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.
Volleyball Pros Support USYVL
Over the years, the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) has enjoyed great support from many professional players, USA National Team members, Olympians and top college athletes. These appearances and clinics inspire USYVL players and volunteers, and showcase the talents and generosity of these accomplished volleyball players. Certainly, their interest in growing the game they love is evident.
Over the years, athletes who have appeared at USYVL sites include Olympic gold medalist, Phil Dalhausser, 3-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May Treanor, gold medalist Dain Blanton, gold medalist Donald Suxho, and gold medalist and King of the Beach Sinjin Smith. Others include Canyon Ceman, George Roumain, Alicia Robinson, Curt Toppel, Tom Hoff, Jeff Nyggard, Chris Harger, Billy Allen, Janelle Ruen Allen, Dustin Watten, Gary Sato, Bibiana Candelas, Tracy Morin, John Mayer, and Braidy Halverson.
At USYVL, we can’t thank these tremendous athletes enough for sharing their time and techniques with us.
Look for more clinics and appearances from the nation’s top volleyball players soon!
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.
Becca was 8 years old when she started playing for USYVL, and learned early on that she really liked spiking the ball. It didn't always go where she wanted it to for a few years, but it still felt so good to hit the ball HARD! After many years of USYVL she moved on to club volleyball, played all through high school, and is now finishing up her senior year at Hendrix College, in Conway, Arkansas. She was a starting outside hitter all four years at this NCAA Division III school, where she set the record for All time Career Kills and was second in All Time Career Attempts and Most Kills in a Season. Becca still loves playing volleyball, and also loves coaching volleyball. Look for her at USYVL summer camps in the near future!
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.
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.
Audra started playing at the Pasadena, Maryland USYVL and played for a number of years during the Spring and Fall seasons! Since leaving USYVL’s league, Audra attended The Catholic High School of Baltimore. She made the varsity team as a freshman. She worked her way up and played setter position for her sophomore and junior years. Audra won the Spirit Award in her junior year for her motivation in getting the team to the conference championship. As Captain and outside hitter in her senior year, the team was able to have an undefeated season resulting in 2009 being added to the Volleyball banner, after a 17 year absence. This resulted in her being named an IAAM League All Star. “My goal during my high school years was to get a year up on the banner.”
During the spring sessions of USYVL, Audra volunteered at the Pasadena, Maryland site as an assistant coach for the 8-10 year olds. “I love working with the younger children and it gave me experience in leadership.”
Audra is now a freshman at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois studying psychology. “Since Illinois State is a Division 1 school, I decided to play intramural volleyball so I can concentrate on my academics and not lose my scholarship.”
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.
USYVL Launches New Mobile Website with Fun Functionality*
United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) has launched a slick new mobile site with new functionality, including ScoreKeeper, a tool that will be beneficial for coaches, parents, and anyone playing a game of volleyball. Complete schedules for each team at every USYVL site, which includes times for practices and games, is one of the highlights of the mobile site.
“Whether on a tablet or smartphone, parents, and coaches in particular, are going to find this mobile site very useful,” said Randy Sapoznik, USYVL Executive Director. In addition to complete game schedules, the new site also offers instructional summaries for every practice session throughout the season. Coaches will be able to conveniently access this information on their mobile devices at any time.
The feature that coaches and parents will be playing with the most may be the aforementioned ScoreKeeper, which allows anyone with a mobile device the opportunity to keep score using Hot Potato, Double Max or traditional scoring. This feature also includes an audio whistle tone, either in singular or two tones in quick succession, which will be helpful during games for coaches.
You can access the new mobile website, which was designed by Aaron Martin, on your mobile device, or at m.usyvl.org
*Weekend tournament schedules are updated at 2PM on Fridays.
Be sure to check it out!
We would like to thank everyone who came out to this first-time event! Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, was a huge hit with kids, parents, and players!
The USYVL booth was in constant action with USYVL beach balls to every visitor that came by the booth. For our USYVL kids, we had a special shirt which read, "Look Who Signed My USYVL Tee!" with space underneath for every AVP professional to autograph. We received lots of great comments from the pros about how cool the shirt was for the kids to have and for the players to sign.
Face-painting was a huge hit with the kids. USYVL Program Coordinator, Nancy Ciullo used her artistic skills to paint volleyballs, USA flags, and many more fun things on kids' faces and arms. She was so good, we thought the line of kids would never end! Among our favorite Nancy-illustrations were the Brazilian and Mexican flags, a vanilla cupcake, and a tiger.
On Saturday, two-time Gold Medalist Misty May stopped by the USYVL booth for an autograph session and, after winning the tournament, took a group picture with all the USYVL kids and their cool autograph shirts! Not only is she the #1 player in the world, but she's a great person too. Thank you, Misty!