USYVL Happenings, January 2021

USYVL Happenings, January 2021

January 2021 USYVL Newsletter
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nothing but skills

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With Covid-19 guidelines and following local and state safety and health precautions, we were able to pull together a handful of volleyball clinics in select locations to get kids out on the court and moving.

Thanks to all our players and their families for our successful fall and winter volleyball skills clinics! A special thank you to our Clinicians for making these volleyball clinics happen and for their extra attention to safety, all while making sure our participants continue to grow in their skills and have fun!

With many fields and facilities remaining closed through the winter season, we are thankful for those few that were able to allow safe skill development. Check out our website to see if there is a volleyball program starting near you!

growing the game

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Though 2020 was a tough year especially in youth sports, growing the game of volleyball still remains a goal. As we look forward to 2021, we are working on bringing programs to communities that currently don't have a USYVL program. Skill & Development Camps & Clinics will be opening in Georgia, Texas, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Utah, Minnesota and Arizona. If you have friends and family in other states or cities, have them check-out our website and see where the closest USYVL program is. You can even reach out to us and see about the possibility of bringing volleyball to your community!

Reese inspires millions during covid

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Prior to the coronavirus, Reese never utilized any social media platforms, rare for a teenager. She was busy playing volleyball. A sophomore, she is a second-year varsity volleyball player at Blue Valley Southwest High School in Overland Park, KS.  She also plays indoor on the Topeka Impact 16-1 Volleyball Club and Beach at P4:13 Beach Club. When the virus shut down the sport she loves, Reese decided to take a new approach to challenge herself and hopefully inspire others in the volleyball world. 

She decided to start posting volleyball drills & athletic training drills in her garage gym to not only get better at her sport and to try to have a “normal” schedule/routine, but to inspire and reach other volleyball players and athletes. Reese created an Instagram and Twitter account in March 2020 and has made over 200 posts since. She now has generated over 1,300,000 views on Twitter and over 250,000 views on Instagram since March.

She utilized the coronavirus shut down to push herself and inspire thousands of other athletes across the world. She was even asked to interview Kerri Walsh Jennings this summer and was invited to Kerri and Brooke Sweat's (OLYMPIC Beach Volleyball team) clinic in December. One of her posts was reposted and has almost 400,000 views.  She also looks up to Oregon indoor & beach vb standout Brooke Nuneviller as she had a similar path to Reese.  

"Do today what others won't, so you can do tomorrow what others can't."

Follow Reese here:

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coaches corner

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The Overhand Serve

As the non-hitting hand is coming up to toss the ball, the hitting hand is pulling back towards their ear. The ball must leave the player's hand when that arm is parallel to the ground. (Image 1)

The hand needs to be canted slightly toward the hitting hand so it comes down right in front of that player's hitting/serving shoulder. Use a full arm swing. (Image 2)

Back foot, on the hitting arm side, can raise up to toes, but should not leave the ground before contact of the ball. After contact of the ball, the back foot may leave the ground at the end of the follow through. (Image 3)

olympic watch

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Let's get ready for the 2020 Summer Olympics! Action starts on Friday, July 23, 2021 in Tokyo.

In Women's Beach Volleyball team Alix Klineman and April Ross have secured the first spot for the USA! The second spot is a tight race between two teams, team Kerri Walsh and Brooke Sweat and team Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil. Keep an eye out on who will make it to the Olympics, which will be determined by results in FIVB tournaments prior to the Tokyo Olympics. In Men's Beach Volleyball there is a very close race between three teams, team Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb, team Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena and team Trevor Crabb and Tri Bourne.  This is going to be a battle to the end to determine the top two USA teams going to the Olympics for Men’s Beach Volleyball.

In Men’s Indoor Volleyball our team is lead by one of the best players in the world, Matt Anderson and a team of very talented players. In Women’s Indoor Volleyball our team is lead by Foluke Akinradewo, one of the best middles in the sport, and a team of talented players. At the 2016 Olympics both teams took bronze, so they are looking for gold!

Click here for the schedule 

your support matters

Thank you for your support through 2020 as we worked through and within the Covid-19 safety guidelines. With your help, we have been able to offer a limited number of fall and winter Skill Development Clinics in areas where they are allowed following Covid-19 guidelines. 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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Thank you to all the folks that have shown their support by donating to the USYVL and getting us to a great start for 2021. Thank you!



how can I help? 

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Ralphs Community Contribution program

Calling all Ralphs shoppers! Ralph's stores are on a mission to go beyond being a part of the community to also helping create a stronger community. Through programs like the Community Contribution program, Ralphs is committed to help the local neighborhoods we call home.

By linking your Ralphs Rewards card to United States Youth Volleyball League, you can direct a small percentage of your grocery purchase to go to USYVL's Every Child Plays Fund. Visit to get started.

USYVL merch

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We’ve teamed up with Orange County based company, F3Custom, who has redesigned our line of USYVL merch. By processing their entire product in house, F3Custom is able to insure quality with a speedy turnaround.

With a selection of tops, leggings, shorts and socks, we’ve got you covered. Check out the collection and help 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