Advanced Juniors Season Concludes
We would like to send out a special USYVL thank you to all participants of our Advanced Juniors program this fall. The 2016 Fall Advanced Juniors season concluded with tournaments at the Velo Sports Center in Carson, California.
The Advanced Juniors program offers participants additional training, instruction, and development opportunities for intermediate and advanced players.
Over 100 players in the program this season were able to learn from top coaches that have experience instructing and teaching at the club, high school or higher level.
If you are an intermediate or advanced volleyball player and are interested in joining USYVL’s Advanced Juniors program visit our Advanced Juniors page to learn more or register for Spring 2017.
When Tom Hoff called and told me about Tim, there was no question as to what to do!
We put together a package of items that a 15 year old volleyball player should have. A Park & Sun Spectrum net system, Molten volleyball, Asics backpack and a couple of other items.
There was a wonderful reception at the Anaheim White House, where Stephanie McCormick the CEO from the Orange County/Inland Empire Make-a-Wish Foundation explained that this was the largest gift granting that the Make a wish foundation has ever done. Not only were they sending Tim and his family, but a large number of kids and their families from the US and around the world to the London Olympics.
The send off included a number of former Olympians; Jamie Komer, the 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist in Water Polo, Peter Vidmar, the 1984 Double Gold & Silver Medalist in Men’s Gymnastics, Pat McCormick, a 1952 & 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist. To top it off, Reid Priddy and Clay Stanley who will be leading the Men’s National Team in London.
The star of the day though, was Tim! He is a very humble kid who has his sights on becoming a member of the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team. After spending a couple hours with him I realized that he knows what is important and is willing to work hard to get there.
We hope to see Tim at some of the USYVL sites upon his return to talk about his Olympic experience.
On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, professional beach volleyball players Billy Allen, Andrew Fuller and Janelle Allen took a stroll to the Hermosa Beach USYVL site.
They took this opportunity to do some volleyball skill demonstrations for the kids, show them what playing volleyball at a higher level is like and topped it off with some cool prizes.
The players graciously stayed to watch the kids play their scheduled games and at the end signed autographs for each one!
Thank you to Billy, Andrew and Janelle for making it a very special day for the Hermosa Beach USYVL kids!
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!
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!
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!
USYVL runs a volleyball clinic at the Sharefest Youth Development Academy!
The clinic took place Thursday, August 11 at California State University Dominguez Hills. Over 200 middle school students had the opportunity to learn volleyball skills from some of the best volleyball players.
As a special treat, Dain Blanton, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist of Men's Beach Volleyball, stopped by to talk to the kids, work with them in learning the sport and signed autographs!
USYVL Supports Pasadena Fire Dept. in 5K Walk to Benefit Breast Cancer Awareness
Tuesday, October 14, 2014—Pasadena Fire Department hosted a 5K run at the Rose Bowl in support of breast cancer research, with all funds raised to directly benefit The Huntington Hills Breast Center (Pasadena, CA). Locals of all ages joined forces and came together in waves of pink in support of the cause. USYVL supported the endeavor by setting up court for a game of volleyball, All Pro versus Pasadena Firefighters, with guest pro beach volleyball players Billy Allen, Trevor Crabb, and Avery Drost, along with players and the Head Coach from Pierce College. Guests and passersby also participated in the “Ace-A-Pro for Charity” challenge and a community volleyball game comprised of players of all backgrounds.
The event began with Celebrity trainer Dion Jackson leading the crowd in an upbeat pre-run workout. Newscaster Lolita Lopes also joined USYVL and Pasadena Fire by walk the 5K and playing a community game against the beach pros, Marine Corps participants, and firefighters.
USYVL to host Bring-A-Friend Day
Each USYVL fall league will host a Bring-A-Friend day near the end of the season schedule. We encourage players to invite their friends to join them at our fall league sites.
This is a great opportunity for kids interested in learning and playing volleyball to attend a practice day and experience firsthand all that USYVL provides. There is nothing better than enjoying volleyball with your friends.
Our Bring-A-Friend day has been one of our most popular annual events during our league season and this year is sure to equal that popularity and excitement. We encourage current players to set aside some time and think about a friend that you would like to invite to the upcoming Bring-A-Friend day.
Please note that each friend will be required to fill out a medial release form to participate in the USYVL Bring-A-Friend day.
We can’t wait to see you and your friends for another great day of volleyball. Plan now and invite your friends today!
USYVL Founders Award Presented to Laurie McCarter
The USYVL Founders Award is presented annually to the individual who has exhibited outstanding leadership, demonstrated a sustained commitment to our programs, and has made a positive impact on the organization.
This year we are honored to present the Founders Award to Laurie McCarter, who started with the organization in 1999. Laurie began as a registration assistant and soon agreed to take on the role of Head Coach for her son’s team. Additionally, she served as a Site Director where she oversaw the Moorpark program for 10 years. During her tenure with USYVL she has filled a number of roles including Coach, Clinician, Site Director and city representative. Laurie has three children, Kyle, Jessica, and Katie who all played volleyball with USYVL. Laurie also met her future husband, Paul McCarter, during her first season with USYVL. Paul was serving as a USYVL Clinician and remained in that role for the entire time Laurie served as a Site Director.
USYVL is honored to add Laurie to the distinguished list of previous recipients including 2013 Award winner, Dale Hoffman, co-founder of USYVL who was there from day one, 2014 Award winner, Veronica Sanchez, who served as USYVL’s very first Clinician (volleyball instructor), and 2015 Award winner, Jane Clancy, USYVL’s first Site Director.
Congratulations to all who have shared their time, talents, and knowledge with USYVL and its participants.
Events Article Count: 5
Featured Article Count: 5
Site Updates Article Count: 2
Activities Article Count: 74
Athletes Article Count: 21