USYVL ADDS FOUR NEW PROGRAMS TO THE SPRING 2018 SEASON

The USYVL is excited to announce four new programs to the spring 2018 season.  We have worked hard to bring new instructional volleyball programs to Cerritos, Fremont, Hacienda Heights and Tustin for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 15.

Our Cerritos program will run at Carmenita Middle School in Cerritos and is scheduled for Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Our Fremont program will run at Irvington Community Park in Fremont and is scheduled for Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Our Hacienda Heights program will run at Manzanita Park in Hacienda Heights and is scheduled for Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Our Tustin program will run at Pioneer Middle School in Tustin and is scheduled for Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

As our newest leagues to the spring slate, here are some highlights that parents and participants will see with our new leagues:

  • • Ages 7-15 (Divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15) (Age divisions are determined by child’s age on November 1st of participating year).

  • • While the program teaches children the skills necessary to excel in the sport of volleyball, the focus remains on participation, cooperation, sportsmanship, responsibility and, of course, fun!

  • • Furthermore, a season of league games is sure to provide plenty of exciting volleyball action.

  • • The USYVL is a family-oriented program where parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends are involved by volunteering.

When you register, make sure you sign up as a volunteer coach or assistant coach. No experience is required. There is a dedicated Clinician (Volleyball Instructor) at each USYVL site. As a volunteer, you will help the Clinician to monitor courts, assist with practice drills, and help with games. Our best sites are those where parents are actively involved with the kids to help them learn and play volleyball. To learn more about volunteer coaching with USYVL visit our, “Why Coach” page.

If you are new to USYVL, we encourage you to let your friends know about the program. We have a Refer a Friend program perfect for you to share the fun of volleyball with your family or friends. If you refer one of your friends to USYVL, we will send you a cool t-shirt! To learn more visit our Refer a Friend page.

Volleyball is coming to Cerritos, Fremont, Hacienda Height and Tustin! Come join us!


Advanced Juniors Spring
Registration is now open for USYVL’s Advanced Juniors program next spring. Anyone that registers by December 1 will receive a cool Asics mesh ball bag!

To register for Advanced Juniors click here.

Advanced Juniors locations for Spring 2018:

Camarillo
Elk Grove
Fountain Valley
Irvine
Long Beach
Los Gatos
Moorpark
Sacramento
San Jose
Santa Clara
Thousand Oaks
Torrance
West Sacramento

The Advanced Juniors program is for intermediate and advanced players to prepare and assist their transition from four person instructional leagues to indoor competition with a six-player format. The goal of the Advanced Juniors program is to create a pathway for players to advance to a higher level of competition such as High School or Club volleyball.

Participants in the Advanced Juniors program should have prior volleyball experience.

Each program has a dedicated volleyball instructor with experience coaching at the club, high school or higher level. The player to coach ratio is 12:1, with teams ranging from 6 – 12 players. Under this structure, participants have access to coaches that can provide guidance for individual skill development and instruction for enhanced team building skills.

The program is coed and is open to boys and girls ages 12-16 with two age divisions, 14-Under and 16-Under. Each program is structured around two 90-minute practices per week and includes three weekend tournaments.

We are excited for the new Advanced Juniors next spring! To learn more about the program visit our Advanced Juniors page!

Highlights of our Advanced Juniors program include:

• Designed for players with volleyball experience.
• Co-ed, boys and girls ages 12-16.
• Qualified instructors with experience coaching at the club, high school or higher level.
• Indoor 6-on-6 format.
• 10-week program length.
• Two 90-minute practices per week.
• Three weekend tournaments.
• Uniform t-shirt provided to participants.

If you have any questions please contact the USYVL National Office at 1-888-988-7985.

USYVL Leadership Award
Last Saturday the United States Youth Volleyball League was proud to present the 2017 USYVL Leadership Award to Bill Martinez.

USYVL presents the USYVL Leadership Award 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’s recipient, Bill Martinez, began as a volunteer coach for his daughter in 1998. One year later Bill joined our Board of Directors and served as a valuable member, including service in the role of Board President from 2006-2010. Earlier this year, Bill completed his time as member of our Board following almost 20 years of faithful service. Even years after his daughter completed her participation in USYVL programs Bill continued to serve in various capacities with the USYVL Board and continued to be active at the local site level.

Bill has been an avid volleyball fan and player for well over 40 years. Bill is a former USYVL coach. He and his family are still active players in many recreational volleyball leagues across Southern California. Bill is an administrator at Pepperdine University with over 20 years of service at the school.

Bill is a great example of a valued member of one of our local communities that caught the vision of USYVL’s mission and has worked tirelessly to help young volleyball players learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment.

Volunteers like Bill that have dedicated their time and talents to a worthwhile cause that help to energize and elevate our programs. With the support of his family and through his service, many lives of young volleyball players have received a positive and lasting influence.

Please join USYVL in congratulating Bill Martinez for his leadership and service to our programs and participants. Thank you, Bill!


Spotlight Site Director & Clinician
With USYVL’s fall season in full swing, we wanted to take some time out to recognize a couple of individuals making a huge difference this season. One of the basic tenants of our volleyball programs is the support and work of our volunteers and dedicated volleyball instructors.

We would like to highlight two exceptional individuals this fall who are great examples of USYVL’s mission to help each child learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment.

The two key roles at USYVL sites are the Site Director and the Clinician (Volleyball Instructor). This season we are pleased to recognize:

Site Director – Nolan Marrero, Folsom
Clinician – John Wong, San Jose – Butcher Park

Nolan Marrero

Nolan Marrero – Site Director – Folsom
In his second season as a Site Director with USYVL, Nolan has made a positive impact with our Folsom program. He has dedicated his time and effort, many times going beyond the norm to create a positive learning environment and memorable experience for all of our Folsom participants.

Nolan is a very involved Site Director and works to ensure that the program is running smoothly and successfully. Since USYVL relies heavily on the support of volunteers, Site Directors play a pivotal role in recruiting parents as coaches and on-site administrators to help guide our players and program in a positive direction. Nolan has excelled in this role by engaging other volunteers and keeping them involved and active throughout the season.

Nolan was born in Puerto Rico and his family moved to Philadelphia when he was nine years old. He moved to Folsom five years ago and works as a consultant with Sutter Health. One of the inspirational figures in his life was an elder from his church that encouraged and mentored him throughout his youth. Nolan noted the positive impact this has made on his life. It has helped him be a better father, husband, and member of the local community. This positive influence in his life has helped to illustrate the importance of being a good influence, showing people that you care, and being a mentor to those around you.

When asked what he likes most about being a USYVL Site Director, Nolan said that he enjoys contributing time and energy to help make the kid’s lives meaningful. Talking about his role as a Site Director, he said, “Just like my mentor did for me, you never know the positive impact you can have on a developing child. I enjoy watching their eyes light up when they are able to master the skills we are going over.”

With the efforts of amazing Site Directors like Nolan, our programs would not be as successful as they are today. You can tell by the smiles on the faces of the kids in Folsom, the quality of the experience at that site has created valuable memories for everyone involved. We would like to thank him and acknowledge all that he does for the kids and program in Folsom.

John Wong – Clinician – San Jose Butcher Park

John Wong, Clinician

John has served as a volleyball instructor with USYVL for four seasons. He has done an outstanding job instructing our San Jose participants and creating an energetic learning environment. His dedication extends beyond just the Butcher Park site, as he has helped teach volleyball skills at other sites in the area on numerous occasions.

John was born in Salinas, California. He has spent most of his life in the Monterey Bay area. He grew up in a single parent home with a hard working mother that supported four children. John was able to see the value of hard work at an early age.

His love of volleyball is easily on display as he teaches and instructs the USYVL curriculum during the season. He always takes time to make sure each player is enjoying the volleyball experience. John noted that what he loves most about being a USYVL Clinician is seeing the kids come out of their shell and develop as a person and player. The delight the children show playing the game is one of the great highlights for him.

Our Clinicians also play a vital role in guiding our volunteer coaches. John has always made it a point to engage coaches and help place them in a position to utilize their knowledge and skills to benefit the players. Additionally, he has worked diligently to ensure that player safety protocols are in place and a priority at the site.

Please join us in recognizing Nolan and John for their valuable contribution to the USYVL community!


High School Students Can Earn Community Service Hours
High School Volunteers
We are seeking high school volunteers to coach and help younger kids learn the basic skills of volleyball. USYVL operates co-ed youth volleyball leagues for kids ages 7-15. Our leagues have four age divisions 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-15.

Volunteers are a crucial component to the success of our leagues. This coming Spring 2018 season, we have programs in over 65 cities where you can come share your time and talents with young volleyball players in your local community. Volunteer coaching is a fun way to get involved and work with young players.

Students who volunteer with USYVL can receive up to 40 community service hours. Volunteering as an assistant coach for USYVL is a great way to fulfill high school community service hours requirements. The weekly time commitment for volunteers is generally three to four hours per week.

Each league has a dedicated Clinician (Volleyball Instructor) that supervises the local site. Under the direction of the Clinician, volunteer assistant coaches guide players through drills, lessons, practices, and games.

If you love being involved with your community or playing volleyball and enjoy working with kids this is a perfect opportunity to get involved.

You can fill out the Volunteer From online at the link below or print the form, at the link below, complete and email to [email protected]

Please contact our Program Director, Veronica Sanchez at 1-888-988-7985 with any questions.

High School Community Service – Volunteer Form

Click here to sign up online!