USYVL Happenings, February 2021

USYVL Happenings, February 2021

February 2021 USYVL Newsletter  
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Jaena’s Love for Volleyball, Next Stop, Louisiana Tech!

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By Jaena Bell I started playing with USYVL when I was 7 years old when a few of my friends from school all decided to sign up. I barely knew anything about volleyball but the welcoming and safe environment encouraged me to get out there and try my best. I ended up loving it right away, and with each practice, I was excited to get better and have fun with my new friends and teammates. This program teaches the meaning of true sportsmanship and definitely values the importance of participation, which is important especially at a young age. I liked USYVL because it embodies a pressure free environment where a child like myself could make mistakes, learn and grow.  I was able to develop better self-esteem, improve my overall communication, and understand the responsibility required to be part of a team. I also met a lifelong friend on my first team at USYVL, and we have been playing together ever since.
“This organization gave me my undying love for the sport of volleyball.”
I am forever grateful for the unforgettable memories I made with my teammates, coaches and friends during my time at USYVL. The fundamental skills I developed prepared me to make my first competitive club team at 11 years old. More than anything, this organization gave me my undying love for the sport of volleyball. I have carried this love with me through all of my club teams and will continue to carry it with me in college. I currently play the 18s division at Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club and attend Saint Anthony High School.  I will be playing Division 1 college volleyball next fall at Louisiana Tech University on a full scholarship. My wonderful experience with USYVL introduced me to the sport I love.

Skills Clinics Sharpen Your Skills

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We were excited to offer four Winter Volleyball Clinics in Aliso Viejo in January and February! The one-day two hour clinics were for all skill  levels. We had an amazing turnout, filling up each clinic to capacity. Our Clinician was able to focus on the fundamentals of spiking, setting and serving and make sure that each participant had the specialized drills and help they needed. One-day clinics allow players to keep their skills sharp and focus on a few individualized drills to enhance specific skills personalized to each player. Volleyball clinics are run by a local Clinician/s (Volleyball Instructor/s). If you are interested in running a clinic in your area, please contact us. We are happy to look into running a volleyball clinic in your community!

coaches corner

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by Steve Anderson Hand Setting Hand Positioning Hands should form a square or rectangle, with index fingers and thumbs on the volleyball, which should give you symmetry. Place the ball above your forehead and as you push it upward, evenly with both hands, you will let it go with both hands at the same time to achieve symmetry. To see this in action go to and click on the yellow banner VOLLEYBALL PRO TIPS. You can view the complete series on hand setting from Olympic Gold Medal Coach, Steve Anderson.

olympic watch

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Finally, our USA beach teams have an opportunity to compete in an Olympic qualifying tournament. On March 8, the Katara Beach Volleyball Cup 2021 will take place in Doha, Qatar. Due to the global pandemic, the number of possible qualifying tournaments is unknown so players have to compete as if this may be the only tournament to determine their Olympic dreams! Check out the points to see how close this is! Women’s Teams: April Ross/Alix Klineman –  8760 points Kerri Walsh-Jennings/Brooke Sweat – 6960 points Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes – 6640 points Kelley Kolinske/Emily Stockman – 6080  points Men’s Teams: Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb – 6680 Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb – 6360 Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena – 5840 points To make things even more exciting as these teams race to the Olympics, team Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb are not competing in Qatar since they were not able to qualify into the tournament. For more information and beach volleyball Olympic rankings, visit Click here for the Olympic schedule

your support matters

Your tax-deductible contributions to USYVL have helped us continue our mission to provide every child between the ages of 7 and 15 a chance to learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, supervised environment. If you are in a position to donate, please consider USYVL by clicking the link below. Your donation goes directly into funding players that can’t afford registration, program improvements and equipment upgrades.
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how can I help?

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  Did you know you can support USYVL while shopping on Amazon? Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. By linking your account to United States Youth Volleyball League at, you can direct that percentage to go to USYVL’s Every Child Plays Fund. Visit to get started.

USYVL merch

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USYVL Clinician Bob models a pullover from the ‘ghosted’ line. Looking good! With a great selection of USYVL gear, we’ve got you covered. Check out the collection and support two local businesses in the process!
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our sponsors

We are proud to partner with several community-minded businesses that share our goal of giving every child a chance to play volleyball. If your business would like to learn more about our sponsorship program, follow the link Become A Sponsor
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