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.

 

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!

 

Pro Beach Volleyball Players Braidly Halverson

Spread the word about USYVL in your community and get a cool gift!

How does that work?  Refer a New Friend!

It’s simple, all you have to do print this flyer:  Refer A Friend

Before you hand the form to a NEW friend to register, make sure to include your first and last name in the designated area on the form. 

When they register by mail or online, your name will be noted and you will receive a COOL Gift!

 

The Laguna Niguel Clinician staff had a great addition this Spring, Tom Hoff!

He is bringing his experience playing and coaching volleyball to the volunteer coaches and players at the Laguna Niguel USYVL.  You might say that program is lucky! 

Tom was a standout at Ohio state and then Long Beach State where he was the AVCA First-Team All-American in 1995 and 1996.  

To top it off he was one of the most dominating players on the United States Men's National Team and won a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics. 

Tom Hoff USYVL

 

 

AVP and FIVB beach volleyball star Phil Dalhausser stopped by USYVL Oxnard to show the kids his 2008 Olympic Gold Medal! Needless to say, the kids AND the parents were thrilled to see 6'9" Phil signing autographs and handing out golden volleyballs while demonstrating skills on a very low net. Thanks for coming out, Phil!

Phil Dalhausser Youth Volleyball Day

 

 

Hannah was one of the very first USYVL kids, starting at 6 1/2 years old.  She especially loved playing defense, digging and chasing balls was her specialty!  She grew into not only an excellent defensive player, but worked very hard to become an outstanding setter, as well. 

She continued to play competitively through middle school and high school, earning numerous awards as setter for Thousand Oaks High School including  1) Ventura County Player of the Year and 2) Marmonte League Player of the Year (twice!) 

She is currently a sophomore at the University of the Pacific, where she is the starting setter for their NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Team, playing in the Big West Conference.  She also loves playing beach volleyball and is looking forward to the spring, for the first season of NCAA Women's Sand Volleyball.    From early on, Hannah has loved the game, and credits USYVL for starting her on the path to playing at the highest level!

 

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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UC Irvine Players Sign Autographs for USYVL Kids

What a great opportunity to watch high level volleyball and be able to talk to the players.  That was what happened at the UC Irvine International Volleyball Tournament. 

USYVL players from Orange County sites had their game day at UC Irvine's Crawford Field.  Prior to the start of their games, they received a special treat from the UC Irvine Men's Volleyball Team.  

The team played a short exhibition game and then signed autographs for the kids.  Thank you to UC Irvine and David Kniffin for making this a special day for USYVL!

The USYVL Founder award is awarded annually to the individual who has provided leadership to the USYVL for the greatest amount of time.

 

This year we are honored to present this award to Veronica Sanchez, who started with the organization in 1997. Veronica played a key role in the foundation and growth of the organization. She has held almost every position in the organization including Coach, Site Director, Clinician, Programs Coordinator, Program Manager, National Clinician, Summer Camp Coordinator, and Director of Operations, to name a few.

 

Veronica was presented the award on Saturday, November 8 during a USYVL Inter-Site Game Day in Oak Park. Oak Park played host to Calabasas and West Hills – two of the dozens of sites Veronica helped launch during her tenure.   

 

“It is an honor to receive the USYVL Founders Award, USYVL holds a special place in my heart,” Veronica stated. “I'm proud to have been able to be part of the best youth sports organization and I look forward to seeing more kids excel in volleyball as I will always see them as my kids!” 

 

On behalf of every child whose lives you touched; Thank you for all you have done for the kids and USYVL.

 

 

 

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The USYVL is all about good sportsmanship by learning and playing volleyball in a fun, safe, supervised environment.  "Every Child Plays" and is automatically a starter when they sign up to play in the USYVL. USYVL Instructors and coaches teach the proper volleyball skills and teamwork.  

 

Join a team today! 

 

 

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