USYVL News, September 2010

Dear USYVL Families,


Welcome to the September issue of “Every Child Plays”.  This month we are focusing on the Fall 2010 season and an array of activities to enhance the USYVL experience!


Enjoy the newsletter and I look forward to seeing you at this season’s events. 


Randy Sapoznik
Executive Director



UC Irvine International Volleyball Tournament

The second annual UC Irvine International Volleyball Tournament is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 9.

What an opportunity to watch some great men’s volleyball. The addition of international teams from Argentina, China and Brazil are sure to make it a spectacular event.

UC Irvine Men’s Volleyball vs. China at 6:00 p.m.

Argentina vs. Brazil at 8:00 p.m.

Matches will be played at UC Irvine’s Bren Events Center. Bren Events Center is located at 903 W. Peltason, Irvine, CA 92697.

For tickets and information go to


USYVL Silent Auction & Raffle  

Saturday, October 9, the USYVL Silent Auction and Raffle will be taking place during the Orange County sites inter-site game day at UC Irvine. This will be one of the largest inter-site game days ever run by USYVL and we have the pleasure of being able to use the UC Irvine facilities in conjunction with their International Volleyball Tournament events of the day. 

The auction and raffle will begin at 10:00 a.m. There will be the opportunity to bid on many items including:

John Wooden, Misty May, Kobe Bryant, Clay Stanley, Wayne Gretzky

Raffle winners will be announced at 12 noon and the auction will close at 12:30 p.m.  We will also be hosting an evening silent auction, in conjunction with UCI International Tournament.

Please visit our website for a complete list of Auction/Raffle items.

If you or your company would like to make a donation to our Silent Auction please contact USYVL @ 1-888-988-7985. All donations would be greatly appreciated and tax deductible.


UC Irvine and USYVL Volleyball Clinic 

We are very excited to have teamed up with UC Irvine in offering a free volleyball clinic. Kids will have the opportunity to learn skills from UC Irvine volleyball student-athletes and USYVL coaches. 


The clinic is geared for players that do not play USYVL between the ages of 7-13.


Clinic will start at 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, October 9th at UC Irvine’s Crawford Fields. Crawford Fields are located at 903 W. Peltason, Irvine, CA 92697.


To register for the clinic, if you are not a USYVL player, go to and click on UCI/USYVL Free Volleyball Clinic October 9, 2010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 1-888-988-7985.


All volleyball clinic participants, as well as USYVL inter-site game day players will receive a voucher for a free general admission ticket to the UC Irvine International Volleyball Tournament.


Jessica Pruitt & USYVL Summer Camps 


Jessica Volleyball

When Jessica called regarding coaching for the first season of USYVL Summer Camps, we had no idea how much she loved to coach! She does it with a passion, and the kids love her energy and enthusiasm.


A resident of Granada Hills, Jessica spent her Summer working the USYVL Summer Camps. She started in Thousand Oaks and continued to travel to Palos Verdes, Long Beach, Ventura, Irvine and finished in Moorpark. Wow, what a drive!


Jessica attends California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks where she plays for the women’s volleyball team. Let’s wish her good luck this season!


USYVL Kids Night at California Lutheran University 

Mark it on your calendar, Saturday, September 25, we’re having a USYVL Kids Night at California Lutheran University.


The game starts at 6:00 p.m., but please arrive by 5:30 p.m. for a picture before the start of the match. Also, there will be a "serving contest" for t-shirt prizes.


Entry into the event is free and be sure to wear your USYVL t-shirt!


California Lutheran University is located at 60 West Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.


USYVL Volleyball Clinics


In the beginning of USYVL, school volleyball clinics were a great way to introduce more kids to the sport of volleyball and USYVL. Not only did the kids get to experience the fun, but also the fundamentals. Physical education teachers also benefited through learning how to teach kids the fundamentals of volleyball.

USYVL will be once again offering free volleyball clinics to local schools in the community. If you would like to bring a volleyball clinic to your child’s school, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-888-988-7985.



Platinum: $5,000 and above receive an autographed gold volleyball signed by an Olympian + silver level items.

Gold: $1,000 and above receive an autographed volleyball signed by an Olympian + silver level items.

Silver: $500 receive an official USYVL sweatshirt, sports bag and mini autograph ball

Bronze: $250 receive an official USYVL sweatshirt and sports bag

Spiker: $100 receive an official USYVL sweatshirt

Setter: $50 receive an official mini autograph ball

Digger: $25 receive an official USYVL window sticker



USYVL Merchandise


Volleyballs - $20 each (age divisions 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, S&H included) 

T-shirts - $10 each + $4.95 S&H (colors red, white, blue, sizes YM, YL, AS, AM, AL, AXL)  

Sweatshirts - $25 each + $4.95 S&H (color heather gray, sizes YM, YL, AS, AM, AL, AXL)  

Sweatshirts - $28.50 each + $4.95 S&H (color heather gray, sizes AXXL, AXXXL)  

Previously Used Nets - $165 each (S&H included)



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Coaches Corner


The Down Ball Drill, including a spike, is one of my favorite drills to improve vision of the ball and controlling several factors at the same time.

Place 3-5 balls next to you in the front middle of the court, in the setter’s position. The player/s should position themselves in the middle of ½ of the volleyball court, in the left back passing position.

Hit the ball in a downward motion, with the goal of getting the player to dig the ball back to you so that you may set it. If the dig is out of your reach and you are not able to set it, have another ball ready and toss it to the hitting area so that the player can still get the repetition of spiking the ball. 15 minutes of repetition is ideal and the more balls the more touches the player is able to get!




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