Covid-19 Update May 24, 2022

USYVL is monitoring daily COVID-19 updates to best assist programs in all of our communities. The health and safety of our players, coaches, volunteers, and parents is our priority.

Many city parks and recreation departments are approving permits for youth sports again with strict Covid-19 guidelines.

Each program is being looked at on a case by case basis and the Covid-19 guidelines set forth by their city’s parks and recreation department, before providing any programs in 2022.

All programs will be following the CDC, and state and local public health authorities guidelines. Spring 2022
  • Agoura Hills, CA Spring 2022
  • Aliso Viejo, CA Spring 2022
  • Anaheim, CA Spring 2022
  • Arroyo Grande, CA Spring 2022
  • Camarillo, CA Spring 2022
  • Camarillo, CA Advanced Juniors Spring 2022
  • Carlsbad, CA Spring 2022
  • Carmel Valley, CA Spring 2022
  • Cerritos, CA Spring 2022
  • Claremont, CA Spring 2022
  • Culver City, CA Spring 2022
  • Cupertino, CA Spring 2022
  • Duarte, CA Spring 2022
  • Elk Grove, CA Spring 2022
  • Elk Grove, CA Advanced Juniors Spring 2022
  • El Segundo, CA Spring 2022
  • Evergreen, CO Spring 2022
  • Folsom, CA Spring 2022
  • Fountain Valley, CA Spring 2022
  • Fremont, CA Spring 2022
  • Glendale, CA Spring 2022
  • Goleta, CA Spring 2022
  • Hacienda Heights, CA Spring 2022
  • Hermosa Beach, CA Spring 2022
  • Huntington Beach, CA Spring 2022
  • Irvine, CA Spring 2022
  • Irvine, CA Advanced Juniors Spring 2022
  • Laguna Niguel, CA Spring 2022
  • Lake Elsinore, CA Spring 2022
  • Livermore, CA Spring 2022
  • Lompoc, CA Spring 2022
  • Long Beach, CA Advanced Juniors Spring 2022
  • Long Beach, CA Marina Vista Park Spring 2022
  • Long Beach, CA Whaley Park Spring 2022
  • Los Alamitos, CA Spring 2022
  • Los Gatos, CA Advanced Juniors Spring 2022
  • Mission Viejo, CA Spring 2022
  • Mohawk Valley, NY Spring 2022
  • Monterey Park, CA Spring 2022
  • Morgan Hill, CA Spring 2022
  • Moorpark, CA Spring 2022
  • Mountain View, CA Spring 2022
  • Natomas, CA Spring 2022
  • Oak Park, CA Spring 2022
  • Ojai, CA Spring 2022
  • Oxnard, CA Spring 2022
  • Palo Alto, CA Spring 2022
  • Palos Verdes, CA Spring 2022
  • Pasadena, CA Spring 2022
  • Pasadena, MD Spring 2022
  • Reno, NV Spring 2022
  • Sacramento, CA Advanced Juniors Spring 2022
  • Sacramento, CA Spring 2022
  • San Clemente, CA Spring 2022
  • San Diego, CA Spring 2022
  • San Jose, CA Butcher Park Spring 2022
  • San Jose, CA Kirk Park Spring 2022
  • San Jose, CA Linear Park Spring 2022
  • San Luis Obispo, CA Spring 2022
  • Santa Maria, CA Spring 2022
  • Simi Valley, CA Spring 2022
  • Simi Valley, CA Advanced Juniors Spring 2022
  • South Fayette, PA Spring 2022
  • Thousand Oaks, CA Spring 2022
  • Thousand Oaks, CA Advanced Juniors Spring 2022
  • Torrance, CA Spring 2022
  • Torrance, CA Advanced Juniors Spring 2022
  • Tustin, CA Spring 2022
  • Valencia, CA Spring 2022
  • Ventura, CA Spring 2022
  • West Sacramento, CA Spring 2022
  First and foremost, please follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html). These resources are updated as new information becomes available and should be checked frequently. General guidelines from the CDC to help individuals prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses include: * Avoid close contact with people who are sick. * Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. * Stay home when you are sick. * Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. * Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. * Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.   Given the urgent nature of this situation, USYVL will continue to monitor information from the CDC, and state and local public health authorities, and will regularly share any updates that relate directly to USYVL programs.
January 2022 USYVL Newsletter

usyvl players are doing cool stuff

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"Considering this summer was his first time to play, it’s so neat to watch him develop and grow the love for it," writes the father of the boy in green. The video shows young Jaxon alongside adult volleyball players.

Share the cool things your player is doing! Send a photo or video and 1-2 paragraphs to [email protected].


teacher of the year

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Oceanside Unified School District awards Teacher of the Year to two deserving teachers.  One winner of the 2020-21 Teachers and Classified Employees of the Year is also our wonderful Clinician, Xye Sanders! 

OCUSD reports, "Sanders believes that all students can achieve, and helps them build upon their unique learning styles. She is intentional in engaging parents and helps fellow staff meet student needs through the IEP process. She goes out of her way to lead extracurricular activities, and is an overall leader and unifier among her community. Sanders will go on as a finalist for San Diego County’s teacher of the year."

We are proud to share a court with someone so dedicated to the youth of our community. Well deserved and congratulations!


winter camps in action

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Winter Camps’ Team Head of Lettuce poses with their "mascot."

USYVL is proud to announce we are able to run winter volleyball camps this year! We started our first round of winter camps on January 15, and what fun our players are having! USYVL camps focus on building off the fundamentals and basics of volleyball that players learn in our instructional leagues. They allow participants to get more practice on specific skill sets, and continue to develop their knowledge in the sport.

We look forward to continuing our winter programs, and hope your player can join one of our winter camps! Checkout what camps are available near you: www.usyvl.org


des moines wrap-up

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USYVL wrapped-up a successful winter program in Des Moines, IA this January! Even in the colder months, USYVL can keep our players practicing indoors and make sure they are still able to get out on the court to continue developing their skills and enhancing their technique for the upcoming spring season. Our Des Moines players and Coach had a blast playing this season and we were excited to bring a safe and fun program to their community.


clinicians needed

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USYVL is hiring volleyball instructors for the spring season.

The USYVL position of Clinician (Volleyball Instructor) is responsible for overseeing drills, practices, games, and team instruction of the fundamentals of volleyball.

Clinicians also manage the site parent volunteer coaches and assistant coaches to ensure the volunteer staff working with each team are running the drills, practices, and games correctly. Previous volleyball experience is required for this position.

We have openings at various locations including the San Jose, CA area. 

Contact [email protected] for details. Please include your location and experience coaching or playing volleyball. 


coaching corner

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A great drill is the star passing drill!

Have the first player with the ball stand next to the middle of the net facing away from the net. The second player will start directly across, 3-4 feet from the middle of the end line. The drill begins by having the player with the ball toss the ball directly across to the second player. That player will pass the ball back to the middle of the court always executing correct passing form. Then the second player moves to the right corner and receives another toss and passes. Then they move to the right front corner and receive another toss and passes. They repeat by going back to the right corner and middle. Then they do the same on the left side.

With one rotation of this drill, 9 balls are passed by one player consecutively.


a reminder, spring registration is open

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If you haven't already, we hope you will join us on the courts this spring. 

8-week spring leagues begin in April and continue through the 1st week of June.

Click here and enter your zip code for details of a nearby program:  

https://www.usyvl.org/registration/find-a-program/


you can help

Your tax-deductible contributions to USYVL have helped us continue our mission to provide every child between the ages of 7 and 15 a chance to learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, supervised environment.

Support the USYVL by clicking the link below. Your donation goes directly into funding players that can’t afford registration, program improvements, and equipment upgrades.

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Did you know you can support USYVL while shopping? Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. By linking your account to the United States Youth Volleyball League at smile.amazon.com, you can direct a percentage to go to USYVL's Every Child Plays Fund.

Ralphs is committed to help the local neighborhoods we call home. By linking your Ralphs Rewards card to United States Youth Volleyball League, you can direct a small percentage of your grocery purchase to go towards USYVL's Every Child Plays Fund. Visit https://www.ralphs.com/i/community/community-contribution-program to get started


USYVL merch

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Check out the collection of USYVL merch. Winter and spring items are available.

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our sponsors

We are proud to partner with several community-minded businesses that share our goal of giving every child a chance to play volleyball.

If your business would like to learn more about our sponsorship program, follow the link to Become A Sponsor

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thankful for our volunteers

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This past fall, we had the opportunity to bring back 57 Instructional Leagues and 5 Advanced Juniors programs. This was possible because we had parents and family members step-up at many locations to help recruit coaches, handle equipment and make sure teams had coaches at each practice and game day.

As we continue to rebuild after the pandemic, a huge thank you to our volunteer staff who made the Fall 2021 season possible. They continued USYVL’s mission to give every child the opportunity to learn and play volleyball.

USYVL staff worked to make sure each site had what was needed to be successful and our volunteers ensured our programs continued to run on time and that our players had fun each day. We truly could not have run such a successful season, or brought as many programs back, without our many volunteers donating their time. Thank you!


from the grass courts to the collegiate gyms

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by Calyce Jones

The sport of volleyball has always been my companion and champion ever since I was 9 years old playing in the USYVL. The USYVL has played a significant role in my exposure and love for the sport of volleyball. My participation in the USYVL provided a safe haven for me to genuinely express myself, emotionally and physically as I learned and developed into an aspiring volleyball player. It’s safe to say that my dreams and aspirations to compete at the collegiate level began on the USVYL volleyball courts. I have fond memories of practicing Wednesday evening and playing Saturday mornings; while my dad volunteered as my teams’ coach.

My love and passion for volleyball have been more than a means to my academic and athletic aspirations but an appreciation for the fun, action, skills, and teamwork associated with being a volleyball player. I have been fortunate enough to compete at the elite club level for several clubs, Infinity VBC (5th grade); Club South Bay VBC (5th – 10th grades), and Dream In Gold VBC (11th grade). I’m a 4 – year varsity letterman at Millikan High School where I served as the team captain and setter. I chose to forgo my last year of club competition, to train and be prepared for my upcoming freshman season in the fall of 2021, where I have committed and signed to play at Norfolk State University, an HBCU and Division I program of the MEAC.

"My love and passion for volleyball have been more than a means to my academic and athletic aspirations but an appreciation for the fun, action, skills and teamwork associated with being a volleyball player."

 
I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my volleyball career where I see myself dawning the Spartans “Green and Gold” uniform, winning multiple MEAC championships and honors while walking across the campus as a future Norfolk State University graduate. This journey all started at USYVL and I’m proud to be an alumnus of this program.

how coaching brought meaning to my life

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by Keani Andaluz

I had the privilege to coach at our Torrance location for the 2020-2021 seasons!

I started playing volleyball in high school and played varsity for 3 years as an outside hitter. I never had the opportunity to play in college but I was able to experience coaching at my high school for the freshman girls’ volleyball team.

Fast forward 10 years and USYVL entered into my life. It had been a while since I played and really wanted to challenge myself and wanted to be a part of my community and to provide an opportunity for kids to be able to learn a new sport and skills, especially as we were coming out of a very tough year with the pandemic. This coaching position challenged me to show up for the kids but in order to be able to do that, I had to show up for myself. Coaching showed me that I was able to achieve so much with dedication, being reliable, and showing empathy. Each practice, seeing my players overcome fears of learning something new, meeting new friends, and stepping outside of their comfort zone is one of the most joyous feelings I have ever experienced. Each child is unique and brings something special to the team and as a coach being able to learn and highlight each child's talents and strengths makes me love this sport even more.

Coaching can be a huge impact on these kids’ lives and always encourage those who are interested in coaching to go for it.

If you are interested in coaching, please connect with the amazing staff at USYVL for more information on coaching opportunities.


advanced juniors in action

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The fall season was a success! Although a limited amount of programs were run under Covid Guidelines, the kids learned so much and the coaches did a fantastic job teaching them how to play the game.

Spring 2022 will see the return of the Advanced Juniors' full lineup. Our age limit for the Advanced Juniors has been increased from 16 to 18 so players who may have missed an opportunity to join in the past two years can still participate in the 2022 season.

The Advanced Juniors program is for intermediate and advanced players to prepare and assist their transition from four-person instructional leagues to indoor competition with a six-player format. The goal of the Advanced Juniors program is to advance to a higher level of competition such as high school or club volleyball.

We are excited for the return of the Advanced Juniors next spring and will continue to open registration for each location. Feel free to email [email protected] for updates on your program.


clinician spotlight

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Interview with Terry Anderson, Laguna Niguel Clinician

How long have you been playing volleyball/how did you get interested in the sport? 
In my younger days, I played beach volleyball in Santa Monica with a group of people from work. We’d see high-level players like Wilt Chamberlain over on the other courts, but for us, it was mostly a social thing. One time a pair of players came over and challenged us, twelve against two, and we said, well that’s not fair. And they said, that’s okay, we’ll go easy on you.

How and when did you decide to get involved with USYVL?
Both my sons were all about baseball throughout their youth. But when the older one hit high school, he didn’t have the size and height to compete with those selected for the team, and so I had to find another sport and found volleyball instead. That led my younger son into the sport and that’s when we joined USYVL. I initially signed on to coach his 9-10 team and after a season or two when our Site Director retired, I stepped up to the site director level. That was about 11 years ago. Even after my son graduated from the program, I kept returning since the league is really my passion. Now my son is through high school and a sophomore at Cal Poly SLO and still involved in volleyball.

What is your favorite part of practice or the season?
End of season day is always fun. Each site has its own traditions but ours is to have all the coaches bring water balloons. It starts as an egg-toss game but quickly devolves into a free-for-all. We go through about 500 balloons in five minutes. But the kids don’t seem to care how wet they get. And the last game is always kids vs. parents.

Do you have a favorite exercise for the players to work on during practice?
We have the players do a quick lap and kid-led stretching exercises while the clinician instructs the coaches on this week's drills.

Do you have any fun drills or exercises you have recommended for kids to work on at home to prepare for practices?
A few practices they can do at home. Bump the ball to themselves continuously at least 10 times, and try to increase the vertical height as if it were a pass, not just bumping it a few feet in the air. Also, toss the ball onto the roof of your house and bump it back up. And if you have access to handball court practice your overhand serve, both hitting it onto the ground first and then drawing or taping a line at net height.

What do you think kids enjoy the most about practices?
There’s a discrepancy you need to deal with. Coaches only want to do drills, kids would prefer to just play games the entire hour. So there needs to be a proper balance and not focus too much on drills. Let them play games, but make it teachable where you can stop and fix certain mistakes. And when players start to lose focus during the drills, throw in a fun practice like Dead Fish (look it up).

Do you have a favorite memory of a game day or practice?
Often when we have inter-site games, once the courts are cleared we usually leave one net set up, and then coaches/parents get to play a little fun, non-scoring game. As much as I enjoy coaching, I feel left out if I don’t get to get out there and mix it up a little.


you can help

Your tax-deductible contributions to USYVL have helped us continue our mission to provide every child between the ages of 7 and 15 a chance to learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, supervised environment.

Support the USYVL by clicking the link below. Your donation goes directly into funding players that can’t afford registration, program improvements, and equipment upgrades.

 
Donate ->

Did you know you can support USYVL while shopping? Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. By linking your account to the United States Youth Volleyball League at smile.amazon.com, you can direct that percentage to go to USYVL's Every Child Plays Fund.

Ralphs is committed to help the local neighborhoods we call home. By linking your Ralphs Rewards card to United States Youth Volleyball League, you can direct a small percentage of your grocery purchase to go towards USYVL's Every Child Plays Fund.

Visit smile.amazon.com and https://www.ralphs.com/i/community/community-contribution-program to get started


USYVL merch

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Check out the collection of USYVL merch. Winter and spring items are available.

Store ->

our sponsors

We are proud to partner with several community-minded businesses that share our goal of giving every child a chance to play volleyball.

If your business would like to learn more about our sponsorship program, follow the link Become A Sponsor

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Registration is open for Fall 2021 Advanced Juniors.

To register for Advanced Juniors.

The Advanced Juniors program is for intermediate and advanced players to prepare and assist their transition from four-person instructional leagues to 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.

Participants in the Advanced Juniors program should have prior volleyball experience.

Each program has a dedicated volleyball instructor with experience coaching at the club, high school or higher level. The player to coach ratio is 12:1, with teams ranging from 6 – 12 players. Under this structure, participants have access to coaches that can provide guidance for individual skill development and instruction for enhanced team-building skills.

The program is coed and is open to boys and girls ages 12-16 with two age divisions, 14-Under and 16-Under. Each program is structured around two 90-minute practices per week and includes three weekend tournaments.

To learn more about the program visit our Advanced Juniors page!

Highlights of our Advanced Juniors program include:

• Designed for players that have the basic 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 weekend tournaments.
• Uniform t-shirt provided.
• • Skills assessment by coach will take place during practice, during the first four practices.

If you have any questions please contact the USYVL National Office at 1-888-988-7985.