Audra started playing at the Pasadena, Maryland USYVL and played for a number of years during the Spring and Fall seasons! Since leaving USYVL’s league, Audra attended The Catholic High School of Baltimore. She made the varsity team as a freshman. She worked her way up and played setter position for her sophomore and junior years. Audra won the Spirit Award in her junior year for her motivation in getting the team to the conference championship. As Captain and outside hitter in her senior year, the team was able to have an undefeated season resulting in 2009 being added to the Volleyball banner, after a 17 year absence. This resulted in her being named an IAAM League All Star. “My goal during my high school years was to get a year up on the banner.”
During the spring sessions of USYVL, Audra volunteered at the Pasadena, Maryland site as an assistant coach for the 8-10 year olds. “I love working with the younger children and it gave me experience in leadership.”
Audra is now a freshman at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois studying psychology. “Since Illinois State is a Division 1 school, I decided to play intramural volleyball so I can concentrate on my academics and not lose my scholarship.”
We would like to thank everyone who came out to this first-time event! Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, was a huge hit with kids, parents, and players!
The USYVL booth was in constant action with USYVL beach balls to every visitor that came by the booth. For our USYVL kids, we had a special shirt which read, "Look Who Signed My USYVL Tee!" with space underneath for every AVP professional to autograph. We received lots of great comments from the pros about how cool the shirt was for the kids to have and for the players to sign.
Face-painting was a huge hit with the kids. USYVL Program Coordinator, Nancy Ciullo used her artistic skills to paint volleyballs, USA flags, and many more fun things on kids' faces and arms. She was so good, we thought the line of kids would never end! Among our favorite Nancy-illustrations were the Brazilian and Mexican flags, a vanilla cupcake, and a tiger.
On Saturday, two-time Gold Medalist Misty May stopped by the USYVL booth for an autograph session and, after winning the tournament, took a group picture with all the USYVL kids and their cool autograph shirts! Not only is she the #1 player in the world, but she's a great person too. Thank you, Misty!
What’s in a name? Well, quite a bit when it comes to the official USYVL “Best Team Name Contest.” Have you thought of creative team name yet? Whether your name is the Sporty Spikers, Hermosa Heros or the Slamming Sharks, there are many great names to be created.
If you haven’t decided on a team name, now is the time. Team names will continue to be collected through Oct. 7th. To be entered to win, you must inform your Site Director of your name choice prior to Oct 7th.
The winning team will receive special USYVL T-shirts. Stay tuned! The winner will be chosen by the USYVL National Office on Oct 14th. Make sure you are entered.
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!
Recently we invited AVP pro beach volleyball players Braidy Halverson and John Mayer to talk about their careers as professionals and to demonstrate their skills to the kids on game day. John taught the kids some setting techniques while Braidy stole the show with his spiking ability.
It was great to see the pros in action and we look forward to more pros coming out and showing the kids their skills! Thanks, John and Braidy!
USA Men’s Volleyball Visits USYVL
The London Olympics were just around the corner and it was a perfect opportunity for two of the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team members to visit USYVL.
With the Norceca Men’s Qualifier happening the week of May 7 at the Long Beach State Pyramid, Will Price and Antwain Aguillard took the opportunity to visit a USYVL site. They did some demos and spent time on the court with the kids on a sunny Wednesday afternoon on May 2.
It was a fabulous experience, not only for the kids but for the coaches and parents!
Will Price is a former Penn State player who was the 2009 – AVCA First Team All-American ... NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team.
Antwain Aguillard was named the 2010 All-MPSF Third-Team and led the team in blocks.
We wish the USA Men’s Volleyball Team much success in the Olympics!
USYVL Kids’ Nights/Long Beach State vs. UCLA
Along with the fun, fitness benefits, skill and social development resulting from participation in the USYVL, the league offers great perks, including USYVL Kids’ Nights at selected college matches. Along with free admission to the game for you, your family and friends, each match will provide an opportunity to win an “Event or Clinic with a Pro” for your site.
How does it work? USYVL will be keeping track of the number of people each site draws to the game (not only USYVL players, but whoever else they bring). Please make sure they register on the USYVL website for the game and select your site when registering to be properly attributed to your site. The site that has the highest turnout, percentage-wise, will receive a free volleyball clinic and autograph session during this upcoming spring season from a pro.
Watching high level volleyball players play the game is exciting and instructional. The kids really do benefit from watching good form and effort in action. Of course, if your site wins the “Event or Clinic with a Pro,” you child will have an inspiring and lasting learning experience. So be sure to bring as many people as possible for a fun-filled evening! Of course, total tickets are limited, so register early.
The Scoop: These two teams are currently ranked in the NCAA top 10, so expect a great match!
Please remember to bring a form of photo ID, whether it be a student ID or driver’s license (this applies to students 7th grade and above).
Register by Friday, April 4, 2014 at 3pm!
CAMPUS MAP: http://daf.csulb.edu/maps/parking/
The details are as follows:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the following number: 888.988.7985.
Registration is closed.
Twice during the year, USYVL holds training at their national office located in Torrance for all their new and returning Clinicians (volleyball instructors).
On Saturday, August 13, USYVL Clinicians had the opportunity to be trained by two of the best, Marv Dunphy and Tom Hoff.
Marv Dunphy, one of the most successful volleyball coaches in the United States and current coach for the Pepperdine Waves Men’s Volleyball Team.
Tom Hoff, an Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the best middle blockers for the United States Men’s National Team.
Thank you to Marv and Tom for making the training a special day and an absolute learning experience for all involved!
USYVL Launches New Mobile Website with Fun Functionality*
United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) has launched a slick new mobile site with new functionality, including ScoreKeeper, a tool that will be beneficial for coaches, parents, and anyone playing a game of volleyball. Complete schedules for each team at every USYVL site, which includes times for practices and games, is one of the highlights of the mobile site.
“Whether on a tablet or smartphone, parents, and coaches in particular, are going to find this mobile site very useful,” said Randy Sapoznik, USYVL Executive Director. In addition to complete game schedules, the new site also offers instructional summaries for every practice session throughout the season. Coaches will be able to conveniently access this information on their mobile devices at any time.
The feature that coaches and parents will be playing with the most may be the aforementioned ScoreKeeper, which allows anyone with a mobile device the opportunity to keep score using Hot Potato, Double Max or traditional scoring. This feature also includes an audio whistle tone, either in singular or two tones in quick succession, which will be helpful during games for coaches.
You can access the new mobile website, which was designed by Aaron Martin, on your mobile device, or at m.usyvl.org
*Weekend tournament schedules are updated at 2PM on Fridays.
Be sure to check it out!
Dain Blanton, Olympic Gold Medalist, addressed over 200 clinic participants about the importance of education in his life and the path to success in volleyball.
Clinic participants at the 2011 Sharefest had the opportunity to hear Dain’s story, ask questions and even hold the gold medal!
It was exciting for the kids to hear how he and his partner battled the Brazilian team for the gold medal and how all of that contributed to his career as a sportscaster and motivational speaker.