When you think of Griffith Park, what do you think of first? The observatory? Famous film location? The zoo? The Greek Theatre? L.A. Equestrian Center? Well, now you can add to that the latest United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) site.

The largest municipal park in the Unites States with urban wilderness, Griffith Park has been the site of many movies (think the classic Rebel Without a Cause), TV shows and commercials. Sometimes, it is referred to as the Los Angeles’ Central Park. However, at 4,310 acres, it is actually much larger than Central Park.

 

Taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April 2 through May 31, the USYVL spring season in Griffith Park will give families in the Los Feliz area with children ages 7 to 15 easy access to a program. Registration is now available at the Los Feliz site at a special early registration rate of $135 per child. Multi-child discounts are available.  The registration fee goes to $155 on March 1, 2014. See you in the park! 

 

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 As we head into the festive holiday season, our thoughts turn to the USYVL players, families and volunteers who make our league special.  We hope that 2014 ends with wonderful experiences for you and we look forward to a fabulous 2015 with plenty of volleyball fun. 

Please note that the USYVL National Office will be closed December 25 through January 1. Until then wish you a wonderful holiday filled with family and friends!

 

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Learning proper techniques from the outset can be important for many disciplines, and volleyball certainly is no exception. United States Youth Volleyball League’s (USYVL) proven teaching methods help kids develop proper form in a fun, supportive environment. With Clinicians – our experts in volleyball instruction -- at each site overseeing the teaching curriculum, ensuring that our coaches are utilizing the most effective coaching methods, the kids are given a proven system for success. There is nothing more fun than watching the joy kids have while they learn, and improve upon, their volleyball skills. 

 

Many of the kids in USYVL go on to play volleyball in high school and college. More importantly, all players take with them the spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship, which has benefits well beyond the boundaries of the court.   

 

Find out more about programs in your area. If you do not have a USYVL program in your community, and would like to help start one, give the USYVL National Office a call at (888) 988-7985.  Click here to view the list of existing programs. Registration is open.

 

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After receiving some tips from United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) kids, professional beach volleyball player John Mayer has won the first AVP event of the year. Congratulations are due to John Mayer and Brad Keenan for taking home the top trophy at the 2014 AVP St. Petersburg Open in Florida this past weekend.  This marked the first AVP Tour win for Brad Keenan, and the second for John Mayer.  

 

In the story, there is an important message about persistence. John Mayer and Brad Keenan rebounded from a 21-15, 21-10 loss on the tournament's second day to make the final through the contender's bracket. On Sunday, they upset top-seeded and defending champions Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson 16-21, 21-19, 18-16. 

 

"We had a tough year last year," Mayer said. "We made one semifinal, and we didn't play great the whole year. This offseason, we were kind of having a tough go to start, and I was like, 'Should I still be out here? Is it time to move on?' … We (both) decided to just go for it for the next month or two.” 

 

The win comes just two weeks after Mayer appeared at a USYVL “Pro Day” event. There he was able to interact with USYVL players. It is believed that the tips and enthusiasm Mayer picked up from the USYVL kids– most notably being advised to always score more points than the other team - helped him achieve this win.   

 

In all sincerity, Mayer’s fortitude as an athlete drove him to this win. It was truly an honor to have Mayer appear at a USYVL site. He signed autographs, interacted with the kids, and undoubtedly picked up a few fans. With this recent win, he will be a greater inspirational example of how continuing to put forth the best possible effort can yield positive results.    

 

Again, congratulations to John Mayer and Brad Keenan!

 

 

 

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Bump for Kids is USYVL’s initiative to get more children involved in sports. Donations to Bump for Kids benefit USYVL’s financial aid program, which in turn ensures children ages 7 to 15 have the opportunity to play volleyball regardless of financial standing. Donations also provide resources for our continued growth and development. Our goal is to touch the hearts and minds of our youth and get them active.

 

Visit us at www.USYVL.org, and get started by pledging five dollars or more. Bump 5 times, nominate 3 of your friends, and record it all. Then post your video on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag it with #BumpForKids and  #USYVL. You can also email your friends who aren't on social media. Your generosity will benefit a child in need. And most importantly, don’t forget to keep the ball in the air! 

 

USYVL is a 501-C3 non-profit organization, and your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed. Please consult with your tax preparer for any questions. USYVL Non-Profit ID #77-0460698. 

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When Tom Hoff called and told me about Tim, there was no question as to what to do!

We put together a package of items that a 15 year old volleyball player should have.  A Park & Sun Spectrum net system, Molten volleyball, Asics backpack and a couple of other items.

There was a wonderful reception at the Anaheim White House, where Stephanie McCormick the CEO from the Orange County/Inland Empire Make-a-Wish Foundation explained that this was the largest gift granting that the Make a wish foundation has ever done.  Not only were they sending Tim and his family, but a large number of kids and their families from the US and around the world to the London Olympics. 

The send off included a number of former Olympians; Jamie Komer, the 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist in Water Polo, Peter Vidmar, the 1984 Double Gold & Silver Medalist in Men’s Gymnastics, Pat McCormick, a 1952 & 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist.  To top it off, Reid Priddy and Clay Stanley who will be leading the Men’s National Team in  London.

The star of the day though, was Tim!  He is a very humble kid who has his sights on becoming a member of the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team.  After spending a couple hours with him I realized that he knows what is important and is willing to work hard to get there.  

We hope to see Tim at some of the USYVL sites upon his return to talk about his Olympic experience.

 

Randy Sapoznik              

Executive Director

 

Click here to see the NBC video

Click here to read the USA Volleyball story

 

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On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, professional beach volleyball players Billy Allen, Andrew Fuller and Janelle Allen took a stroll to the Hermosa Beach USYVL site.

 

They took this opportunity to do some volleyball skill demonstrations for the kids, show them what playing volleyball at a higher level is like and topped it off with some cool prizes.

 

The players graciously stayed to watch the kids play their scheduled games and at the end signed autographs for each one!

 

Thank you to Billy, Andrew and Janelle for making it a very special day for the Hermosa Beach USYVL kids!

 

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Registration for the Spring 2015 season is now open! Register today to secure your spot early, and take advantage of the $20 discount we offer to those who register prior to December 1. Click here to find a program near you!

 

If you don’t see a program in your area, let us know and we’ll work with you to help bring the nation’s fastest-growing youth volleyball league to you!

 

And if you’d like to play volleyball with your friends next season, please consider handing them a completed Refer-a-Friend flyer. You get a cool gift for referring your friend and you get to learn to play volleyball with them. And most importantly, you can refer as many friends as you want; the more friends you refer, the more free gifts you get!

 

 

 

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USYVL runs a volleyball clinic at the Sharefest Youth Development Academy!

The clinic took place Thursday, August 11 at California State University Dominguez Hills.  Over 200 middle school students had the opportunity to learn volleyball skills from some of the best volleyball players.

As a special treat, Dain Blanton, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist of Men's Beach Volleyball, stopped by to talk to the kids, work with them in learning the sport and signed autographs!

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USYVL Supports Pasadena Fire Dept. in 5K Walk to Benefit Breast Cancer Awareness 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014—Pasadena Fire Department hosted a 5K run at the Rose Bowl in support of breast cancer research, with all funds raised to directly benefit The Huntington Hills Breast Center (Pasadena, CA). Locals of all ages joined forces and came together in waves of pink in support of the cause. USYVL supported the endeavor by setting up court for a game of volleyball, All Pro versus Pasadena Firefighters, with guest pro beach volleyball players Billy Allen, Trevor Crabb, and Avery Drost, along with players and the Head Coach from Pierce College. Guests and passersby also participated in the “Ace-A-Pro for Charity” challenge and a community volleyball game comprised of players of all backgrounds.

 

 

 

The event began with Celebrity trainer Dion Jackson leading the crowd in an upbeat pre-run workout. Newscaster Lolita Lopes also joined USYVL and Pasadena Fire by walk the 5K and playing a community game against the beach pros, Marine Corps participants, and firefighters.

 

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