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One of Raine’s responses on the league’s “never ending issues”

There have been a lot of complaints raised by teams in the league regarding penalties, uniforms, violations, etc. These “issues” have been heard and given much careful thought by the tournament committee headed by Raine Romero (of Team Dragoons). I’m quoting one of her email response to such issues below:

After much deliberation, the committee decided to count all sets of the game between Esthetica and Teleperformance for reasons that Esthetica made their complaint AFTER the 1st match has already been played; and that the said player of teleperformance was in a uniform of the same color. The committee recognizes that such an issue was never a problem with the rest of the teams in the league as made clear during the game of Esthetica and Sideout.com wherein team Esthetica asked Sideout.com for their approval, before the match started, regarding 3 of their players without uniforms. This decision is FINAL.

On the fines and penalties, the issue has already been explained. It will be imposed.

Team representativs have always been privileged to speak their minds in this tournament, heard, and considered for whatever issues they want to raise up. Registration fees on its own do not cover the expenses of this tournament. In case it you don’t realize it, this is a business, not a charitable institution – courts are paid for despite being an inhouse tournament and everyone is aware that our court hours do not come cheap – and that’s just part of the expenses.

I suggest that next time anyone decides to join the tournament, read everything carefully. If you don’t agree on any part of it then don’t join.

I apologize to the other team representatives for having to go through the inconvenience of receiving the past exchange of emails. A bunch of you have made clear your sentiments about this and I thank you.

Raine Romero
Sport Manager – Volleyball
Clubsixfifty Sports Center
150 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Libis
Tel: 6370.650
Telefax: 6311.356

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006 Club Volle at Club650 Libis 1 Comment

Game 10: E-Telecare vs Hero TV

25-23; 14-25; 15-25

Miss Player of the Game: Lucky!!!

The team seemed hopeless at first as only 7 of us attended the game last Saturday against HeroTV. Most of the players who were not able to come had previous commitments, some had emergencies, visit to the dentist, sked problems, and a few were just not in the mood and has given up. Thanks to the 7 people who came, team E-Telecare survived another game forfeiture. As always, Irene arrived at the last minute.

The first set was obviously the best as team E-Telecare managed to give HeroTV an upsetting first set loss. They started with their second stringers and perhaps thought that our team was such a weak team no one could even spike the ball properly during the 5-minute warmup. They were wrong because we fought hard and earned each point we made. At the 20-20 all mark, they subbed their top players but it was just too late. The momentum was on E-Telecare’s side and we were so determined to win we actually won, 25-23.

When your game is off, all aspects of it is off. Out of at least 6 jump serves I made throughout the game, only one went in. The team was relying on me for offense but all my attacks were off target. Even reception has become a weakness. Good thing we have Lucky who, for the very first time since game 2, played as an Open Spiker. His consistency was enough to let us win the first set. Ivan provided good defense while Ernest and Arky’s setting were also consistent — at least less careless violations. As for Lots and Irene, ummmm they both get A+ for attendance. Team Hero TV had to use their top players all the way to ensure they win the second and third sets.

This game proves that anything can happen in the game of volleyball. We had fun causing upsets to top teams like Hero TV.

Sunday, November 5th, 2006 Club Volle at Club650 Libis 1 Comment

Game 49: E-Telecare vs Sideout.com

Last Friday, eventhough we lost in 3 sets, we played our best game against Team Pioneer as we managed to score 20+ points on all sets. The Saturday game against one of the top teams of the league, Sideout, was almost a game forfeiture. Thanks to the people who came just in the nick of time. Our game this coming Saturday (Nov. 4) will be an exciting one. Hopefully more players can attend.

The following people still owes the team the corresponding amount. I need the payment this coming Saturday so please find a way to settle this. For the Makati people, please give your payments to Arky if you’re not attending this Saturday’s game.Thanks

Melvin P190
Alliver P220 + P190 = P410
Lucky P190
Ivan P220 + P190 = P410
Ina P220 + P190 = P410
Sonny P190

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 Club Volle at Club650 Libis Comments Off on Game 49: E-Telecare vs Sideout.com

Game 46: E-Telecare vs Pioneer

(wala pa ako maisip)

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 Club Volle at Club650 Libis Comments Off on Game 46: E-Telecare vs Pioneer

Game 40: E-Telecare vs Benilde

Game 40: E-Telecare vs Benilde 2:30pm

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After going against the defending champs the last time, we were up against the leauge’s 1st runner up Team Benilde this time. In my opinion, they are the most solid team in the tournament mainly because all of them have been playing together for a long time. Benilde came in well prepared before the game started and Team E-Telecare can’t help but notice how disciplined they are as they did their usual team warmup. Unfortunately, not all of us attended the game. Ina have attendance problems at work; Melvin has been assigned to Alabang; Alliver and Cesar were busy; Irene had to rush her kid to the hospital (but at least she dropped by for the picture taking).With previous games, the first set has always been the team’s strongest. During this game however, it was one error after another. A combination of service errors, bad reception, and careless violations were commited. Eventhough Arky (the team’s main setter) was able to set the ball properly most of the time, Benilde’s solidness as a team was just too much. The second set came out to be the best set for Team E-Tel during this game wherein the team showed more team work and consistency (specially in the service department). Thanks to coach Jappy’s constant reminders (or should I say encouragement via mocking/cursing/etc.), the team exerted more effort in commiting less errors. I, on the other hand, went against Jappy’s advice on serving the ball easy to make sure it goes in rather than going for the kill. Good thing it worked out okay as I managed to pull up 3-4 straight points off my jump serves. (Then the next jump serve was straight to the net as I got exhausted). The team started out very well but could not end it strong as Benilde won the second set. The third set was a ‘mix and match’ strategy too late.

This game showed us that eventhough we sometimes go inside the court with half of the lineup missing, we are still capable of playing as a team. As opposed to our first few games, we had complete attendance but there was not a team. Kudos also to Bride and Lots, our 2 female players who played their best all throughout the game (since they did not have any other choice).

25-12; 25-14; 25-16

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2006 Club Volle at Club650 Libis 1 Comment

Game 32: E-Telecare vs Fusion

25-10; 25-19; 25-11

Team E-Telecare bowed down to defending champs Team Fusion (who are composed of former La Salle top gunners). The first set ended quickly as the champs pounded on Team E-Telecare with powerful smashes. The second set was a lot better but due to careless errors, Fusion’s second stringers capitalized and won the second set. All throughout the game, the team’s poor blocking has been a key factor specially when you’re up against a strong team that relies on combo plays. On the blocking department, the team did get a few good solid blocks (c/of Arky, Sonny, and Raj) but consistency was never displayed. Team E-Tel tried to mix and match the third set but it was too late.

On the other hand, the games that we have played so far allowed us to know each and every one’s strengths and weaknesses. The team have not played its full potential yet due to a lot of problems going on in and out the court. However, each game we play gets us closer in becoming a better team.      

Sunday, October 15th, 2006 Club Volle at Club650 Libis 1 Comment

Game 27: E-Telecare vs Dragoons

25-16; 25-7; 25-15 

Kumusta naman Pilipinas!!! Our game against Dragoons was another loss in 3 sets but on the positive side, we played fairly well as a team in terms of supporting each other in and out the court. Most importantly, we had a good time in this moment of defeat. As usual, using Sonny’s strategy/plays, we started out strong and answered the opponent’s offense with our own (c/o Alliver who happens to be our Mr.Energy Player of the Game). Ernest showed consistency with his setting skills while our team libero Lucky, provided the team’s main line of defense (but would seem to falter when it comes to Charlie Ponce’s powerful spikes — bakit kaya?). Eventhough we eventually lost the first set, the players in the court were full of enthusiasm and passion all throughout the first set — the way we should have been playing since the start of the tourney.

Kudos to our “Kumusta naman Pilipinas” coach Jappy who was able to maintain his composure by keeping his cool all throughout the game without cursing!!! (sarcasm? hehe). On the second set, the team tried mixing and matching players (as what we always do during the previous games). But we just could not match up with the opponent’s solidness as a team. Ivan’s powerful open spikes and the blocking skills of Raj were not enough to prevent Charlie and the Dragoons from taking the second set with a commanding lead. (You can’t help but notice that eventhough he plays for Dragoons, you can see from Charlie’s eyes that he wished he was playing for E-Telecare — perhaps because of a special someone who cheers for E-Telecare all the time, hehe).

The thrid set came out to be as bad as the previous one. Sonny and I seemed to have lost fuel and committed a lot of errors. I tried to kill the ball every time I had the chance to but it was fatigue that killed my game all throughout the match. Alliver remained to be the only offensive spark for the team because of his never-give-up attitude. We should also commend Irene and our 2 new female players Bride and Lota for doing their best — Is the P6,000 worth it? (siyempre).

Saturday, October 14th, 2006 Club Volle at Club650 Libis Comments Off on Game 27: E-Telecare vs Dragoons

Team E-Telecare

So far, we have played 3 games and got 10 points. Here’s our game results:

Game 4: E-telecare lost to Teleperformance (25-22; 18-25; 5-25)
Game 8: E-telecare lost to Kampo (12-25; 28-30; 21-25)
Game 24: E-telecare lost to Esthetica (17-25; 15-25; 15-25)

You can view the current team standings and game sked at the Club650 website. After all the drama, we managed to play these games with a mixture of both frustration and achievement. Let’s make the most our of our remaining games by playing as a team and most importantly enjoy playing volleyball. One big fight!

So teammates, what do you think went wrong during our first few games? What should we do then to improve?

Friday, October 13th, 2006 Club Volle at Club650 Libis Comments Off on Team E-Telecare

Game 24: E-Telecare vs Esthetica

Team E-Telecare
Team E-Telecare Game Pics
So guys, ganito ang play...  Set it to me and I'll spike it hard!! game time hmmm... team pic see how blurry my digicam is... team time-out
Saturday, October 7th, 2006 Club Volle at Club650 Libis Comments Off on Game 24: E-Telecare vs Esthetica

Game 4: E-Telecare vs Teleperformance

E-Telecare lost to Teleperformance (25-22, 18-25, 5-25)

I usually express my thoughts better in writing. I would just like to point out a few issues we have with our team. Please find time to read this email and let the whole team know your thoughts on these by replying to EVERYONE. I hope whatever problems/issues that happen inside the court REMAIN INSIDE the court and should not affect how we deal with one another outside the court. On my part, I really don’t care whether we win or lose games as long as we act as a team and play our full potential. So let’s settle our issues…

1. Team Captain / Co-Captain
Just so you would know, the team’s official and registered Team Captain is Irene and I’m the acting Co-Captain. I had to ask Irene to take on this responsibility because I won’t be able to attend most of our games starting this mid-October due to my wedding this November. Irene and I had to designate ourselves as the captain/co-captain because we did not have the time to discuss this matter with the team during the registration. The team has to understand that we do not have a coach and so, during games, the captain should be in charge in making the calls (eg. who plays, who sits down). Irene and I are trying our best to meet the team’s expectations but it becomes hard when each one of us has his/her own opinion that is entirely opposing the other. So we try our best to consider all and settle for a compromise. I also realize that not everyone in the team seems to agree that we should be the captain/co-captain.Just so you would know, the team’s official and registered Team Captain is Irene and I’m the acting Co-Captain. I had to ask Irene to take on this responsibility because I won’t be able to attend most of our games starting this mid-October due to my wedding this November. Irene and I had to designate ourselves as the captain/co-captain because we did not have the time to discuss this matter with the team during the registration. The team has to understand that we do not have a coach and so, during games, the captain should be in charge in making the calls (eg. who plays, who sits down). Irene and I are trying our best to meet the team’s expectations but it becomes hard when each one of us has his/her own opinion that is entirely opposing the other. So we try our best to consider all and settle for a compromise. I also realize that not everyone in the team seems to agree that we should be the captain/co-captain.

So let’s choose now. Who do you think should be the team’s captain and co-captain that everyone will RESPECT and FOLLOW? (Everyone, please be honest and answer.)

2. Change of Lineup for P3,000
I made a mistake of including Phillip Arriola in the lineup since it turned out that he could not play for the team after all. He is currently being trained to become a Team Leader / TOIC so it’s understandable that he cannot sacrifice his sked for the games. Since we need female players badly to avoid paying P3,000 penalty for each game forfeiture, then as early as now, we can pay for a Change in Lineup (which will cost P3,000 per player change). I have already confirmed this with Club650’s Raine Romero and likewise, Irene said Camille of HR agreed to this as long as we shoulder the cost.I made a mistake of including Phillip Arriola in the lineup since it turned out that he could not play for the team after all. He is currently being trained to become a Team Leader / TOIC so it’s understandable that he cannot sacrifice his sked for the games. Since we need female players badly to avoid paying P3,000 penalty for each game forfeiture, then as early as now, we can pay for a Change in Lineup (which will cost P3,000 per player change). I have already confirmed this with Club650’s Raine Romero and likewise, Irene said Camille of HR agreed to this as long as we shoulder the cost.

P3,000 / 14 = P215 each. We can take in Irene/Ina’s friend Crystal to fill in the gap. (As for Corky, her sked does not permit her to attend most of the games). What do you think?

3. Issue on Winning Games vs. Playing Time
Obviously, if we focus on winning games, then we cannot expect for everyone to play all the time. On the other hand, if we prioritize on having everyone to have equal playing time every game, then we cannot expect to maximize our team’s potential and win games. Therefore I think I think all of us would agree to balance these 2 things then. There’s really no easy way of developing a system that will work on both. So for now, before and after a game, let’s make it a point to talk about this issue.

Any suggestions?

4. On last Saturday’s game
Last Saturday’s games were a mixture of frustration and achievement for some. Some of us thought we sucked as a team (not because we lost but because we were not able to manage the team’s playing time well). Some people thought we had fluked the first game but was able to adjust well and improved a lot on the second wherein we played against Kampo, a team that is lot lot stronger than Teleperformance.Last Saturday’s games were a mixture of frustration and achievement for some. Some of us thought we sucked as a team (not because we lost but because we were not able to manage the team’s playing time well). Some people thought we had fluked the first game but was able to adjust well and improved a lot on the second wherein we played against Kampo, a team that is lot lot stronger than Teleperformance.

game1 vs Teleperformance: 25-22, 18-25, 5-25
game2 vs Kampo: 25-12, 30-28, 25-21

Jappy – You were one of the “early birds” but was not able to play the entire game 1. You played on game 2 but just barely. So I understand your frustration. In addition, there’s nothing we can do to alter your sked to accomodate the games, sorry. I would also have to say that I do not agree at all on your suggestion of having a “first six” then a “second six” playing alternately to have equal playing time. I understand that some of us play well together with certain players but if we are truly a team, then I think we should develop and find a way for all of us to play together as one team. Not two teams in one team. Also, on team practices, I think the team will be willing to have training somewhere at the Makati area. Please take the initiative to organize this then let us know!!!

Alliver – At first impression, I voted against you but good thing Irene insisted for you to be part of the team. I was entirely wrong about you. Not only do you have the skills but more importantly, the right winning attitude and team spirit. I made a bad call taking you out of game 1’s second set. I thought I could have made a difference by replacing you. But we lost that set. I should have let you played that whole set.

Arky – During game 1’s first set, I decided to use Ernest since, although most of us came in late (myself included), you did not have enough time to even do proper stretching. Hope that’s understandable. During game 2, I thought you acknowledged that your game was off and that’s why you signaled me to have you replaced. I did not know you wanted to play again. Next time, please tell us right then and there (the way Jappy does) instead of texting me after the game. I was the one who insisted you become the team’s primary setter eventhough others preferred Cesar and Ernest. I really feel bad I was not able to give you another chance. Another bad call on my part.

Ernest – Everyone has to know this. We included him in the lineup not knowing he initially did not want to be part of the team (for reasons we really could not understand). Since we did not want to pay the penalty for a change in lineup, we talked to him and convinced him to play. On last Saturday’s game, I think it was obvious that he played well and had less errors compared to most of us. We won game 1’s first set because of him. Ernest, now you know that the team needs you so this should encourage you to attend all the games from hereon.

Lucky – The missing link!!! Volleyball is simple. You receive, set, then go for the kill. Because of your impressive defensive skills, we played a lot better on the second game (in my opinion) considering that Kampo was obviously one of the strong teams. (Their players were former NCAA stars.) Can you PLEEEZ be the team’s official Libero? I would personally be more encouraged to play our games if I know I have your support as the team’s main defensive line. Please?

Irene / Ina – Having a female player to set for the team is always an advantage in this co-ed tournament. Both of you are good setters and defenders as well. Maybe we can try having Ina set then Irene defending. Or viceversa.

Sonny – You’re a flexible Open Spiker and Middle Blocker. Whenever Alliver’s not around, I think you should be the Seventh Man who subs for one of our Open spikers. You also start strong but seem to get exhausted fast. That’s why you and Ivan complement each other (you’ll see why). As for your suggestion to get a coach, I totally agree we need one but unfortunately we cannot afford to pay P500 per session. I am also trying to get my former high school coach, but he may be already playing for one of the teams in the tourney. With or without a coach, we have to make the most of what we have.

Ivan – You seem to play better and commit less errors whenever you come in during the latter part of the game. This makes sense because whenever a player sits for a while, when he gets a chance to play, he would wanna pound the ball as hard as he can like there’s no tomorrow. That’s why you complement Sonny. Whenever he gets tired, you’re the perfect sub to get things going. On last Saturday’s game, you’re our best blocker because every time you block, it was always a check-ball. Just make sure you avoid the net.

Melvin – As Irene pointed out, you encourage others not to give up but your game face and gestures show the opposite. Don’t know what’s really inside your heart. You seem to be disappointed last Saturday. Don’t know if it’s with me, the team, or because you were sick.

Raj – Since he has the highest salary among us, then Raj will treat the whole team to a party or dinner whenever we win games in 3 sets!!! We need your blocking skills.

Cesar – Sorry you were not able to play on game

Lisa – We miss you!!!

Marc – As for me, I wanted to turn back time and go back to the ending part of game 2’s second set. We should have already won that set if I did not choke and commit 2 consecutive errors. I really don’t know why I chose to drop the ball when I should have spiked it hard. For those who felt that I made a lot of bad calls as to who plays and who sits down, I could have not done it any other way. I really feel bad that things did not work as expected. Honestly, I really do not want to be team captain/co-captain because it greatly affects my game. I find it difficult to determine how to meet individual expectations and at the same time try to win games as a team.

I hope we can talk about these issues and find a way to settle them before we move on to our next game.

Sunday, September 24th, 2006 Club Volle at Club650 Libis Comments Off on Game 4: E-Telecare vs Teleperformance