Phil Dalhausser has the complete laid-back beach dude 'tude. So carefree he is that his reaction to fellow 2008 Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps being photographed with a marijuana pipe was "he should've been more discreet." But a couple of things the beach volleyball star doesn't dig are steroid use and the testing policies in professional sports.
"We get tested randomly at least 10 times a year. They'll just show up and knock on your door early in the morning," said Dalhausser, 28, who, along with partner Todd Rogers won in their first Olympics in Beijing. "One time a tester showed up at 8 and I'd just [used the bathroom] before he got there. I wound up sitting for two hours and watching 'SportsCenter' with the dude until I had to go again."
Though he admitted Olympic drug testing isn't foolproof ("Marion Jones passed in 2000"), it's that sort of stringent testing that's required, he insisted. "Every sport where people are making money, cheating is always an option. That's a way to regulate."
Dalhausser was among eight Association of Volleyball Professionals veterans at Nassau Coliseum on Friday. Dalhausser, 2004 bronze medalists Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, Annett Davis, John Hyden, Barbara Fontana, Sean Scott and Kevin Wong held an instructional clinic and performed an exhibition match for a slew of youngsters.
Dalhausser, an Atlanta Braves fan from Florida, said that baseball players who have been exposed as users of performance-enhancing drugs should be ineligible for the Hall of Fame and -- the spike -- have their stats from the suspect seasons subtracted.
" Pete Rose isn't in and what he did didn't affect the game itself," he said. "What I would do in Alex Rodriguez's case, assuming that three years is true, is wipe those numbers out. Take those homers he hit in Texas out. If it's proven that he used it in other years, you take those numbers away, too. That goes for everyone."
Several local high school standouts took part in the tutorial, which included running laps around the replica beach (imported sand filled the center of the arena) and performing drills while being critiqued. Among them were All- Long Island volleyball players Brianna Wallace (Massapequa) and Samantha Lukralle (Lindenhurst).
"They gave me some pointers on my passing and hitting, stuff I would've never known," Wallace said, adding that she'll apply what she learned next year at Rider University.
"It's all about inspiring the kids and trying to grow the sport," McPeak said. "And it's cool to be playing beach volleyball in the middle of winter."