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!
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 video goes viral!
You never quite know what will capture the attention of volleyball players and parents on the internet these days. If you're playing the percentages, cats, exceptional rallies and bodily harm should be at the top of your list when it comes to creating sharable content. But we at USYVL tried a different approach. Our thirty-second video entitled #powerofpepper featured a dad and his daughter bumping a ball back and forth in their front yard as subtitles reminded viewers to play volleyball with their children. While it wasn't humorous or outrageous, it struck a chord with people across America. In the five days since it was posted to USYVL social media accounts, the video reached over 138,000 people, was viewed nearly 55,000 times and shared 600 times. "Likes," comments and shares poured in from viewers who identified with the message and, in some cases, interpreted it as a welcome sign of the changing seasons and warmer weather ahead. Whatever drew people to our video, we're glad they enjoyed and shared it with their friends. We're always trying to find new ways to capture the USYVL spirit in our communication and encourage kids to learn the game of volleyball in a fun, safe and positive environment. That type of message doesn't always compete favorably with the off-the-wall content "going viral" on the web but, for one day at least, it did.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!