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 that 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 for sharing their time and techniques with us.
Look for more clinics and appearances from the nation’s top volleyball players soon!
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.
With very warm weather headed to many USYVL sites this week, this is a good time to remind players, coaches, other volunteers and parents to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated not only helps with alertness, but also improves sport performance. It also keeps every day symptoms like fatigue, headaches, and dry skin at bay. In hot weather situations, such as those anticipated this week, proper hydration is a health safety issue.
Water is ideal, but sports drinks can add a boost of electrolytes that can be beneficial.
Warning signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, a rapid, weak heartbeat, muscle cramps, low blood pressure, cool, moist and pale skin, slightly elevated body temperature, weakness and dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, dark-colored urine, paleness and fainting. Monitor victims of heat exhaustion closely because heat exhaustion can quickly become a case of heat stroke.
First aid for heat exhaustion and stroke begins with getting the affected person out of the sun and heat, and cooling the victim off. In a mild case of heat exhaustion, the CDC advises relatively mild measures, like resting in an air conditioned room (or air conditioned car) and drinking cool liquids.
Here is an informative article on hydration from WebMd.
It’s important to stay hydrated, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids during heat waves. With proper hydration, your day on the court will be like any other fun day on the court.
And, if you want to be teammate of the week, be sure to bring a cold bottle of water for a fellow player or coach!
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 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.”
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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!
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!
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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. We will have a will-call table as soon as you 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).
The USYVL has a unique and exciting opportunity for all USYVL players! On Saturday, March 22, 2014, the #3 ranked Pepperdine Men’s Volleyball team will host California State University Northridge. It's destined to be a thrilling game, as both teams are considered among the best in Collegiate Men’s Volleyball! Tickets are complimentary for USYVL players, parents, volunteers, and friends. Additional tickets are available upon request, so be sure to invite all family, friends, grandparents, neighbors, etc.!
As an extra incentive, the USYVL will keep track of the amount of people each site draws to the game (not only USYVL players but whoever else they bring). Please make sure they register on the USYVL website for the game and select your site when registering. The site that has the highest turnout, percentage-wise, will receive a free volleyball clinic and autograph session during this upcoming spring season from Olympic Gold Medalist Dain Blanton! If you'd like more information about Dain Blanton you can find it here http://www.dainblanton.com.
Registration is closed. Every registered attendee 7th grade and above must present a form of photo ID to claim their complimentary ticket at the will-call table, as per NCAA regulations.
So be sure to bring as many people as possible for a fun-filled evening! The details are as follows:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the following number: 888.988.7985.
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!
USA Men’s Volleyball Visits USYVL
The London Olympics are just around the corner and this 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!