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. 

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#givingtuesday

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 3 marks the second 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 ensuring that 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.  

 

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So, your child is playing volleyball in the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), and you’ll be there for every practice and game, right?  Well, there is no better way to show support than to actually participate in the league in one of the many volunteer positions.  Trust us, your kids will love it!  You will too!  Of course, the team at USYVL will be forever grateful, since it is through volunteer efforts that the league remains affordable (and doesn’t include the need for personal fundraising like many youth sports programs do). 

 

Here are the options:

 

USYVL Site Director

site director

The site director manages the local site and heads the site commission to insure proper organization and operation of the league within the framework of the USYVL bylaws, guidelines and policies. Responsible for communicating with the main office and keeping them updated about the status of the site.

call 888-988-7985 to learn about Site Director volunteer opportunities!

Time Commitment:  3 hrs. per week

Coach Rick

head coach

Will run practices and games under the direction of the site clinician. Responsible for teaching technical skills and life skills. No experience needed. Coaching clinics and manuals provided. Why Coach in USYVL

Time Commitment:  2 1/2 hrs. per week

Click here to Volunteer!

Assistant Coach

assistant coach

Will assist coach with running practices and games under the direction of the site clinician. Assist in teaching technical and life skills. No experience needed. Coaching clinics and manuals provided.

Time Commitment:  2 1/2 hrs. per week

Click here to Volunteer!

Fist Aid Administrator

first-aid administrator

Requires current certification in basic first-aid training including CPR. Position attends to injuries and any unsafe conditions on the playing area.

Time Commitment:  1-2 hrs. per week

Click here to Volunteer!

Registration

registration

Assist site director with registration and check-in. Assist site director with distribution of player uniform t-shirts and volunteer shirts.

Time Commitment:  1-2 hrs. per week

Click here to Volunteer!

community service hours

High School or College Student?  Love playing volleyball?  Join USYVL as a Volunteer!  Fulfill your school's "Community Service Hours," while doing something you love....playing volleyball!

Click here to Volunteer!

With the end of the year coming up quickly, you may be thinking of attaining goals you have set, or ways you can help your community, your children, and those less fortunate.  United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, has taught volleyball and important life skills to over 100,000 children, and your donation can help that next child in need of financial aid, offering an opportunity to develop essential teamwork skills, all while building self-esteem.  Yes, USYVL impacts your children directly – and, with further donations, will continue to impact others across the nation.  So, be part of the USYVL movement, and share what you can.  Your donations, whether personal or from your company, are tax deductable, and will continue the good work that happens every season with USYVL.

Keep kids active, engaged in positive activity, and learning one of the world’s great sports – one that actually was invented in the USA. 

The USYVL has seen many times over the quantifiable impact that participation in the league delivers.  This impact is magnified several fold for underprivileged children when they are exposed to USYVL – often providing their first youth sports experience.  Their smiles speak volumes, the outward emotion of the inner reality that these kids feel truly part of something. 

No amount is too small. Leave a legacy by donating whatever amount you can comfortably donate, and know your contribution will continue to drive positive action for children across the country.  Let’s sport for it… volleyball!

You can donate on the USYVL website, or by mail at:

USYVL Headquarters

2771 Plaza Del Amo

Suite 808

Torrance, CA 90503

 

 

Are you looking for a way to make the most your child’s time, and your time, during a United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) season?  Consider coaching.  It is probably much easier than you think.  You will, undoubtedly, make meaningful contributions with the time you spend teaching teamwork and volleyball skills to youth in your area.  Better yet, your child will be thrilled, and you’ll develop a wonderful, long-lasting rapport with the other children on your team. 

Since each site has a Clinician (consider this person the coach-in-chief), coaches are tasked with executing a pre-prepared lesson plan that is spearheaded by the Clinician.  You’ll have tools before you hit the court in the form of an easy-to-read coaching manual, and on-site training given by your Clinician.  Truly, it makes the job very easy.  Opportunities exist for both Head Coach and Assistant Coach roles.  Interested?  Be sure to reach out to your Site Director. 

With leagues beginning, the sooner you make the move, the better.  If you have any questions regarding coaching or other volunteer opportunities, please feel free to contact the USYVL National Office at 888-988-7985, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Building confidence in these young players through your efforts as a coach is a truly rewarding experience. 

 

Registration is open for our 3 day summer camps

Click here for CA & NV Summer Camps

We are still accepting Registrations for our summer camps.  Your registration fee includes a uniform t-shirt.  Each player may wear athletic clothing and shoes, like tennis shoes, they already own.

You can register online orby mail.Registration forms can be printed from the website or we can send one to you by email, fax or mail.  If you would like more information or would like us to send you a flyer, please call 1-888-988-7985.

Why should you join? 

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions!

Setting is one of the most exciting skills of volleyball, it's like the quarterback in a football game.  

The hand position needs to be above the forehead.  Thumbs should be close to one another with wrists back and somewhat down.  Elbows should be slightly in front of the shoulders.  The hands should be in the shape of a volleyball. 

The movement that follows is the player extends their arms after contacting the ball, pushing it to the desired target.  Arms should finish fully extended. 

During the off season, take out your volleyball and practice setting! 

 

Footwear and apparel manufacturer ASICS has been a longtime sponsor of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL).  You likely have noticed the ASICS logo on USYVL uniforms, as well as Coach’s shirts and Clinician uniforms.  It is a symbol of commitment to youth sports, particularly volleyball in the United States. 

 

ASICS, as a company, has been around for over 60 years.  Do you know what the ASICS acronym stands for?  Here is the answer!  Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka , who founded the company as Onitsuka Co., Ltd. In 1949, decided on the name ASICS for his company in 1977, based on a famous Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano," which when translated expresses the ancient ideal of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body."  So, now you know. ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness.

 

ASICS not only supports the efforts of USYVL, but also professional athletes, including pro volleyball player Kaitlin Sather Nielsen, who visited the Torrance, CA sites during this past season.  Of course, you see many volleyball players wearing ASICS famous GEL Cushioning System. 

 

“We are very grateful for the support that ASICS has provided to the league,” said Randy Sapoznik, USYVL Executive Director. 

 

You can find more information on ASICS at www.asicsamerica.com.  

 

 

  

 Last month, Dale Hoffman, one of the co-founders of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), received an award to honor his role in the formation of the league, which began in 1997.  Dale had been a long-time proponent of youth volleyball prior to his meetings with co-founder Randy Sapoznik, who remains in place to this day as the executive director.  In the league’s 15 years, well over 100,000 children learned volleyball, teamwork and self-esteem building skills through the USYVL. 

When Randy Sapoznik approached Dale with the original concept, Dale, having been involved in beach volleyball and youth programs for several years as well as having well-established contacts and operational expertise needed to form the league, was excited by the prospect of what it could be. 

“There are several volleyball-related accomplishments of which I’m quite proud,” Dale said recently. “Working with John Kessel on the Junior Olympics beach events is one, assisting the CBVA in the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame is another.  However, it is thinking back to sitting in my office with Randy Sapoznik talking about the USYVL with only Randy’s idea and passion and my desire to help make it happen – to  see where the USVYL is over 15 years later is amazing!”

 Dale was serving as president of the California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA), and was involved with the U.S. Junior Olympic Beach Volleyball Championships and U.S. Beach Volleyball Championships in the 1990s, as well as holding a vice president role with USA Volleyball’s Beach Division. 

His cooperative effort with Randy Sapoznik took a concept to full-fledged league in a matter of months.  “We have many people to thanks for the success of the USYVL,” said Randy Sapoznik.  “However, it’s a fact that without Dale, the league would have never gotten off the ground.” 

Dale’s affiliation with volleyball and youth programs is, indeed, impressive.  In 1994, Dale was listed as one of the “People of the Year” in Volleyball Magazine for his efforts, along with those of John Kessel at USA Volleyball and Gino Grajeda at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), to establish a youth beach volleyball championship.  Dale was also president of his company, Recreaction International, Inc. where he was responsible for managing Ventura County’s Friday Night Live, a tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse prevention program for teens.  He also served as president of the California Beach Volleyball Association, the world’s oldest beach volleyball organization.  In 1994, Dale co-founded the U.S. Junior Olympics Beach Volleyball Championships with John Kessel in Capistrano Beach.  Later, in 1997 Randy Sapoznik and Dale co-founded the United States Youth Volleyball League, which provided children ages 8 to 14 the opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in an organized, fun environment.

However, Dale is more than a leader, great coach and program developer for the sport of volleyball.  He has impressive athletic achievements in his past.  Personal accomplishments include winning a gold medal in beach volleyball at the 1994 World Masters Games in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia and riding his bike across the USA in 1998 as part of an American Lung Association fundraising effort. 

These days, Dale, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Education, serves in a management role for Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska.  He lives in Alaska, home to the midnight sun.  In his free time, along with traveling and cycling, he continues to enjoy playing volleyball.  Many thanks to Dale!