Just because the season is over, doesn’t mean our coverage is. Here’s a look at some of the postseason coverage plans, including important article publication dates and overall gist of what my goals are until August:
Feature stories: The annual Journal News all-star editions will be running on Wednesday, December 4. There will be three packages running — Rockland girls, Westchester/Putnam girls and a boys edition. Each will include my Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, a first team (five players, plus POY) and second team (six players). The two girls editions will also feature honorable mentions and the all-section honorees.
I also have some feature stories I would like to get out there, but obviously the “big articles” have first priority. We usually do a “Season in review” article in the paper, which encompasses all of the top news from each sport that season. If, for whatever reason, we do not run one, I will make a volleyball-specialized season recap. I also plan on editing a full-length video of highlights from some of the preseason scrimmages right through the state finals. It will likely be long, but I want to get as much in as possible.
Club volleyball: Probably the most popular question I’ve been asked throughout the season is, “Will you cover the club season?” The technical answer is no, since I go straight into the girls basketball beat, but I want to keep tabs on the club season. Therefore, if anyone has updates or news from the various clubs in the area (Downstate, Alpha Gamma, Oxygen, LHVA, DIGS, etc.), please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put whatever I can in the paper or on lohud.com and I will definitely post here.
I will be relying heavily on coaches and parents to help me out with this one, since I’ll have little-to-no free time to focus on anything other than hoops until the end of March. Since many of the high school coaches are involved with club, I’ll talk to them and let them know they can send their club’s info to me and I’ll get it out there.
College: Since the volleyball season is so early into the school year, many girls (and boys) likely haven’t made their college decisions yet. When they eventually do decide on a college, please let me know via e-mail or Twitter and I will happily shout them out and add them to my “Where are they now?” list next year (if they’re playing at the college level). If a high school player commits to a college but decides not to play volleyball (focus on academics, playing for the school club team, playing another sport, etc.) please just add that to the announcement. Please be as specific as possible (are they accepting a scholarship? Full athletic, partial athletic, full academic, partial academic, no scholarship, etc. The more specific you are, the less e-mails I’ll have to send to you for confirmation. (Example: Jane Doe has verbally committed to Hogwarts University for the 2014 season, but will not be playing volleyball. Instead, Jane has chosen to focus on her studies/play basketball for the Gryffindors next year/will play for the club team since there is no varsity college team. Jane was offered a full academic scholarship and plans to study Potions.) And of course, if you have a child or know of a player currently in college that is making waves for his/her team, please let me know and I will get posts of their accolades up as soon as I can.
Coaching changes: If a coach resigns from his/her position, please let me know so that I can try to find out the replacement (if one has not been named immediately) and so that I can update my coaches contact list.
Other: I really want to keep this blog as updated as possible during the offseason, so any information you have that you feel may be relevant, please send to me. As long as there is some kind of tie to high school girls volleyball, I’m sure it will be fine to post here. I’m telling you up front that tracking offseason volleyball will be nearly impossible with girls basketball going on. During the spring, things should die down, slightly, but I’ll still be on Rockland Boulders duty. I’ll need you — the readers — to help me keep this blog filled with content.
Editor’s note: I hope you enjoyed the coverage this year — at least in the overall spectrum of things. I know not everyone will be happy because either I picked against them at some point or didn’t see them during the year, but I tried my best to see as many teams as possible and to make this blog a forum for both information and fun conversation. The predictions, polls, etc. are meant to add levity to the coverage, not to hold grudges. Some took it stride and with laughter and grace, while others took it a little too seriously, but I suppose that will happen. I don’t think I’m doing day-by-day predictions next year because it is way too much of a hassle to deal with when teams I picked against take it personally. I’ll continue the rankings and Player of the Week selections, but as for day-by-day predictions, unless I get an overwhelming lobby for them to return next year, I’m likely doing away with them. Regardless of anything that happened throughout the season, I hope you all know that I acted in good faith and tried my best to give the sport of volleyball my 100-percent devotion and the coverage it properly deserves. I’ll keep posting updates until the all-star editions run, so please keep reading. Thank you all for a wonderful season, and I look forward to hearing from many of you before the 2014 season rolls around.