Annual BBQ and Hooverball Competition

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September 19, 2021 (Sunday) from 10AM-2PM: Annual Hooverball Volleyball BBQ — join us for an afternoon of great food and grilling.  Enjoy a friendly game of hooverball, volleyball, and lawn games like ladder toss, badminton, and corn hole.

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Event Details

Join us for an afternoon of delicious food, a great workout, and a fun-filled competition. Never played hooverball before? That’s OK, we’ll teach you how to play. It’s easy to learn, a lot of fun, and an excellent workout.

  • September 19, 2021 (Sunday) from 10AM-2PM
  • Children of all ages are welcome.  All children under 18 years must be registered by an adult.  You’ll be asked to sign a liability waiver that will be emailed to you on checkout.  Please sign it, and email it back to Sand and Steel Fitness.  Once we receive the form, we’ll add your child to the event.
  • Dogs Welcome — there is a dog park and plenty of shade.  Please bring water for them.
  • Friends and guests — welcome.  Please have them order their own ticket.  This makes it much easier for us match people to reservations and waivers.

Two Ticket Choices

  • Event Ticket and Costco.  Sand & Steel will place a larger order for BBQ-type foods from Costco.  If you select the Event Ticket and Costco item, we’ll use $20 dollars of that money towards the Costco order we’ll make for everyone.
  • Event Ticket and Potluck.  If you’d rather cook or buy the food yourself and bring it to the BBQ, that’s cool too.  After you checkout, you’ll be provided with access to a google spreadsheet.  Please indicate which item(s) you’ll be bringing and how many.  We are expecting 20-40 people to register.

Why is there a Ticket Fee?

Reserving an Alexandria Park costs about $200, the ticket fee is used to offset some of those costs.

BBQ Stuff We Need

We need someone(s) to bring:

  • Grilling Equipment (like grill scrapers, grill tongs, grill forks, etc.)
  • Lighter Fluid and BBQ Briquettes

Do you have one or more of these items?  Please add yourself to the Google Sheet.  You’ll get access to the google spreadsheet once you checkout

Extra Lawn Games – Nice To Have Games

Do you have one or more of these games?  Bring it!  Please add yourself to the Google Sheet.  You’ll get access to the google spreadsheet once you checkout

The Park & BBQ

The park features a full-size charcoal BBQ — great for cooking burgers, chicken, hot dogs, corn, etc.

Benn Brenman Park: 4800 Brenman Park Dr, Alexandria, VA 22304.  We have reserved covered and open seating and tables, etc.  This Alexandria park is less than a mile from the gym.  We do not have an alcohol permit, so no beer or wine is permitted.

Hooverball Rules

Hooverball is a super fun game that involves throwing a 6 mini medball back and forth on a volleyball court.  It’s very simple to learn and a challenging workout at the same time.

  • Teams consist of 2-4 players.
  • Scoring is exactly like tennis: love-15-30-40-(deuce, ad-in, ad-out)-game.  First to 6 wins.
  • Points are scored when a team: fails to catch the return, fails to return the ball across the net, returns the ball out of bounds, fails to return the ball to the proper court area.
  • The ball is served from the back line.
  • The serve is rotated among one team until the game is won. Teams alternate serving after each game. Teams switch after every two games.
  • The ball must be caught on the fly and immediately returned from the point it was caught. There is no running with the ball or passing to teammates.
  • Each team’s court is divided in half. A ball caught in the front half of your court must be returned to the back half of your opponent’s court. This prevents spiking. If the ball doesn’t reach the back court, the opponent is awarded the point. Balls caught must be played. The mid-court line is part of the front court.
  • A ball that hits the out-of-bounds line is a good return.
  • A player who catches the ball out-of-bounds, or is carried out-of-bounds by the force of the ball, may return in-bounds before the return.
  • A ball that hits the net on its way over is a live ball. (If it was thrown from the front court, it must reach the opponents back court to be good)
  • Teams may substitute freely at dead ball situations.
  • Good sportsmanship is required. Points in question should be played over.

Special Rules for Women

  • Women serve from the mid-court line.
  • Women may pass once before a return.
  • Women may return the ball to any area of the opponent’s court.

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  • I have independently evaluated by a licensed physician, and that licensed physician has determined that I am physically and emotionally capable of participating in the TRAINING and/or EVENT.
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I understand that Sand and Steel Fitness may refuse to provide TRAINING or permit attendance at an EVENT, if Sand & Steel determines in its sole discretion that the TRAINING or EVENT is unsafe for me to attend, or that my participation in the EVENT potentially creates a safety risk to myself, other Sand & Steel employees, contractors, or TRAINING / EVENT participants.  If Sand & Steel makes such a determination, Sand & Steel will refund the unused value of the TRAINING or EVENT.


I understand that:

  • there are inherent and unavoidable risks associated with traveling, carpooling, and/or driving to an EVENT;
  • as a consequence of these risks and other risks associated with the EVENTS that may not be listed here, I may be seriously ill, hurt, disabled or may die from the resulting injuries, and/or my property may also be damaged;
  • hospital facilities, qualified medical care, and emergency medical evacuation may be delayed, limited or unavailable during portions of the EVENTS;
  • Sand & Steel assumes no responsibility for providing medical care during the EVENTS, no duty to rescue or assist, and I will have to pay for any medical care and/or evacuation that I incur; and

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ASSUMPTION OF THE RISKS: I hereby freely assume the inherent risks as well as any other risks not listed that are part of these TRAINING or EVENTS and any harm, injury, illness, or loss that may occur to me or my property as a result of my participation in the TRAINING or EVENTS or during any transportation to or from the Activities—including any injury, illness, or loss caused by the negligence of SAND & STEEL FITNESS its employees, agents and officers, its contractors, and other TRAINING or EVENTS participants. I also understand that any equipment that I provide or may borrow or rent from SAND & STEEL FITNESS or any other provider I use at my own risk and that any such equipment is provided without any warranty about its condition or suitability.

COVID-19 ASSUMPTION OF RISK: Please understand that despite all the precautions that you, other members, and/or Sand and Steel may take, we cannot guarantee your health or safety, and you may still be exposed to COVID-19, including through interactions with other individuals who have COVID-19. By executing this release and gaining access to the facility, you, on behalf of yourself, your heirs, beneficiaries, representatives, successors and assigns: (1) voluntarily assume all risks associated with any exposure to COVID-19, including, but not limited to suffering any type of medical condition, illness and, potentially, death; and (2) knowingly and voluntarily waive, release, covenant not to sue, forever discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless Sand and Steel Fitness, its parents and subsidiaries and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (“Released Parties”) from any and all liability, damages, losses, suits, demands, causes of action to the fullest extent permitted by the laws of this state, or any other claims of any nature whatsoever, arising out of or relating in any way to your use of the facility and your potential exposure to COVID-19.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY: I hereby RELEASE Sand & Steel Fitness, its employees, agents, officers, and contractors, the providers of any equipment used in the EVENTS, landowners, municipal or governmental providers of use permits, and their respective employees, officers, and directors (“the Released Parties”) FROM ALL LIABILITIES, CAUSES OF ACTION, CLAIMS AND DEMANDS that arise in any way from any injury, illness, death, loss or harm that occur to me or to any other person or to any property during the TRAINING or EVENTS or in any way related to the TRAINING or EVENTS, including during transportation to or from the TRAINING or EVENTS. This RELEASE OF LIABILITY includes claims for the negligence of the Released Parties and claims for strict liability for abnormally dangerous activities. This RELEASE OF LIABILITY does not extend to claims that Virginia law does not permit to be released by Agreement. I also agree NOT TO SUE or make a claim against the Released Parties for death, injuries, loss or harm that occur during the TRAINING or EVENTS or are related in any way to the TRAINING or EVENTS.

INDEMNIFICATION HOLD HARMLESS AND DEFENSE: I promise to INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS AND DEFEND the Released Parties against any and all claims to which Section 3 of this Agreement applies, including claims for their own negligence. I also promise to INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS AND DEFEND the Released Parties against any and all claims for my own negligence, and any other claim arising from my conduct during the TRAINING or EVENTS. In accordance with these promises, I will reimburse the Released Parties for any damages, reasonable settlements and defense costs, including attorney’s fees, that they incur because of any such claims made against them. I agree that in the event of my death or disability, the terms of this Agreement, including the indemnification obligation in this Section, will be binding on my estate, and my personal representative, executor, administrator or guardian will be obligated to respect and enforce them.

AGREEMENT TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS: I agree to follow the rules for the TRAINING or EVENTS provided to me and to follow directions given to me by the leaders of the TRAINING or EVENTS.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS: I acknowledge that SAND & STEEL FITNESS has no control over and assumes no responsibility for the actions of any independent contractors providing any services for the TRAINING or EVENTS.

USE OF MY LIKENESS: I understand that during the TRAINING or EVENTS I may be photographed or videotaped. To the fullest extent allowed by law, I waive all rights of publicity or privacy or pre-approval that I have for any such likeness of me or use of my name in connection with such likeness, and I grant to Sand and Steel Fitness and its assigns permission to copyright, use, and publish (including by electronic means) such likeness of me, whether in whole or part, in any form, without restrictions, and for any purpose.

PHYSIOLOGICAL EXPERIENCE: I have been informed that during TRAINING or EVENT I may complete physical activities that elicit physiological responses/symptoms that include but are not limited to: elevated heart rate, elevated blood pressure, sweating, fatigue, increased respiration, muscle soreness, cramping, and nausea.

SEVERABILITY: I agree that the purpose of this Agreement is that it shall be an enforceable RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY as broad and inclusive as is permitted by Virginia law. I agree that if any portion or provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable, then the remainder will continue in full force and effect. I also agree that any invalid provision will be modified or partially enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law to carry out the purpose of the Agreement.

APPLICABLE LAW AND FORUM: This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Virginia, without any reference to its choice of law rules. I agree that any dispute arising from this Agreement or in any way associated with the Activities shall be brought only in the Alexandria City Court in Alexandria Country Virginia, or in the Eastern District Court of Virginia, and I agree to the jurisdiction and venue of those courts for any such dispute.


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