USYVL Kids Night at Pepperdine 2015
USYVL Families were invited to watch the #6-ranked Pepperdine Waves play host to the #10-ranked 49ers of Cal State Long Beach this past weekend. After the match, the USYVL players were treated to an autograph session from the Pepperdine Players. Among the highlights was a fan of Seattle Seahawks’ Quarterback Russell Wilson getting her photo taken with the “Quarterback” of the Waves’ high-flying offense, Setter Matt West (Sorry Russell, we think she might have a new Favorite Athlete, but at least he is also from Seattle).
More than 300 USYVL players, parents, and coaches were in attendance to watch the Waves roll to a three-games-to-one victory over the 49ers. In the early going it looked like it would be a tough go for the Waves, who dropped the first set 23-25. The Waves were able to right the ship in between sets and went on to win the next three sets by scores of 25-12, 25-22, and 25-16.
The aforementioned Matt West dished out a season-high 50 assists, many of those assists went to Senior opposite hitter Parker Kalmbach. Kalmbach led the Waves’ hot-hitting offense with a career-high 24 kills, marking the second time in his career he has surpassed the 20-kills mark in a single match.
We are both pleased and excited to announce the Spring season of our new advanced skills development league. The Advanced Juniors Program’s emphasis on developing fundamental volleyball skills on par with what is taught at the Club level – at a fraction of the cost - is the next step in the USYVL’s mission to develop the sport of volleyball from the ground up. The Advanced Juniors Program’s curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between USYVL’s instructional league and high school/Club volleyball in a fun, safe, supervised environment. Players are encouraged to be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. Space is open to intermediate and experienced players ages 11-16.
Locations and practice/tournament dates will be assigned after the tryout in March. We are offering the Advanced Juniors Program in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Upland, Anaheim, Irvine, and Sacramento. The season consists of 18 practices; two 90 minute practices each week. The coaches have all coached at the club volleyball level. Each team will need one volunteer team parent to help ensure a safe and organized environment for the players.
We look forward to seeing you on the court this Spring season!
Registration for the Spring 2015 season is now open! Register today to secure your spot. USYVL Registration is $145 until 03/02/2015 and the Advanced League, USJVL, is $425 until 01/15/2015. Click here to find a program near you!
If you don’t see a program in your area, let us know and we’ll work with you to help bring the nation’s fastest-growing youth volleyball league to you!
And if you’d like to play volleyball with your friends next season, please consider handing them a completed Refer-a-Friend flyer. You get a cool gift for referring your friend and you get to learn to play volleyball with them. And most importantly, you can refer as many friends as you want; the more friends you refer, the more free gifts you get!
As another successful spring season winds down for the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), a big “thank you” is due to the many volunteers who made it happen for the kids. The volunteer crew is essential to the success of the league, keeping the league affordable while, at the same time, offering a family atmosphere, since so many family members are involved. We’re grateful for the time donated by each and every volunteer this past season. Your efforts created a terrific experience for the children participating in USYVL.
If you haven’t volunteered in the past, and have a child participating in the future, you are certainly encouraged to volunteer. The guidelines to volunteer are available on the USYVL website.
In addition to donating time, monetary donations derived from the charity and goodwill of many individual donors, along with corporate sponsors, assist the USYVL in achieving its mission to provide every child an opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment. Donations improve opportunities for children in the league in two ways. First, children with a desire to play in the league, but are faced with verified financial need, are offered assistance. Since the inception of the league, thanks to donations, no child has ever been turned down from participating in the league based on financial circumstances. Second, donations fund important USYVL education and training programs, which benefit all children involved with USYVL.
If you are in a position to be able to make a monetary donation, we encourage you to join our board members in donating $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can comfortably give to USYVL. Each donation, no matter the amount, makes a difference!
The opportunities for health, fitness, self-esteem building and, of course, learning the skills of volleyball, offered through the USYVL continue. Thank you for being part of it.