USYVL Congratulates Kim Hill for making Team USA!
USYVL would like to congratulate Kim Hill for being named to the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio! Kim is an outstanding volleyball player and has worked hard to earn a spot on the roster.
During her time as a member of the Pepperdine Women’s Volleyball Team, Kim participated as a volunteer instructor for one of our clinics for USYVL participants. It is always great to have professional and college level players willing to volunteer their time and offer positive and helpful volleyball instruction to USYVL kids. Thank you, Kim for being a great example of hard work and determination.
It is also another reminder to USYVL participants to dream big and work hard. You never know how far those goals and dreams will take you. Perhaps you will be on the next U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team!
Once again, congratulations to Kim Hill! Best wishes to the U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team in Rio! Bring home the gold!
The United States Youth Volleyball League is pleased to announce that a new summer program will begin in South Lake Tahoe in June.
There is still time to register for the summer league. To register, please visit USYVL’s South Lake Tahoe registration page.
This new program offers boys and girls ages 7-15 a great opportunity to learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment. The South Lake Tahoe program will be hosted at Sierra House Elementary school and will begin on June 21.
Time is short, but there is still a chance to get signed up! This is a terrific summer program to help your kids stay active, develop their volleyball skills, and meet new friends!
We hope to see you in South Lake Tahoe this summer!
While half year is gone, there is still time in 2016 to make a full and lasting impact on the lives of young volleyball players across the country. USYVL’s mid-year donation drive is in full swing and there is still time for you to make a difference!
Your support will ensure that every child that wants to learn and play volleyball will have that opportunity. We’ve never turned a child away for financial reasons thanks to generous donations from USYVL friends and family.
How can you support USYVL? Giving is easy! We’ve launched a brand new donation page that you can access here: USYVL General Donations. Or you can simply text a dollar amount to 310-341-0048 and you will receive a link to verify your donation amount the first time you give.
We know your time is valuable and we’ve worked hard to make it easy for you to contribute to the success of USYVL. No matter the dollar amount, your donation will help us improve our programs and allow us to grow the sport in new areas across the country. We’ll also be able to enhance the coaching and services you have come to expect from USYVL.
Join with us in bringing the fun of volleyball to children everywhere! The future is bright. Volleyball Starts Here!
We are excited to announce that USYVL will be opening a new fall program in Monterey Park, California. The eight-week program will begin in mid-September and run through the first week of November. The program site will be Sunnyslopes Park near Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park.
This is a perfect opportunity for boys and girls in Monterey Park to come learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment. To register please visit our online registration page and get your children signed up today!
Additionally, there are many opportunities for parents to get involved with the new program. We invite you to sign up on our volunteer page and come make a difference for children in Monterey Park.
As fall approaches, getting your children involved in our volleyball league will be a great way to keep them active and provide opportunities for kids to improve their athletic skills, learn about the importance of teamwork, meet new friends, and most importantly have fun!
We are thrilled to be in Monterey Park and can’t wait to see you there!
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.
The USYVL’s South Fayette and Pittsburgh programs will be getting some company in Pennsylvania this year.
We are pleased to announce an all-new program in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.
The Cool Springs Sports Complex will play host to this new Spring program that will meet every Friday from 6pm to 7pm and Saturday from 9am to 10am.
The season runs from May 6 – June 25, 2016.
For more information about this program or to register before the Early Registration discount goes away after April 1, please click here.
Summer is still a few months away, but that shouldn’t stop you from making USYVL’s Volleyball Summer Camps a part of your summer plans.
Each Summer Camp runs Monday through Wednesday from 9am to 12 noon. We are very excited to have players from local colleges and universities teaching the camp! They will be working with the players on improving their volleyball skills and playing the game more effectively.
Players will be placed based on age and playing experience. Player to coach ratio will be 8 to 1. Every group will focus on specific needs to improve the player’s skills in the sport of volleyball.
The fee for the camp is $100 and it includes a t-shirt, snacks, water and completion certificate.
After many years of making our home at Chesapeake High School’s gym, we are pleased to announce our Pasadena, Maryland program will be calling the new Benfield Sportscenter our home in Maryland. Established in 2013, the Benfield Sportscenter is Northern Anne Arundel County's only private, fully air-conditioned and heated indoor sports arena. In addition to the 19,000 square foot arena building, the Benfield Sportscenter also features a large viewing lobby with Comcast video, wifi, and a snack bar with plenty of seating.
Don’t miss out on our exciting Spring 2016 season. Register before midnight on February 1 before the end of the Early Registration discount! This 8-week league will run beginning on Wednesday, April 13, and continues every Wednesday from 6 to 7 pm and Saturday from 9 to 10 am until Saturday, June 11.
So come out and have fun with us! We offer multiple-child discounts and financial aid for qualifying families. For information on registration, volunteer positions, and a location near you, please click here, or contact us at 1-888-988-7985.
A successful summer camp season is in the books! Hundreds of players ages 7-15 participated in the 2015 USYVL volleyball camps this July and August.
Players had the opportunity to learn key volleyball skills and put their skills to the test with a mix of drills and games.
It was great to see the players, both new and experienced, improve and gain confidence over the 3 days. We hope they keep it up and keep playing volleyball!
A big thank you to the players, parents and camp coaches for making the 2015 summer camps such a positive experience!
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.
USYVL video goes viral!
You never quite know what will capture the attention of volleyball players and parents on the internet these days. If you're playing the percentages, cats, exceptional rallies and bodily harm should be at the top of your list when it comes to creating sharable content. But we at USYVL tried a different approach. Our thirty-second video entitled #powerofpepper featured a dad and his daughter bumping a ball back and forth in their front yard as subtitles reminded viewers to play volleyball with their children. While it wasn't humorous or outrageous, it struck a chord with people across America. In the five days since it was posted to USYVL social media accounts, the video reached over 138,000 people, was viewed nearly 55,000 times and shared 600 times. "Likes," comments and shares poured in from viewers who identified with the message and, in some cases, interpreted it as a welcome sign of the changing seasons and warmer weather ahead. Whatever drew people to our video, we're glad they enjoyed and shared it with their friends. We're always trying to find new ways to capture the USYVL spirit in our communication and encourage kids to learn the game of volleyball in a fun, safe and positive environment. That type of message doesn't always compete favorably with the off-the-wall content "going viral" on the web but, for one day at least, it did.
The USYVL Founder award is awarded annually to the individual who has provided leadership to the USYVL for the greatest amount of time.
This year we are honored to present this award to Veronica Sanchez, who started with the organization in 1997. Veronica played a key role in the foundation and growth of the organization. She has held almost every position in the organization including Coach, Site Director, Clinician, Programs Coordinator, Program Manager, National Clinician, Summer Camp Coordinator, and Director of Operations, to name a few.
Veronica was presented the award on Saturday, November 8 during a USYVL Inter-Site Game Day in Oak Park. Oak Park played host to Calabasas and West Hills – two of the dozens of sites Veronica helped launch during her tenure.
“It is an honor to receive the USYVL Founders Award, USYVL holds a special place in my heart,” Veronica stated. “I'm proud to have been able to be part of the best youth sports organization and I look forward to seeing more kids excel in volleyball as I will always see them as my kids!”
On behalf of every child whose lives you touched; Thank you for all you have done for the kids and USYVL.
Congratulations to this USYVL player and future recording artist, who kicked off Point Loma Nazarene University’s 3-0 sweep of Azusa Pacific last Saturday, with her beautiful rendition of our Nation’s anthem. Saturday, October 25, was also PLNU’s “Make a Wish Night”, in which proceeds from athletic events go to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
We would like to thank Point Loma Nazarene University, who graciously opened their doors to USYVL players, gave out t-shirts, and gave many excited children their first collegiate volleyball experience.
Bump for Kids is USYVL’s initiative to get more children involved in sports. Donations to Bump for Kids benefit USYVL’s financial aid program, which in turn ensures children ages 7 to 15 have the opportunity to play volleyball regardless of financial standing. Donations also provide resources for our continued growth and
Visit us at www.USYVL.org, and get started by pledging five dollars or more. Bump 5 times, nominate 3 of your friends, and record it all. Then post your video on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag it with #BumpForKids and #USYVL. You can also email your friends who aren't on social media. Your generosity will benefit a child in need. And most importantly, don’t forget to keep the ball in the air! Please click here to donate!
USYVL is a 501-C3 non-profit organization, and your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed. Please consult with your tax preparer for any questions. USYVL Non-Profit ID #77-0460698.
USYVL Board Member Allen Adams brings home the gold from the Huntsman World Seniors Game this year, held in St. George, Utah. Adams’s team, USYVL/Volleyguard competed in the 55+ age bracket against teams comprised of players from across the US. 90 teams compete each season in various sports, all with the goal of succeeding into the Double Elimination Tournament, where Adams’s team was named #1 Seed in the Gold bracket. The road to victory was no easy feat, as USYVL/Volleyguard spent a round in the “loser’s bracket” as Adams calls it after losing two straights to The Fog. “Volleyguard is protecting the future of volleyball, by developing new talent,” says USYVL co-founder Randy Sapoznik.
Adams posits the focus of participation in this year’s competition as being most influenced by building awareness of the USYVL and gaining scholarship backing for younger-generation Volleyguards. Adams is one of many volunteers who contributes to USYVL culture by setting the standard for the organization and its constituents and serves as a shining example of doing the best with your abilities, one of USYVL’s main tenets for youth players.
We would like to congratulate our USYVL Board Member Marv Dunphy on helping the U.S Women’s National Team win its first World Championships! This is not the first championship Dunphy has celebrated. Marv coached the US Men’s National Team to win two Olympic gold medals but this is the first time that the US Women’s Team has ever won the World Championships. Marv assisted Karch Kiraly (head coach) with this championship. It is a special event because Dunphy coached Karch when he was playing on the US National Team. Through Marv's years coaching at all levels, he has shown that he is great with teaching volleyball to the up and coming USYVL, High School, College, National Team volleyball players, along with coaches.
We would like to Congratulate Marv once again for helping a game founded in the USA grow.
Help Out, Meet Volleyball Pros
Interested in meeting a few of the best volleyball players in the country? If you have some free time August 14-17, opportunities exist for USYVL players and families to volunteer for positions that will assist with the operation of the Manhattan Beach Open. Volunteering for this event has many perks, including a chance to meet players and receive autographs, receive a Manhattan Beach Open volunteer T-shirt, and enjoy meals and drinks for the shifts you work.
Positions available include ball shaggers (this one may land you on TV) and tournament welcome center assistants, among others. These major professional volleyball events are a great place to share your enthusiasm for volleyball with other fans and players. Some positions will allow children as young as 8 years of age to participate (with parent supervision).
Complete volunteer information is provided below. Online registration for these volunteer positions is available now. If interested, positions are filled on a first-come, first served basis, so make sure you sign up soon.
2014 Manhattan Beach Open
This event would not be possible without great volunteers- thank you in advance for your support!
When you think of Griffith Park, what do you think of first? The observatory? Famous film location? The zoo? The Greek Theatre? L.A. Equestrian Center? Well, now you can add to that the latest United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) site.
The largest municipal park in the Unites States with urban wilderness, Griffith Park has been the site of many movies (think the classic Rebel Without a Cause), TV shows and commercials. Sometimes, it is referred to as the Los Angeles’ Central Park. However, at 4,310 acres, it is actually much larger than Central Park.
Taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April 2 through May 31, the USYVL spring season in Griffith Park will give families in the Los Feliz area with children ages 7 to 15 easy access to a program. Registration is now available at the Los Feliz site at a special early registration rate of $135 per child. Multi-child discounts are available. The registration fee goes to $155 on March 1, 2014. See you in the park!
So, your child is playing volleyball in the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), and you’ll be there for every practice and game, right? Well, there is no better way to show support than to actually participate in the league in one of the many volunteer positions. Trust us, your kids will love it! You will too! Of course, the team at USYVL will be forever grateful, since it is through volunteer efforts that the league remains affordable (and doesn’t include the need for personal fundraising like many youth sports programs do).
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Footwear and apparel manufacturer ASICS has been a longtime sponsor of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL). You likely have noticed the ASICS logo on USYVL uniforms, as well as Coach’s shirts and Clinician uniforms. It is a symbol of commitment to youth sports, particularly volleyball in the United States.
ASICS, as a company, has been around for over 60 years. Do you know what the ASICS acronym stands for? Here is the answer! Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka , who founded the company as Onitsuka Co., Ltd. In 1949, decided on the name ASICS for his company in 1977, based on a famous Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano," which when translated expresses the ancient ideal of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body." So, now you know. ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness.
ASICS not only supports the efforts of USYVL, but also professional athletes, including pro volleyball player Kaitlin Sather Nielsen, who visited the Torrance, CA sites during this past season. Of course, you see many volleyball players wearing ASICS famous GEL Cushioning System.
“We are very grateful for the support that ASICS has provided to the league,” said Randy Sapoznik, USYVL Executive Director.
You can find more information on ASICS at www.asicsamerica.com.