When you think of Griffith Park, what do you think of first? The observatory? Famous film location? The zoo? The Greek Theatre? L.A. Equestrian Center? Well, now you can add to that the latest United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) site.

The largest municipal park in the Unites States with urban wilderness, Griffith Park has been the site of many movies (think the classic Rebel Without a Cause), TV shows and commercials. Sometimes, it is referred to as the Los Angeles’ Central Park. However, at 4,310 acres, it is actually much larger than Central Park.

 

Taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April 2 through May 31, the USYVL spring season in Griffith Park will give families in the Los Feliz area with children ages 7 to 15 easy access to a program. Registration is now available at the Los Feliz site at a special early registration rate of $135 per child. Multi-child discounts are available.  The registration fee goes to $155 on March 1, 2014. See you in the park! 

 

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Registration for the Spring 2015 season is now open! Register today to secure your spot early, and take advantage of the $20 discount we offer to those who register prior to December 1. 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!

 

 

 

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Please join us to watch the Pepperdine Waves on Nov 22nd at 1pm!  Register players, coaches, families and friends using the form below. Registration ended Nov 20th at 11am.

 

Firestone Fieldhouse is located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA. CAMPUS MAP:   http://www.usyvl.org/media/forms/seaver-map.pdf

 

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. We will have a will-call table as soon as people walk in from the entrance (the table will be very visible). 

 

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).

 

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Watch two top ranked teams as they compete to earn points towards the Crosstown Gauntlet Trophy on November 28th at 8:30p.m when UCLA plays USC at the Pauley Pavilion! 

This game is free to USYVL Players and Coaches. Parent can purchase general admission tickets here or call 310-825-2946.

Registration is open (below) until Nov 23rd at 4pm.

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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.

 

 

 

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Learning proper techniques from the outset can be important for many disciplines, and volleyball certainly is no exception. United States Youth Volleyball League’s (USYVL) proven teaching methods help kids develop proper form in a fun, supportive environment. With Clinicians – our experts in volleyball instruction -- at each site overseeing the teaching curriculum, ensuring that our coaches are utilizing the most effective coaching methods, the kids are given a proven system for success. There is nothing more fun than watching the joy kids have while they learn, and improve upon, their volleyball skills. 

 

Many of the kids in USYVL go on to play volleyball in high school and college. More importantly, all players take with them the spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship, which has benefits well beyond the boundaries of the court.   

 

Find out more about programs in your area. If you do not have a USYVL program in your community, and would like to help start one, give the USYVL National Office a call at (888) 988-7985.  Click here to view the list of existing programs. Registration is open.

 

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After receiving some tips from United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) kids, professional beach volleyball player John Mayer has won the first AVP event of the year. Congratulations are due to John Mayer and Brad Keenan for taking home the top trophy at the 2014 AVP St. Petersburg Open in Florida this past weekend.  This marked the first AVP Tour win for Brad Keenan, and the second for John Mayer.  

 

In the story, there is an important message about persistence. John Mayer and Brad Keenan rebounded from a 21-15, 21-10 loss on the tournament's second day to make the final through the contender's bracket. On Sunday, they upset top-seeded and defending champions Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson 16-21, 21-19, 18-16. 

 

"We had a tough year last year," Mayer said. "We made one semifinal, and we didn't play great the whole year. This offseason, we were kind of having a tough go to start, and I was like, 'Should I still be out here? Is it time to move on?' … We (both) decided to just go for it for the next month or two.” 

 

The win comes just two weeks after Mayer appeared at a USYVL “Pro Day” event. There he was able to interact with USYVL players. It is believed that the tips and enthusiasm Mayer picked up from the USYVL kids– most notably being advised to always score more points than the other team - helped him achieve this win.   

 

In all sincerity, Mayer’s fortitude as an athlete drove him to this win. It was truly an honor to have Mayer appear at a USYVL site. He signed autographs, interacted with the kids, and undoubtedly picked up a few fans. With this recent win, he will be a greater inspirational example of how continuing to put forth the best possible effort can yield positive results.    

 

Again, congratulations to John Mayer and Brad Keenan!

 

 

 

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When Tom Hoff called and told me about Tim, there was no question as to what to do!

We put together a package of items that a 15 year old volleyball player should have.  A Park & Sun Spectrum net system, Molten volleyball, Asics backpack and a couple of other items.

There was a wonderful reception at the Anaheim White House, where Stephanie McCormick the CEO from the Orange County/Inland Empire Make-a-Wish Foundation explained that this was the largest gift granting that the Make a wish foundation has ever done.  Not only were they sending Tim and his family, but a large number of kids and their families from the US and around the world to the London Olympics. 

The send off included a number of former Olympians; Jamie Komer, the 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist in Water Polo, Peter Vidmar, the 1984 Double Gold & Silver Medalist in Men’s Gymnastics, Pat McCormick, a 1952 & 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist.  To top it off, Reid Priddy and Clay Stanley who will be leading the Men’s National Team in  London.

The star of the day though, was Tim!  He is a very humble kid who has his sights on becoming a member of the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team.  After spending a couple hours with him I realized that he knows what is important and is willing to work hard to get there.  

We hope to see Tim at some of the USYVL sites upon his return to talk about his Olympic experience.

 

Randy Sapoznik              

Executive Director

 

Click here to see the NBC video

Click here to read the USA Volleyball story

 

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On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, professional beach volleyball players Billy Allen, Andrew Fuller and Janelle Allen took a stroll to the Hermosa Beach USYVL site.

 

They took this opportunity to do some volleyball skill demonstrations for the kids, show them what playing volleyball at a higher level is like and topped it off with some cool prizes.

 

The players graciously stayed to watch the kids play their scheduled games and at the end signed autographs for each one!

 

Thank you to Billy, Andrew and Janelle for making it a very special day for the Hermosa Beach USYVL kids!

 

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USYVL runs a volleyball clinic at the Sharefest Youth Development Academy!

The clinic took place Thursday, August 11 at California State University Dominguez Hills.  Over 200 middle school students had the opportunity to learn volleyball skills from some of the best volleyball players.

As a special treat, Dain Blanton, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist of Men's Beach Volleyball, stopped by to talk to the kids, work with them in learning the sport and signed autographs!

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