Recap: New York Mini Volleyball Tournament at Seward Park

Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 at 11:28 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

The Department of Education-mandated closure of Seward Park athletic grounds to the public at large had no effect on an annual tournament tradition. For two days this weekend, the enclosed courts held host to the popular New York Mini, a Chinese-American volleyball competition now in its twenty-fifth year.

This image has been archived or removed.

Seventy teams from around the country descended upon the Lower East Side to compete this year, and with it, the crowds. Most definitely a spectacle both days, especially seeing the culture clash with the Hester Street Fair just next door. Dozens of spectators flooded the sidewalk and courts to watch and/or cheer the proper clubs.

This image has been archived or removed.

Since 1987, the New York Mini has celebrated this unique variation of volleyball, which employs nine players on each team instead of six. This style of play was adopted in 1920s China after American missionaries introduced the sport in Tai-Shan. More from the New York Mini website:

Throughout the period of The Chinese Exclusion Act , Chinese-American communities began to play in fellowship tournaments. As the laws against immigration and naturalization continued to isolate Chinese Americans, these tournaments united the Chinatown community to bond and forge friendships.

Since that time, even as gentrification gradually shifted Chinese Americans away from Chinatown communities, the game became increasingly popularized within the Asian American volleyball communities across North America.

Today, the New York Mini represents the tradition and heritage that has been passed down from generation to generation and is a opportunity for  Asian-Americans to celebrate their heritage and build friendships across the major Asian communities on the East Coast through volleyball.

This gallery has been removed.

Recent Stories

Another Events Space Called SOMMwhere Rises on Ludlow Street

Once an events space, always an event space. That’s the story at 48 Ludlow Street where a new one just opened. What was the Koala Farm studio for a brief moment is now SOMMwhere. It opened last weekend, pitching itself as a “stylish and sustainable escape” for your next shindig. The media advisory is longer […]

Croman’s Amato Opera Building on the Bowery Welcomes ‘Kissaki’ Sushi Next Month

The onetime Amato Opera on the Bowery – renovated and upscaled years ago – will get a high-end sushi restaurant called Kissaki. Eater reported this week that former Gaijin chef-owner Mark Garcia is behind the 26-seat Omakase venture at 319 Bowery. The Omakase menu will cost $160 for twelve pieces of Nigiri and four kaiseki-style […]

This Guy and Girl Stole a Locked Bike from Inside Orchard Street Building [VIDEO]

A man and his girlfriend were caught on camera Thanksgiving night while stealing a locked bike inside an Orchard Street apartment, the victim tells us. Surveillance video from inside 78 Orchard shows a couple enter the building – perhaps buzzed in by a neighbor – then pause for a moment. In a cavalier move, the […]

‘Peasant’ to Stay on Elizabeth Street Under Chef Marc Forgione

So, it turns out that Peasant will remain on Elizabeth Street, after all. But under new ownership. One month ago, we reported that founding chef-owner Frank DeCarlo reportedly decided against renewal. An apparent change of heart unfolded in the interim… The New York Times this week disclosed that DeCarlo sold the business to Marc Forgione, […]

Longtime Orchard Street Laundromat Felled by Rent Hike

A longtime laundromat on lower Orchard Street is set to close by year end. The Orchard Cleaner and Laundromat is counting the days to December 31, after which its lease reportedly expires. A purported rent hike for the renewal is the cause behind this latest closure. However, details regarding the percentage increase are not immediately […]