A successful summer camp season is in the books! Hundreds of players ages 7-15 participated in the 2015 USYVL volleyball camps this July and August.
Players had the opportunity to learn key volleyball skills and put their skills to the test with a mix of drills and games.
It was great to see the players, both new and experienced, improve and gain confidence over the 3 days. We hope they keep it up and keep playing volleyball!
A big thank you to the players, parents and camp coaches for making the 2015 summer camps such a positive experience!
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!
Is your child one of those USYVL players who has developed new skills, new friends, and new experiences this season? If so, registration for the USYVL’S Spring 2016 Season is open, and we are sure you will not want to miss it. Register today and feel comfortable knowing your child has a guaranteed place for next season.
By the way, if you live in an area that is not currently served by a USYVL site, please feel free to reach out to the USYVL National Office and we will note your interest, and work to develop a program in your area.
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.
Are you looking for a way to make the most of your child’s time, and your time, during a United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) season? Consider coaching. It is probably much easier than you think. You will, undoubtedly, make meaningful contributions with the time you spend teaching teamwork and volleyball skills to youth in your area. Better yet, your child will be thrilled, and you’ll develop a wonderful, long-lasting rapport with the other children on your team.
Since each site has a Clinician (consider this person the coach-in-chief), coaches are tasked with executing a pre-prepared lesson plan that is spearheaded by the Clinician. You’ll have tools before you hit the court in the form of an easy-to-read coaching manual, and on-site training given by your Clinician. Truly, it makes the job very easy. Opportunities exist for both Head Coach and Assistant Coach roles. Interested? Be sure to reach out to your Site Director.
We are pleased to announce the Spring 2016 Advanced Juniors Program. This is the next step for players who have been participating in USYVL and are ready to transition to a 6 person format.
The Advanced Juniors Program's curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between USYVL's instructional league and 6 person format in a fun, safe, supervised environment. Participants are encouraged to be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. Open to intermediate and experienced players ages 11-16.
The season consists of 18 practices; two 90 minute sessions each week. Locations, practice times and tournament schedule will be assigned after tryouts in March. Coaches have all coached at the high school and/or club volleyball level.
Spring 2016 Start Dates
Camarillo Advanced Juniors - April 5th
Irvine Advanced Juniors - April 5th
Sacramento Advanced Juniors - April 5th
South Bay Advanced Juniors - March 22nd
Thousand Oaks Advanced Juniors - April 6th
Upland Advanced Juniors - April 5th
We look forward to seeing you on the court this Spring season!
Volleyball Pros Support USYVL
Over the years, the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) has enjoyed great support from many professional players, USA National Team members, Olympians and top college athletes. These appearances and clinics inspire USYVL players and volunteers, and showcase the talents and generosity of these accomplished volleyball players. Certainly, their interest in growing the game they love is evident.
Over the years, athletes who have appeared at USYVL sites include Olympic gold medalist, Phil Dalhausser, 3-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May Treanor, gold medalist Dain Blanton, gold medalist Donald Suxho, and gold medalist and King of the Beach Sinjin Smith. Others include Canyon Ceman, George Roumain, Alicia Robinson, Curt Toppel, Tom Hoff, Jeff Nyggard, Chris Harger, Billy Allen, Janelle Ruen Allen, Dustin Watten, Gary Sato, Bibiana Candelas, Tracy Morin, John Mayer, and Braidy Halverson.
At USYVL, we can’t thank these tremendous athletes enough for sharing their time and techniques with us.
Look for more clinics and appearances from the nation’s top volleyball players soon!
After many years of making our home at Chesapeake High School’s gym, we are pleased to announce our Pasadena, Maryland program will be calling the new Benfield Sportscenter our home in Maryland. Established in 2013, the Benfield Sportscenter is Northern Anne Arundel County's only private, fully air-conditioned and heated indoor sports arena. In addition to the 19,000 square foot arena building, the Benfield Sportscenter also features a large viewing lobby with Comcast video, wifi, and a snack bar with plenty of seating.
Don’t miss out on our exciting Spring 2016 season. Register before midnight on February 1 before the end of the Early Registration discount! This 8-week league will run beginning on Wednesday, April 13, and continues every Wednesday from 6 to 7 pm and Saturday from 9 to 10 am until Saturday, June 11.
So come out and have fun with us! We offer multiple-child discounts and financial aid for qualifying families. For information on registration, volunteer positions, and a location near you, please click here, or contact us at 1-888-988-7985.
Becca was 8 years old when she started playing for USYVL, and learned early on that she really liked spiking the ball. It didn't always go where she wanted it to for a few years, but it still felt so good to hit the ball HARD! After many years of USYVL she moved on to club volleyball, played all through high school, and is now finishing up her senior year at Hendrix College, in Conway, Arkansas. She was a starting outside hitter all four years at this NCAA Division III school, where she set the record for All time Career Kills and was second in All Time Career Attempts and Most Kills in a Season. Becca still loves playing volleyball, and also loves coaching volleyball. Look for her at USYVL summer camps in the near future!
The USYVL Founders award is awarded annually to the individual who has provided leadership to the USYVL for the greatest amount of time and made an impact on the organization.
This year we are honored to present this award to Jane Clancy, who started with the organization in 1997. Jane was USYVL’s first Site Director and her daughters, Becca and Hannah, were the first players in the Thousand Oaks program. Jane still volunteers with the organization today, 18 years from when it first started. Jane has been an integral part of the organization filling a number of other roles including, Coach, Trainer, Summer Camp Instructor, Summer Camp Director and Clinician.
Jane joins a list of other firsts including 2013's Award winner Dale Hoffman, the co-founder of the USYVL, who was involved during the first days of the league's formation and 2014's Veronica Sanchez who was the first USYVL Clinician.
On behalf of every child whose lives you touched, Thank you for all you have done for the kids and USYVL.