Misty May & Kerri Walsh Volleyball

 

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!

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!

 

 

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.    

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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.  

 

 

 

 

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!

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.

 

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.
 

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!

 

Pro Beach Volleyball Players Braidly Halverson

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.