RMR Celebrates 40 Years on 5/19/18
The RMR started the Showdown tournament to give grassroots players a chance to compete at a large scale event. Not all teams and players have the opportunity to compete in the qualifiers so the purpose of the Showdown tournament is to give those players valuable experience. Participants usually get a fun keepsake like a mini-cowbell or lip gloss in the shape of a volleyball. Here's a look back on the various theme's for the past 13 years.
Thunder Chickens most dominate RMR AA men's team 1989-1994 with SIX back to back regional AA championships! Nationally at US Open Championships: 1st Bronze (Open) 1991; 2nd Bronze (30) 1992; 3rd (30) 1993; 3rd Gold (30) 1994! US Open All Americans over these years: Dave Blessing, Brian Ferris, Bill MacLachlan, Wally Martin, and Andy Klussman.
Colorado Connection most dominate women's team 1988-1994 and possibly in RMR's history! SIX Regional AA Championships, five of them back to back, and THREE national women's 30 championships and TWO second place women's 30 national finishes. Here's just a few of the articles featuring their victories! US Open All Americans over these years: Diane French (MVP), Jerrie McGahan (MVP), Joan Powell, Rhonda Woodward, Lynn Buhlig, Debbi Main (MVP), Lynne Morris, Nancy Holm.
Back in the day (1978-1999)...the RMR published quarterly newsletters reporting on all things volleyball in the region and nationally. May 1992-Sept 2002 Jay Polonsky and John Teska published the monthly Volleyball Colorado newspaper that included the RMR Newsletter as an insert through 1999. Now all volleyball news is on-line, but back then we all looked forward to receiving (in the mail!) our volleyball newsletters and newspapers for tournament schedules/results and to see who was featured that we might know! Check out Volume 1, Issue 1, May 6, 1992 of Volleyball Colorado.
Fun Fact: What year did the USAV and the RMR move to the "Rally Point System?" Hint...rally scoring for deciding games was introduced in 1988, so it was after that...and it was the same year the Libero position was created.
Congratulations to Momentum 18 Sanchez Boys and 303 VBA 16 Neo Boys on winning the gold at the Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Event this past weekend. Each team earned in their respective age group in the USA Division.
As we celebrate our 40 year history we'd love to capture multi-generational volleyball families. Currently we know of only one 3-generation volleyball family - Chris Powers. Any others out there?
To commemorate our 40 year anniversary we have contracted Kathy Lawless, Life Story Curator (and former RMR player, official, scorer) to create a legacy book capturing our history! She is currently diving into our archives collecting fun facts, pictures and artifacts that she is posting on Facebook and arranging into a legacy photo book for all of us to enjoy. The book will be available for viewing and to place orders for copies at our anniversary party in May.
Highlights from the RMR's archives as we look back on our 40 years of serving up volleyball in the region! The Evergreen Cougars, coached by Lo Hunter, break a National High School Sports consecutive win record! See the cover of the 1981 RMR Newsletter for more details about their win record.
Mon Jan 22 The RMR is serving up 40 years of volleyball! It's a milestone anniversary year -- save the date May 21st for an epic anniversary celebration at The Island. Books and videos were the tools back then if you were looking for training tips or ways to improve your technique? Check out these guides! (Pictures of books and diagrams)
Mon Jan 15 The RMR is celebrating its 40 year anniversary! How many of you remember the CVA? It was the precursor to the RMR. Here's a few of their early newsletters - check out the mimeograph page (for those of you not quite old enough to know what a mimeograph is you'll have to google it :>).
As of 5/17/18
Mon Jan 8
RMR serving up 40 years of volleyball. Check out these fun articles from the Dec 1977 Newsletter "Christmas Wish List" & "What's in a Name?" Are you one of the players mentioned? Or maybe one of them is your mom or dad? Remember to to stay tuned for our 40 year anniversary celebration at The Island in May! (We'll tag the names of folks in the articles on Facebook so they are sent an email that they've been tagged in a photo)
Just saw that there is one female name, so I changed the text to say "Or maybe one of them is your mom or dad?" vs just dad.
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