The Fall 2014 season team name votes have been counted!  First place goes to Serves You Right from Palos Verdes!

Each team player from the winning team will receive a special gift. Congratulations! 

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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!

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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!

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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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Help Out, Meet Volleyball Pros

 

Interested in meeting a few of the best volleyball players in the country? If you have some free time August 14-17, opportunities exist for USYVL players and families to volunteer for positions that will assist with the operation of the Manhattan Beach Open. Volunteering for this event has many perks, including a chance to meet players and receive autographs, receive a Manhattan Beach Open volunteer T-shirt, and enjoy meals and drinks for the shifts you work.

Positions available include ball shaggers (this one may land you on TV) and tournament welcome center assistants, among others. These major professional volleyball events are a great place to share your enthusiasm for volleyball with other fans and players. Some positions will allow children as young as 8 years of age to participate (with parent supervision).

Complete volunteer information is provided below.  Online registration for these volunteer positions is available now. If interested, positions are filled on a first-come, first served basis, so make sure you sign up soon. 

 

2014 Manhattan Beach Open

Volunteer Information

 

This event would not be possible without great volunteers- thank you in advance for your support!

Event Location:
    Manhattan Beach Pier
    100 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Important Information
• Volunteers need to be ages 12 and up (8 and up must be supervised by a parent).
• Volunteers MUST commit to work a minimum of TWO SHIFTS for the event.
• All volunteers receive one t-shirt the entire weekend. If working multiple days, please plan on wearing your shirt the following day(s).
• It is preferred that volunteers wear tan shorts, beach sandals or shoes, and a hat. Plan for the weather accordingly.
• Volunteers should wear plenty of sunscreen. Don’t forget to bring it with you!
• Meals and drinks will be provided for the shifts that you are working.
• If there is an unexpected change in weather conditions and play is suspended, it is required that you stay until your shift is over. Play may resume at anytime.
• Please note that while the Volunteer Coordinator makes every effort to match you with your position preferences, volunteer positions are on a first come, first serve basis.
• Volunteers will have plenty of time to get autographs and take pictures with the pro athletes in between matches.

 

Positions Available

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

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This Saturday, October 26, fitness guru and celebrity trainer extraordinaire Dion Jackson will be visiting the Torrance, California USYVL locations with pro beach volleyball players Traci Weamer, Kaitlin Sather-Nielsen and Nils Nielsen to warm-up the kids.  Dion and the pros will serve up plenty of excitement when they visit the Sur La Brea Park location at 10 a.m., followed by McMaster Park in Torrance at approximately 11 a.m., before heading to the Veggie Grill in Torrance (2355 Pacific Coast Highway) with the pros to sign autographs. 

 

Dion has been a “go-to” trainer for numerous celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Rob Lowe, Nia Long and other big names.  You may have seen him at other USYVL events, sharing his enthusiasm for fitness.

 

Pro beach volleyball player Traci Weamer is originally from Upland, California, and played college volleyball at Concordia University.  In 2011, Weamer won a made-for-CBS "Best of the Beach" event for collegians with Jane Chafeh.     

Kaitlin Sather-Nielsen is a professional beach volleyball player who competes domestically and internationally. Currently, she is a member of the Elite USA Beach National Team and the assistant coach for the UCLA Women's Sand Volleyball Team. Kaitlin attended UCLA, where she was an outside hitter on the indoor volleyball team.

Look for more pro appearances at USYVL sites in the near future. 

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Donate $30* and receive your choice of one of these cool gifts:

 

VolleyGuard T-shirt
 

USYVL Volleyball Starts Here T-shirt

  USYVL Exclamation! T-shirt

Keep kids active, healthy and growing through the sport of volleyball with your donation to the USYVL. 

 

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We are both pleased and excited to announce the opening of a new advanced skills development league. The Advanced Juniors Program’s emphasis on developing fundamental volleyball skills on par with what is taught at the Club level – at a fraction of the cost - is the next step in the USYVL’s mission to develop the sport of volleyball from the ground up. The Advanced Juniors Program’s curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between USYVL’s instructional league and high school/Club volleyball in a fun, safe, supervised environment. Players are encouraged to be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. Space is open to intermediate and experienced players ages 11-16.

 

 

 

Upland Advanced Juniors

 

Pacific Christian Center

 

800 West Arrow Highway

 

Upland, California 

 

9/8/2014 - 11/8/2014

 

Mon, Fri, and Saturday (tournament)

 

 

 

Camarillo Advanced Juniors

 

Ventura County Volleyball Club

 

161 Plaza La Vista #150

 

Camarillo, CA

 

9/9/2014 - 11/8/2014

 

Tues, Thurs, and Saturday (tournament)

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo Advanced Juniors

 

Taylor Gym - 1500 Lizzie Street

 

San Luis Obispo, CA

 

9/8/2014 - 11/8/2014

 

Tues, Fri, and Saturday (tournament)

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you on the court this fall season! In the meantime, we wish you a wonderful summer. 

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#givingtuesday

The desire to give, to help, resides in the core of all human beings. We see it in the wake of natural disasters around the world, which give rise to inspired charity efforts and an outpouring of support from people often thousands of miles away. The holiday season is a time for giving and charity not inspired by disaster, but by giving to those who have so little in a time when every little bit counts.

Tuesday, December 3 marks the second annual #GivingTuesday, which arose in 2012 as an offshoot of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the biggest shopping days of the year. #GivingTuesday encourages communities to get involved with nonprofit organizations by donating money and volunteering.

#GivingTuesday is a day in which Americans are encouraged to give to non-profit organizations or volunteer their time to other community organizations. In its inaugural year, for-profit companies stepped in and encouraged their employees to get involved. In some cases, huge giving efforts were funded by for-profit companies. Analysts estimate nearly $10 million was donated in #GivingTuesday’s inaugural year.

Behind the all of the laughter, smiles, digging, setting, and spiking, the United States Youth Volleyball League’s (USYVL) mission to provide every child an opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment thrives on the charity and good will of corporations, individual donors, and everyday people.

Give a child in need an opportunity this #GivingTuesday by donating $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can comfortably give. Each donation, no matter the amount, goes a long way to ensuring that those in need have the same opportunities as those of privilege.

With so many of the real reasons for the holiday season shrouded amidst the hustle and bustle of a shopping season that begins earlier each year, many families strive for the restoration of the spirit of family, togetherness, and good will.  #GivingTuesday is the perfect way to embrace these values. 

Donors supporting USYVL this year can be assured that their gift will make a difference for a child  through healthy activity, building of self esteem and teamwork. 

#GivingTuesday donations can be made on the USYVL website at www.usyvl.org. Share your support on Twitter and Facebook by using hashtags for #GivingTuesday and #USYVL. Your support is very much appreciated this holiday season.  

 

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