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!

Congratulations to this USYVL player and future recording artist, who kicked off Point Loma Nazarene University’s 3-0 sweep of Azusa Pacific last Saturday, with her beautiful rendition of our Nation’s anthem. Saturday, October 25, was also PLNU’s “Make a Wish Night”, in which proceeds from athletic events go to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
We would like to thank Point Loma Nazarene University, who graciously opened their doors to USYVL players, gave out t-shirts, and gave many excited children their first collegiate volleyball experience.
 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

As another successful spring season winds down for the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), a big “thank you” is due to the many volunteers who made it happen for the kids. The volunteer crew is essential to the success of the league, keeping the league affordable while, at the same time, offering a family atmosphere, since so many family members are involved. We’re grateful for the time donated by each and every volunteer this past season. Your efforts created a terrific experience for the children participating in USYVL.  

 

If you haven’t volunteered in the past, and have a child participating in the future, you are certainly encouraged to volunteer. The guidelines to volunteer are available on the USYVL website.  

 

In addition to donating time, monetary donations derived from the charity and goodwill of many individual donors, along with corporate sponsors, assist the USYVL in achieving its mission to provide every child an opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment. Donations improve opportunities for children in the league in two ways. First, children with a desire to play in the league, but are faced with verified financial need, are offered assistance. Since the inception of the league, thanks to donations, no child has ever been turned down from participating in the league based on financial circumstances. Second, donations fund important USYVL education and training programs, which benefit all children involved with USYVL.   

 

If you are in a position to be able to make a monetary donation, we encourage you to join our board members in donating $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can comfortably give to USYVL. Each donation, no matter the amount, makes a difference! 

 

The opportunities for health, fitness, self-esteem building and, of course, learning the skills of volleyball, offered through the USYVL continue. Thank you for being part of it.    

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!

After a long and arduous process that involved many hours of deliberation over some of the best team name contest entries we’ve had in a long time, we are pleased to announce the Spring 2014 Team Name Contest Winner is  "Set Me With Your Best Shot" from Morgan Hill.

 

This season’s two Runners-Up are “Dennis & the Menaces” from Natomas and “Avengerettes” from Camarillo. Congratulations to the winners, runners up, and all of our participants this season for making this Team Name Contest a joy to judge.

 

 



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.

 

Are you the type that likes to take a leadership role?  Or are you looking to ensure the next generation of volleyball players has a solid fundamental baseIf so, the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) has a couple great opportunities for you.  For the upcoming Spring 2014 Season, USYVL is seeking Site Directors and Clinicians.  

The basic responsibilities of the Site Director include oversight of the players and volunteers at your community site. This person is organized, efficient and works well with people, and has a huge impact on the site.  Site directors recruit, organize and maintain the volunteer staff, assign equipment, assign the First Aid Administrator, handle registration, ensure forms are complete and oversee the parent meeting that takes place at the beginning of the season, and serve as the primary liaison between the site and USYVL National Office.  The job runs for the entire 8 weeks of the program, with a modicum of work before and after the season.  Typically, the Site Director position requires approximately 4 hours of time per week.  USYVL offers excellent training and a complete job description.  Be a leader!

USYVL Clinicians are responsible for training and overseeing the site’s parent-volunteer coaches in the team instruction of the fundamentals of volleyball.  This position is ideal for a college volleyball player looking to sharpen one’s coaching and leadership skills, or a current volleyball coach with an eye on the future.  Clinicians have an opportunity to implement a proven teaching system, which expedites learning for the children in the program. Best of all, it is fun! Clinicians teach the skills to volunteer coaches through a 2-hour pre-season coaching clinic, and demonstrate skills during practice days.  Clinicians also oversee game days and tournaments, and participate in the pre-season parent meeting.

Through a 3-hour pre-season training meeting, a complete written curriculum for the 8-week program, and support from the USYVL National Office, Clinicians are well prepared for their role.  Because of the high level coaching responsibility, this person must be dependable and have experience playing and/or coaching volleyball at the high school, club, college or higher level. The time commitment is approximately 4 hours per week.  A stipend is available for the Clinician position.

Interested?  Or know someone who would be an ideal candidate?  Contact the USYVL National Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at 310.212.7008.

 

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

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