Games begin this week for USYVL
After a few weeks dedicated to skill development and practice, USYVL will begin our game schedule this weekend. This is a great opportunity for boys and girls ages 7-15 to test their skills and learning in a fun, team environment.
USYVL is pleased to announce that registration for our 2016 fall programs is open! Visit our registration page to locate a program near you!
As boys and girls start back to school in the fall, this is a great opportunity to get them involved in our fall programs to stay fit and active during the school year. Our fall programs provide boys and girls ages 7-15 a fun and safe environment to improve their volleyball skills while providing the opportunity to make friends and learn the importance of teamwork on the volleyball court.
This is also a terrific opportunity for parents and family members to volunteer at our fall program sites. Come get involved in your local community and be a hero to your child. Our programs rely on a robust volunteer effort to keep league activities fun and engaging for the entire family.
We can’t wait to see you this fall for more fun with USYVL!
For more information please call 1-888-988-7985.
Olympian Lauren Fendrick visits USYVL
Lauren Fendrick, a member of Team USA’s beach volleyball team, recently visited our USYVL site in Hermosa Beach, California. Fendrick, along with AVP Champion, Billy Allen, were able to instruct boys and girls on the fundamentals of volleyball.
We always appreciate the time these Olympians and professional volleyball players give to the volleyball community. USYVL kids certainly love hearing and learning from players like Fendrick and Allen who have worked hard and achieved much in the volleyball world.
For more on the story, check out KNBC in Los Angeles that published a story and posted a video on Fendrick’s USYVL visit and her preparations for the Olympics. Visit KNBC’s website here for the full story.
USYVL kids attend Step Forward Day
On Saturday, September 10, USYVL participants were invited to Pepperdine’s Step Forward Day. Since 1988, Pepperdine has hosted this annual event to encourage members of the university community to embrace volunteer and service opportunities.
As part of Step Forward Day, the Pepperdine Men’s Volleyball Team and the Women’s Sand Volleyball team hosted a free clinic for youth volleyball players. The clinic was led by Pepperdine Head Coach Marv Dunphy and provided boys and girls an incredible opportunity to learn volleyball skills from one of the country’s top coaches.
USYVL was pleased to have this opportunity to participant in a wonderful event that supports the importance of community involvement and service. It was a great to see the kids enjoy the day and improve their volleyball knowledge and skills.
USYVL kids were also able to meet Kayla Banwarth, a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team that took home a Bronze Medal at the Rio Olympics this summer.
We would like to offer a special thank you to Pepperdine volleyball players and Coach Dunphy for providing a memorable experience for USYVL participants.
Learning proper techniques from the outset can be important for many disciplines, and volleyball certainly is no exception. United States Youth Volleyball League’s (USYVL) proven teaching methods help kids develop proper form in a fun, supportive environment. With Clinicians – our experts in volleyball instruction -- at each site overseeing the teaching curriculum, ensuring that our coaches are utilizing the most effective coaching methods, the kids are given a proven system for success. There is nothing more fun than watching the joy kids have while they learn, and improve upon, their volleyball skills.
Many of the kids in USYVL go on to play volleyball in high school and college. More importantly, all players take with them the spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship, which has benefits well beyond the boundaries of the court.
Find out more about programs in your area. If you do not have a USYVL program in your community, and would like to help start one, give the USYVL National Office a call at (888) 988-7985. Click here to view the list of existing programs. Registration is open.
After receiving some tips from United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) kids, professional beach volleyball player John Mayer has won the first AVP event of the year. Congratulations are due to John Mayer and Brad Keenan for taking home the top trophy at the 2014 AVP St. Petersburg Open in Florida this past weekend. This marked the first AVP Tour win for Brad Keenan, and the second for John Mayer.
In the story, there is an important message about persistence. John Mayer and Brad Keenan rebounded from a 21-15, 21-10 loss on the tournament's second day to make the final through the contender's bracket. On Sunday, they upset top-seeded and defending champions Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson 16-21, 21-19, 18-16.
"We had a tough year last year," Mayer said. "We made one semifinal, and we didn't play great the whole year. This offseason, we were kind of having a tough go to start, and I was like, 'Should I still be out here? Is it time to move on?' … We (both) decided to just go for it for the next month or two.”
The win comes just two weeks after Mayer appeared at a USYVL “Pro Day” event. There he was able to interact with USYVL players. It is believed that the tips and enthusiasm Mayer picked up from the USYVL kids– most notably being advised to always score more points than the other team - helped him achieve this win.
In all sincerity, Mayer’s fortitude as an athlete drove him to this win. It was truly an honor to have Mayer appear at a USYVL site. He signed autographs, interacted with the kids, and undoubtedly picked up a few fans. With this recent win, he will be a greater inspirational example of how continuing to put forth the best possible effort can yield positive results.
Again, congratulations to John Mayer and Brad Keenan!
From USYVL to NCAA; Katie Ristow’s Volleyball Journey Started Here!
It’s not often one recognizes one of their earliest youth sports coaches some fifteen years later. Katie Ristow, the Marketing & Events Manager for Pepperdine University, experienced déjà vu when she crossed paths with USYVL Co-Founder Randy Sapoznik at the recent Pepperdine-hosted USYVL Kids Night. Ristow, a former Miami area volleyball champion and record-setting Outside Hitter for Division II Franklin Pierce University, got her start playing volleyball with USYVL. USYVL Co-Founders Randy Sapoznik and Dale Hoffman were Ristow’s coaches throughout her first season with USYVL, and Sapoznik quickly remembered Ristow, whose mother’s presence and support of the program stood out.
At the urging of her mother, Ristow signed up to play volleyball at USYVL’s Ventura site when she was nine years of age. During her time with USYVL, Ristow not only built a strong foundation of the skills and fundamentals needed to excel at the sport, she also built many memories and a lasting love of the game.
“There are so many great memories from my time playing with USYVL. My first coach, Dale Hoffman, taught me the fundamental skills of volleyball,” Ristow recently said. “I loved that my teammates turned into friends that I was able to play with season after season with USYVL.”
Ristow, who initially turned to volleyball due to her advanced height at such a young age, recalls memories of the little extras offered by USYVL. “Being able to meet Dain Blanton after he won the gold medal during the Sydney Olympics was pretty cool!
“I fell in love with volleyball after I attended my first college volleyball game at Pepperdine University during my first season with USYVL,” she stated. “I told my mom that night that I wanted to play volleyball in college and the rest is history!”
After Ristow completed her time with USYVL she went on to play in high school and club. When she was 16, her family moved to Miami, Florida, where she became a member of the Killian Sr. High School Varsity Volleyball team. Ristow excelled as the team’s starting Outside Hitter and was a part of a team that won the Greater Miami Athletic Conference in 2004. In 2005, Ristow and Killian Sr. High won the District and Regional Championships, going undefeated until the semi-finals of the Florida High School State Championships.
Ristow went on to start for four years as the Outside Hitter for Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, where she received her B.S. in Professional Sports Management and a minor in Marketing. While serving as a Graduate Assistant in the Marketing Department for Athletics at Florida International University (FIU), Ristow obtained a Master of Sports Management for Athletics. After a promotion to Assistant Marketing Director at FIU, Ristow moved back to Southern California and took on the Marketing & Events Management role for Pepperdine University.
Site should provide ample space in which to set up the courts. Always remember that safety comes first!
Make sure the court area is free from debris or objects (sprinklers, utility boxes, rocks, metal objects, holes, mud, glass, sticks, bicycles, skateboards, dogs not on leash, backpacks, etc.)
Outside the court boundary make sure you have left a sufficiently unobstructed “play” zone. You should have a minimum of 20 feet between each sideline and end line when possible.
Lay out court lines on field by unwinding them off the court winder and placing them opened out on the ground in a rectangle approximately 30x60 for 11-12 and 13-15 age groups and 25x50 for 7-8 and 9-10 age groups.
For younger players, shorten the court lines by tying off the corners, measuring two feet in from corners by extending your right arm out sideways from the body while holding the corner in your right hand, sliding the lines through the fist of your left hand, holding your fist at shoulder level. Knot off lines at the fist and push attached spike firmly into the ground, pulling lines taut, having shortened the lines by approximately two feet – the distance between your extended hand and your shoulder. Repeat this at each corner. USYVL always recommends using the court winder and wrapping the boundaries one line at a time to avoid tangling and to make set up faster.
Red midline markers are found half way down on each side line. Note where they are located.
Next unroll the net, attached to the poles, with the bottom of the poles resting one foot outside the red midline markers on the two side court lines.
Take the guy lines and attach the clips to the eyebolts on the top of both poles, while holding the poles.
Holding the poles upright, extend the guy lines out to a 45 degree angle in both directions and anchor guy lines approximately six feet apart, with steel stakes, inserting stake into knotted loop at end of guy line, wrapping line once around stake and inserting into ground at a 45 degree angle (head of stake away) from the pole. Wrap line around stake and then hammer stakes completely into the ground to avoid players or bystanders tripping or catching on protruding stakes. For proper stabilization and tension of net poles, the stakes MUST be inserted into ground at an angle AWAY from the net poles.
Lean poles towards the center of the court and pull down and away from the poles on the guy line tension handles. This creates the tension that keeps the net system in place.
The poles attached to the net should set evenly on the ground.
Adjust net height accordingly for each age group.
Your Clinician will specify the net height for each age group.
Refer-A-Friend this Fall
USYVL’s fall season will begin in just a few short weeks. If you haven’t signed up, you can still register. Fall leagues are open to boys and girls ages 7-15 and offer a fun, safe, and supervised environment for children to learn and play volleyball.
To register for USYVL fall leagues visit our online registration page here: http://usyvl.countmein.com/ProgramHome.aspx.
If you have signed up this is a great opportunity for you to invite your friends or family members to join a USYVL league. We have a special Refer-A-Friend program in place so that you can invite your friends to enjoy playing volleyball.
Each participant that invites a friend to join a USYVL league will receive a “Volleyball Starts Here” t-shirt. For more information you can review the details of the Refer-A-Friend program here: https://www.usyvl.org/media/forms/referafriend.pdf.
When your friends register, make sure that they enter your name and the site location and you will receive a t-shirt for your efforts! If you refer five friends you will receive a gold Molten volleyball signed by an American Olympian!
We are looking forward to another great fall season and hope to see you and your friends playing volleyball together in September.
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