Tarkus

It will be in the mail by early next week. And, thanks again Tarkus. The following will explain the shirt.


The Rocball Shirt of Oceana

The bird of prey on the back is a personal view on a legendary bird of prey called a Roc (Rocball). You can look it up on the Internet. It is described by many different cultures/civilizations, but most notable in the tales of Sinbad the Sailor. (In India it was referred to as the “Firebird” and in American Native folklore, it was called a “Thunderbird”).

"The Land of MU" as legend would have it, and you can find this on the Internet, is a lost continent of the Pacific Ocean region that extended north to Hawaii, south to Fiji, east to the Easter islands, and west to the Marianas.

"The Myth of Vim" is that people who use to live on the lost continent of Mu had no way of naturally dying, “People there do not die but from the satiety of living. After a festive banquet, full of joy of old age, the one who wants to die jumps into the seas from a lofty rock. Such is for them the happiest way to die”.

THe red ball of graphics between the upper wings of the Roc is reminiscence of the Aztec Sun Stone. The Red oval between the lower wings represents the wind, waves, islands, and the seven phases of the moon.

The oval shaped design below the Roc is "Navigo". Navigo is Latin for navigator. The navigator symbolizes the intellectual skills of the island cultures/civilizations. To view the mask/face of the navigator, turn the shirt upside down and see it as viewed by the Roc logo.

Under the right sleeve are the four major island groups not part of the Federated States of Micronesia, but are in Micronesia. The large circle is Saipan and the smaller circles from left to right are Guam, Palau, and Marshall.

Under the left sleeve are the four major island groups that make up the Federated States of Micronesia. The Large circle is Chuuk (once known as Truk), and the smaller circles from left to right are Kosrae, Yap, and Pohnpei.

On the front of the T-shirt...well...as you can see that is self-explanatory. But:

Rocball is a game derivative of volleyball, with its roots of play founded in a sport once played by athlete/warriors of the Aztec Civilization called Tlachtli. (You can look up Tlachtli on the internet. It was the first team sport ever played with a rubber ball). And, it is the sport from which basketball and volleyball originated.

Oceana Sport: Oceana is made up of the four geographical areas of Polynesia, Melanesia, Australasia, and Micronesia. Rocball is the first team net sport of its kind to revolt from the traditional volleyball rules of play. Rocball is the first team net sport of its type to develop and incorporate offensive and defensive scoring, hitting and kicking, backcourt scoring, multiple point scoring, penalty points, and vertical areas of play (goals). Rocball originated on the island of Saipan, CNMI as a Physical Education project. The year 2008 is Rocball’s 25th anniversary as a seasonal sport’s event. Rocball is the CNMI Public School System’s longest uninterrupted extra curricular sport’s activity.

jamesfeger 02-16-2008 09:50 PM

Evenflow and No-Use Split Double Hitter

On Saturday night, No-Use and Evenflow split a double hitter in the best of a five game championship series in Rocball. On Feb. 18th, President’s Day, Evenflow and No-Use will continue their competition of the world title for the sport of Micronesia.

No-Use won game one last week and was only a game away from winning the world title Saturday night’s double hitter. But, Evenflow won game three and forced at least one more game to determine which team has the right of closure. If No-Use can defeat Evenflow in game four they become the 2008 Rocball Champions. If Evenflow wins game four, then there will be another double hitter played out on Monday night to determine which team takes home the trophy.:)

In the first game of Saturday night No-Use juiced Evenflow in four sets 106 to 95. Evenflow won the first set 27 to 25 and No-Use won the second set 28 to 26. The difference of play in the third set came from David Tisa of No-Use with a three point play and a few shank serves by Evenflow. The score after two sets of the first game was tied 53 to 53 going into the third set.

In the third set, No-Use opened up an eight point lead by winning the third set 27 to 19 and finished the set with 80 game points to Evenflows 72 game points. In order to win the first game, No-Use only had to win the fourth set. Evenflow needed to win the fourth set with a nine point margin to win the game or win the set with less than nine points to send the game into over time.

In the fourth set, No-Use and Evenflow played tight offense and defense, there were no shank serves, neither team got xunked, and no goals were scored. But, No-Use outscored Evenflow in two point plays 7 to 5, and won the set 26 to 23 for the game. ;)

In the second game, Evenflow and No-Use fought out a psychological game of will power with Evenflow squeaking out a first set 25 to 24 win. No-Use scored a three point play and six two point plays in the first set. Evenflow mixed up their game with kills and dinks, scored five two point plays and won the set on one point court plays.

In the second set, Evenflow stayed with their game plan, mixed up their plays, scored four two point plays, and out court played No-Use one point at a time 13 to 3 and No-Use only scored three two points plays in the second set.

In the third set, Evenflow jumped out to a 10 to 0 lead before No-Use was able to score a point. Evenflow went on to take another large lead in the second set 20 to 12 before No-Use was able to make a modest comeback of 12 to 20. And, when No-Use started to score, Enenflow lost a little confidence, choked, and shanked 4 serves before they finished their third set win 27 to 19.

No-Use was trailing Evenflow 61 to 78 going into the fourth set and would have had to win the fourth set by a margin of 18 points to win game three. With that kind of point spread, No-Use’s only hope of winning game three was to win the fourth set by any margin, block Evenflow from juicing out, and force the game into overtime. But, Evenflow postured for victory and wouldn’t be denied. When the score of the fourth set was 10 to 8 in favor of Evenflow, Terson Eina of No-Use shocked Evenflow with a three point goal that gave his team a temporary lead at 11 to 10.

Evenflow rebounded off the No-Uses’s three point play with a two point backcourt score that put them back in the lead 12 to 11. Then Typhoon Saito of Evenflow exploded off a net kill for a three point goal to increase Evenflows lead 15 to 11. After Typhoon’s goal, Evenflow tighten up their defense and went on to close out the fourth set 25 to 13 to win game three. :cool:

jamesfeger 02-22-2008 08:18 PM

Evenflow wins 2008 Rocball Championship:thumbup:

After four months of competition, 18 teams, 140 players, and 70 games, Evenflow, after losing games one and two in a best of five game series for the World Rocball Championship, came from behind and defeated team No-Use in games three, four, and five to emerge as the 2008 Rocball Champions.:cool:

No-Use had a chance to knock off Evenflow and win the championship in the fourth game when they lead Evenflow in game points 75 to 65 at the end of the third set of play. In order to win the game and the championship, all No-Use had to do was win the set. In order for Evenflow to block No-Use from juicing out and sending the game into overtime, Evenflow had to win the fourth set with by any margin less than 11 points.

In order for Evenflow to win the fourth game and force a fifth game for the championship, Evenflow needed to win the fourth set of the fourth game by 11 or more points. No-Use won first set 25 to 16, Evenflow won the second set 27 to 25, and No-Use won the third set, 25 to 22; Evenflow was in trouble. No-Use didn’t have a reputation of losing sets by a double digit number.:mad:

In the fourth set, Evenflow had the serve and scored 11 points before No-Use was able to score and take control of the serve. But, Evenflow played hard defense and made a lot of two point backcourt plays and a three point goal to shut down No-Use’s scoring power and went on to win the fourth set with 25 to 11. Evenflow’s fourth set win of 25 to 11 gave them a 14 point margin win of the fourth set, and enough to juice out and win game four.:)

In the fifth and final game of the series, No-Use came out strong and slammed Evenflow in the first set 26 to 12. N0-Use had 14 point lead going into the second set when it seemewd as though the floor dropped out from under them. In the second set, Evenflow was in the grove, they defeated No-Use 25 to 4. The second set victory put Evenflow on top at 37 to 30.

In the third se of game five, Evenflow had a 19 to 9 lead and ran out of gas. No-Use came from behind and tied the score 19 to 19. No-Use took the lead on a two point backcourt score 21 to 19. But, No-Use shanked a serve, lost a point, and Evenflow picked up momentum, regained the lead at 21 to 20, and fought their way to a 25 to 23 third set win.:(

In the final set of the 2008 Rocball Championship series of play, Evenflow took an early lead and extended the difference between scores 18 to 6 and looked like they were going to glide into a victory. But, No-Use didn’t cave in, and behind a series of two point backcourt scoring by J.R. Rudolph, made a strong comeback and closed the point difference to just 4 points at 25 to 21.

No-Use fought hard to gain the lead, but Evenflow wouldn’t submit and hung on to finally win the fourth set and juice out No-Use at 34 to 26 for the set, for the game, and for the Championship Title. ;)

The MVP award for the year 2008 went to Typhoon Saito of Evenflow who scored 10 two point aces, 30 two point backcourt scores, and 3 three point goals in the final five games of the year. :cool:

jamesfeger 02-25-2008 01:29 AM

Marianas Cup attracts crowd

By Jon Perez
Reporter

A sizeable crowd enjoyed three days of beach volleyball action over the weekend in the 16th Annual Marianas Cup Beach Volleyball Festival at Pacific Islands Club sand courts.

The Marianas Cup, Micronesia's longest-running beach volleyball event, began Friday afternoon with the eight professional players teaching a small group of youngsters and beach volleyball enthusiasts in a clinic.

The clinic, organized in part by the Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association, gave local beach volleyball players the chance to learn from some of the best professional spikers.

Team U.S.A. waved their flag high in the exhibition match as pros Phil Dalhausser and regular Marianas Cup teammate Paul Baxter defeated Japan's Shinya Hata and new partner Yoshiumi Hasegawa in the men's side, while Jenn Snyder and Janelle Koester downed the Korean pair of Jeeyeun Han and Ji Youn June.

Pool play in the men's and women's class began on Saturday where a total of 41 teams in both divisions battled each other in a single-elimination format. The top teams in their respective pools in both divisions advanced to the double-elimination phase of the tournament yesterday.

After two days of intense battle on the sand court, Japan's Miki and Chie won the women's title by foiling the title defense of Italy's Federica Tonon and new partner Dawn of Hawaii.

The Japanese duo dived and scrambled for every ball in order to return the consistent attacks made by their opponents inside the court. In the end the Japanese celebrated with a 15-9 win to claim the bragging rights of the Queen of the sand courts for the 2008 edition.

The finals in the men's divisions was still being played at press time after a 30-minute rain delayed the women's match.

As of press time, defending champion Daisuke Matsumoto and Shigekazu Fujimatsu were playing Hamaguchi and Hatabe in an all-Japan semifinal with the winner facing 2004 winners Paul Baxter and Richard Steele.

Baxter and Steele were undefeated in the entire tournament and even pulled off a hard-earned 25-24 win over the duo of Baxter and Chris Nelson in the quarterfinals.

Hamaguchi and Hatabe then faced Baxter and Nelson in the loser's bracket with the former scoring a 15-9 win to earn the right of facing Matsumoto and Fujimatsu in the semis.

More than 90 players from Hawaii, California, Japan, Guam, Korea, Italy, Russia, and the CNMI have already participated in the Marianas Cup in the last three years.

The event is approved by the FIVB and USA Volleyball and is listed in the FIVB website as a country-against-country tournament.

jamesfeger 02-28-2008 04:28 PM

Kelley Butcher, right, and US pro Janelle Koester in action in last weekend’s 16th Marianas Cup Beach Volleyball Festival on the PIC sandcourt. Photos by Roselyn B. Monroyo


CNMI Sports

Cramer hopes Marianas Cup to be part of Asian beach volleyball Tour

By Samantha Critchell
Variety News Staff

THE 16th Marianas Cup Beach Volleyball Festival was the last for Jon Cramer, as the PIC Saipan Sports and Entertainment Activities Director will be leaving Saipan at the end of this month to work for PIC Guam in the same capacity.

Cramer will be leaving his home for about 13 years and after being part of organizing committee of the Marianas Cup for more than 10 years.

When he leaves, he hopes PIC and the Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association will continue holding the Marianas Cup and that the annual event someday will be part of the Asian beach volleyball Tour.

“My ultimate goal is to make Marianas Cup part of an Asian beach volleyball tour. There are stops already in Indonesia, Japan, China and other places, but none really in the Oceania region,” said Cramer, who became the main organizer of the event in 1999.

“I have always envisioned the Marianas Cup as being the stop for Oceania. Bringing the pros out and getting FIVB and USA volleyball to sanction the event this year was a huge step,” the NMIFA president said.

Last weekend’s Marianas Cup brought professional players from Japan, Korea and the U.S. with AVP Tour champion and Most Valuable Player Phil Dalhauser leading the list. The past editions of the Marianas Cup also drew players from other parts of the world. “Hopefully, PIC and NMIVA can work together to keep the event rolling. Not to knock any of the other events, but my opinion is that this event is the best for fans to really see the action,” he said.

“The players are right in front of you and very accessible. They don’t leave the site and during the match you can watch them up close and feel the intensity more than many of the events held here. Volleyball is on the rise as a sport worldwide and it shouldn’t be any different on Saipan,” Cramer added.

Aside from organizing the Marianas Cup, Cramer was also a competitor in the doubles division teaming up with NMI coach Russ Quinn and last weekend’s festivities will be one of his memorable competitions on Saipan.

“I haven’t played in it for several years, so that was really special, especially since I played with my good friend and the god father of my children, Russ Quinn. He always has fun and makes you feel at ease out there. Even when he throws his hat at me,” Cramer said.

Last weekend’s Marianas Cup drew 104 participants, a record in the 16 stagings of the event and Cramer thanked everybody who made the tournament a success.

“The event was as smooth as always. The sponsors came up big like always. The Sports, Entertainment and Activities staff who work at PIC were tremendous in the preparation and in the execution of the event. The F&B staff was fabulous. The engineering/landscaping team made the place look great. No one can put on an event like PIC does, not just volleyball. There were some minor issues with brackets or people being upset over calls, but that comes with the territory. Overall the players, pro and amateur, seemed very pleased,” Cramer said.


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