United States Youth Volleyball Leaguehttp://usyvl.org
The United States Youth Volleyball League provides every child between the ages of 7 and 15 a chance to learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment. One of the main tenets of the program is to encourage children to do the best with their abilities. With an emphasis on positive reinforcement, the program seeks to build confidence and self-esteem in each child. The USYVL, a co-ed league, is divided into four divisions: ages 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15. A player may be moved up or down one division to accommodate his/her instructional needs or playing ability. Programs operate twice per week with practice days during the week and games held on the weekends, usually Saturdays. Each program has a site director, clinician (volleyball instructor), first –aid, coaches, and assistant coaches. While the majority of the sites are currently outdoor grass or sand locations, the program is adaptable to gymnasiums. While the program teaches children the skills necessary to excel in the sport of volleyball, the focus remains on participation, cooperation, sportsmanship, responsibility, and, of course, fun! Strength, endurance and improved coordination result from the weekly activity of the program. Furthermore, a season of league games is sure to provide plenty of exciting volleyball action. Skills are taught using technically correct methods for peak performance and safety. The USYVL is family-oriented, volunteer-based program where parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends are strongly encouraged to be involved. Parents and volunteers assist with coaching, registration, check-in, and equipment set-up.