February 2021 USYVL Newsletter  
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Jaena’s Love for Volleyball, Next Stop, Louisiana Tech!

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By Jaena Bell I started playing with USYVL when I was 7 years old when a few of my friends from school all decided to sign up. I barely knew anything about volleyball but the welcoming and safe environment encouraged me to get out there and try my best. I ended up loving it right away, and with each practice, I was excited to get better and have fun with my new friends and teammates. This program teaches the meaning of true sportsmanship and definitely values the importance of participation, which is important especially at a young age. I liked USYVL because it embodies a pressure free environment where a child like myself could make mistakes, learn and grow.  I was able to develop better self-esteem, improve my overall communication, and understand the responsibility required to be part of a team. I also met a lifelong friend on my first team at USYVL, and we have been playing together ever since.
“This organization gave me my undying love for the sport of volleyball.”
I am forever grateful for the unforgettable memories I made with my teammates, coaches and friends during my time at USYVL. The fundamental skills I developed prepared me to make my first competitive club team at 11 years old. More than anything, this organization gave me my undying love for the sport of volleyball. I have carried this love with me through all of my club teams and will continue to carry it with me in college. I currently play the 18s division at Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club and attend Saint Anthony High School.  I will be playing Division 1 college volleyball next fall at Louisiana Tech University on a full scholarship. My wonderful experience with USYVL introduced me to the sport I love.

Skills Clinics Sharpen Your Skills

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We were excited to offer four Winter Volleyball Clinics in Aliso Viejo in January and February! The one-day two hour clinics were for all skill  levels. We had an amazing turnout, filling up each clinic to capacity. Our Clinician was able to focus on the fundamentals of spiking, setting and serving and make sure that each participant had the specialized drills and help they needed. One-day clinics allow players to keep their skills sharp and focus on a few individualized drills to enhance specific skills personalized to each player. Volleyball clinics are run by a local Clinician/s (Volleyball Instructor/s). If you are interested in running a clinic in your area, please contact us. We are happy to look into running a volleyball clinic in your community!

coaches corner

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by Steve Anderson Hand Setting Hand Positioning Hands should form a square or rectangle, with index fingers and thumbs on the volleyball, which should give you symmetry. Place the ball above your forehead and as you push it upward, evenly with both hands, you will let it go with both hands at the same time to achieve symmetry. To see this in action go to www.usyvl.org and click on the yellow banner VOLLEYBALL PRO TIPS. You can view the complete series on hand setting from Olympic Gold Medal Coach, Steve Anderson.

olympic watch

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Finally, our USA beach teams have an opportunity to compete in an Olympic qualifying tournament. On March 8, the Katara Beach Volleyball Cup 2021 will take place in Doha, Qatar. Due to the global pandemic, the number of possible qualifying tournaments is unknown so players have to compete as if this may be the only tournament to determine their Olympic dreams! Check out the points to see how close this is! Women’s Teams: April Ross/Alix Klineman –  8760 points Kerri Walsh-Jennings/Brooke Sweat – 6960 points Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes – 6640 points Kelley Kolinske/Emily Stockman – 6080  points Men’s Teams: Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb – 6680 Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb – 6360 Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena – 5840 points To make things even more exciting as these teams race to the Olympics, team Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb are not competing in Qatar since they were not able to qualify into the tournament. For more information and beach volleyball Olympic rankings, visit https://www.fivb.com/ Click here for the Olympic schedule

your support matters

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. If you are in a position to donate, please consider USYVL by clicking the link below. Your donation goes directly into funding players that can’t afford registration, program improvements and equipment upgrades.
Donate ->

how can I help?

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

USYVL merch

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USYVL Clinician Bob models a pullover from the ‘ghosted’ line. Looking good! With a great selection of USYVL gear, we’ve got you covered. Check out the collection and support two local businesses in the process!
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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 Become A Sponsor
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January 2021 USYVL Newsletter
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nothing but skills

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With Covid-19 guidelines and following local and state safety and health precautions, we were able to pull together a handful of volleyball clinics in select locations to get kids out on the court and moving.

Thanks to all our players and their families for our successful fall and winter volleyball skills clinics! A special thank you to our Clinicians for making these volleyball clinics happen and for their extra attention to safety, all while making sure our participants continue to grow in their skills and have fun!

With many fields and facilities remaining closed through the winter season, we are thankful for those few that were able to allow safe skill development. Check out our website to see if there is a volleyball program starting near you!

growing the game

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Though 2020 was a tough year especially in youth sports, growing the game of volleyball still remains a goal. As we look forward to 2021, we are working on bringing programs to communities that currently don't have a USYVL program. Skill & Development Camps & Clinics will be opening in Georgia, Texas, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Utah, Minnesota and Arizona. If you have friends and family in other states or cities, have them check-out our website and see where the closest USYVL program is. You can even reach out to us and see about the possibility of bringing volleyball to your community!

Reese inspires millions during covid

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Prior to the coronavirus, Reese never utilized any social media platforms, rare for a teenager. She was busy playing volleyball. A sophomore, she is a second-year varsity volleyball player at Blue Valley Southwest High School in Overland Park, KS.  She also plays indoor on the Topeka Impact 16-1 Volleyball Club and Beach at P4:13 Beach Club. When the virus shut down the sport she loves, Reese decided to take a new approach to challenge herself and hopefully inspire others in the volleyball world. 

She decided to start posting volleyball drills & athletic training drills in her garage gym to not only get better at her sport and to try to have a “normal” schedule/routine, but to inspire and reach other volleyball players and athletes. Reese created an Instagram and Twitter account in March 2020 and has made over 200 posts since. She now has generated over 1,300,000 views on Twitter and over 250,000 views on Instagram since March.

She utilized the coronavirus shut down to push herself and inspire thousands of other athletes across the world. She was even asked to interview Kerri Walsh Jennings this summer and was invited to Kerri and Brooke Sweat's (OLYMPIC Beach Volleyball team) clinic in December. One of her posts was reposted and has almost 400,000 views.  She also looks up to Oregon indoor & beach vb standout Brooke Nuneviller as she had a similar path to Reese.  

"Do today what others won't, so you can do tomorrow what others can't."

Follow Reese here:

NCSA profile- http://recruit-match.ncsasports.org/clientrms/athletes/4897232

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/reesebatesvolleyball/

Twitter- https://twitter.com/reesebatesvb


Kerri Walsh Interview-https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=253469095757554&id=241842654006

coaches corner

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The Overhand Serve

As the non-hitting hand is coming up to toss the ball, the hitting hand is pulling back towards their ear. The ball must leave the player's hand when that arm is parallel to the ground. (Image 1)

The hand needs to be canted slightly toward the hitting hand so it comes down right in front of that player's hitting/serving shoulder. Use a full arm swing. (Image 2)

Back foot, on the hitting arm side, can raise up to toes, but should not leave the ground before contact of the ball. After contact of the ball, the back foot may leave the ground at the end of the follow through. (Image 3)

olympic watch

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Let's get ready for the 2020 Summer Olympics! Action starts on Friday, July 23, 2021 in Tokyo.

In Women's Beach Volleyball team Alix Klineman and April Ross have secured the first spot for the USA! The second spot is a tight race between two teams, team Kerri Walsh and Brooke Sweat and team Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil. Keep an eye out on who will make it to the Olympics, which will be determined by results in FIVB tournaments prior to the Tokyo Olympics. In Men's Beach Volleyball there is a very close race between three teams, team Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb, team Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena and team Trevor Crabb and Tri Bourne.  This is going to be a battle to the end to determine the top two USA teams going to the Olympics for Men’s Beach Volleyball.

In Men’s Indoor Volleyball our team is lead by one of the best players in the world, Matt Anderson and a team of very talented players. In Women’s Indoor Volleyball our team is lead by Foluke Akinradewo, one of the best middles in the sport, and a team of talented players. At the 2016 Olympics both teams took bronze, so they are looking for gold!

Click here for the schedule 

your support matters

Thank you for your support through 2020 as we worked through and within the Covid-19 safety guidelines. With your help, we have been able to offer a limited number of fall and winter Skill Development Clinics in areas where they are allowed following Covid-19 guidelines. 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.

If you are in a position to donate, please consider USYVL by clicking the link below. Your donation goes directly into funding players that can’t afford registration, program improvements and equipment upgrades.

Donate ->


Thank you to all the folks that have shown their support by donating to the USYVL and getting us to a great start for 2021. Thank you!



how can I help? 

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Ralphs Community Contribution program

Calling all Ralphs shoppers! Ralph's stores are on a mission to go beyond being a part of the community to also helping create a stronger community. Through programs like the Community Contribution program, 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 to 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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We’ve teamed up with Orange County based company, F3Custom, who has redesigned our line of USYVL merch. By processing their entire product in house, F3Custom is able to insure quality with a speedy turnaround.

With a selection of tops, leggings, shorts and socks, we’ve got you covered. Check out the collection and help two local businesses in the process!

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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 Become A Sponsor


Tuesday, December 1st is GivingTuesday!

Don’t know what GivingTuesday is? GivingTuesday is a global day of giving focused on celebrating generosity and unity.

This year, we are participating in GivingTuesday, and we need your help.

We invite you to donate to USYVL on Tuesday, December 1. You can support our organization by donating on our website. Donations help us continue to provide opportunities for youth to build confidence, learn transferrable skills like teamwork and good sportsmanship, and have fun playing volleyball.

Last year, we were able to raise more than $25,000, which helped us lead more than 85 programs across the United States.

    Here’s how you can get ready to give:
  • 1. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Dec. 1
  • 2. Give online at usyvl.org/donate on GivingTuesday
  • 3. Spread the word with your community
  • Together we can change the lives of youth in our community, and across the United States.

    Read a story from one of our participants: Our daughter has never liked anything athletic. Her friend told her how much fun she was having so we decided to try it. This was our second season and she still has some fear of the ball but, she loves every minute of it and the people she meets. Her first year she had the opportunity to join her friends’ team due to some kids who did not show up. But, after the first practice session she had on her original team, she didn’t want to leave them to be on her best friend’s team because she liked her teammates and coach. USYVL for the win!

    We can’t wait to partner with you on GivingTuesday and watch our community change for the better. Thank you for helping us positively impact the lives of over 7000 boys and girls last year.

September marks the beginning of USYVL’s Skill Development Clinics. This season, USYVL’s Clinicians (trained volleyball instructors) are leading skill development clinics that are taylored to meet the local Health Department’s requirements for Covid-19 safety while working to improve your player’s abilities through training and practice.

We are excited to have a new location begin with many smiling faces in Cache Valley, Utah!*

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*Mask requirement are in place for California programs and where required by state and local health authorities.

The United States Youth Volleyball League is pleased to announce new skill development clinics in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. The new clinics are open to all boys and girls ages 7-15. All skill levels are welcome!

USYVL encourages youth volleyball players to invite their friends and family to participate in the new youth sports program. No previous volleyball experience is required and a trained volleyball instructor will lead the clinic. Register onlline and bring your volleyball.

To register for the skill development clinic or for more information, enter your zip code into our program finder.

What will your child get out of USYVL?  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! Skills are taught using technically correct methods for peak performance and safety.

Come join us for volleyball this fall! Volleyball Starts Here!