I received some awesome news for all of you volleyball fans out there this evening. Next Friday, October 18, I will be hosting the first-ever LoHud chat for volleyball right here on the blog, so set your calendars!
For those of you unfamiliar to what a live chat looks like or even what it is, here’s an example of a boys soccer chat, hosted by our beat writer Vin Mercogliano from earlier this year. Essentially, you readers can ask me directly anything you want — predictions for the section tournament, surprising teams this year, my opinion on certain matters, my favorite movie (Spoiler alert: “A Few Good Men”) — it’s pretty unlimited; just keep it clean.
The seeds for the section tournament will be coming out that Wednesday, October 23, so I imagine most of the questions will be about the tournament and who will likely end up where, seed wise. I’m sure you coaches, fans, players, parents, etc. have plenty of questions you think to yourself but don’t ask, or questions you’d love to know the answers to, so these chats are the perfect opportunity to ask away.
Right now, I’m looking at a start time somewhere around 7:30-7:45 p.m., and will run it about two hours, depending on traffic. If I’m not getting that many questions, I’ll cut it a little short; but if I’m getting flooded, I’ll leave it open. Since this is the first-ever volleyball chat, this will set the precedent for future chats. The more “guests” we get, the easier it will be for me to sell my editors on holding future chats.
Football and boys soccer do them somewhat frequently, and they are very well-received by fans. We may use the chats as a form of live updates for the section, region and/or state tournaments; my partner and I did for the girls basketball tournament, so we may go that route again. Personally, I love hosting them because it’s up-to-the-minute interaction with a bevy of people, who can all see what the other is asking; much better than responding the same thing to dozens of e-mails.
You can choose to “ask” anonymously, or with an alias, or with your real name, so if you want to ask something controversial, your identity doesn’t need to be revealed if you don’t want it to.