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.
Volleyball Pros Support USYVL
Over the years, the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) has enjoyed great support from many professional players, USA National Team members, Olympians and top college athletes. These appearances and clinics inspire USYVL players and volunteers, and showcase the talents and generosity of these accomplished volleyball players. Certainly, their interest in growing the game they love is evident.
Over the years, athletes who have appeared at USYVL sites include Olympic gold medalist, Phil Dalhausser, 3-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May Treanor, gold medalist Dain Blanton, gold medalist Donald Suxho, and gold medalist and King of the Beach Sinjin Smith. Others include Canyon Ceman, George Roumain, Alicia Robinson, Curt Toppel, Tom Hoff, Jeff Nyggard, Chris Harger, Billy Allen, Janelle Ruen Allen, Dustin Watten, Gary Sato, Bibiana Candelas, Tracy Morin, John Mayer, and Braidy Halverson.
At USYVL, we can’t thank these tremendous athletes enough for sharing their time and techniques with us.
Look for more clinics and appearances from the nation’s top volleyball players soon!
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.
Becca was 8 years old when she started playing for USYVL, and learned early on that she really liked spiking the ball. It didn't always go where she wanted it to for a few years, but it still felt so good to hit the ball HARD! After many years of USYVL she moved on to club volleyball, played all through high school, and is now finishing up her senior year at Hendrix College, in Conway, Arkansas. She was a starting outside hitter all four years at this NCAA Division III school, where she set the record for All time Career Kills and was second in All Time Career Attempts and Most Kills in a Season. Becca still loves playing volleyball, and also loves coaching volleyball. Look for her at USYVL summer camps in the near future!
The USYVL Founders award is awarded annually to the individual who has provided leadership to the USYVL for the greatest amount of time and made an impact on the organization.
This year we are honored to present this award to Jane Clancy, who started with the organization in 1997. Jane was USYVL’s first Site Director and her daughters, Becca and Hannah, were the first players in the Thousand Oaks program. Jane still volunteers with the organization today, 18 years from when it first started. Jane has been an integral part of the organization filling a number of other roles including, Coach, Trainer, Summer Camp Instructor, Summer Camp Director and Clinician.
Jane joins a list of other firsts including 2013's Award winner Dale Hoffman, the co-founder of the USYVL, who was involved during the first days of the league's formation and 2014's Veronica Sanchez who was the first USYVL Clinician.
On behalf of every child whose lives you touched, Thank you for all you have done for the kids and USYVL.
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!
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.
Audra started playing at the Pasadena, Maryland USYVL and played for a number of years during the Spring and Fall seasons! Since leaving USYVL’s league, Audra attended The Catholic High School of Baltimore. She made the varsity team as a freshman. She worked her way up and played setter position for her sophomore and junior years. Audra won the Spirit Award in her junior year for her motivation in getting the team to the conference championship. As Captain and outside hitter in her senior year, the team was able to have an undefeated season resulting in 2009 being added to the Volleyball banner, after a 17 year absence. This resulted in her being named an IAAM League All Star. “My goal during my high school years was to get a year up on the banner.”
During the spring sessions of USYVL, Audra volunteered at the Pasadena, Maryland site as an assistant coach for the 8-10 year olds. “I love working with the younger children and it gave me experience in leadership.”
Audra is now a freshman at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois studying psychology. “Since Illinois State is a Division 1 school, I decided to play intramural volleyball so I can concentrate on my academics and not lose my scholarship.”
The desire to give, to help, resides in the core of all human beings. We see it in the wake of natural disasters around the world, which give rise to inspired charity efforts and an outpouring of support from people often thousands of miles away. The holiday season is a time for giving and charity not inspired by disaster, but by giving to those who have so little in a time when every little bit counts.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 marks the fouth annual #GivingTuesday, which arose in 2012 as an offshoot of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the biggest shopping days of the year. #GivingTuesday encourages communities to get involved with nonprofit organizations by donating money and volunteering.
#GivingTuesday is a day in which Americans are encouraged to give to non-profit organizations or volunteer their time to other community organizations. In its inaugural year, for-profit companies stepped in and encouraged their employees to get involved. In some cases, huge giving efforts were funded by for-profit companies. Analysts estimate nearly $10 million was donated in #GivingTuesday’s inaugural year.
Behind the all of the laughter, smiles, digging, setting, and spiking, the United States Youth Volleyball League’s (USYVL) mission to provide every child an opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment thrives on the charity and good will of corporations, individual donors, and everyday people.
Give a child in need an opportunity this #GivingTuesday by donating $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can comfortably give. Each donation, no matter the amount, goes a long way to ensure those in need have the same opportunities as those of privilege.
With so many of the real reasons for the holiday season shrouded amidst the hustle and bustle of a shopping season that begins earlier each year, many families strive for the restoration of the spirit of family, togetherness, and good will. #GivingTuesday is the perfect way to embrace these values.
Donors supporting USYVL this year can be assured that their gift will make a difference for a child through healthy activity, building of self esteem and teamwork.
#GivingTuesday donations can be made on the USYVL website at www.usyvl.org. Share your support on Twitter and Facebook by using hashtags for #GivingTuesday and #USYVL. Your support is very much appreciated this holiday season.
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.
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