A successful summer camp season is in the books! Hundreds of players ages 7-15 participated in the 2015 USYVL volleyball camps this July and August.
Players had the opportunity to learn key volleyball skills and put their skills to the test with a mix of drills and games.
It was great to see the players, both new and experienced, improve and gain confidence over the 3 days. We hope they keep it up and keep playing volleyball!
A big thank you to the players, parents and camp coaches for making the 2015 summer camps such a positive experience!
Site should provide ample space in which to set up the courts. Always remember that safety comes first!
Make sure the court area is free from debris or objects (sprinklers, utility boxes, rocks, metal objects, holes, mud, glass, sticks, bicycles, skateboards, dogs not on leash, backpacks, etc.)
Outside the court boundary make sure you have left a sufficiently unobstructed “play” zone. You should have a minimum of 20 feet between each sideline and end line when possible.
Lay out court lines on field by unwinding them off the court winder and placing them opened out on the ground in a rectangle approximately 30x60 for 11-12 and 13-15 age groups and 25x50 for 7-8 and 9-10 age groups.
For younger players, shorten the court lines by tying off the corners, measuring two feet in from corners by extending your right arm out sideways from the body while holding the corner in your right hand, sliding the lines through the fist of your left hand, holding your fist at shoulder level. Knot off lines at the fist and push attached spike firmly into the ground, pulling lines taut, having shortened the lines by approximately two feet – the distance between your extended hand and your shoulder. Repeat this at each corner. USYVL always recommends using the court winder and wrapping the boundaries one line at a time to avoid tangling and to make set up faster.
Red midline markers are found half way down on each side line. Note where they are located.
Next unroll the net, attached to the poles, with the bottom of the poles resting one foot outside the red midline markers on the two side court lines.
Take the guy lines and attach the clips to the eyebolts on the top of both poles, while holding the poles.
Holding the poles upright, extend the guy lines out to a 45 degree angle in both directions and anchor guy lines approximately six feet apart, with steel stakes, inserting stake into knotted loop at end of guy line, wrapping line once around stake and inserting into ground at a 45 degree angle (head of stake away) from the pole. Wrap line around stake and then hammer stakes completely into the ground to avoid players or bystanders tripping or catching on protruding stakes. For proper stabilization and tension of net poles, the stakes MUST be inserted into ground at an angle AWAY from the net poles.
Lean poles towards the center of the court and pull down and away from the poles on the guy line tension handles. This creates the tension that keeps the net system in place.
The poles attached to the net should set evenly on the ground.
Adjust net height accordingly for each age group.
Your Clinician will specify the net height for each age group.
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 getting photos taken with the Waves’ high-flying offense, Setter Matt West.
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.
The USYVL Founder award is awarded annually to the individual who has provided leadership to the USYVL for the greatest amount of time.
This year we are honored to present this award to Veronica Sanchez, who started with the organization in 1997. Veronica played a key role in the foundation and growth of the organization. She has held almost every position in the organization including Coach, Site Director, Clinician, Programs Coordinator, Program Manager, National Clinician, Summer Camp Coordinator, and Director of Operations, to name a few.
Veronica was presented the award on Saturday, November 8 during a USYVL Inter-Site Game Day in Oak Park. Oak Park played host to Calabasas and West Hills – two of the dozens of sites Veronica helped launch during her tenure.
“It is an honor to receive the USYVL Founders Award, USYVL holds a special place in my heart,” Veronica stated. “I'm proud to have been able to be part of the best youth sports organization and I look forward to seeing more kids excel in volleyball as I will always see them as my kids!”
On behalf of every child whose lives you touched; Thank you for all you have done for the kids and USYVL.
Congratulations to this USYVL player and future recording artist, who kicked off Point Loma Nazarene University’s 3-0 sweep of Azusa Pacific last Saturday, with her beautiful rendition of our Nation’s anthem. Saturday, October 25, was also PLNU’s “Make a Wish Night”, in which proceeds from athletic events go to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
We would like to thank Point Loma Nazarene University, who graciously opened their doors to USYVL players, gave out t-shirts, and gave many excited children their first collegiate volleyball experience.
Bump for Kids is USYVL’s initiative to get more children involved in sports. Donations to Bump for Kids benefit USYVL’s financial aid program, which in turn ensures children ages 7 to 15 have the opportunity to play volleyball regardless of financial standing. Donations also provide resources for our continued growth and
Visit us at www.USYVL.org, and get started by pledging five dollars or more. Bump 5 times, nominate 3 of your friends, and record it all. Then post your video on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag it with #BumpForKids and #USYVL. You can also email your friends who aren't on social media. Your generosity will benefit a child in need. And most importantly, don’t forget to keep the ball in the air!
USYVL is a 501-C3 non-profit organization, and your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed. Please consult with your tax preparer for any questions. USYVL Non-Profit ID #77-0460698.
USYVL Board Member Allen Adams brings home the gold from the Huntsman World Seniors Game this year, held in St. George, Utah. Adams’s team, USYVL/Volleyguard competed in the 55+ age bracket against teams comprised of players from across the US. 90 teams compete each season in various sports, all with the goal of succeeding into the Double Elimination Tournament, where Adams’s team was named #1 Seed in the Gold bracket. The road to victory was no easy feat, as USYVL/Volleyguard spent a round in the “loser’s bracket” as Adams calls it after losing two straights to The Fog. “Volleyguard is protecting the future of volleyball, by developing new talent,” says USYVL co-founder Randy Sapoznik.
Adams posits the focus of participation in this year’s competition as being most influenced by building awareness of the USYVL and gaining scholarship backing for younger-generation Volleyguards. Adams is one of many volunteers who contributes to USYVL culture by setting the standard for the organization and its constituents and serves as a shining example of doing the best with your abilities, one of USYVL’s main tenets for youth players.
We would like to congratulate our USYVL Board Member Marv Dunphy on helping the U.S Women’s National Team win its first World Championships! This is not the first championship Dunphy has celebrated. Marv coached the US Men’s National Team to win two Olympic gold medals but this is the first time that the US Women’s Team has ever won the World Championships. Marv assisted Karch Kiraly (head coach) with this championship. It is a special event because Dunphy coached Karch when he was playing on the US National Team. Through Marv's years coaching at all levels, he has shown that he is great with teaching volleyball to the up and coming USYVL, High School, College, National Team volleyball players, along with coaches.
We would like to Congratulate Marv once again for helping a game founded in the USA grow.
Help Out, Meet Volleyball Pros
Interested in meeting a few of the best volleyball players in the country? If you have some free time August 14-17, opportunities exist for USYVL players and families to volunteer for positions that will assist with the operation of the Manhattan Beach Open. Volunteering for this event has many perks, including a chance to meet players and receive autographs, receive a Manhattan Beach Open volunteer T-shirt, and enjoy meals and drinks for the shifts you work.
Positions available include ball shaggers (this one may land you on TV) and tournament welcome center assistants, among others. These major professional volleyball events are a great place to share your enthusiasm for volleyball with other fans and players. Some positions will allow children as young as 8 years of age to participate (with parent supervision).
Complete volunteer information is provided below. Online registration for these volunteer positions is available now. If interested, positions are filled on a first-come, first served basis, so make sure you sign up soon.
2014 Manhattan Beach Open
This event would not be possible without great volunteers- thank you in advance for your support!
So, your child is playing volleyball in the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), and you’ll be there for every practice and game, right? Well, there is no better way to show support than to actually participate in the league in one of the many volunteer positions. Trust us, your kids will love it! You will too! Of course, the team at USYVL will be forever grateful, since it is through volunteer efforts that the league remains affordable (and doesn’t include the need for personal fundraising like many youth sports programs do).
Here are the options:
Are you the type that likes to take a leadership role? Or are you looking to ensure the next generation of volleyball players has a solid fundamental base? If so, the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) has a couple great opportunities for you. For the upcoming Spring 2014 Season, USYVL is seeking Site Directors and Clinicians.
The basic responsibilities of the Site Director include oversight of the players and volunteers at your community site. This person is organized, efficient and works well with people, and has a huge impact on the site. Site directors recruit, organize and maintain the volunteer staff, assign equipment, assign the First Aid Administrator, handle registration, ensure forms are complete and oversee the parent meeting that takes place at the beginning of the season, and serve as the primary liaison between the site and USYVL National Office. The job runs for the entire 8 weeks of the program, with a modicum of work before and after the season. Typically, the Site Director position requires approximately 4 hours of time per week. USYVL offers excellent training and a complete job description. Be a leader!
USYVL Clinicians are responsible for training and overseeing the site’s parent-volunteer coaches in the team instruction of the fundamentals of volleyball. This position is ideal for a college volleyball player looking to sharpen one’s coaching and leadership skills, or a current volleyball coach with an eye on the future. Clinicians have an opportunity to implement a proven teaching system, which expedites learning for the children in the program. Best of all, it is fun! Clinicians teach the skills to volunteer coaches through a 2-hour pre-season coaching clinic, and demonstrate skills during practice days. Clinicians also oversee game days and tournaments, and participate in the pre-season parent meeting.
Through a 3-hour pre-season training meeting, a complete written curriculum for the 8-week program, and support from the USYVL National Office, Clinicians are well prepared for their role. Because of the high level coaching responsibility, this person must be dependable and have experience playing and/or coaching volleyball at the high school, club, college or higher level. The time commitment is approximately 4 hours per week. A stipend is available for the Clinician position.
The desire to give, to help, resides in the core of all human beings. We see it in the wake of natural disasters around the world, which give rise to inspired charity efforts and an outpouring of support from people often thousands of miles away. The holiday season is a time for giving and charity not inspired by disaster, but by giving to those who have so little in a time when every little bit counts.
Tuesday, December 3 marks the second annual #GivingTuesday, which arose in 2012 as an offshoot of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the biggest shopping days of the year. #GivingTuesday encourages communities to get involved with nonprofit organizations by donating money and volunteering.
#GivingTuesday is a day in which Americans are encouraged to give to non-profit organizations or volunteer their time to other community organizations. In its inaugural year, for-profit companies stepped in and encouraged their employees to get involved. In some cases, huge giving efforts were funded by for-profit companies. Analysts estimate nearly $10 million was donated in #GivingTuesday’s inaugural year.
Behind the all of the laughter, smiles, digging, setting, and spiking, the United States Youth Volleyball League’s (USYVL) mission to provide every child an opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment thrives on the charity and good will of corporations, individual donors, and everyday people.
Give a child in need an opportunity this #GivingTuesday by donating $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can comfortably give. Each donation, no matter the amount, goes a long way to ensuring that those in need have the same opportunities as those of privilege.
With so many of the real reasons for the holiday season shrouded amidst the hustle and bustle of a shopping season that begins earlier each year, many families strive for the restoration of the spirit of family, togetherness, and good will. #GivingTuesday is the perfect way to embrace these values.
Donors supporting USYVL this year can be assured that their gift will make a difference for a child through healthy activity, building of self esteem and teamwork.
#GivingTuesday donations can be made on the USYVL website at www.usyvl.org. Share your support on Twitter and Facebook by using hashtags for #GivingTuesday and #USYVL. Your support is very much appreciated this holiday season.
Footwear and apparel manufacturer ASICS has been a longtime sponsor of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL). You likely have noticed the ASICS logo on USYVL uniforms, as well as Coach’s shirts and Clinician uniforms. It is a symbol of commitment to youth sports, particularly volleyball in the United States.
ASICS, as a company, has been around for over 60 years. Do you know what the ASICS acronym stands for? Here is the answer! Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka , who founded the company as Onitsuka Co., Ltd. In 1949, decided on the name ASICS for his company in 1977, based on a famous Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano," which when translated expresses the ancient ideal of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body." So, now you know. ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness.
ASICS not only supports the efforts of USYVL, but also professional athletes, including pro volleyball player Kaitlin Sather Nielsen, who visited the Torrance, CA sites during this past season. Of course, you see many volleyball players wearing ASICS famous GEL Cushioning System.
“We are very grateful for the support that ASICS has provided to the league,” said Randy Sapoznik, USYVL Executive Director.
You can find more information on ASICS at www.asicsamerica.com.
Donate $30* and receive your choice of one of these cool gifts:
Keep kids active, healthy and growing through the sport of volleyball with your donation to the USYVL.
*One-hundred percent of your donation goes to USYVL. Twenty-four dollars remains tax deductible. Contact your accountant or tax preparer for more details regarding tax deductible amount. T-shirts will only be shipped to addresses in the US.
Thank you! Your registration has been received.
CAMPUS MAP: http://www.usyvl.org/media/forms/seaver-map.pdf
Firestone Fieldhouse is located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA.
The games will take place in building 24 (Firestone Fieldhouse) on the map. Parking is available on the street and in a large lot below Firestone Fieldhouse.
Check-in for registered attendees will take place inside the lobby of Firestone Fieldhouse. Stop by will-call to pick up tickets.
Please remember to bring a form of photo ID, whether it be a student ID or driver’s license (this applies to students 7th grade and above).
With the end of the year coming up quickly, you may be thinking of attaining goals you have set, or ways you can help your community, your children, and those less fortunate. United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, has taught volleyball and important life skills to over 100,000 children, and your donation can help that next child in need of financial aid, offering an opportunity to develop essential teamwork skills, all while building self-esteem. Yes, USYVL impacts your children directly – and, with further donations, will continue to impact others across the nation. So, be part of the USYVL movement, and share what you can. Your donations, whether personal or from your company, are tax deductable, and will continue the good work that happens every season with USYVL.
Keep kids active, engaged in positive activity, and learning one of the world’s great sports – one that actually was invented in the USA.
The USYVL has seen many times over the quantifiable impact that participation in the league delivers. This impact is magnified several fold for underprivileged children when they are exposed to USYVL – often providing their first youth sports experience. Their smiles speak volumes, the outward emotion of the inner reality that these kids feel truly part of something.
No amount is too small. Leave a legacy by donating whatever amount you can comfortably donate, and know your contribution will continue to drive positive action for children across the country. Let’s sport for it… volleyball!
2771 Plaza Del Amo
Torrance, CA 90503
This Saturday, October 26, fitness guru and celebrity trainer extraordinaire Dion Jackson will be visiting the Torrance, California USYVL locations with pro beach volleyball players Traci Weamer, Kaitlin Sather-Nielsen and Nils Nielsen to warm-up the kids. Dion and the pros will serve up plenty of excitement when they visit the Sur La Brea Park location at 10 a.m., followed by McMaster Park in Torrance at approximately 11 a.m., before heading to the Veggie Grill in Torrance (2355 Pacific Coast Highway) with the pros to sign autographs.
Dion has been a “go-to” trainer for numerous celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Rob Lowe, Nia Long and other big names. You may have seen him at other USYVL events, sharing his enthusiasm for fitness.
Pro beach volleyball player Traci Weamer is originally from Upland, California, and played college volleyball at Concordia University. In 2011, Weamer won a made-for-CBS "Best of the Beach" event for collegians with Jane Chafeh.
Kaitlin Sather-Nielsen is a professional beach volleyball player who competes domestically and internationally. Currently, she is a member of the Elite USA Beach National Team and the assistant coach for the UCLA Women's Sand Volleyball Team. Kaitlin attended UCLA, where she was an outside hitter on the indoor volleyball team.
Look for more pro appearances at USYVL sites in the near future.
After a long and arduous process that involved many hours of deliberation over some of the best team name contest entries we’ve had in a long time, we are pleased to announce the Spring 2014 Team Name Contest Winner is "Set Me With Your Best Shot" from Morgan Hill.
This season’s two Runners-Up are “Dennis & the Menaces” from Natomas and “Avengerettes” from Camarillo. Congratulations to the winners, runners up, and all of our participants this season for making this Team Name Contest a joy to judge.
Last month, Dale Hoffman, one of the co-founders of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), received an award to honor his role in the formation of the league, which began in 1997. Dale had been a long-time proponent of youth volleyball prior to his meetings with co-founder Randy Sapoznik, who remains in place to this day as the executive director. In the league’s 15 years, well over 100,000 children learned volleyball, teamwork and self-esteem building skills through the USYVL.
When Randy Sapoznik approached Dale with the original concept, Dale, having been involved in beach volleyball and youth programs for several years as well as having well-established contacts and operational expertise needed to form the league, was excited by the prospect of what it could be.
“There are several volleyball-related accomplishments of which I’m quite proud,” Dale said recently. “Working with John Kessel on the Junior Olympics beach events is one, assisting the CBVA in the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame is another. However, it is thinking back to sitting in my office with Randy Sapoznik talking about the USYVL with only Randy’s idea and passion and my desire to help make it happen – to see where the USVYL is over 15 years later is amazing!”
Dale was serving as president of the California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA), and was involved with the U.S. Junior Olympic Beach Volleyball Championships and U.S. Beach Volleyball Championships in the 1990s, as well as holding a vice president role with USA Volleyball’s Beach Division.
His cooperative effort with Randy Sapoznik took a concept to full-fledged league in a matter of months. “We have many people to thanks for the success of the USYVL,” said Randy Sapoznik. “However, it’s a fact that without Dale, the league would have never gotten off the ground.”
Dale’s affiliation with volleyball and youth programs is, indeed, impressive. In 1994, Dale was listed as one of the “People of the Year” in Volleyball Magazine for his efforts, along with those of John Kessel at USA Volleyball and Gino Grajeda at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), to establish a youth beach volleyball championship. Dale was also president of his company, Recreaction International, Inc. where he was responsible for managing Ventura County’s Friday Night Live, a tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse prevention program for teens. He also served as president of the California Beach Volleyball Association, the world’s oldest beach volleyball organization. In 1994, Dale co-founded the U.S. Junior Olympics Beach Volleyball Championships with John Kessel in Capistrano Beach. Later, in 1997 Randy Sapoznik and Dale co-founded the United States Youth Volleyball League, which provided children ages 8 to 14 the opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in an organized, fun environment.
However, Dale is more than a leader, great coach and program developer for the sport of volleyball. He has impressive athletic achievements in his past. Personal accomplishments include winning a gold medal in beach volleyball at the 1994 World Masters Games in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia and riding his bike across the USA in 1998 as part of an American Lung Association fundraising effort.
These days, Dale, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Education, serves in a management role for Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska. He lives in Alaska, home to the midnight sun. In his free time, along with traveling and cycling, he continues to enjoy playing volleyball. Many thanks to Dale!
What’s in a name? Well, quite a bit when it comes to the official USYVL “Best Team Name Contest.” Have you thought of creative team name yet? Whether your name is the Sporty Spikers, Hermosa Heros or the Slamming Sharks, there are many great names to be created.
If you haven’t decided on a team name, now is the time. Team names will continue to be collected through Oct. 7th. To be entered to win, you must inform your Site Director of your name choice prior to Oct 7th.
The winning team will receive special USYVL T-shirts. Stay tuned! The winner will be chosen by the USYVL National Office on Oct 14th. Make sure you are entered.