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The following sites have been canceled today 9/29/2016:

Morgan Hill

In the event of a Weather Cancellation you will receive an automated phone message via our Calling Post system no later than *1 hour prior to your start time.

*-If the bad weather starts less than 1 hour prior to practice a phone message may not be sent so please note the final decision to play will be made at the site by the Site Director and Clinician.

Please always check our website First for any weather cancellations by clicking the  button on the top right side of any page on the USYVL Website. You will be notified by e-mail of the time and date of rescheduled practice or game.

The office is not open on Saturdays so please listen for your messages and check the website. During the week we have limited staff and the most efficient way to receive information is our Calling Post system and the website.

Weather Cancellation Policy – Practice will be cancelled if any of the following occur:

          

          1.   It is raining at the start time of practice or games

                                                

          2.   The school or park closes the field

         

          3.   The Clinician and Site Director feel the playing conditions are unsafe

                                                

          4.   You will be notified by e-mail of the time and date of rescheduled practice or game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.


Our fall leagues are dedicated to helping children learn the skills necessary to excel in the sport of volleyball. As always, practice and game time is focused on participation, cooperation, teamwork, and of course fun!

 


The weekly practice activity has prepared USYVL kids for the upcoming game schedules. Special thanks to our volunteer coaches who have worked hard to prepare participants for the fun and excitement of the upcoming game schedule!

The following sites have been canceled today 9/29/2016:

Morgan Hill 

In the event of a Weather Cancellation you will receive an automated phone message via our Calling Post system no later than *1 hour prior to your start time. You will be notified by e-mail of the time and date of rescheduled practice or game.

*-If rain starts less than 1 hour prior to practice a phone message may not be sent so please note the final decision to play will be made at the site by the Site Director and Clinician.

During the week we have limited staff and the most efficient way to receive information is our Calling Post system and the website.

 
Rain Policy – Practice will be cancelled if any of the following occur:

         

          1.   It is raining at the start time of practice or games

                                                

          2.   The school or park closes the field due to excess water on the field

         

          3.   The Clinician and Site Director feel the playing conditions are unsafe

                                                

          4.   You will be notified by e-mail of the time and date of rescheduled practice or game.

 

 

 

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.

 


Best wishes to Lauren in Rio this summer as she participates in the Olympic Games!

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.

 

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