TO: Junior Team Reps in the 18’s Age Group (only)
FROM: Carolina Region/USAV
RE: 2018 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships - 18’s
The 2018 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Spring Championships will be at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA from April 27-29, 2018. Competition will be held in the 18’s age group only for the following 18’s Divisions: 18 Open; 18 National; 18 American; 18 USA; and 18 Patriot.
The Carolina Region will hold its competition for our National Bids for this event at our 18’s National Bid Tournaments on Sunday, February 25, 2018. The Site for the Bid Tournament will be announced after the entry deadline passes. The specific site assignment will be posted on the Carolina Region Tournament System and is usually in central part of the state - we generally shoot for Greensboro area sites since teams potentially coming from all over the state. We hope the information below will answer some of your questions on the process.
USA Volleyball will have a National and American Division in the 18 CLUB Championships again this season. 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: 2018 Bid Allocations for Regions are CONFIRMED below):
- 18 Club: We have ONE bid available in the National Division AND ONE bid available in the American Division (TWO teams total from Carolina Region)
The Following must be met in order to compete for the Carolina Region National Bids for the Junior National Championships:
- To be eligible to compete in their age division’s National Bid tournament, a junior team must meet the following: (a) Participating teams must be a registered Carolina Region team; and (b) teams must have played in ONE (1) Carolina Region sanctioned event before the bid tournament.
- The Tournament Entry Deadline for the February 25 18’s National Bid tournaments is Saturday, FEBRUARY 10, 2018 Entry fee is $175. All teams that want to compete for the National Bid must enter the bid tournament by the Tournament Entry deadline! LATE entries will only be accepted if we do not have at least TWO teams entered (and thus all our bids would not be claimed).
- AGAIN THIS SEASON - National entry forms will go directly to USA Volleyball (they will not be sent to the Region). Please read through the Pre-Tournament Manual thoroughly for all National entry procedures. OPEN teams that are interested in an At-Large must be entered in AES by March 16. Club teams interested in a Re-allocation bid must be entered in AES by March 21. All paid entries for the 18 National tournament must be at USAV by March 21, 2018.
- FIRST STEP IN 2018 PROCESS - ALL teams interested in competing for one of our BIDS to the 2018 JNC MUST enter their team in the 18’s National Bid tournament by February 10, 2018.
- REMINDER - only ENTER if you WILL ACCEPT the bid if you earn one. Should a team/club not accept a bid that they earn at the National Bid tournament, the Region will place future sanctions on the club when entering future National events.
- Again this season, teams will not be required to have a Chaperone on the roster. However, teams will need to confirm they have a Club Travel Policy in place when they check in.
- ALL coaches on the roster must be IMPACT and SafeSport certified. USA Volleyball WILL NOT offer IMPACT clinics on site this year. If you have a coach that needs to be IMPACT certified, then see our Coaching Clinic page for information on registering for the On-Demand IMPACT Course. The SafeSport course must also be taken online.
PROCEDURE FOR DETERMINING BIDS:
Since we have two bids in each age group available, the Champion team in each National Bid tournament will be awarded the NATIONAL bid in that age group. The Runner-up finisher will earn the AMERICAN bid for that age group. The tournament format will play a normal round-robin pool play with playoffs (no change in formats from regular season events). In the event, we have less than three (3) teams competing for a bid, teams will be contacted about alternate ways to determine the bids.
Please discuss this opportunity with your team and parents NOW. If you would like to compete for our bid to the 2018 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships, please ENTER the 18’s National Bid tournament by February 10, 2018. LATE ENTRIES WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CR JUNIOR DIVISION (and usually only if we don’t have any other entries in that division)! Please get all entries in by the deadline!
For additional information on the Junior National Championships, go to USA Volleyball’s GJNC 18’s Page - 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. February 10 is our REGIONAL DEADLINE to enter the National Bid tournaments! 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, notify the Region Office of your interest, 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 February 10, 2018:
Reminder - You may confirm your tournament entries and all CR National Bid tournament information on our Tournament System, same as other CR tournaments.