P1440 Huntington Beach Event Recap

The P1440 Huntington beach event took place this weekend. Thanks to those who joined us!

We had several USYVL families attend and enjoy, not only the high level volleyball matches, but the cool activities offered.

Platform 1440 is leading the way to give athletes the chance to have a sustainable living playing the sport they love.

USYVL was there on Saturday, December 1st supporting their vision.

We invited USYVL families and friends to join us at Huntington State Beach, and all those who came received a super cool Beach 2028 shirt!

Let’s get ready for Santa Monica Beach 2028!

This Giving Tuesday, Choose to Give to USYVL

We hope you are enjoying a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday weekend with your families. We at the USYVL are so thankful for our community of players, parents, volunteers and staff that make our programs possible. For over 20 years, we have aimed to provide every child between the ages of 7 and 15 a chance to learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, supervised environment. We continue to expand our traditional leagues to new locations and are excited about the growing interest in our Advanced Juniors and Camp programs that are designed for kids looking for a more competitive experience where we focus on improving skills at a higher level with experienced coaches and more traditional game play. Whether our players go on to play at the collegiate level, as many have, or just recreationally we take pride in knowing that we can provide a foundation for kids to learn volleyball in a fun and safe environment.

Our organization has thrived on participation in our programs and on the generosity from our community. Your donations help us grow and evolve our initiatives to run a healthy sports atmosphere fostering the development of responsible individuals.

This Giving Tuesday we are asking you to consider making a special donation to the USYVL. In 2019 we will be undertaking a major technology upgrade and need your help to fund the project. This new technology will help us streamline the scheduling, communication and management of our programs to your local community. It will also help us fund our scholarship programs for children in need and expand our program offerings.

This Giving Tuesday we are asking for a donation of $40 from our members. Any amount you can comfortably give will make a difference.

To support USYVL visit our donation page or send a text message with a dollar amount to 310-341-0048. Your generous contribution will have a huge and lasting impact on our participants and their families.

Aaron and Giulia Martin Honored with Founder’s Award

What began as an innocent introduction to a new sport for their daughter, became a commitment that has kept Aaron and Giulia Martin tied to their volleyball community for 36 seasons. As a couple, this dynamic duo has grown the Goleta site from an initial 23 players, to a consistent 65-75 players, which makes it one of the most successful USYVL programs in its 20 year history.

The USYVL is very happy to honor the Martins with its fifth Founder’s Award. The USYVL Founder’s award is awarded annually to the individuals who have provided leadership to the USYVL for the greatest amount of time and made an impact on the organization.

Aaron Martin was a recreational volleyball player, mostly beach, when approached to coach his stepdaughter, Aja’s, team. His wife Giulia had volunteered to be site director so, like most good dads, he said, “sure.” After a couple seasons he was promoted to Clinician, and has been sharing his (considerable) knowledge and enthusiasm to thousands of young athletes – and their parents too – ever since. “One of my favorite parts of USYVL,” says Aaron, “is watching kids get inspired by the program and fall in love with volleyball. And then running into the kids or their parents years later and hearing that they still love volleyball!”

Aaron and Giulia both work at UCSB; he is a systems administrator for the Earth Research Institute and she in the Business Office for the Technology Management Program. Aaron’s technology background has been solicited in developing several USYVL platforms over the years – for scheduling, workflow tracking, website building, mobile access, etc. Always willing to help make the program better, he has donated almost as many hours off the field as on.

When asked why she keeps coming back, Giulia’s answer was simple: “Even after 36 seasons we still feel like each season is the best season ever. The kids and parents are amazing and feel like an extended family.”

The Martin family’s youngest daughter, Malia, continues to enjoy USYVL while also playing club volleyball. “She found a passion for the game a little over a year ago,” says Aaron, “and her skill levels have increased dramatically.”

The passion for the game is what keeps this family playing. And their volunteering has kept many other children and families playing too – for over 18 years!

Aaron and Giulia Martin Honored with Founder’s Award

Extravaganza in Natomas

It was a USYVL-style spectacle in Natomas, California. Over 500 players on 32 courts were serving and passing for over 2 hours as teams from Elk Grove, Folsom, Sacramento and West Sacramento came together in Natomas on Saturday, May 19. The colorful red, white and blue t-shirts were a sight to see, as was the phenomenal volleyball played, according to clinician Kristine Spencer. “Seeing all the kids and families having fun was Awesome! But what I love the most about USYVL is that the program doesn’t emphasize winning or losing – it’s about learning how to pass-set-spike. And I saw some really good rallies on every court – they were playing real volleyball!”

Over 100 coaches and assistant coaches were on hand to help Kristine with the event. “Everyone was there early to set up and we started right on time. It was a real group effort to make sure the kids had a great experience.” But it was Kristine’s organizational skills, and love of volleyball, that pulled it off. She estimated it took about 20 hours of work in the two weeks leading up to the day, that made the event happen without a hitch. Along with some help from the office staff at USYVL. “They do all the leg work with permits and scheduling – I just had to organize the material and distribute it to the different sites. And set up cones for the courts and stuff like that. But again, everyone was pitching in to help!”

Kristine is a former collegiate volleyball player who owns and operates the Olympus Sports Coliseum in Sacramento. The multi-sport facility offers volleyball skill training, speed/agility training, and summer clinics in several sports, including volleyball. “But I would never try to run a league like USYVL – they do such a good job I just enjoy being a part of the organization.”

Kristine and USYVL – another great Volleyball Team!

Extravaganza in Natomas

Advanced Juniors Spring Tournaments this Weekend

This weekend USYVL’s Advanced Juniors programs will have spring tournaments (June 9th).  Teams from Camarillo, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Long Beach, Moorpark, Saddleback Valley, Thousand Oaks and Torrance will participate in the tournament at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, California.

Also on June 9th are tournaments at the Olympus Sports Coliseum in Sacramento, California.  Teams from the Northern California area participate, including Elk Grove, Sacramento and West Sacramento.

For teams in the Bay area, tournaments on June 9th will be at City Beach in  Santa Clara.  Teams from  Cupertino, Los Gatos and Santa Clara are participating.

During the spring season, our Advanced Juniors program hosts three weekend tournaments as part of the volleyball schedule. This is a great opportunity for several of our intermediate volleyball programs to meet at the same venue and enjoy fun and volleyball together. The tournament will feature games with a six-player format.

USYVL’s Advanced Juniors program is for intermediate and advanced players to prepare and assist their transition from four person instructional leagues to competitive indoor competition with a six-player format. The goal of the Advanced Juniors program is to create a pathway for players to advance to a higher level of competition such as High School or Club volleyball. The Advanced Juniors is a co-ed program and is open to boys and girls ages 12-16 with two age divisions, 14-Under and 16-Under. To learn more about our Advanced Juniors program visit us online. For boys and girls looking for an advanced volleyball program, Advanced Juniors offers a more competitive environment in contrast to our instructional leagues.

Advanced Juniors Highlights:
  • • Designed for players that have mastered fundamentals of volleyball.
  • • Co-ed, boys and girls ages 12-16.
  • • Instructor with experience coaching at the club, high school or higher level
  • • Indoor 6-on-6 format.
  • • 10-week program.
  • • Two 90-minute practices per week.
  • • Three Saturday tournaments.
  • • Uniform t-shirt provided.
  • • Skills assessment prior to the season or on the first meeting.