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.
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.
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!
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 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!
It's Official! The Fall 2010 season has ended. Thank you for a great Season, we look forward to seeing All of you in the Spring!
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.
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
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.
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.