USA Volleyball was unable to get enough support for “grade in school” to be the sole determinant of age group. A compromise was reached to move the birth date from September 1 to July 1.
However, we determined that moving the birth date to July 1 would have eliminated 73% of waivers granted for the Delta Region last season. We will be recommending the region to eliminate the Region waivers as a result.
The USA Volleyball board of directors voted today to adjust the USAV junior age definitions; effective for the 2020-21 season. This change is in accordance with motions for change passed by both the Regional Volleyball Association Assembly as well as the USA Volleyball Junior Assembly.
Please see the updated Junior Player Age Definitions Sheet for the 2020-21 Season, attached below.
In other non-board related items, USA Volleyball, in consultation with both the RVAA and JA, approved the following:
- The junior age definition for each age group was adjusted to a start date of July 1st (the date had previously been September 1st).
- A national waiver was added allowing girls 18’s in their junior year of high school to compete on girls 17’s teams. This was previously communicated as a Regional waiver, but further review of the motion and discussion by the RVAA and JA Chairs lead USA Volleyball to institute this waiver nationally (it will automatically be allowed on rosters in the member management system).
- Regional grade waivers will again be allowed for 14’s boys in the 7th grade to play at the BJNC on a 13’s team and for 13’s boys in the 6th grade to play at the BJNC on a 12’s team. This is the second season of this experimental waiver. Documentation of these waivers must still be submitted to the national office by the Region to be allowed onto rosters for nationally sanctioned events. This waiver will not be automatically applied in the member management system without Region approval.