We have compiled our most frequently asked questions for parents interested in USYVL. Click on a question to see the answer.
Administrative & Volunteering Questions
Call our National Office toll-free at (888) 988-7985 to get your username and password.
The kids receive an age-appropriate ball, a uniform tee in the second week and a participation award at the end of the season. The fee also covers practices & games, site location use permit, volunteer uniforms, net systems, shipping, administrative costs and insurance.
Try to send your paperwork with a friend who will be attending the parent meeting. Otherwise, bring the completed player medical registration form (so your child can participate!) and, if you are volunteering, the volunteer application form, to the site on the first day.
Try to send your paperwork with a friend who will be attending the parent meeting. If that is not possible, it can be turned in on the first day of the program.
We do not give out any information on staff or players.
League, Site & Team Questions
Ages 7 -15.
The groups are arranged by ages: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15. Ages are defined according to how old they are on November 1st of the present season. We do not form teams according to skill level. However, players may be moved up an age division.
Absolutely not! We are a league that does not require prior volleyball experience. There will be kids with varying levels of experience. Teams will be arranged to maintain a balance.
Yes! All teams are coed.
Typically, the teams have 6-8 players.
They can wear a regular pair of tennis shoes and athletic attire.
We are a parent volunteer organization, but we do have a volleyball instructor (the Clinician) at every practice and game to supervise the volunteer coaches working with the teams. They are responsible for demonstrating and helping the volunteer coaches.
Spiking, serving, setting, passing, and blocking. Our four-person format allows the kids to play every position.
Teams meet two times per week. One day is for practices while the other day is for games (two 25-minute games). The first two weeks of the program, participants will practice on both of the days they meet. Practice days are during the week on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in the late afternoon. Game days are typically on Saturday morning. Practice and game day times may vary slightly at certain sites.
We are a non-profit organization, similarly structured to AYSO, but we are different in that all the players practice and play on the same date, time and location. In addition, we have a volleyball instructor on site at every practice and game to supervise the volunteer coaches. We do not have any fundraising requirements.
We use a ball that is regulation size, but they are lighter to allow kids more success. We use lower nets so kids can learn how to spike correctly. We use a smaller court size for the 7-8 and 9-10 age divisions. The nets do get higher as the season goes on.
We are an affiliate organization of USA Volleyball and we focus on getting kids to play volleyball at a younger age.
Players are randomly assigned to a team within their age division. Only Head Coach volunteers are allowed the privilege of requesting one player, in addition to their own child, to be on their team.
As an Assistant Coach, you are normally with the team that your child is on (unless you have more than one child in the program). You can be with a specific Head Coach if s/he requests you. Assistant coaches may not have a special player request (that is, in addition to your own child), unless they decide to become a Head Coach.
Characteristically, the younger the child, the more attention is needed; therefore, we encourage head coaches and assistant coaches to participate on the youngest child's team.
Your child will be placed on a team randomly unless you volunteer to be a Head Coach.
“Coach Brown” can only make one special request. If he selects your child as his special request, then your child would be on his team. Otherwise, we let the computer balance the teams automatically. You may be surprised how many new friends your child (and you!) will make!
The practices and games take place at the same time for everyone, so rest assured that you can still carpool with children on different teams. If the special request is important to you, we encourage you to volunteer as a Head Coach.