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 1, 2015 marks the fouth 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 ensure 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.
We are pleased to announce the Spring 2016 Advanced Juniors Program. This is the next step for players who have been participating in USYVL and are ready to transition to a 6 person format.
The Advanced Juniors Program's curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between USYVL's instructional league and 6 person format in a fun, safe, supervised environment. Participants are encouraged to be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. Open to intermediate and experienced players ages 11-16.
The season consists of 18 practices; two 90 minute sessions each week. Locations, practice times and tournament schedule will be assigned after tryouts in March. Coaches have all coached at the high school and/or club volleyball level.
Spring 2016 Start Dates
Camarillo Advanced Juniors - April 5th
Irvine Advanced Juniors - April 5th
Sacramento Advanced Juniors - April 5th
South Bay Advanced Juniors - March 22nd
Thousand Oaks Advanced Juniors - April 6th
Upland Advanced Juniors - April 5th
We look forward to seeing you on the court this Spring season!
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!
After many years of making our home at Chesapeake High School’s gym, we are pleased to announce our Pasadena, Maryland program will be calling the new Benfield Sportscenter our home in Maryland. Established in 2013, the Benfield Sportscenter is Northern Anne Arundel County's only private, fully air-conditioned and heated indoor sports arena. In addition to the 19,000 square foot arena building, the Benfield Sportscenter also features a large viewing lobby with Comcast video, wifi, and a snack bar with plenty of seating.
Don’t miss out on our exciting Spring 2016 season. Register before midnight on February 1 before the end of the Early Registration discount! This 8-week league will run beginning on Wednesday, April 13, and continues every Wednesday from 6 to 7 pm and Saturday from 9 to 10 am until Saturday, June 11.
So come out and have fun with us! We offer multiple-child discounts and financial aid for qualifying families. For information on registration, volunteer positions, and a location near you, please click here, or contact us at 1-888-988-7985.
USA Men’s Volleyball Visits USYVL
The London Olympics were just around the corner and it was a perfect opportunity for two of the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team members to visit USYVL.
With the Norceca Men’s Qualifier happening the week of May 7 at the Long Beach State Pyramid, Will Price and Antwain Aguillard took the opportunity to visit a USYVL site. They did some demos and spent time on the court with the kids on a sunny Wednesday afternoon on May 2.
It was a fabulous experience, not only for the kids but for the coaches and parents!
Will Price is a former Penn State player who was the 2009 – AVCA First Team All-American ... NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team.
Antwain Aguillard was named the 2010 All-MPSF Third-Team and led the team in blocks.
We wish the USA Men’s Volleyball Team much success in the Olympics!
Spread the word about USYVL in your community and get a cool gift!
How does that work? Refer a New Friend!
It’s simple, all you have to do print this flyer: Refer A Friend
Before you hand the form to a NEW friend to register, make sure to include your first and last name in the designated area on the form.
When they register by mail or online, your name will be noted and you will receive a COOL Gift!
Twice during the year, USYVL holds training at their national office located in Torrance for all their new and returning Clinicians (volleyball instructors).
On Saturday, August 13, USYVL Clinicians had the opportunity to be trained by two of the best, Marv Dunphy and Tom Hoff.
Marv Dunphy, one of the most successful volleyball coaches in the United States and current coach for the Pepperdine Waves Men’s Volleyball Team.
Tom Hoff, an Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the best middle blockers for the United States Men’s National Team.
Thank you to Marv and Tom for making the training a special day and an absolute learning experience for all involved!
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!
Dain Blanton, Olympic Gold Medalist, addressed over 200 clinic participants about the importance of education in his life and the path to success in volleyball.
Clinic participants at the 2011 Sharefest had the opportunity to hear Dain’s story, ask questions and even hold the gold medal!
It was exciting for the kids to hear how he and his partner battled the Brazilian team for the gold medal and how all of that contributed to his career as a sportscaster and motivational speaker.
Recently we invited AVP pro beach volleyball players Braidy Halverson and John Mayer to talk about their careers as professionals and to demonstrate their skills to the kids on game day. John taught the kids some setting techniques while Braidy stole the show with his spiking ability.
It was great to see the pros in action and we look forward to more pros coming out and showing the kids their skills! Thanks, John and Braidy!