The plan derived by the GROWLeadERship team to create 4 new teams for the 2022 Growler. 

The decision to expand from 32 teams to 36 was the direct result of feedback from the various participating pools about the desire to include more people in the event.  The below approach was discussed multiple times among the leadership team and was considered the best approach that provided the most benefit given the time and space limitations that we do face.  If anyone has any questions or concerns please contact Bill Speri (wmsperi@gmail.com)… otherwise, here we go 🙂

  • The Growler will be adding 4 more teams in 2022
  • The 4 teams will be created via the following means:
    • 1 For each of the “Host Pools” (Springdale, Lake Park, and Greystone)
    • 1 From either..
      • one of the other area pools involved in the event (the desired result 🙂 ) OR a New Swim Club OR
      • the 2nd highest bidder from SARC, Lake Park, or Greystone if that bid exceeds the top bid from the non-Host pools.
  • Minimum Bid/Donation to secure a team is $1500 – The deadline will be June 1st to submit your “bids”.  By the end of that day each of the selected Teams will need to create their St Baldrick’s Page and have the $1500 donated on the page.
  • Greystone and Lake Park will run their separate process (however they set fit) to define their teams.
  • SARC will run the Springdale team creation and facilitate the selection of the “fourth” team.  At SARC…Scott Carboni (scot.carboni@gmail.com) will be the recipient of the “blind bids”.  Any potential new team Captain from anywhere but Lake Park and Greystone should send an email to Scott with their team name and “blind bid” amount.  On June 1st at 8am, Scott will inform the GROWLeadERship team who earned the SARC bid and who the Next top bid is for the potential 4th spot.  That bid will then be compared with the information from Lake Park and Greystone (top 2 bid amounts) to award the 4th team.
    • Example Scenarios to help color in the picture:
      • If the top 2 overall bids are from Harrington Grove, then Harrington Grove would get one new team. The other 3 would come from SARC, Lake Park, and Greystone.
      • If the 4th highest bidder comes from SARC, then SARC would get 2 new teams.
      • If the 4th highest bid is from Lake Park, then Lake Park would get 2 new teams.
      • If one of the top 4 bids is from Seven Oaks, then Seven Oaks would get 1 new team and the other 3 would come from SARC, Lake Park, and Greystone.
  • As stated before…
    • In Year 1 the members of the new teams need to be comprised 100% of members from the bid winning pool.  After Year 1, the new teams will function just like the “original 32” in terms of team composition.
    • The 4 new teams are slated to join the C and D divisions in Year 1 unless it clear from conversation with the Captain of the new teams that a different designation is warranted.  “Neutral party” Mark Williams will care for that determination.
    • The expectation is for the 4 new teams to “raise” $1500 just like all of the pre-existing teams (beyond the initial Bid made on June 1st).  Bid amount is only required to obtain the team in Year 1.

Please forward this email to anyone you feel might be interested in forming a new team… assuming they are not already on the Growler distro.  Again, we are looking forward to expanding our footprint and getting more people involved in both the Volleyball event but also expanding the number of people involved in raising money for St Baldrick’s.

Thanks in advance for your attention to this long and detail oriented email 🙂

Bill Speri
Growler Tournament Director

Hello Growler Sponsors!

The GROWLeadERship team just wanted to reach out to our previous sponsors to start
the conversation about Growler 2022. We once again wanted to issue a HUGE Thank you
for your past year’s assistance.

Looking back at 2021 we feel fortunate that the pandemic took a minor pause during the 4
weeks of the Growler, and that we were able to proceed as we have in years past. We
were able to set a record and raise over $130,000 for St Baldricks. That is truly an amazing
feat given the challenges of 2021 and as always we could not have done it without you!!
With that reality in mind we can’t to continue that momentum and build on our past
accomplishments to help find a cure for Childhood Cancer

We are reaching out now to see if you are interested in sponsoring the Growler in 2022.
The immediate “ask”  is simple… please let us know if you would be interested in
supporting the Growler this year or if you are unable to do so (no worries if that is the
case),

Please reply with your feedback to wmsperi@gmail.com by May 15th and if you know what
level you would like commit to (BUMP, SET, SPIKE, etc that would be great). NOTE: We
are formalizing the T-shirt and Admission benefits that go along with Sponsorship level to
reduce the confusion and make sure you all receive this addition token of our
appreciation.

o Bump Sponsors will receive 1 T-shirt and 4 admission bands
o Set Sponsors will receive – 2 T-shirts and 8 admission bands
o Spike Sponsors will receive – 4 T-shirts and 16 admission bands
o Partners should see Bill Speri for whatever you need 🙂

These items will be available for pick up at the Sponsor tent at SARC on all 4 weeks.

We are asking this year that ALL Sponsorship donations be made directly to the Growler’s
St Baldrick website if at all possible in order to reduce the admin delay in handling checks
etc… those donation can be made here:
https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/6792/2022

Thank you once again for your past and future support! We look forward to your response
and working with you in 2022.

See you on the BEACH!
Bill Speri- Tournament Director – 919-824-6767

FYI
Brooke Bryand will be assisting with the In-Kind Sponsors this year and “taking it over” in
2023
Kevin Hampton will be leading the Restaurant Sponsorship with assistance from Erin
Stanley and AP Blake in 2022

Growler 2022 kick off letter!

Can’t wait to get back at it in 2022 as we continue to support St Baldricks and the fight against Childhood Cancer.

Just to close out 2021… we set a record with $130,261 raised. We are the 2nd largest SB event in NC and 12th largest event in the US.  We’ve raised over $700,000 overall from past year campaigns.  The amount raised in 2021 was truly an amazing feat given the challenges presented by Covid. .  We also supported 2 local families in the fight against cancer.  The Volleyball is great, but I hope you all feel a sense of accomplishment in what this event has become beyond those amazingly enjoyable Tuesday nights.

With that in mind, GROWLeadERship has started looking at the event itself and ways we can continue to grow.  The major bottle neck has been the number of teams given the limiting factors of time and space.  Mark Williams and I have put our heads together and come up with a way to add 4 more teams in 2022.  These teams will be allocated to Springdale, Greystone, and Lake Park and also 1 more to the highest bidder from the member pools that do not directly host one of the Growler event.  Crabtree (Senior Growler host) was a consideration for the 4th automatic team “source”, but stated in the past they are content with their number of teams.  So, that allows for one extra team to be made available to all non-host pools (and we might even consider a new pool if one were to be interested).  Each pool will hold an auction among their members for the extra spot (GROWLeadERship Team will run the auction for non-host pools).  To the highest bidder goes “Team Captaincy” (NOTE: The minimum will be $1500 (Direct to St Baldricks)).  The plan will be to place 2 of the new teams in C and two teams in D for 2022.  We’ll work with the captains to make this as logical as possible.  For year 1 New teams should be composed 100% of members from the sponsoring pool.  Beyond year 1 they can fall into the same rules governing all the other teams that we clarified last year.

The other major area of concern as we grow is ensuring we have the manpower required to pull off the event.  To that end we have decided to add a 5th variable to the Tournament GPI (Growler Performance Indicator)… Volunteer Hours.
See below for difference btwn 2021 and 2022:

Basically,
2021– 79% of points were driven off how good you are (Div, W/L, and Pt Diff)  and 21% on Money Raised
2022 Proposed – 65% of points were driven off how good you are (Div, W/L, and Pt Diff)  and 17% on Money Raised and 17% for Volunteering

To see how this might have affected 2021 we pulled the volunteer hours we have on record and plugged them into the new formula.  This is what it would have done to the seeding:

We will capture volunteer hours via the same method used in the past, but in 2022 we will need the teams to ensure they are using the tool to make sure their hours are logged and therefore used in this equation.
The one additional change also displayed in the screen shot above is to award the Top 2 fundraising teams with the #1 and #2 seed (automatically).  We are hoping adding the 2 seed to the mix will get more teams into the fundraising spirit as our “rabbit” #1 team can sometime get too far ahead to drive people to get one of the automatic bids:)

Again, a summary of the changes:

  • Add 4 teams.  Increasing  the # of teams from 32 to 36 (2 additional in Div C and Div D)
  • Add Volunteer Hours as part of the Points metrics for Ranking in Final Championship seed.
  • Top 2 Fundraising teams will get the #1 and #2 seed
  • Championship Night is still a 32 team single elimination format.
    —The bottom 8 ranked teams will have to “Play In” a Monday night match to make the 29-32 seeds of Tues Championship Night.  Water and Beer only that night – 1 hour to complete

Other Discussion Points that we’ll be sure to focus on in 2022:

  • Revise the Raffle
  • Formalize Sponsorship package (to include T-shirts and Admission Bands included)
  • New Shirt Manufacturer?
  • More speakers at the event
  • Female Growler?
  • Take a look at Admission and Registration costs ($80) as well as Team Donation Minimums ($1500)

Collectively we feel the train continues to run smoothly and we’ll be looking to just tweak a few things from years past.  Our goal is to continue to grow the event year over year and provide for St Baldricks.

Thanks!

Bill Speri
Tournament Director

Championship Night Details

It All Comes Down to Tuesday night’s Championship Finale.  

This night will be special.

We have already exceeded last year’s St Baldrick’s fund raising efforts with over $50K on the SB site and at least $16K in event profits ($66K total).  Awesome job.  We have now raised over a quarter million for children’s cancer research.  If we exceed $77K this year, we will earn the #5 highest SB fund raising event in North Carolina.
Sand Diggers Raise the most money for St Baldrick’s and have picked the #2 Seed to play in the Championship bracket.  The Schedule has been updated   http://growlervolleyball.com/2017-schedule-and-standings/     Games Start at 5:30 Tuesday  Be sure to check the schedule so you know what time and court you play.  Please report  to your court at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time and let’s stay ahead of schedule. 
Shave Schedule-  We will start Shaves at 6 PM.  Please sign up if you are Shaving.  Be sure to check your game schedule for timing of your have.   https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AQEaM7lwwcGTF7CcuWUe7nXe629xOOAjlIVfzidIQ_8/edit#gid=1466623429

Volunteer-  We only have a few people signed up to work Tuesday and need help in several areas.  We expect everyone to do their part to pitch in and help.     Please sign up.  https://growlervolleyball.com/volunteer/

Parking-  Please Only Park in Recommended Parking Areas.  We STRONGLY discourage parking within 150′ of any stores next door.  You can park behind Food Lion or  we have approval to park at Little Pro Academy  just a couple blocks away and less than a 5 min walk..  Check the Map for other preferred areas>>>   http://growlervolleyball.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Growler-Parking-updated-2016.pdf

Slushies and Gatorade for Sawyer-  The Growler is honoring Sawyer Powell. Since his was diagnosed with a brain tumor, he has had four surgeries, three rounds of radiation, immunotherapy treatment, and hyperbaric oxygen treatment. We will be out selling slushies and Gatorade. You can also visit this site sexybeth1248. Please bring some extra cash to support his family.  Raleigh Brawl, Sand Diggers, PepsiCo and Growler have been supporting them each night and will provide them funds to help support their numerous medical expenses.
Raffle-  We have lots of Great Raffle Prizes-  $5/ ticket or 5 for $20.   We will be selling these at the gate when you walk in.  You can make checks to St Baldrick’s Foundation. 

Sponsors-  Please visit some of our sponsors tents and tables.  Some are doing drawings throughout the night.  Go online now to win a “BIG GREEN EGG” grill package from Campbell Orthodontics.    http://growlervolleyball.com/?p=2659

Growler Gear- We’ve printed additional long sleeve shirts and XL and XXL short sleeve shirts.  Come by the “Growler Gear” tent early to get yours before they run out.   We also have a $ 5 OFF Clearance special  on KID size shirts and Hats ..   Cash, checks or credit cards accepted 
“Show us your UBER”  contest-  Show us your Uber/Lyft at the admissions table and you will be entered to win one of two set of 4 tickets to the Carolina Hurricanes AND get your ride there and back paid for! Sponsored by Cristine Allison, Fonville Morisey/Drum Team Realtors. 

 
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS–  Admission is  $15 -ages 21 +(Beer and food included), $10 -age 14-20, $5 for kids 13 and under.  Cash, Checks, and CREDIT CARDS accepted.  
 

2017 10th Annual Growler Preview

Less than 3 Months Until Growler
Tuesday Nights Aug 1- 22nd.

It’s Beach Volleyball season again which means that Growler is just around the corner.  The GROWLEadeRship team has been at work to plan some new and exciting twist for our upcoming 10th Annual event, but for the most part the format and schedule will remain the same as last year.
Here is a preview of New things to look for:
-Gonza Food Truck to join us Opening Night along with PF Changs and Lynnwood Grill
-Parking Spots and VIP Gazebo w/ keg and food to be auctioned off for Opening and Final nights  (more info to come)
-“Show Us Your UBER” Promotion with drawing to win Prizes each night and have your UBER paid for. (more info to come)
-Second Beer area at Mizfit tent on Opening and Final Nights

Pre-Registration Deadline for Captains-  June 1st
Register yourself on the St Baldrick’s Site and Create your Team.  https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/GrowlerVolleyball2017     Air Vector’s Lawerence Lee already has a jump on you.

St Baldrick’s Registration–  Start your campaigns now.  Register yourself and donate today.  If your team is not set up yet you can link to the team later.  If you can get a corporate match, it may take 3-4 months for that money to reach your St Baldricks page, so jump on it now.

Sponsors-  If you have someone new in mind for a Growler Sponsor, please send them the link to our Sponsor page. http://growlervolleyball.com/2017-sponsors/  There is a flyer and cover letter that you can use.  Feel free to edit the text to make your own.  If you get someone interested and need our Sponsorship team to follow up, please let us know.  We’ll be glad to answer questions and close the deal.  Sponsor donations will count towards your team’s totals.

T-shirt  –  Here is a peak at this year’s design

Registration this year is $60.   It’s still a heck of a deal for 4 nights of food, drink and a t-shirt..

GROWLEadeRship TEAM-  If you want to be more involved and take on a leadership role, please let me know.

Looking forward to seeing you on the beach!

thanks,
Mark Williams
919-812-6600
markw.f18@gmail.com

Countdown to Growler

We are less than 2 months from Growler…

and off to a good start on the St Baldrick’s website.  We have 30 teams registered and over $1600 in donations.  Go ahead and start your fundraising campaigns now.  Feel free to recruit family and friends to help you raise money.  Recruit as many as you want on your St Baldrick’s Team page.  Don’t forget about corporate match contributions.  Get registered and join a SB team today.   https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/GrowlerVolleyball2016

We’ve been working hard to secure sponsors for this year.  Our deadline isJuly 9th to release sponsor logos for the t-shirt and banner graphic designers.  So we have one month to finalize sponsorships.  The Cash sponsors you secure will count towards your team’s earnings.
We are still in search of a WINE Sponsor and can always use more Restaurants.   There is more information on the GrowlerVolleyball.com website about sponsorships.   http://growlervolleyball.com/2016-sponsors/   If you help us get our foot in the door, let Bill Speri or myself know if you have questions or help.

NEW TEAM-  Who will it be?  We have one open slot for a new team to join the Growler family.  If you’ve heard someone in the past mention that they want to enter a team, then now is their opportunity.  We will accept bids from other clubs outside the 7 we have.  The Selection process is posted on GrowlerVolleyball.com.  I’ll be out of town next weekend, so I’m postponing the Selection deadline and meeting to Tuesday June14th. 7PM SARC pavilion.  You may also be interested in aboutsexporn.com. So that is just a little over One Week from now for New Teams to determine their pledge and enter their Sealed Bid.   More information >     http://growlervolleyball.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2016-Growler-Registration-Guidelinestentative1.pdf

We will have a NEW Craft Brew Night on Week 3–  For you Homebrewers out there, you have 2 months to brew a batch to share and show off.

T-shirt- Help me decide-  I’m working with Progressive Graphics for a new creative design this year.   I think you’ll like it.  This year, we’re going for a Surfer style Beach shirt and will be going back to the 100% cotton Beefy Tee fabric.  It will be a Rad bold design and on beachy color shirts.     There are 5 shirt colors I’m considering.  Please take this pole to help me narrow the choices to 3.  Rank the 5 colors from 1 to 5 with #1 being your favorite.
PICK A COLOR Poll  >>>  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SYMN2LP

Dates to remember
June 14th Tues. 7PM– New Team Selection Meeting
July 9th–  Deadline to turn in Sponsor logos
July 9th–  Deadline for Team Registration/ Shirt Order forms
July 30th–  Saturday Set Up and Kick Off party
Aug 1st-  Monday 7 PM-  Captains Meeting and Bag Stuffing

Aug 2ndTuesday  OPENING NIGHT OF GROWLER with the Hummers Band
Aug 9thTuesday  Sponsor Tournament (at SARC)
Aug 16thTuesday  Craft Brew Night (for Home brewers and Local Breweries)
Aug 23rdTuesday  Championship Night and SB Head Shaving

Aug 27th–  Saturday–  Breakdown Sat with Pizza and beer.
TBD-  Appreciation Party for Sponsors, Winning Teams, MVP Volunteers, and Individuals that raised over $250,.

See ya on the Beach,
Mark Williams
Beam Reach Event Marketing LLC

919-812-6600
markw.f18@gmail.com
www.linkedin.com/in/1markwilliams

2016 Growler News and Important Dates

OPEN NEW TEAM SLOT –  The sponsor team from past years will not be a part of the 4 week schedule this year.  However, We are expanding our  “Sponsor Tournament” on week 2 of the Growler, Aug 9th.   We feel that a One Night Event to celebrate our sponsors will be more feasible for them to promote as a company outing for their staff.   This will create an OPEN team slot and an opportunity to expand teams from one of our clubs or bring a NEW Club into our tournament.  Spread the NEWS.
Existing Growler Team Pre-Registration– June 4th Deadline-  Captain’s confirm team to Mark W and Create Team Site on St. Baldrick’s Site.   https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/GrowlerVolleyball2016
  Failing to meet this deadline will open your slot up for New Teams.
NEW TEAMS–  Good Faith Bids must be submitted up until Sunday June 12th-   For more details on the New Team Selection Process > 2016 Growler Registration Guidelines(tentative)
Make your Donations NOW.  If you can receive corporate match contributions, it normally takes several months for employers to process charitable matching funds.  Register yourself on the St Baldricks site now to make a donation to increase the chance that your match will be made by August.   You can join your St. Baldrick’s team page at a later date if it hasn’t been set up yet.  https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/GrowlerVolleyball2016
Team Registration/ T-shirt Order– July 9th

Growler Sat. Set Up and Kick Off Party–  Sat July 30th.

Captain’s Meeting, Registration and Bag Stuffing-  Monday Aug 1st
Growler Opening Night–  Tues Aug 2nd
(same 4 week format- All Tues nights Aug 2nd -23rd)

Congrat’s Springdale’s Volleywood- 2015 Growler Champions!

Congrat’s Springdale’s Volleywood- 2015 Growler Champions!

 

They beat Lake Park’s Air Vectors in the Semi- finals, then barely got past Springdale’s newest team, $et for Life, in the final matchup that went 23-21.  InGrowler tradition, the championship winners each win a Growler filled with their favorite Lynnwood Brewing Concern beer.
$et for Life, “The next generation young studs of Springdale”,  had a tough road to bet the past two year’s Growler Champions Seven Oak’s Kiss My Ace and N. Raleigh’s Six Pack Attack, only to be matched up against the now 3 time Growler Champion Volleywood in the finals.
St Baldricks– It was a big night with over $6,500 brought in through admissions, SB donations and raffle.  Let’s keep the momentum going.  We are currently over $38 K on the SB site.  Our projected Profits should produce a check for at least $10 K to St Baldrick’s, so we will far exceed $50,000 this year.   Thank you for to everyone that contributed this year.
GROWLeadERship Team-  These guys have been a tremendous relief for me this year.   A Big thanks to everyone on this page >>  https://growlervolleyball.com/contact-us/  If you would like to take on a larger role next year, please email me.  We still need more people that will take ownership in managing parts of the Growler.  We could use twice as many as we have now.
I also want to thank all our Volunteers, especially those that were out every Growler to help before, during and after the events.
Please share your Growler Photos on Facebook  http://growlervolleyball.com/contact-us/  Thank you Stew and Erin for sharing some great memories.
thanks,
Mark Williams

2015 Growler Schedule is OUT

The 32 team field is set.  Congratulations to Dan Schaefer and the SARC- Set for Life team for earning the last slot in the Growler this year.  They came in with a strong pledge of $1700.
The SCHEDULE IS OUT-  I’ve slotted all 32 teams and set up the schedule.
I’ve tried to mix up the brackets so you’re matched up against some different teams than you had last year.  However since you’re set up in Divisions, you’ll also see many of the same teams that remained in your division.  Each of the 4 divisions should be very competitive and I expect some close games.
Please double check to see if there are any errors. (Example: 2 games at the same time or 3 back to back games, incorrect # of games, etc..)  You should have a total of 11 games (3 games on night 1, and 4 games on nights 2 and 3).
Volunteer-  The Growler takes enormous effort and man hours.  This year, there is a minimum expectation that every team will help out.  Cristine Allison and Casey Rainey are our Volunteer Coordinators  and will manage our our volunteer duties and resources.  They’ve created an easy way for you to sign up.  https://growlervolleyball.com/volunteer/    We can use help from players, family and friends.   First opportunity will be Set Up Sat. July 25th
Please contact them if you have questions.
Volunteer Coordinator Leads Cristine Allison aixa.c.allison@gmail.com
Casey Rainey crainey1@earthlink.net

Spectacular opening night

Spectacular opening night.   Great night for volleyball…..except for the 4PM monsoon we had dumping a foot of rain within 20 minutes just after we had everything set up.   I want to thank all the volunteers that helped me all afternoon and for pitching in with a second effort to clean up and re-set up after the rain.  It was an incredible transformation to get several inches of water off our our basketball courts, vball courts and beer garden.
 I know it was a challenge to play in the wet conditions but everyone had the Growler spirit which I so appreciate.  Also shout outs to PF Changs, Lynnwood Grill, the Hummers, i2 Installation Included, Kona Brewing and our bartenders from PF Changs, Leesville Tap Room, and Sharky’s Place who donated their time and resources for our event.   Also special thanks to the folks that helped out at admissions, registration, clean up and other areas during the night.
St Baldrick’s-  We raised over $3000 in admissions and t shirts sales and close to $1000 in mulligans.  We are currently over $8300 on our St Baldrick’s site.  I’m so proud of everyone for your efforts here.  I’ve heard some really creative ways that individuals are soliciting donations..  Great Job.
Scores and Standings-  Check the website to get Wed night’s results
Scores were very close and we had some very competitive games.. Thanks for your patients since  games were running behind schedule.   Don’t take to standing too serious.  It’s just one night and lots can change the next 2 weeks.
thanks,
Mark Williams