USYVL Happenings, January 2022

USYVL Happenings, January 2022

January 2022 USYVL Newsletter

usyvl players are doing cool stuff

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"Considering this summer was his first time to play, it’s so neat to watch him develop and grow the love for it," writes the father of the boy in green. The video shows young Jaxon alongside adult volleyball players.

Share the cool things your player is doing! Send a photo or video and 1-2 paragraphs to [email protected].

teacher of the year

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Oceanside Unified School District awards Teacher of the Year to two deserving teachers.  One winner of the 2020-21 Teachers and Classified Employees of the Year is also our wonderful Clinician, Xye Sanders! 

OCUSD reports, "Sanders believes that all students can achieve, and helps them build upon their unique learning styles. She is intentional in engaging parents and helps fellow staff meet student needs through the IEP process. She goes out of her way to lead extracurricular activities, and is an overall leader and unifier among her community. Sanders will go on as a finalist for San Diego County’s teacher of the year."

We are proud to share a court with someone so dedicated to the youth of our community. Well deserved and congratulations!

winter camps in action

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Winter Camps’ Team Head of Lettuce poses with their "mascot."

USYVL is proud to announce we are able to run winter volleyball camps this year! We started our first round of winter camps on January 15, and what fun our players are having! USYVL camps focus on building off the fundamentals and basics of volleyball that players learn in our instructional leagues. They allow participants to get more practice on specific skill sets, and continue to develop their knowledge in the sport.

We look forward to continuing our winter programs, and hope your player can join one of our winter camps! Checkout what camps are available near you:

des moines wrap-up

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USYVL wrapped-up a successful winter program in Des Moines, IA this January! Even in the colder months, USYVL can keep our players practicing indoors and make sure they are still able to get out on the court to continue developing their skills and enhancing their technique for the upcoming spring season. Our Des Moines players and Coach had a blast playing this season and we were excited to bring a safe and fun program to their community.

clinicians needed

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USYVL is hiring volleyball instructors for the spring season.

The USYVL position of Clinician (Volleyball Instructor) is responsible for overseeing drills, practices, games, and team instruction of the fundamentals of volleyball.

Clinicians also manage the site parent volunteer coaches and assistant coaches to ensure the volunteer staff working with each team are running the drills, practices, and games correctly. Previous volleyball experience is required for this position.

We have openings at various locations including the San Jose, CA area. 

Contact [email protected] for details. Please include your location and experience coaching or playing volleyball. 

coaching corner

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A great drill is the star passing drill!

Have the first player with the ball stand next to the middle of the net facing away from the net. The second player will start directly across, 3-4 feet from the middle of the end line. The drill begins by having the player with the ball toss the ball directly across to the second player. That player will pass the ball back to the middle of the court always executing correct passing form. Then the second player moves to the right corner and receives another toss and passes. Then they move to the right front corner and receive another toss and passes. They repeat by going back to the right corner and middle. Then they do the same on the left side.

With one rotation of this drill, 9 balls are passed by one player consecutively.

a reminder, spring registration is open

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If you haven't already, we hope you will join us on the courts this spring. 

8-week spring leagues begin in April and continue through the 1st week of June.

Click here and enter your zip code for details of a nearby program:

you can help

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.

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

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 towards USYVL's Every Child Plays Fund. Visit to get started

USYVL merch

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Check out the collection of USYVL merch. Winter and spring items are available.

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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 to Become A Sponsor