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!

USYVL Kids Night Schedule

We are excited to announce the USYVL Kids Night schedule for the spring 2018 season. This is a great opportunity for participants, family and friends to attend a local volleyball match. A special thank you to the local universities and teams who are willing to provide tickets for USYVL participants so that they can come and enjoy a collegiate volleyball match. Tickets are available free of charge to USYVL participants. Due to NCAA regulations, please note that any high school aged players (older than 14 years of age) may need to purchase a ticket. We encourage all participants that attend the Kids Night matches to wear your USYVL shirt! To reserve your tickets for a USYVL Kids Night, click on the link of the match you wish to attend from the schedule below and fill out the required information in the form. Please note that each adult attendee will need to provide their age and each youth attendee will need to provide their age and grade. The 2018 USYVL Kids Night Spring Schedule: Saturday, January 20th – Pepperdine vs UCSB at 6:00 PM at Pepperdine Saturday, February 17th – Pepperdine vs USC at 6:00 PM at Pepperdine Saturday, February 24th – USC vs Grand Canyon at 7:00 PM at USC Saturday, March 10th – UCLA vs George Mason at 7:00 PM at UCLA Saturday, March 17th – LMU starting at 10:00 AM at Ocean Park Courts Sunday, March 18th – Pepperdine vs Hawai’i at 5:00 PM at Pepperdine Saturday, March 24th – USC vs UC Irvine at 7:00 PM at USC Saturday, March 31st – USC vs UCLA at 7:00 PM at USC Saturday, April 7th – UCLA vs BYU at 7:00 PM at UCLA

Refer-A-Friend and Get a Cool T-Shirt

Thank you to all that have signed up for our Fall Leagues! Fall will be here before you know it and we are looking forward to another fantastic season of volleyball.

Now that you are registered to play with USYVL, what about your friends? There is nothing better than getting your friends to play volleyball.

When your friends sign up and say that you referred them, USYVL will send you a cool t-shirt! Refer more new families to earn more gifts! One referral earns a t-shirt. For two, add a wristband! For three referrals, you will get a t-shirt, wristband and a surprise. For three referrals, we’ll send a sweatshirt and the grand prize is a signed Gold Ball for five referrals! The Gold Ball is for referring five new families to USYVL who sign up and say that you referred them.

. Refer-A-Friend is easy:

1. Find a friend, classmate, or family member and tell them about USYVL.
2. Have your friend visit our registration page and locate a fall league to join.
3. During the registration process, the form will ask your friend how they heard about USYVL.
4. Have your friend select that they heard about USYVL from you and include your first and last name as the individual that referred them.
5. We will send you a cool t-shirt.

Remember to let your friends know why USYVL they should play USYVL:

• 8 weeks of volleyball instruction in a fun, safe, and supervised environment.
• 4 Age Divisions for boys and girls ages 7 to 15.
• Registration price includes a volleyball, uniform t-shirt, and participation award.

If you have questions, give us a call at 1-888-988-7985 or visit our Refer a Friend page. We look forward to seeing you and your friends this fall.

Volleyball Starts Here!

USYVL ADDS FOUR NEW PROGRAMS TO THE SPRING 2018 SEASON

The USYVL is excited to announce four new programs to the spring 2018 season.  We have worked hard to bring new instructional volleyball programs to Cerritos, Fremont, Hacienda Heights and Tustin for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 15.

Our Cerritos program will run at Carmenita Middle School in Cerritos and is scheduled for Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Our Fremont program will run at Irvington Community Park in Fremont and is scheduled for Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Our Hacienda Heights program will run at Manzanita Park in Hacienda Heights and is scheduled for Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Our Tustin program will run at Pioneer Middle School in Tustin and is scheduled for Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

As our newest leagues to the spring slate, here are some highlights that parents and participants will see with our new leagues:

  • • Ages 7-15 (Divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15) (Age divisions are determined by child’s age on November 1st of participating year).

  • • While the program teaches children the skills necessary to excel in the sport of volleyball, the focus remains on participation, cooperation, sportsmanship, responsibility and, of course, fun!

  • • Furthermore, a season of league games is sure to provide plenty of exciting volleyball action.

  • • The USYVL is a family-oriented program where parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends are involved by volunteering.

When you register, make sure you sign up as a volunteer coach or assistant coach. No experience is required. There is a dedicated Clinician (Volleyball Instructor) at each USYVL site. As a volunteer, you will help the Clinician to monitor courts, assist with practice drills, and help with games. Our best sites are those where parents are actively involved with the kids to help them learn and play volleyball. To learn more about volunteer coaching with USYVL visit our, “Why Coach” page.

If you are new to USYVL, we encourage you to let your friends know about the program. We have a Refer a Friend program perfect for you to share the fun of volleyball with your family or friends. If you refer one of your friends to USYVL, we will send you a cool t-shirt! To learn more visit our Refer a Friend page.

Volleyball is coming to Cerritos, Fremont, Hacienda Height and Tustin! Come join us!

Advanced Juniors Spring

Registration is open for 2018 Advanced Juniors.

To register for Advanced Juniors click here.

Advanced Juniors locations for Spring 2018:

Camarillo
Elk Grove
Fountain Valley
Irvine
Long Beach
Los Gatos
Moorpark
Sacramento
San Jose
Santa Clara
Thousand Oaks
Torrance
West Sacramento

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.

We are excited for the new Advanced Juniors next spring! To learn more about the program visit our Advanced Juniors page!

Highlights of our Advanced Juniors program include:

• Designed for players with volleyball experience.
• Co-ed, boys and girls ages 12-16.
• Qualified instructors with experience coaching at the club, high school or higher level.
• Indoor 6-on-6 format.
• 10-week program length.
• Two 90-minute practices per week.
• Three weekend tournaments.
• Uniform t-shirt provided to participants.

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