AVP and FIVB beach volleyball star Phil Dalhausser stopped by USYVL Oxnard to show the kids his 2008 Olympic Gold Medal! Needless to say, the kids AND the parents were thrilled to see 6'9" Phil signing autographs and handing out golden volleyballs while demonstrating skills on a very low net. Thanks for coming out, Phil!
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.
Hannah was one of the very first USYVL kids, starting at 6 1/2 years old. She especially loved playing defense, digging and chasing balls was her specialty! She grew into not only an excellent defensive player, but worked very hard to become an outstanding setter, as well.
She continued to play competitively through middle school and high school, earning numerous awards as setter for Thousand Oaks High School including 1) Ventura County Player of the Year and 2) Marmonte League Player of the Year (twice!)
She is currently a sophomore at the University of the Pacific, where she is the starting setter for their NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Team, playing in the Big West Conference. She also loves playing beach volleyball and is looking forward to the spring, for the first season of NCAA Women's Sand Volleyball. From early on, Hannah has loved the game, and credits USYVL for starting her on the path to playing at the highest level!
Registration is open for our 3 day 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.
UC Irvine Players Sign Autographs for USYVL Kids
What a great opportunity to watch high level volleyball and be able to talk to the players. That was what happened at the UC Irvine International Volleyball Tournament.
USYVL players from Orange County sites had their game day at UC Irvine's Crawford Field. Prior to the start of their games, they received a special treat from the UC Irvine Men's Volleyball Team.
The team played a short exhibition game and then signed autographs for the kids. Thank you to UC Irvine and David Kniffin for making this a special day for USYVL!
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!
The USYVL is all about good sportsmanship by learning and playing volleyball in a fun, safe, supervised environment. "Every Child Plays" and is automatically a starter when they sign up to play in the USYVL. USYVL Instructors and coaches teach the proper volleyball skills and teamwork.
Join a team today!
It's Official! The Fall 2010 season has ended. Thank you for a great Season, we look forward to seeing All of you in the Spring!
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!