Thank you for becoming a Delta Region Club Director. We hope this season will be a rewarding experience for you and your members! This section of the Delta Region website is specifically geared up for you and contains information and forms you will need throughout the season.
If you are starting a new club, scroll down to the bottom of this page for vital information and key points to running a Junior Program.
Good luck and never hesitate to call the region office at 870-933-8110 if you have questions.
Many athletes would prefer to play with their classmates, even if they are slightly older and their birth date would require her to play with an older age group. ONLY the Club Director can request an age waiver. If an age-group waiver is requested for a particular player, the entire team will be unable to play in nationally-sanctioned events.
Age Waivers are only granted to allow players to play with their classmates and not granted for developmental purposes. Age Waiver request can only be made by the Club Director. An Age Waiver Application must be completed by the Club Director and approved by the Delta Region Commissioner.
Age waivers will be granted to junior players within the Delta Region, to play in the next lower age group only. For example, a 16 year old junior player that is in the 9th grade and whose birthday is prior to Sept. 1 of the following year may apply for a waiver to play with her 9th grade classmates for the upcoming season. These waivers will be valid only within the Delta Region and will not be valid at the national level.
Age-waivered players may not participate in the Delta Region Bid Qualifier, any National Qualifier o r the Junior Girl’s National Championships unless the player plays with her age-appropriate team.
Other regions MAY choose to allow the participation of age waived players. Contact the individual Tournament Director to check on the eligibility of waived players within the region you will be playing. If an outside region does not accept waived players then said player may not participate in sanctioned tournaments within that region unless the player plays with her age appropriate team as directed by the USAV Age Definitions.
Younger players who participate in an older division do not need a written age waiver. Age waivers may be voided due to false or misleading application.
It is important for you to read this Junior Official’s Guidebook thoroughly to understand the steps to helping your club members become certified Delta Region officials. Each team in the Delta Region is required to have at least two certified referees and one certified scorekeeper listed on the team roster. Different levels of officiating certification are available through the Delta Region. Please review each certification requirement outlined in this Official’s Guidebook with your Club members. With the increasing expectation of quality officials for volleyball matches, it is the policy of the Delta Region that certified coaches or certified chaperones of Junior Teams accept the role of primary referee (R1) for their team, when a paid official is not working the set. Junior Officials may serve as a secondary referee (R2). We believe that this is the best direction for us to take for the protection of the younger players and the integrity of the game. We expect all Junior Programs to embrace this concept and participate fully as a club.
Thank you for reaching out to start a new program for juniors. Hopefully you are considering both boys and girls in this process. Please read 2019 Starting a Junior Volleyball Program prior to organizing your club. Note that this guidebook is simply a short collection of information to help get you started. For additional information and assistance with registration or forming your program, please contact the Delta Region Volleyball office at firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to browse the USA Volleyball website; www.usavolleyball.org.
Joe Williams, Commissioner Delta Region
Starting a Junior Volleyball Program can be both a rewarding and a frustrating experience. The sources of the rewards are rather apparent – the opportunity to see young people grow and develop, the excitement of athletic competition, and the joy of a job well done. The challenges, on the other hand, can mostly be avoided by careful preseason planning which must then be carried out throughout the entire year. The majority of the frustrations arise not out of the players or the coaches, but the administrative details.
The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Volleyball. USA Volleyball has a ZERO TOLERANCE for abuse and misconduct. This includes not only on-court safety, but also off-court safety in any part of USA Volleyball’s programs. USA Volleyball is committed to creating safe and fun environments for youth. This includes, but is not limited to, providing training, educational materials and resources for our regions, clubs, coaches and parents.
It is a policy of USA Volleyball and the Delta Region that all Junior club staff complete SafeSport training prior to having any contact with minor athletes; this includes the club's Board of Directors, Club Director, Coaches & Club Admins.
Athletes turning 18 during the season, whose teammates are minors, will be required to take “Core” SafeSport training upon turning 18-years-of-age. To avoid any disruption in play, an athlete may complete the training at age 17 given parental consent to do so. Once a player has turned 18, he or she will not be permitted to continue play until “Core” SafeSport training has been completed.
A refresher course is required on an annual basis effective the calendar year following the completion of the Core Center for SafeSport Training for each of the above listed adults of a club.
The SafeSport coursework is now delivered through the USAV Academy. Accessing the course through the USAV Academy is critical to tracking certification and expiration dates. Please access the course exclusively through the USAV Academy (not the USOC SafeSport website). To register for SafeSport training:
Log in to your USAV account.
In the navigation menu, click on USAV Clinics and select USAV Coaching Clinics.
Select “Core Center for SafeSport Training”
To access coursework, click on the Log into USAV Academy button.
Should you need to return to your coursework at a later time, log in to your USAV account and click on the Log into USAV Academy button.
For technical issues regarding the SafeSport course content freezing or not allowing the user to advance please submit a help desk ticket to email@example.com
Parental consent is required for minor athletes to register for SafeSport training. Complete the parental consent form before registering.
After December 1, he/she is committed to a club for the entire USA Volleyball season which concludes at the end of the Junior National Championships. NOTE: A change in geographical location of the family due to a change in job, military, scholastic or inner-collegiate status may receive special consideration. Application for a waiver to the Transfer Policy must be made in writing by the parent of the player to the Commissioner. The club that the player is leaving must release the player in writing to the Region Office before the Commissioner will provide any waiver.
A player can be reassigned to a different club in the Delta Region if the team the player is currently. Players from a disbanded team may enroll with another team if the disbanded team or club provides written authorization to the Delta Region office releasing the player(s), and the new team provides Delta Region office with an acceptance letter. A disbanded team may withhold such authorization if the player(s) is/are not in good standing with the club. Any financial commitments to a club are between the individual and the club~ Clubs are private enterprises. If a player on a disbanded team transfers without filing the proper written authorizations, then the player and the new team or club may be sanctioned.
No player may participate in different Qualifying events with different teams. No Delta Region junior player transfers will be granted to teams outside the Delta Region.
Every person that wants to try out for a club must first become a member of USA Volleyball. The junior player membership fee is $52 and registration can completed on the JOIN NOW tab above. Much of the $52 membership fee goes toward insurance not only for the player but also for the club and facility.
We understand if you are new to Junior Volleyball that you might not be completely sure that this is what your child wants to do. No worries. If your child is not injured during the tryout process, the Delta Region will issue a refund of the full $52 USA Volleyball membership cost and cancel the membership if he/she decides not to play this season. Please note: if he/she sustains an injury we cannot refund the membership fee due to the fact we will need the insurance coverage to remain in effect for her and the club.
No refunds will be issued after the deadline date of December 1st.