TO: Junior Team Reps in the 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, & 12 Divisions
FROM: Carolina Region/USAV
RE: 2014 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships
The 2014 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (NOTE: The tournament does not go by the term Junior Olympics any longer!) will be at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN from June 24-July 3 (different age groups and divisions will begin and end play at different times during this period. Check the Event Page at USA Volleyball’s web site for specific dates for your Age division).
The Carolina Region will hold its competition for our National Bids for the Junior National Championships at our overall Regional Championships tournaments on April 12, 2014 (Sites: TBA - specific assignments for the age groups will be posted shortly but will be in central part of the state - generally Winston-Salem area to Triangle area). We hope this letter will answer some of your questions on the process.
USA Volleyball will have a National and American Division in the CLUB Championships again this season in ages 12-18 (which is where Region bids are). The bids for OPEN and USA divisions are earned at National Qualifiers. There is also a PATRIOT Division that does not require bids (see the Entry information for more information on that division). The Bids for the CLUB division (National & American) are earned in the Regions and Qualifiers. So, our bids are in the National and American divisions of the CLUB Championships. The following is a breakdown of how many bids we have in each age group (NOTE: 2014 Bid Allocations for Regions are now CONFIRMED below):
The Following must be met in order to compete for the Carolina Region National Bids for the Junior National Championships:
PROCEDURE FOR DETERMINING BIDS:
As we have combined the Regional Championships and the National Bid tournaments again this season, we will probably have some teams competing at the Regional Championships that have not expressed an interest in the National Bids. We will award our National Bid to the HIGHEST finisher among the teams that have submitted an interest in the bids. The American bid will be awarded to the next highest finisher. Based on this process, we may need to have a playoff that is separate from the Regional Championships playoffs (for example - the final two teams competing for a bid both lose in the semi-final round. In that case, we would need those two teams to play a match as well). All teams competing for a bid should not leave the April 12 site until it is confirmed a National and American bid winner has been established based on the tournament results.
Please discuss this opportunity with your team and parents NOW. If you would like to compete for our bid to the 2014 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships, please EMAIL the Region office with your interest by April 5, 2014 (updated deadline). LATE EMAILS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE JUNIOR DIVISION (and usually only if we don’t have any other entries in that division)! Please get them in by the deadline!
For additional information on the Junior National Championships, go to USA Volleyball’s web site - The Pre-Tournament Entry Books for the Championships are now posted on the USA Volleyball web site. Teams may get a head start now filling out the paperwork and submitting their rosters online. April 5 is our REGIONAL DEADLINE! Once we determine our bid winners, we will notify USAV of our bid winners. NOTE: Teams that do not earn a bid at our National Bid tournaments MAY still earn a re-allocated bid from USAV once all the Regions report their bid winners (some Regions don’t use all their bids). So, if interested in a re-allocated bid, please check that on the entry forms and keep your fingers crossed! Re-allocated bids would come from USAV and not the Carolina Region.
All teams should note that the Region has NOT set aside any money to help pay for national entry fees, and all teams should plan on raising the full costs needed to participate in the Championships. Good luck with the rest of your season, and please email if you have any questions!
If your team wants to compete for a National Bid, submit tournament entry (by 4/5/14 if you QUALIFY 3/22 or 3/29) and EMAIL interest by April 5, 2014:
Reminder - teams still need to enter the Regional Championships tournament ($175) by April 5, 2014 also! You may confirm your tournament entries on our Points System, as always.