With the end of the year coming up quickly, you may be thinking of attaining goals you have set, or ways you can help your community, your children, and those less fortunate. United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, has taught volleyball and important life skills to over 100,000 children, and your donation can help that next child in need of financial aid, offering an opportunity to develop essential teamwork skills, all while building self-esteem. Yes, USYVL impacts your children directly – and, with further donations, will continue to impact others across the nation. So, be part of the USYVL movement, and share what you can. Your donations, whether personal or from your company, are tax deductable, and will continue the good work that happens every season with USYVL.
Keep kids active, engaged in positive activity, and learning one of the world’s great sports – one that actually was invented in the USA.
The USYVL has seen many times over the quantifiable impact that participation in the league delivers. This impact is magnified several fold for underprivileged children when they are exposed to USYVL – often providing their first youth sports experience. Their smiles speak volumes, the outward emotion of the inner reality that these kids feel truly part of something.
No amount is too small. Leave a legacy by donating whatever amount you can comfortably donate, and know your contribution will continue to drive positive action for children across the country. Let’s sport for it… volleyball!
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This Saturday, October 26, fitness guru and celebrity trainer extraordinaire Dion Jackson will be visiting the Torrance, California USYVL locations with pro beach volleyball players Traci Weamer, Kaitlin Sather-Nielsen and Nils Nielsen to warm-up the kids. Dion and the pros will serve up plenty of excitement when they visit the Sur La Brea Park location at 10 a.m., followed by McMaster Park in Torrance at approximately 11 a.m., before heading to the Veggie Grill in Torrance (2355 Pacific Coast Highway) with the pros to sign autographs.
Dion has been a “go-to” trainer for numerous celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Rob Lowe, Nia Long and other big names. You may have seen him at other USYVL events, sharing his enthusiasm for fitness.
Pro beach volleyball player Traci Weamer is originally from Upland, California, and played college volleyball at Concordia University. In 2011, Weamer won a made-for-CBS "Best of the Beach" event for collegians with Jane Chafeh.
Kaitlin Sather-Nielsen is a professional beach volleyball player who competes domestically and internationally. Currently, she is a member of the Elite USA Beach National Team and the assistant coach for the UCLA Women's Sand Volleyball Team. Kaitlin attended UCLA, where she was an outside hitter on the indoor volleyball team.
Look for more pro appearances at USYVL sites in the near future.
After a long and arduous process that involved many hours of deliberation over some of the best team name contest entries we’ve had in a long time, we are pleased to announce the Spring 2014 Team Name Contest Winner is "Set Me With Your Best Shot" from Morgan Hill.
This season’s two Runners-Up are “Dennis & the Menaces” from Natomas and “Avengerettes” from Camarillo. Congratulations to the winners, runners up, and all of our participants this season for making this Team Name Contest a joy to judge.
Last month, Dale Hoffman, one of the co-founders of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), received an award to honor his role in the formation of the league, which began in 1997. Dale had been a long-time proponent of youth volleyball prior to his meetings with co-founder Randy Sapoznik, who remains in place to this day as the executive director. In the league’s 15 years, well over 100,000 children learned volleyball, teamwork and self-esteem building skills through the USYVL.
When Randy Sapoznik approached Dale with the original concept, Dale, having been involved in beach volleyball and youth programs for several years as well as having well-established contacts and operational expertise needed to form the league, was excited by the prospect of what it could be.
“There are several volleyball-related accomplishments of which I’m quite proud,” Dale said recently. “Working with John Kessel on the Junior Olympics beach events is one, assisting the CBVA in the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame is another. However, it is thinking back to sitting in my office with Randy Sapoznik talking about the USYVL with only Randy’s idea and passion and my desire to help make it happen – to see where the USVYL is over 15 years later is amazing!”
Dale was serving as president of the California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA), and was involved with the U.S. Junior Olympic Beach Volleyball Championships and U.S. Beach Volleyball Championships in the 1990s, as well as holding a vice president role with USA Volleyball’s Beach Division.
His cooperative effort with Randy Sapoznik took a concept to full-fledged league in a matter of months. “We have many people to thanks for the success of the USYVL,” said Randy Sapoznik. “However, it’s a fact that without Dale, the league would have never gotten off the ground.”
Dale’s affiliation with volleyball and youth programs is, indeed, impressive. In 1994, Dale was listed as one of the “People of the Year” in Volleyball Magazine for his efforts, along with those of John Kessel at USA Volleyball and Gino Grajeda at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), to establish a youth beach volleyball championship. Dale was also president of his company, Recreaction International, Inc. where he was responsible for managing Ventura County’s Friday Night Live, a tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse prevention program for teens. He also served as president of the California Beach Volleyball Association, the world’s oldest beach volleyball organization. In 1994, Dale co-founded the U.S. Junior Olympics Beach Volleyball Championships with John Kessel in Capistrano Beach. Later, in 1997 Randy Sapoznik and Dale co-founded the United States Youth Volleyball League, which provided children ages 8 to 14 the opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in an organized, fun environment.
However, Dale is more than a leader, great coach and program developer for the sport of volleyball. He has impressive athletic achievements in his past. Personal accomplishments include winning a gold medal in beach volleyball at the 1994 World Masters Games in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia and riding his bike across the USA in 1998 as part of an American Lung Association fundraising effort.
These days, Dale, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Education, serves in a management role for Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska. He lives in Alaska, home to the midnight sun. In his free time, along with traveling and cycling, he continues to enjoy playing volleyball. Many thanks to Dale!
What’s in a name? Well, quite a bit when it comes to the official USYVL “Best Team Name Contest.” Have you thought of creative team name yet? Whether your name is the Sporty Spikers, Hermosa Heros or the Slamming Sharks, there are many great names to be created.
If you haven’t decided on a team name, now is the time. Team names will continue to be collected through Oct. 7th. To be entered to win, you must inform your Site Director of your name choice prior to Oct 7th.
The winning team will receive special USYVL T-shirts. Stay tuned! The winner will be chosen by the USYVL National Office on Oct 14th. Make sure you are entered.
Are you looking for a way to make the most of your child’s time, and your time, during a United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) season? Consider coaching. It is probably much easier than you think. You will, undoubtedly, make meaningful contributions with the time you spend teaching teamwork and volleyball skills to youth in your area. Better yet, your child will be thrilled, and you’ll develop a wonderful, long-lasting rapport with the other children on your team.
Since each site has a Clinician (consider this person the coach-in-chief), coaches are tasked with executing a pre-prepared lesson plan that is spearheaded by the Clinician. You’ll have tools before you hit the court in the form of an easy-to-read coaching manual, and on-site training given by your Clinician. Truly, it makes the job very easy. Opportunities exist for both Head Coach and Assistant Coach roles. Interested? Be sure to reach out to your Site Director.
Fall 2012 Team Name Contest Winners: In-Dig-O!
Congratulations! Great play on the sport and your team color!
Registration is open for our 3 day summer camps
We are still accepting Registrations for our summer camps. Your registration fee includes a uniform t-shirt. Each player may wear athletic clothing and shoes, like tennis shoes, they already own.
You can register online orby mail.Registration forms can be printed from the website or we can send one to you by email, fax or mail. If you would like more information or would like us to send you a flyer, please call 1-888-988-7985.
Congratulations to Misty and Kerri for making history in the London Olympics!
This is a great time for the sport of volleyball, not just beach volleyball, where we have the opportunity to see the passion, athleticism and joy that it can bring.
The story has been written for future generations and will inspire the next Olympians.
DALLAS (July 7, 2012) - If you could have one wish granted, anything in the world, what would it be?
For Tim Vorenkamp, a member of the 949 16s team in the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships (BJNC) 16 Club Division competing in Dallas, that wish is to go to the London Olympics, and for him that wish is coming true.
Thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Vorenkamp, 15, will be heading to the 2012 London Olympics to hang out with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team.
“I was 13 when I found a lump on my leg while I was playing for Orange County Volleyball Club (OCVC),” Vorenkamp said. “I found out shortly after that it was stage 3 cancer and a month later I had it removed.”
The rare form of cancer, so rare that only four people in the U.S. get diagnosed each year, has a 40 percent chance of coming back. Though chemotherapy and radiation are complete, the thought of going through the cancer cycle again is very real for Vorenkamp and his family.
“There are no words to describe how painful it is to hear that your child has cancer,” his mother Petra Vorenkamp said with tears in her eyes. “When you hear that word, cancer, your mind immediately goes to death.”
Now, a year cancer free, Vorenkamp is back playing volleyball. He changed clubs and now plays up an age group, determined to make the national team one day.
“I missed my entire eighth-grade year,” Vorenkamp said. “I was cleared after graduation and the first thing I wanted to do was play volleyball. I started talking to my high school coach at JSerra Catholic High School and got back in the gym. I built my skills back up and made varsity my freshman year.”
Though he missed his eighth grade year due to treatment, Vorenkamp was able to skip that academic level and join his classmates in high school.
“I was fortunate to recover quickly,” Vorenkamp said. “My hair grew back much quicker than they expected and I started feeling better.”
After going through such a fast and traumatic experience, Vorenkamp credits volleyball and his dream to be on the national team one day to keeping his spirits up as well as connected to his friends.
“I love playing and I love the people,” Vorenkamp said. “Through treatment I just kept thinking that in a year I would be with my friends again and back on the court.”
Now with the 949 club of the Southern California Region, Vorenkamp has made a new start on the court and has gained tremendous support from his family and the entire club. With help from them all, Vorenkamp stayed positive throughout the cancer cycles. However, his mother credits him for the family’s strength.
“His strength comes from a deep place,” Petra said. “He stayed so positive the entire time. It was truly an inspiration to us all. The process is draining. He would go 10 days without being able to see anyone, five days without eating, sleeping for 28 hours and then a week later he would have to do it all over again. For a kid that is in an indescribable situation, he always reminded us that he was going to fight and stay strong.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is giving Vorenkamp an opportunity of lifetime by flying him and his family to London for a week of Olympic action.
“We haven’t been told any details yet,” Petra said. “On July 14 we will get the itinerary and figure out exactly what we will be doing.”
“It is going to be so amazing,” Vorenkamp said. “My dream is to be on the national team, so being able to meet them at the Olympics and watch them play at that level is unbelievable. They said that it is one of the biggest wishes that they have ever granted.”
For months now Vorenkamp has been giving speeches for various cancer foundations. He speaks in hospitals, to groups and with children going through similar situations.
“I just want to help. That is what I love to do,” Vorenkamp said. “When you are going through a situation like cancer and everything is bad news, hearing a survivor’s story can really give you the motivation that they need to get through that day. It shows that it is possible to keep going.”
Vorenkamp will have to continue screenings for a good part of his life to make sure that the cancer does not come back. He has accepted that this is part of him and that his fight is not over. With the support from his family, his club and the opportunity from Make-A-Wish he promises to do everything he can to help kids like him.
“He will always have cancer,” Petra said. “It will be something that will always be part of him. His positive attitude and goal of becoming a national team athlete is his motivation every day. His father, Pieter and I truly believe that he is determined to make that team and that he will do it one day.”
“I have all the support in the world so I will do my part to make sure I live up to my potential on and off the court,” Vorenkamp said.
The U.S. Men’s National Team has a strong connection to the Make-A-Wish and has been granting wishes from children for years through the Foundation. Read previous releases of when the men’s team was part of a child’s wish.
When one of our Site Directors from the West Sacramento site suggested a day in which kids can bring a friend to volleyball, we weren’t sure how it would work.
Would we have enough nets, coaches, how many kids would attend and how would we run practice?
Well, all that got sorted out and on its third season as part of the operation of each site, it is one of the most successful ways of introducing new players to the sport!
Sacramento, this Spring 2012 season, had a record 53 new players introduced to volleyball as part of the Bring a Friend Day!
NCAA Finals Special Offer to all USYVL Families!
This year the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship will be held at USC in the newly built Galen Center.
May 3 - Semifinals (6 p.m. PT/8 p.m. PT)
May 5 - Championship (7 p.m. PT)
USC is proud to host the 2012 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship at Galen Center on May 3rd & 5th, 2012. The Semi-Finals will be held on May 3rd at 6pm and 8pm and the Championship will be on May 5th at 7pm.
We have negotiated a special price for all USYVL Players, Coaches and Families of $10 for the All Session pass which in normally $25 for adults and $20 for children. Please enter Promotion Code USYVL to get the All Session pass for $10.00, that’s only $3.33 per match to see the best college volleyball players in action. Click here to purchase your reserved seat to the 2012 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship.
We encourage everyone to purchase their tickets early to get the best seats!
The top 10 teams in the country that will be competing for a spot in the finals are:
2- UC Irvine
7- Penn State
8- Long Beach State
10- Ohio State
We look forward to seeing you there!
In the early stages of USYVL, clinics at schools were an integral part of introducing kids to the sport of volleyball.
USYVL has gone back to its roots by adding a new division to its national office, Volleyball Clinics!
This past Thursday, March 29, from 8 to 11 a.m., USYVL ran a clinic at Sunset School in Oak View,CA.
Over 120 students participated in the clinic and learned how to pass, set, spike and serve.
Each participant received an awesome USYVL wristband and got to participate in a trivia contest for cool volleyball prizes!
The Murrieta USYVL and San Luis Obispo USYVL open their Spring 2012 season, today, Thursday March 22!
Murrieta runs at Mapleton Park Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-10 a.m.
San Luis Obispo is experiencing extremely high numbers this Spring so a second location was added to service all the kids.
We look forward to a great opening day and a fantastic season!
The 2012 Santa Clarita Health and Wellness fair took place on Saturday, February 25 at College of the Canyons. The event was put together by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.
From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., all Santa Clarita residents had an opportunity to take part in free health screenings, family activities and receive informational materials.
USYVL was one of over 70 vendors present to promote healthy lifestyles. Trisha and Diana from the national office ran an interactive booth, which included a raffle every 30 minutes, to promote USYVL in the community as another opportunity for kids to stay active and healthy!
The Natomas area is a suburb of Sacramento County in California. It is comprised of North and South Natomas where the Arco Arena is located, which is home to the Sacramento Kings.
The new USYVL Natomas will service kids that were making the drive to the Sacramento USYVL as well as new participants. With the cooperation of two local parents and the former Sacramento USYVL site director, Ron, the program was opened just in time for the Spring 2012 season.
The program is scheduled to run March 27 to June 2 on Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. and Saturdays 9-10 a.m. at North Natomas Community Park.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you will in the next few weeks!
It’s the latest thing in technology that every company is using to make it simple for folks to locate a website, special promotion or virtually anything.
You simply place your Smartphone’s scanner on the code and it takes you to their website or page.
The USYVL Quick Response Code was just placed on several thousand flyers that were distributed throughout the Santa Monica and Oak Park communities.
Check it out!
Scan with Smartphone
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The Southern California All Sports Coaches Clinics took place on January 20, 21 and 22 at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, CA.
USYVL was part of 75 exhibitors that took this opportunity to interact with coaches attending the clinics.
Presenters for the sport of volleyball included Mick Haley, John Dunning, Tom Pestolesi and Tom Black.
This event takes place every year as an educational opportunity for coaches in the Southern California area.
Alisa from Calabasas started her volunteer experience with USYVL as a First Aid Administrator in the Fall of 2010.
After seeing how rewarding and enjoyable the Site Director position was and how important it is for the success of the program, she took on the Co-Site Director position in the Spring of 2011. Although her daughter Sarah moved on to high school volleyball in the Fall, Alisa continued as the Co-Site Director making sure all the kids in Calabasas had a great USYVL experience!
Her organizational skills, love for kids and the sport of volleyball have created a special place where a large number of kids move on to high school volleyball and continue to play the sport.
This Spring 2012, you can catch Alisa running her Calabasas USYVL Tuesdays and Saturdays at Chaparral Elementary.