Las Vegas to Host 2021 USAV Girls Junior National Championship
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 28, 2020) – USA Volleyball has selected Las Vegas to host the 2021 Girls Junior National Championship (GJNC) on June 26-July 5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is the first time that USAV will host a major junior event in Las Vegas.
“We are excited to be bringing the Girls Junior National Championship to Las Vegas for the first time,” said USA Volleyball President and CEO Jamie Davis. “It is fitting for us to bring the excitement of USA Volleyball’s biggest event to one of the most dynamic and energetic destination cities in the world. The teams competing will be the best of the best having qualified for coveted spots to vie for the national championship titles and I am sure that the winners won’t let their victories that happen in Vegas stay in Vegas.”
“Welcoming USA Volleyball to the destination for the first time is exciting, and we know players, families, coaches and staff are going to have a great event and a great time experiencing all of the fun that can only be found in Las Vegas,” said Steve Hill, CEO/president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “As Las Vegas solidifies its position as the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World, hosting an event of this caliber is incredibly important.”
The GJNC is the United States’ premier junior girls club tournament and attracts college scouts from across the country. Nearly 1,300 teams and 13,000 athletes attended the 2019 GJNC in Indianapolis, bringing approximately 40,000 people total to the city.
All teams except those in the Patriot Division must qualify through USA Volleyball national or regional qualifying tournaments held across the country, or through at-large selections based on results at qualifying tournaments.
All local regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic will be followed at the event in accordance with USA Volleyball’s Return to Play Guidelines to ensure that safety is the top priority for athletes, officials, coaches and families in attendance. Information about Las Vegas’ citywide Vegas Smart campaign, as well as health and safety plans for the various resorts can be found at VisitLasVegas.com, and health and safety plans for the Las Vegas Convention Center can be found at vegasmeansbusiness.com.
This will mark the first year that USA Volleyball will live stream all courts from the GJNC as part of a new partnership with BallerTV, so family and friends who cannot attend the event in person can watch on their favorite device.
The GJNC uses a staggered start and finish for age-group divisions over the course of the tournament. Teams will compete for one of 27 titles across seven age groups (11-17s). All but the youngest age division play four-day tournaments in the 10-day span (11 National Division runs three days).
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About USA Volleyball
Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and World ParaVolley as the National Governing Body for the sport of volleyball including the disciplines of beach, indoor, sitting, snow and beach Paravolley in the United States. With more than 425,000 registered members, USA Volleyball conducts national championship events, coaching and officials certification programs, and grassroots development across all disciplines in a lifetime sport in which all can participate. USA Volleyball’s teams have won an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, four Paralympic medals since 2004 and numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles. For more information on USA Volleyball, visit www.usavolleyball.org. #PathtothePodium
Columbus will host the 2021 USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championship (GJNC18) from April 23-25 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Kansas City will host the 2021 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championship (BJNC) from June 30 to July 7 at the Kansas City Convention Center.
The GJNC18 is expected to draw approximately 300 teams, nearly 3,000 players and over 5,000 family and friends of the players from across the country. The event will crown champions in five age divisions: Open, National, USA, American and Patriot Divisions.
“Columbus has proven to be a great destination for USA Volleyball National Championship events,” USA Volleyball Director of Events Kristy Cox said. “The Columbus community has always welcomed our players and spectators with open arms, going out of their way to make their experiences a lasting, positive memory.”
Columbus has hosted four USA Volleyball National Championship events since 2012. The city was the host site for the 2015 and 2017 BJNC as well as the 2012 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championship. Columbus hosted the Opens on four previous occasions (1930, 1952, 2000 and 2019).
“The Greater Columbus Convention Center was a proud host to 5,500 athletes that competed in the Ohio Valley Region of USA Volleyball’s 2020 American Challenge Tournament in late February before limits on mass gatherings were imposed,” said Linda Logan, Greater Columbus Sports Commission executive director. “Columbus has a storied history of passionate and knowledgeable volleyball fans that love hosting national volleyball events, and now more than ever we are so excited to announce the USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championship next year and celebrate the athletes, coaches and fans when they come to our city.”
Columbus hosts the Ohio Valley Qualifier, a national qualifier into the GJNC18. The city has hosted other regional-level junior volleyball events with qualification to nationals at stake.
The 42nd annual BJNC is likely to have nearly 550 teams and 6,000 athletes playing in Kansas City in 2021. A total of 16 championships will be decided in age groups from 12-and-under to 18-and-under.
“Kansas City has become a premier host city for junior volleyball events over the last decade,” USA Volleyball Director of Events Kristy Cox said. “The city has a strong volleyball community, and that includes a growing boys volleyball base. USA Volleyball is proud to have Kansas City host our 2021 Boys Junior Nationals.”
Kansas City has hosted three previous USA Volleyball National Championship events. Kansas City was the site for the 1991 USA Volleyball Open National Championship, along with hosting both the Girls and Boys Junior National Championships in 1993. Further, Kansas City has hosted three National Collegiate Volleyball Federation National Championships in conjunction with USA Volleyball in 2012, 2015 and 2017.
“Kansas City is proud to host a consistent roster of events in partnership with USA Volleyball. The Boys Junior National Championship is an exciting addition,” Visit KC President and CEO Jason Fulvi said. “We look forward to welcoming athletes and attendees as they take part in high-caliber competition and experience everything that makes KC an incredibly convenient, accommodating destination.”
Kansas City is no stranger to hosting youth volleyball in recent times. The city has been annual home to the Show Me National Qualifier since 2009. Further, Kansas City hosts the KC MLK 18s National qualifier – a qualifier into the GJNC18.
The 2021 USA Volleyball Open National Championship will be held May 28 to June 2 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Louisville last hosted the USA Volleyball Open National Championship in 2013.
“We are excited to bring back the Open National Championship to Louisville in 2021,” USA Volleyball Director of Events Kristy Cox said. “Louisville was an excellent host city for the 2013 Open Nationals. Louisville has an oasis of activities and sites to visit, and the Kentucky Exposition Center will help provide many lasting memories on the courts.”
The Open Nationals, formed in 1928, will be in its 91st edition in Louisville. The event has been held annually except for two years during World War II and this year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Open Nationals typically draws in excess of 500 teams with 6,000-plus players converging on the host city. Players range in age from 18 to 80-plus with the oldest age division being the Men’s 78-and-Over bracket.
“In these uncertain times, it’s an honor for Louisville to be awarded the 2021 USA Volleyball Open National Championship,” Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) President and CEO Karl F. Schmitt, Jr. said. “Louisville has a large volleyball fan base and an affinity for championship-level volleyball. And our local hospitality industry is ready to roll out the red carpet for all the adult athletes, family members and fans.”
“USA Volleyball has been a long and trusted partner of Louisville Tourism, the Kentucky State Fair Board and the Louisville Sports Commission for more than 20 years,” LSC Vice President of Sports Development Greg Fante said. “The last time we had the privilege to host this event was in 2013, and we look forward to once again welcoming the 6,500 attendees for the adult championship event.”
Anyone in search of an adventure in Louisville would enjoy a day trip to Mammoth Cave National Park, the longest cave in the world. The home of the Kentucky Derby has much history about the horse race. An outing with the kids could include trips to the Muhammad Ali Center and the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Louisville also offers a variety of elegant cuisine, as well as comfort foods to meet everybody’s tastes. And, of course, the city’s Urban Bourbon Trail offers a unique experience with 11 bourbon distilleries and 44 bars and restaurants with bourbon-inspired dining and at least 50 different bourbon labels on the bar.
“We are honored and appreciative that USA Volleyball has committed to bring the USA Volleyball Open National Championship to Louisville's Kentucky Exposition Center,” Louisville Tourism President and CEO Karen Williams said. “Our city enjoys a long history with this key sports organization and we look forward to welcoming them in 2021.”
Louisville has hosted several USA Volleyball national championship events, including the 1937 USA Volleyball Open National Championship. Louisville hosted the USA Volleyball Girls’ National Championship in 2000 followed by the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships in 2002 and 2005. The USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Invitational Championships were held in Louisville in in 2002 and 2005.