Frequently Asked Questions

This section will be updated during the season as questions arise. Please check here first for the answers to your questions. NOTE:Information below may have been summarized, rephrased to suit this FAQ section, or updated based on current season conditions and questions to aid in the information disclosure. Refer to the 2018 Operating Code for the approved Carolina Region policies and procedures. If there are any discrepancies not accounted for by in-season adjustments (i.e. for weather cancellations, etc), the 2018 Operating Code will be the final text for all policies.

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Registration Questions:

There is no USA Volleyball rule or policy that states the game of volleyball has to be played in a quiet environment.  Participants and spectators can make as much noise as they wish during a match.  If you ever watch an international volleyball match (Olympics or other high level event) you will see an incredibly loud environment in the stands and on the court.  Many countries have fans that stand the whole time, chant, beat drums and sticks, etc.  The participants can hardly hear themselves or the whistle in such environment.  And the International Governing Body , FIVB, encourages such fan interactions.

We can understand the desire to not have distractions during a match, but the reality is, it is actually part of the sport.  Players will need to be able to adapt and be prepared to play in loud environments.  As long as participants and spectators are not yelling inappropriate things directed at individuals, then talking, chanting, making noise, is not an offense that can be sanctioned.  Yelling “Balls up” no matter if it is useful to them or not, is not something our officials should be stopping. 

All involved with Youth Sports should, however, remember that we are trying to promote Good Sportsmanship at our events.  Parents and spectators should review the Parent Code of Conduct before each event.  Yelling excessively from the stands before the opponent serves may not be “demonstrating positive support for all players” if your motive is to distract/cause errors.  Please consider the good of the sport and good sportsmanship whenever you are cheering at our events.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

The “P” stands for “Pending”.  Players that have a “P” for their status have registered for a clinic from within their member record.  The clinic could be an in-person clinic or the online clinic.  At the time the roster was produced, those players had not completed their clinics (or the results of the in-person clinic have not been processed yet).  As soon as the player completes their online clinic or the office receives results from the in-person clinic they attended and updates the records, their status will go to “Current” and you will see a “Y” in the applicable column.  Players with a “P” for their status should NOT be performing those duties until they complete their clinics (they can still work as a Line Judge as that position does not require a certification).  Each team must show at least TWO players with a “Y” in the REF column, ONE player with a “Y” in the SCORE column (or a third in Ref column) and ONE adult with a “Y” in the REF column to be a legal team.  See other question in this category about why there is not a “Y” in both columns for most players.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Current plans are to name an All-Tournament Team (ATT) at the Carolina Regional Championship tournaments where the top FOUR teams from the East and West come together to decide the overall Regional Champions. The ATT will consist of three players off the Championship team, two players off the Finalist team, one player each from the losing semi-finalist teams, and an MVP (does not have to come from the champion team). The coaches of the participating semi-finals/finals teams will nominate their players to the ATT.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties. 

An ATT team will not be named at the East and West Regional Championship sites.  However, we will name an MVP at each East/West Regionals site.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties.  

The Region has implemented a program to recognize top Junior Officials each season.  The Officials Division created a Junior Regional Referee and Scorer rating certification. Outstanding Junior Officials may ask to be rated by National and Junior National Referees in order to receive a Junior Regional Rating. Referees that attain this certification will be receive a shirt and patch and be recognized on the Carolina Region website!  For more information and a list of past Outstanding Young Referees, go here.

Category: Juniors

The Player Movement Policy for Adult tournaments – For Regular Season Tournaments, the Region has eliminated the Club Player Movement Policy for adults to promote ease of play. Adult teams will be able to pick up any current member up to the max roster size as needed in order to play in a regular season Carolina Region tournament. All such player movements must still be recorded by a team rep in writing on the Club Player Movement Form and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captain’s Meeting). Player Movement Forms do not need to be sent to the Region before a tournament if the move is only Temporary. Permanent Team Movements should be sent to the Region Office directly and REQUIRE the written approval of both affected team reps before it can be approved by the Region.  Regional Championships Player Movements:  Rosters still FREEZE (no changes allowed) ONE week before the Regional Championships.  Team Reps need to submit all Roster updates (with a Club Player Movement Form) to the Region Office at least one week before the scheduled Adult Regional Championships in order for the affected players to be eligible for the Regional Championships.

JUNIOR BOYS – All Carolina Region Boys teams will be considered part of the same Club.  Boys’ teams are still restricted to the procedures below when utilizing Player Movement.

JUNIOR GIRLS – All multi-team Junior Girls Clubs will be able to utilize the Player Movement Policy within their respective club only during the Carolina Region season without paying a club fee.  Player movement (either Temporary or Permanent) in a club is restricted based on the policies outlined below.    All player movement must be recorded by a club officer and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captains’/Coaches’ Meeting).  Temporary Club Movements do not have to be sent to the Region Office before the competition (only permanent moves) – the Region will receive the form after the tournament with the rosters.  The Carolina Region will use the current Standings of all teams as found at the Carolina Region Tournament System when processing all club movements per the policies below.  NOTE:  All Coaches in a Junior Club may coach ANY team in their own club.  If they are not on the official roster, then the Club should use a Club Movement Form to add that coach to a tournament roster the same as adding a temporary player.

See BELOW for INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESTRICTIONS.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS – Junior Program:

  • Players being moved to a team in a lower age group must meet the birthdate requirements for the age group they are being moved to.
  • An individual player may only be used TWICE for temporary moves during the indoor season. After a player has participated with another club team TWO times, the player shall be frozen to the roster of their original team unless a permanent roster move is reported to the Region Office.
  • Players registered on a club team and participating in sanctioned competition within the jurisdiction of the Carolina Region may participate with another team from the same club having a higher ranking a maximum of two (2) times (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.
  • Players may participate with a team having a lower ranking than the one with who the player is registered a maximum of one (1) time (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.

  • Players may participate with two teams on a given weekend provided: (a) the age groups are playing on different days (i.e. 12’s team plays on Saturday and 13’s team plays on Sunday); (b) all other Player Movement Requirements described here are followed (limit of 2 moves per season, Movement Form filled out, etc.); (c) for clubs with combined adult and junior teams, a junior player MUST play with his/her junior team if that team is playing on the same day as an adult tournament. If the adult division is playing on a different day, then the junior player may move under the provisions of the Club Movement Policy.
  • Any registered Club player may continue participation with another team in the same club upon notifying the Office of a permanent roster change before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event. Once a permanent move is made, no other moves (temporary or permanent) are allowed for that player.
  • Players registered as unaffiliated (member of the club but not on a team) must still appear on a Club Movement Form if desiring to play on a team within their club and are still limited by the restrictions above.
  • Registered unaffiliated members in the Region (not on any team) must first join a club before they can play in a tournament.

TEAM MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) Club players not on their roster in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of one (1) player not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) players not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club per season.
  • Teams are limited to accepting up to two (2) permanent moves per season. If a permanent move is made with the intent to play in a Regional Championship Event, then ideally the player being moved should have played at least once with that team during the regular season under a normal player movement. The Region will hear petitions for extenuating circumstances.

Clubs failing to comply with the reporting requirements will have the player movement privilege suspended. Report forms were included with the Registration packet and are available from the Region office and at the Forms page.

Categories: Adults, Clubs, Juniors

All Junior teams must have TWO certified REFEREES and ONE certified SCORER on their roster. To get certified, officials must (a) attend an officiating clinic; (b) take the appropriate test (scorers take the scorer clinic and tests and referees must take BOTH the scorer and referee clinics and tests); (c) correct their test(s) to 100 with rule references; and (d) referees must have a practical rating to complete their certification (and to receive a Provisional or Regional rating – see Officiating section of website for more on requirements for these ratings). Only those individuals that are certified and listed on the roster as a SCORER or REFEREE (which implies certification as a scorer) may perform those duties during a tournament. For Junior teams, one adult per team must attend a junior clinic and be on the roster as certified so they know the materials the officials are taught and can help their junior officials during the tournaments. All first-time coaches that will be their required certified adult are requested to attend a live officials clinic to get certified unless they can prove prior officials certification in another region. The certified adult must physically supervise their team while in the vicinity of the score table at all times during the team’s officiating assignment (supervising includes, but is not limited to, insuring food is not at the table and work team is not distracted by cell phones and electronic devices). Incomplete work teams (including the certified adult that is not supervising their team in the vicinity of the score table) may be penalized one point per-minute that they are incomplete to a maximum of 25 points off their next match. Junior teams will not be allowed to participate in a Carolina Region tournament until they meet the minimum team requirements.

It is recommended that all Adult teams have 2 certified Referees and 1 certified Scorer on their roster for all tournaments.

Individuals may take the Official’s clinic online or at a club-hosted Official’s clinic.  Visit this page for information about the Online clinics.  Clubs can go here for information on Hosting a Clinic.

Categories: Adults, Juniors

One important distinction to keep in mind, first. The use of the word “Group” on the Team Registration form is different than the use in the Tournament System! On the Team Registration Form, we ask Club Directors/Team Reps to tell us what “Group” they want to start with among FIVE groupings. Those five “Groups” represent (1) Top 20% of all teams in that age group/realm (east/west); (2) 21-40% of teams; (3) 41-60% of teams; (4) 61-80% of teams; (50 81-100% of teams. That grouping sets the team’s INITIAL points value in the Tournament System ONLY. After a team plays their first tournament and their points begin to go up/down, the “Group” on their team registration form is irrelevant as they are ranked based on their currents points value.

The word “Division” in the Points System is used to differentiate between SITES only. We will have as many “Divisions”/Sites as we can accommodate to allow as many teams to play. So, our bigger age groups will see 7-9 “Divisions”/Sites on a tournament weekend (but remember, we only had “five” on team registration form – so those two uses have nothing to do with each other).

Teams get assigned to “divisions”/Sites based on (a) their points rankings AND (b) how many teams ranked above them have entered that particular tournament! So, a team that “registered” as Group 2 (21-40% of teams) could play at “division”/Site 1 if there were not a lot of teams ranked ABOVE them entered in this tournament. Teams are still assigned into tournaments on their rankings so they are playing teams ranked around them.

Please see the Junior Tournament Structure and Information Letter and the Site Assignment Example for more information.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

Not Necessarily – This section is mainly for the teams that will be traveling outside North Carolina to play in tournaments or the Junior National Championships. Several states (Florida is one, but not NC) require that Medical Release Forms be notarized. Thus, many tournaments are requesting that notarized medical release forms be shown at the tournament check-in. So, if you’re planning on traveling outside of North Carolina to tournaments, it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the release forms notarized. Remember, these forms do not need to be sent into the Region, but should be carried with the teams to all competitions and practices in the event an emergency should arise.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

The Carolina Region would love for Tournament Directors to be able to offer a wider variety of awards. However, Tournament Directors are limited to giving things that do not have intrinsic value (medals, plaques) by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. That organization has stated that for High School athletes to remain eligible to compete in their competitions (i.e. in High School athletics) they must be amateurs. If athletes receive anything of intrinsic value (t-shirts, bags, hats, etc) then it could jeopardize their High School eligibility. Thus, for the protection of our junior members, we inform our Tournament Directors that they can only award items that do not have intrinsic value. For additional information on this policy, contact the NC High School Athletic Association as this is their policy (not the Carolina Region’s).

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Maybe. All play in an age group other than the one you are registered for must be approved by the Region. ALSO, acceptance into the higher age group is contingent on two factors: (a) there is room in the field for your team (same-division teams get first priority), and (b) playing in a different division does not adversely affect the division you were assigned (i.e. doesn’t cause that division to cancel a tournament OR there are a viable number of teams left to hold a competitive tournament). Teams should indicate on their tournament entry the division they are requesting to play in if it is different than the one assigned and submit the entry prior to the tournament entry deadline.  The Tournament System page created for the specific tournament will display whether that team was allowed to play in the division requested (but not until after the entry deadline passes). Teams may only play in a Regional Championship Event for the age group which they are currently assigned by the Region at the entry deadline.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

For a chart to help check your age division, view this provided by USAV.

Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

  1. 18 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
  2. 17 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2001.
  3. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2002.
  4. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2003.
  5. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2004.
  6. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2005.
  7. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2006.
  8. 11 and under division (YOUTH-If register as Youth not eligible for National events [Qualifiers] – must upgrade to full Junior membership): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2007
  9. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2010.

Note: These age definitions are used for domestic club programs and are NOT the same age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for 2019.

The classification cut-off date of September 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly prior and during to the USAV 2016 Annual Meetings and research justified the continuation of the cut-off date of September 1.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on January 19, 2002.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

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Membership Questions:

There is no USA Volleyball rule or policy that states the game of volleyball has to be played in a quiet environment.  Participants and spectators can make as much noise as they wish during a match.  If you ever watch an international volleyball match (Olympics or other high level event) you will see an incredibly loud environment in the stands and on the court.  Many countries have fans that stand the whole time, chant, beat drums and sticks, etc.  The participants can hardly hear themselves or the whistle in such environment.  And the International Governing Body , FIVB, encourages such fan interactions.

We can understand the desire to not have distractions during a match, but the reality is, it is actually part of the sport.  Players will need to be able to adapt and be prepared to play in loud environments.  As long as participants and spectators are not yelling inappropriate things directed at individuals, then talking, chanting, making noise, is not an offense that can be sanctioned.  Yelling “Balls up” no matter if it is useful to them or not, is not something our officials should be stopping. 

All involved with Youth Sports should, however, remember that we are trying to promote Good Sportsmanship at our events.  Parents and spectators should review the Parent Code of Conduct before each event.  Yelling excessively from the stands before the opponent serves may not be “demonstrating positive support for all players” if your motive is to distract/cause errors.  Please consider the good of the sport and good sportsmanship whenever you are cheering at our events.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

The “P” stands for “Pending”.  Players that have a “P” for their status have registered for a clinic from within their member record.  The clinic could be an in-person clinic or the online clinic.  At the time the roster was produced, those players had not completed their clinics (or the results of the in-person clinic have not been processed yet).  As soon as the player completes their online clinic or the office receives results from the in-person clinic they attended and updates the records, their status will go to “Current” and you will see a “Y” in the applicable column.  Players with a “P” for their status should NOT be performing those duties until they complete their clinics (they can still work as a Line Judge as that position does not require a certification).  Each team must show at least TWO players with a “Y” in the REF column, ONE player with a “Y” in the SCORE column (or a third in Ref column) and ONE adult with a “Y” in the REF column to be a legal team.  See other question in this category about why there is not a “Y” in both columns for most players.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Current plans are to name an All-Tournament Team (ATT) at the Carolina Regional Championship tournaments where the top FOUR teams from the East and West come together to decide the overall Regional Champions. The ATT will consist of three players off the Championship team, two players off the Finalist team, one player each from the losing semi-finalist teams, and an MVP (does not have to come from the champion team). The coaches of the participating semi-finals/finals teams will nominate their players to the ATT.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties. 

An ATT team will not be named at the East and West Regional Championship sites.  However, we will name an MVP at each East/West Regionals site.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties.  

The Region has implemented a program to recognize top Junior Officials each season.  The Officials Division created a Junior Regional Referee and Scorer rating certification. Outstanding Junior Officials may ask to be rated by National and Junior National Referees in order to receive a Junior Regional Rating. Referees that attain this certification will be receive a shirt and patch and be recognized on the Carolina Region website!  For more information and a list of past Outstanding Young Referees, go here.

Category: Juniors

The Player Movement Policy for Adult tournaments – For Regular Season Tournaments, the Region has eliminated the Club Player Movement Policy for adults to promote ease of play. Adult teams will be able to pick up any current member up to the max roster size as needed in order to play in a regular season Carolina Region tournament. All such player movements must still be recorded by a team rep in writing on the Club Player Movement Form and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captain’s Meeting). Player Movement Forms do not need to be sent to the Region before a tournament if the move is only Temporary. Permanent Team Movements should be sent to the Region Office directly and REQUIRE the written approval of both affected team reps before it can be approved by the Region.  Regional Championships Player Movements:  Rosters still FREEZE (no changes allowed) ONE week before the Regional Championships.  Team Reps need to submit all Roster updates (with a Club Player Movement Form) to the Region Office at least one week before the scheduled Adult Regional Championships in order for the affected players to be eligible for the Regional Championships.

JUNIOR BOYS – All Carolina Region Boys teams will be considered part of the same Club.  Boys’ teams are still restricted to the procedures below when utilizing Player Movement.

JUNIOR GIRLS – All multi-team Junior Girls Clubs will be able to utilize the Player Movement Policy within their respective club only during the Carolina Region season without paying a club fee.  Player movement (either Temporary or Permanent) in a club is restricted based on the policies outlined below.    All player movement must be recorded by a club officer and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captains’/Coaches’ Meeting).  Temporary Club Movements do not have to be sent to the Region Office before the competition (only permanent moves) – the Region will receive the form after the tournament with the rosters.  The Carolina Region will use the current Standings of all teams as found at the Carolina Region Tournament System when processing all club movements per the policies below.  NOTE:  All Coaches in a Junior Club may coach ANY team in their own club.  If they are not on the official roster, then the Club should use a Club Movement Form to add that coach to a tournament roster the same as adding a temporary player.

See BELOW for INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESTRICTIONS.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS – Junior Program:

  • Players being moved to a team in a lower age group must meet the birthdate requirements for the age group they are being moved to.
  • An individual player may only be used TWICE for temporary moves during the indoor season. After a player has participated with another club team TWO times, the player shall be frozen to the roster of their original team unless a permanent roster move is reported to the Region Office.
  • Players registered on a club team and participating in sanctioned competition within the jurisdiction of the Carolina Region may participate with another team from the same club having a higher ranking a maximum of two (2) times (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.
  • Players may participate with a team having a lower ranking than the one with who the player is registered a maximum of one (1) time (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.

  • Players may participate with two teams on a given weekend provided: (a) the age groups are playing on different days (i.e. 12’s team plays on Saturday and 13’s team plays on Sunday); (b) all other Player Movement Requirements described here are followed (limit of 2 moves per season, Movement Form filled out, etc.); (c) for clubs with combined adult and junior teams, a junior player MUST play with his/her junior team if that team is playing on the same day as an adult tournament. If the adult division is playing on a different day, then the junior player may move under the provisions of the Club Movement Policy.
  • Any registered Club player may continue participation with another team in the same club upon notifying the Office of a permanent roster change before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event. Once a permanent move is made, no other moves (temporary or permanent) are allowed for that player.
  • Players registered as unaffiliated (member of the club but not on a team) must still appear on a Club Movement Form if desiring to play on a team within their club and are still limited by the restrictions above.
  • Registered unaffiliated members in the Region (not on any team) must first join a club before they can play in a tournament.

TEAM MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) Club players not on their roster in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of one (1) player not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) players not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club per season.
  • Teams are limited to accepting up to two (2) permanent moves per season. If a permanent move is made with the intent to play in a Regional Championship Event, then ideally the player being moved should have played at least once with that team during the regular season under a normal player movement. The Region will hear petitions for extenuating circumstances.

Clubs failing to comply with the reporting requirements will have the player movement privilege suspended. Report forms were included with the Registration packet and are available from the Region office and at the Forms page.

Categories: Adults, Clubs, Juniors

All Junior teams must have TWO certified REFEREES and ONE certified SCORER on their roster. To get certified, officials must (a) attend an officiating clinic; (b) take the appropriate test (scorers take the scorer clinic and tests and referees must take BOTH the scorer and referee clinics and tests); (c) correct their test(s) to 100 with rule references; and (d) referees must have a practical rating to complete their certification (and to receive a Provisional or Regional rating – see Officiating section of website for more on requirements for these ratings). Only those individuals that are certified and listed on the roster as a SCORER or REFEREE (which implies certification as a scorer) may perform those duties during a tournament. For Junior teams, one adult per team must attend a junior clinic and be on the roster as certified so they know the materials the officials are taught and can help their junior officials during the tournaments. All first-time coaches that will be their required certified adult are requested to attend a live officials clinic to get certified unless they can prove prior officials certification in another region. The certified adult must physically supervise their team while in the vicinity of the score table at all times during the team’s officiating assignment (supervising includes, but is not limited to, insuring food is not at the table and work team is not distracted by cell phones and electronic devices). Incomplete work teams (including the certified adult that is not supervising their team in the vicinity of the score table) may be penalized one point per-minute that they are incomplete to a maximum of 25 points off their next match. Junior teams will not be allowed to participate in a Carolina Region tournament until they meet the minimum team requirements.

It is recommended that all Adult teams have 2 certified Referees and 1 certified Scorer on their roster for all tournaments.

Individuals may take the Official’s clinic online or at a club-hosted Official’s clinic.  Visit this page for information about the Online clinics.  Clubs can go here for information on Hosting a Clinic.

Categories: Adults, Juniors

One important distinction to keep in mind, first. The use of the word “Group” on the Team Registration form is different than the use in the Tournament System! On the Team Registration Form, we ask Club Directors/Team Reps to tell us what “Group” they want to start with among FIVE groupings. Those five “Groups” represent (1) Top 20% of all teams in that age group/realm (east/west); (2) 21-40% of teams; (3) 41-60% of teams; (4) 61-80% of teams; (50 81-100% of teams. That grouping sets the team’s INITIAL points value in the Tournament System ONLY. After a team plays their first tournament and their points begin to go up/down, the “Group” on their team registration form is irrelevant as they are ranked based on their currents points value.

The word “Division” in the Points System is used to differentiate between SITES only. We will have as many “Divisions”/Sites as we can accommodate to allow as many teams to play. So, our bigger age groups will see 7-9 “Divisions”/Sites on a tournament weekend (but remember, we only had “five” on team registration form – so those two uses have nothing to do with each other).

Teams get assigned to “divisions”/Sites based on (a) their points rankings AND (b) how many teams ranked above them have entered that particular tournament! So, a team that “registered” as Group 2 (21-40% of teams) could play at “division”/Site 1 if there were not a lot of teams ranked ABOVE them entered in this tournament. Teams are still assigned into tournaments on their rankings so they are playing teams ranked around them.

Please see the Junior Tournament Structure and Information Letter and the Site Assignment Example for more information.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

Not Necessarily – This section is mainly for the teams that will be traveling outside North Carolina to play in tournaments or the Junior National Championships. Several states (Florida is one, but not NC) require that Medical Release Forms be notarized. Thus, many tournaments are requesting that notarized medical release forms be shown at the tournament check-in. So, if you’re planning on traveling outside of North Carolina to tournaments, it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the release forms notarized. Remember, these forms do not need to be sent into the Region, but should be carried with the teams to all competitions and practices in the event an emergency should arise.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

The Carolina Region would love for Tournament Directors to be able to offer a wider variety of awards. However, Tournament Directors are limited to giving things that do not have intrinsic value (medals, plaques) by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. That organization has stated that for High School athletes to remain eligible to compete in their competitions (i.e. in High School athletics) they must be amateurs. If athletes receive anything of intrinsic value (t-shirts, bags, hats, etc) then it could jeopardize their High School eligibility. Thus, for the protection of our junior members, we inform our Tournament Directors that they can only award items that do not have intrinsic value. For additional information on this policy, contact the NC High School Athletic Association as this is their policy (not the Carolina Region’s).

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Maybe. All play in an age group other than the one you are registered for must be approved by the Region. ALSO, acceptance into the higher age group is contingent on two factors: (a) there is room in the field for your team (same-division teams get first priority), and (b) playing in a different division does not adversely affect the division you were assigned (i.e. doesn’t cause that division to cancel a tournament OR there are a viable number of teams left to hold a competitive tournament). Teams should indicate on their tournament entry the division they are requesting to play in if it is different than the one assigned and submit the entry prior to the tournament entry deadline.  The Tournament System page created for the specific tournament will display whether that team was allowed to play in the division requested (but not until after the entry deadline passes). Teams may only play in a Regional Championship Event for the age group which they are currently assigned by the Region at the entry deadline.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

For a chart to help check your age division, view this provided by USAV.

Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

  1. 18 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
  2. 17 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2001.
  3. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2002.
  4. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2003.
  5. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2004.
  6. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2005.
  7. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2006.
  8. 11 and under division (YOUTH-If register as Youth not eligible for National events [Qualifiers] – must upgrade to full Junior membership): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2007
  9. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2010.

Note: These age definitions are used for domestic club programs and are NOT the same age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for 2019.

The classification cut-off date of September 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly prior and during to the USAV 2016 Annual Meetings and research justified the continuation of the cut-off date of September 1.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on January 19, 2002.

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Clubs:

There is no USA Volleyball rule or policy that states the game of volleyball has to be played in a quiet environment.  Participants and spectators can make as much noise as they wish during a match.  If you ever watch an international volleyball match (Olympics or other high level event) you will see an incredibly loud environment in the stands and on the court.  Many countries have fans that stand the whole time, chant, beat drums and sticks, etc.  The participants can hardly hear themselves or the whistle in such environment.  And the International Governing Body , FIVB, encourages such fan interactions.

We can understand the desire to not have distractions during a match, but the reality is, it is actually part of the sport.  Players will need to be able to adapt and be prepared to play in loud environments.  As long as participants and spectators are not yelling inappropriate things directed at individuals, then talking, chanting, making noise, is not an offense that can be sanctioned.  Yelling “Balls up” no matter if it is useful to them or not, is not something our officials should be stopping. 

All involved with Youth Sports should, however, remember that we are trying to promote Good Sportsmanship at our events.  Parents and spectators should review the Parent Code of Conduct before each event.  Yelling excessively from the stands before the opponent serves may not be “demonstrating positive support for all players” if your motive is to distract/cause errors.  Please consider the good of the sport and good sportsmanship whenever you are cheering at our events.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

The “P” stands for “Pending”.  Players that have a “P” for their status have registered for a clinic from within their member record.  The clinic could be an in-person clinic or the online clinic.  At the time the roster was produced, those players had not completed their clinics (or the results of the in-person clinic have not been processed yet).  As soon as the player completes their online clinic or the office receives results from the in-person clinic they attended and updates the records, their status will go to “Current” and you will see a “Y” in the applicable column.  Players with a “P” for their status should NOT be performing those duties until they complete their clinics (they can still work as a Line Judge as that position does not require a certification).  Each team must show at least TWO players with a “Y” in the REF column, ONE player with a “Y” in the SCORE column (or a third in Ref column) and ONE adult with a “Y” in the REF column to be a legal team.  See other question in this category about why there is not a “Y” in both columns for most players.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Current plans are to name an All-Tournament Team (ATT) at the Carolina Regional Championship tournaments where the top FOUR teams from the East and West come together to decide the overall Regional Champions. The ATT will consist of three players off the Championship team, two players off the Finalist team, one player each from the losing semi-finalist teams, and an MVP (does not have to come from the champion team). The coaches of the participating semi-finals/finals teams will nominate their players to the ATT.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties. 

An ATT team will not be named at the East and West Regional Championship sites.  However, we will name an MVP at each East/West Regionals site.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties.  

The Region has implemented a program to recognize top Junior Officials each season.  The Officials Division created a Junior Regional Referee and Scorer rating certification. Outstanding Junior Officials may ask to be rated by National and Junior National Referees in order to receive a Junior Regional Rating. Referees that attain this certification will be receive a shirt and patch and be recognized on the Carolina Region website!  For more information and a list of past Outstanding Young Referees, go here.

Category: Juniors

The Player Movement Policy for Adult tournaments – For Regular Season Tournaments, the Region has eliminated the Club Player Movement Policy for adults to promote ease of play. Adult teams will be able to pick up any current member up to the max roster size as needed in order to play in a regular season Carolina Region tournament. All such player movements must still be recorded by a team rep in writing on the Club Player Movement Form and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captain’s Meeting). Player Movement Forms do not need to be sent to the Region before a tournament if the move is only Temporary. Permanent Team Movements should be sent to the Region Office directly and REQUIRE the written approval of both affected team reps before it can be approved by the Region.  Regional Championships Player Movements:  Rosters still FREEZE (no changes allowed) ONE week before the Regional Championships.  Team Reps need to submit all Roster updates (with a Club Player Movement Form) to the Region Office at least one week before the scheduled Adult Regional Championships in order for the affected players to be eligible for the Regional Championships.

JUNIOR BOYS – All Carolina Region Boys teams will be considered part of the same Club.  Boys’ teams are still restricted to the procedures below when utilizing Player Movement.

JUNIOR GIRLS – All multi-team Junior Girls Clubs will be able to utilize the Player Movement Policy within their respective club only during the Carolina Region season without paying a club fee.  Player movement (either Temporary or Permanent) in a club is restricted based on the policies outlined below.    All player movement must be recorded by a club officer and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captains’/Coaches’ Meeting).  Temporary Club Movements do not have to be sent to the Region Office before the competition (only permanent moves) – the Region will receive the form after the tournament with the rosters.  The Carolina Region will use the current Standings of all teams as found at the Carolina Region Tournament System when processing all club movements per the policies below.  NOTE:  All Coaches in a Junior Club may coach ANY team in their own club.  If they are not on the official roster, then the Club should use a Club Movement Form to add that coach to a tournament roster the same as adding a temporary player.

See BELOW for INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESTRICTIONS.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS – Junior Program:

  • Players being moved to a team in a lower age group must meet the birthdate requirements for the age group they are being moved to.
  • An individual player may only be used TWICE for temporary moves during the indoor season. After a player has participated with another club team TWO times, the player shall be frozen to the roster of their original team unless a permanent roster move is reported to the Region Office.
  • Players registered on a club team and participating in sanctioned competition within the jurisdiction of the Carolina Region may participate with another team from the same club having a higher ranking a maximum of two (2) times (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.
  • Players may participate with a team having a lower ranking than the one with who the player is registered a maximum of one (1) time (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.

  • Players may participate with two teams on a given weekend provided: (a) the age groups are playing on different days (i.e. 12’s team plays on Saturday and 13’s team plays on Sunday); (b) all other Player Movement Requirements described here are followed (limit of 2 moves per season, Movement Form filled out, etc.); (c) for clubs with combined adult and junior teams, a junior player MUST play with his/her junior team if that team is playing on the same day as an adult tournament. If the adult division is playing on a different day, then the junior player may move under the provisions of the Club Movement Policy.
  • Any registered Club player may continue participation with another team in the same club upon notifying the Office of a permanent roster change before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event. Once a permanent move is made, no other moves (temporary or permanent) are allowed for that player.
  • Players registered as unaffiliated (member of the club but not on a team) must still appear on a Club Movement Form if desiring to play on a team within their club and are still limited by the restrictions above.
  • Registered unaffiliated members in the Region (not on any team) must first join a club before they can play in a tournament.

TEAM MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) Club players not on their roster in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of one (1) player not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) players not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club per season.
  • Teams are limited to accepting up to two (2) permanent moves per season. If a permanent move is made with the intent to play in a Regional Championship Event, then ideally the player being moved should have played at least once with that team during the regular season under a normal player movement. The Region will hear petitions for extenuating circumstances.

Clubs failing to comply with the reporting requirements will have the player movement privilege suspended. Report forms were included with the Registration packet and are available from the Region office and at the Forms page.

Categories: Adults, Clubs, Juniors

All Junior teams must have TWO certified REFEREES and ONE certified SCORER on their roster. To get certified, officials must (a) attend an officiating clinic; (b) take the appropriate test (scorers take the scorer clinic and tests and referees must take BOTH the scorer and referee clinics and tests); (c) correct their test(s) to 100 with rule references; and (d) referees must have a practical rating to complete their certification (and to receive a Provisional or Regional rating – see Officiating section of website for more on requirements for these ratings). Only those individuals that are certified and listed on the roster as a SCORER or REFEREE (which implies certification as a scorer) may perform those duties during a tournament. For Junior teams, one adult per team must attend a junior clinic and be on the roster as certified so they know the materials the officials are taught and can help their junior officials during the tournaments. All first-time coaches that will be their required certified adult are requested to attend a live officials clinic to get certified unless they can prove prior officials certification in another region. The certified adult must physically supervise their team while in the vicinity of the score table at all times during the team’s officiating assignment (supervising includes, but is not limited to, insuring food is not at the table and work team is not distracted by cell phones and electronic devices). Incomplete work teams (including the certified adult that is not supervising their team in the vicinity of the score table) may be penalized one point per-minute that they are incomplete to a maximum of 25 points off their next match. Junior teams will not be allowed to participate in a Carolina Region tournament until they meet the minimum team requirements.

It is recommended that all Adult teams have 2 certified Referees and 1 certified Scorer on their roster for all tournaments.

Individuals may take the Official’s clinic online or at a club-hosted Official’s clinic.  Visit this page for information about the Online clinics.  Clubs can go here for information on Hosting a Clinic.

Categories: Adults, Juniors

One important distinction to keep in mind, first. The use of the word “Group” on the Team Registration form is different than the use in the Tournament System! On the Team Registration Form, we ask Club Directors/Team Reps to tell us what “Group” they want to start with among FIVE groupings. Those five “Groups” represent (1) Top 20% of all teams in that age group/realm (east/west); (2) 21-40% of teams; (3) 41-60% of teams; (4) 61-80% of teams; (50 81-100% of teams. That grouping sets the team’s INITIAL points value in the Tournament System ONLY. After a team plays their first tournament and their points begin to go up/down, the “Group” on their team registration form is irrelevant as they are ranked based on their currents points value.

The word “Division” in the Points System is used to differentiate between SITES only. We will have as many “Divisions”/Sites as we can accommodate to allow as many teams to play. So, our bigger age groups will see 7-9 “Divisions”/Sites on a tournament weekend (but remember, we only had “five” on team registration form – so those two uses have nothing to do with each other).

Teams get assigned to “divisions”/Sites based on (a) their points rankings AND (b) how many teams ranked above them have entered that particular tournament! So, a team that “registered” as Group 2 (21-40% of teams) could play at “division”/Site 1 if there were not a lot of teams ranked ABOVE them entered in this tournament. Teams are still assigned into tournaments on their rankings so they are playing teams ranked around them.

Please see the Junior Tournament Structure and Information Letter and the Site Assignment Example for more information.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

Not Necessarily – This section is mainly for the teams that will be traveling outside North Carolina to play in tournaments or the Junior National Championships. Several states (Florida is one, but not NC) require that Medical Release Forms be notarized. Thus, many tournaments are requesting that notarized medical release forms be shown at the tournament check-in. So, if you’re planning on traveling outside of North Carolina to tournaments, it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the release forms notarized. Remember, these forms do not need to be sent into the Region, but should be carried with the teams to all competitions and practices in the event an emergency should arise.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

The Carolina Region would love for Tournament Directors to be able to offer a wider variety of awards. However, Tournament Directors are limited to giving things that do not have intrinsic value (medals, plaques) by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. That organization has stated that for High School athletes to remain eligible to compete in their competitions (i.e. in High School athletics) they must be amateurs. If athletes receive anything of intrinsic value (t-shirts, bags, hats, etc) then it could jeopardize their High School eligibility. Thus, for the protection of our junior members, we inform our Tournament Directors that they can only award items that do not have intrinsic value. For additional information on this policy, contact the NC High School Athletic Association as this is their policy (not the Carolina Region’s).

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Maybe. All play in an age group other than the one you are registered for must be approved by the Region. ALSO, acceptance into the higher age group is contingent on two factors: (a) there is room in the field for your team (same-division teams get first priority), and (b) playing in a different division does not adversely affect the division you were assigned (i.e. doesn’t cause that division to cancel a tournament OR there are a viable number of teams left to hold a competitive tournament). Teams should indicate on their tournament entry the division they are requesting to play in if it is different than the one assigned and submit the entry prior to the tournament entry deadline.  The Tournament System page created for the specific tournament will display whether that team was allowed to play in the division requested (but not until after the entry deadline passes). Teams may only play in a Regional Championship Event for the age group which they are currently assigned by the Region at the entry deadline.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

For a chart to help check your age division, view this provided by USAV.

Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

  1. 18 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
  2. 17 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2001.
  3. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2002.
  4. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2003.
  5. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2004.
  6. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2005.
  7. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2006.
  8. 11 and under division (YOUTH-If register as Youth not eligible for National events [Qualifiers] – must upgrade to full Junior membership): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2007
  9. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2010.

Note: These age definitions are used for domestic club programs and are NOT the same age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for 2019.

The classification cut-off date of September 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly prior and during to the USAV 2016 Annual Meetings and research justified the continuation of the cut-off date of September 1.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on January 19, 2002.

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General Questions:

There is no USA Volleyball rule or policy that states the game of volleyball has to be played in a quiet environment.  Participants and spectators can make as much noise as they wish during a match.  If you ever watch an international volleyball match (Olympics or other high level event) you will see an incredibly loud environment in the stands and on the court.  Many countries have fans that stand the whole time, chant, beat drums and sticks, etc.  The participants can hardly hear themselves or the whistle in such environment.  And the International Governing Body , FIVB, encourages such fan interactions.

We can understand the desire to not have distractions during a match, but the reality is, it is actually part of the sport.  Players will need to be able to adapt and be prepared to play in loud environments.  As long as participants and spectators are not yelling inappropriate things directed at individuals, then talking, chanting, making noise, is not an offense that can be sanctioned.  Yelling “Balls up” no matter if it is useful to them or not, is not something our officials should be stopping. 

All involved with Youth Sports should, however, remember that we are trying to promote Good Sportsmanship at our events.  Parents and spectators should review the Parent Code of Conduct before each event.  Yelling excessively from the stands before the opponent serves may not be “demonstrating positive support for all players” if your motive is to distract/cause errors.  Please consider the good of the sport and good sportsmanship whenever you are cheering at our events.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

The “P” stands for “Pending”.  Players that have a “P” for their status have registered for a clinic from within their member record.  The clinic could be an in-person clinic or the online clinic.  At the time the roster was produced, those players had not completed their clinics (or the results of the in-person clinic have not been processed yet).  As soon as the player completes their online clinic or the office receives results from the in-person clinic they attended and updates the records, their status will go to “Current” and you will see a “Y” in the applicable column.  Players with a “P” for their status should NOT be performing those duties until they complete their clinics (they can still work as a Line Judge as that position does not require a certification).  Each team must show at least TWO players with a “Y” in the REF column, ONE player with a “Y” in the SCORE column (or a third in Ref column) and ONE adult with a “Y” in the REF column to be a legal team.  See other question in this category about why there is not a “Y” in both columns for most players.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Current plans are to name an All-Tournament Team (ATT) at the Carolina Regional Championship tournaments where the top FOUR teams from the East and West come together to decide the overall Regional Champions. The ATT will consist of three players off the Championship team, two players off the Finalist team, one player each from the losing semi-finalist teams, and an MVP (does not have to come from the champion team). The coaches of the participating semi-finals/finals teams will nominate their players to the ATT.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties. 

An ATT team will not be named at the East and West Regional Championship sites.  However, we will name an MVP at each East/West Regionals site.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties.  

The Region has implemented a program to recognize top Junior Officials each season.  The Officials Division created a Junior Regional Referee and Scorer rating certification. Outstanding Junior Officials may ask to be rated by National and Junior National Referees in order to receive a Junior Regional Rating. Referees that attain this certification will be receive a shirt and patch and be recognized on the Carolina Region website!  For more information and a list of past Outstanding Young Referees, go here.

Category: Juniors

The Player Movement Policy for Adult tournaments – For Regular Season Tournaments, the Region has eliminated the Club Player Movement Policy for adults to promote ease of play. Adult teams will be able to pick up any current member up to the max roster size as needed in order to play in a regular season Carolina Region tournament. All such player movements must still be recorded by a team rep in writing on the Club Player Movement Form and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captain’s Meeting). Player Movement Forms do not need to be sent to the Region before a tournament if the move is only Temporary. Permanent Team Movements should be sent to the Region Office directly and REQUIRE the written approval of both affected team reps before it can be approved by the Region.  Regional Championships Player Movements:  Rosters still FREEZE (no changes allowed) ONE week before the Regional Championships.  Team Reps need to submit all Roster updates (with a Club Player Movement Form) to the Region Office at least one week before the scheduled Adult Regional Championships in order for the affected players to be eligible for the Regional Championships.

JUNIOR BOYS – All Carolina Region Boys teams will be considered part of the same Club.  Boys’ teams are still restricted to the procedures below when utilizing Player Movement.

JUNIOR GIRLS – All multi-team Junior Girls Clubs will be able to utilize the Player Movement Policy within their respective club only during the Carolina Region season without paying a club fee.  Player movement (either Temporary or Permanent) in a club is restricted based on the policies outlined below.    All player movement must be recorded by a club officer and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captains’/Coaches’ Meeting).  Temporary Club Movements do not have to be sent to the Region Office before the competition (only permanent moves) – the Region will receive the form after the tournament with the rosters.  The Carolina Region will use the current Standings of all teams as found at the Carolina Region Tournament System when processing all club movements per the policies below.  NOTE:  All Coaches in a Junior Club may coach ANY team in their own club.  If they are not on the official roster, then the Club should use a Club Movement Form to add that coach to a tournament roster the same as adding a temporary player.

See BELOW for INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESTRICTIONS.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS – Junior Program:

  • Players being moved to a team in a lower age group must meet the birthdate requirements for the age group they are being moved to.
  • An individual player may only be used TWICE for temporary moves during the indoor season. After a player has participated with another club team TWO times, the player shall be frozen to the roster of their original team unless a permanent roster move is reported to the Region Office.
  • Players registered on a club team and participating in sanctioned competition within the jurisdiction of the Carolina Region may participate with another team from the same club having a higher ranking a maximum of two (2) times (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.
  • Players may participate with a team having a lower ranking than the one with who the player is registered a maximum of one (1) time (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.

  • Players may participate with two teams on a given weekend provided: (a) the age groups are playing on different days (i.e. 12’s team plays on Saturday and 13’s team plays on Sunday); (b) all other Player Movement Requirements described here are followed (limit of 2 moves per season, Movement Form filled out, etc.); (c) for clubs with combined adult and junior teams, a junior player MUST play with his/her junior team if that team is playing on the same day as an adult tournament. If the adult division is playing on a different day, then the junior player may move under the provisions of the Club Movement Policy.
  • Any registered Club player may continue participation with another team in the same club upon notifying the Office of a permanent roster change before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event. Once a permanent move is made, no other moves (temporary or permanent) are allowed for that player.
  • Players registered as unaffiliated (member of the club but not on a team) must still appear on a Club Movement Form if desiring to play on a team within their club and are still limited by the restrictions above.
  • Registered unaffiliated members in the Region (not on any team) must first join a club before they can play in a tournament.

TEAM MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) Club players not on their roster in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of one (1) player not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) players not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club per season.
  • Teams are limited to accepting up to two (2) permanent moves per season. If a permanent move is made with the intent to play in a Regional Championship Event, then ideally the player being moved should have played at least once with that team during the regular season under a normal player movement. The Region will hear petitions for extenuating circumstances.

Clubs failing to comply with the reporting requirements will have the player movement privilege suspended. Report forms were included with the Registration packet and are available from the Region office and at the Forms page.

Categories: Adults, Clubs, Juniors

All Junior teams must have TWO certified REFEREES and ONE certified SCORER on their roster. To get certified, officials must (a) attend an officiating clinic; (b) take the appropriate test (scorers take the scorer clinic and tests and referees must take BOTH the scorer and referee clinics and tests); (c) correct their test(s) to 100 with rule references; and (d) referees must have a practical rating to complete their certification (and to receive a Provisional or Regional rating – see Officiating section of website for more on requirements for these ratings). Only those individuals that are certified and listed on the roster as a SCORER or REFEREE (which implies certification as a scorer) may perform those duties during a tournament. For Junior teams, one adult per team must attend a junior clinic and be on the roster as certified so they know the materials the officials are taught and can help their junior officials during the tournaments. All first-time coaches that will be their required certified adult are requested to attend a live officials clinic to get certified unless they can prove prior officials certification in another region. The certified adult must physically supervise their team while in the vicinity of the score table at all times during the team’s officiating assignment (supervising includes, but is not limited to, insuring food is not at the table and work team is not distracted by cell phones and electronic devices). Incomplete work teams (including the certified adult that is not supervising their team in the vicinity of the score table) may be penalized one point per-minute that they are incomplete to a maximum of 25 points off their next match. Junior teams will not be allowed to participate in a Carolina Region tournament until they meet the minimum team requirements.

It is recommended that all Adult teams have 2 certified Referees and 1 certified Scorer on their roster for all tournaments.

Individuals may take the Official’s clinic online or at a club-hosted Official’s clinic.  Visit this page for information about the Online clinics.  Clubs can go here for information on Hosting a Clinic.

Categories: Adults, Juniors

One important distinction to keep in mind, first. The use of the word “Group” on the Team Registration form is different than the use in the Tournament System! On the Team Registration Form, we ask Club Directors/Team Reps to tell us what “Group” they want to start with among FIVE groupings. Those five “Groups” represent (1) Top 20% of all teams in that age group/realm (east/west); (2) 21-40% of teams; (3) 41-60% of teams; (4) 61-80% of teams; (50 81-100% of teams. That grouping sets the team’s INITIAL points value in the Tournament System ONLY. After a team plays their first tournament and their points begin to go up/down, the “Group” on their team registration form is irrelevant as they are ranked based on their currents points value.

The word “Division” in the Points System is used to differentiate between SITES only. We will have as many “Divisions”/Sites as we can accommodate to allow as many teams to play. So, our bigger age groups will see 7-9 “Divisions”/Sites on a tournament weekend (but remember, we only had “five” on team registration form – so those two uses have nothing to do with each other).

Teams get assigned to “divisions”/Sites based on (a) their points rankings AND (b) how many teams ranked above them have entered that particular tournament! So, a team that “registered” as Group 2 (21-40% of teams) could play at “division”/Site 1 if there were not a lot of teams ranked ABOVE them entered in this tournament. Teams are still assigned into tournaments on their rankings so they are playing teams ranked around them.

Please see the Junior Tournament Structure and Information Letter and the Site Assignment Example for more information.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

Not Necessarily – This section is mainly for the teams that will be traveling outside North Carolina to play in tournaments or the Junior National Championships. Several states (Florida is one, but not NC) require that Medical Release Forms be notarized. Thus, many tournaments are requesting that notarized medical release forms be shown at the tournament check-in. So, if you’re planning on traveling outside of North Carolina to tournaments, it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the release forms notarized. Remember, these forms do not need to be sent into the Region, but should be carried with the teams to all competitions and practices in the event an emergency should arise.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

The Carolina Region would love for Tournament Directors to be able to offer a wider variety of awards. However, Tournament Directors are limited to giving things that do not have intrinsic value (medals, plaques) by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. That organization has stated that for High School athletes to remain eligible to compete in their competitions (i.e. in High School athletics) they must be amateurs. If athletes receive anything of intrinsic value (t-shirts, bags, hats, etc) then it could jeopardize their High School eligibility. Thus, for the protection of our junior members, we inform our Tournament Directors that they can only award items that do not have intrinsic value. For additional information on this policy, contact the NC High School Athletic Association as this is their policy (not the Carolina Region’s).

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Maybe. All play in an age group other than the one you are registered for must be approved by the Region. ALSO, acceptance into the higher age group is contingent on two factors: (a) there is room in the field for your team (same-division teams get first priority), and (b) playing in a different division does not adversely affect the division you were assigned (i.e. doesn’t cause that division to cancel a tournament OR there are a viable number of teams left to hold a competitive tournament). Teams should indicate on their tournament entry the division they are requesting to play in if it is different than the one assigned and submit the entry prior to the tournament entry deadline.  The Tournament System page created for the specific tournament will display whether that team was allowed to play in the division requested (but not until after the entry deadline passes). Teams may only play in a Regional Championship Event for the age group which they are currently assigned by the Region at the entry deadline.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

For a chart to help check your age division, view this provided by USAV.

Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

  1. 18 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
  2. 17 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2001.
  3. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2002.
  4. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2003.
  5. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2004.
  6. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2005.
  7. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2006.
  8. 11 and under division (YOUTH-If register as Youth not eligible for National events [Qualifiers] – must upgrade to full Junior membership): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2007
  9. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2010.

Note: These age definitions are used for domestic club programs and are NOT the same age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for 2019.

The classification cut-off date of September 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly prior and during to the USAV 2016 Annual Meetings and research justified the continuation of the cut-off date of September 1.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on January 19, 2002.

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Juniors:

There is no USA Volleyball rule or policy that states the game of volleyball has to be played in a quiet environment.  Participants and spectators can make as much noise as they wish during a match.  If you ever watch an international volleyball match (Olympics or other high level event) you will see an incredibly loud environment in the stands and on the court.  Many countries have fans that stand the whole time, chant, beat drums and sticks, etc.  The participants can hardly hear themselves or the whistle in such environment.  And the International Governing Body , FIVB, encourages such fan interactions.

We can understand the desire to not have distractions during a match, but the reality is, it is actually part of the sport.  Players will need to be able to adapt and be prepared to play in loud environments.  As long as participants and spectators are not yelling inappropriate things directed at individuals, then talking, chanting, making noise, is not an offense that can be sanctioned.  Yelling “Balls up” no matter if it is useful to them or not, is not something our officials should be stopping. 

All involved with Youth Sports should, however, remember that we are trying to promote Good Sportsmanship at our events.  Parents and spectators should review the Parent Code of Conduct before each event.  Yelling excessively from the stands before the opponent serves may not be “demonstrating positive support for all players” if your motive is to distract/cause errors.  Please consider the good of the sport and good sportsmanship whenever you are cheering at our events.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

The “P” stands for “Pending”.  Players that have a “P” for their status have registered for a clinic from within their member record.  The clinic could be an in-person clinic or the online clinic.  At the time the roster was produced, those players had not completed their clinics (or the results of the in-person clinic have not been processed yet).  As soon as the player completes their online clinic or the office receives results from the in-person clinic they attended and updates the records, their status will go to “Current” and you will see a “Y” in the applicable column.  Players with a “P” for their status should NOT be performing those duties until they complete their clinics (they can still work as a Line Judge as that position does not require a certification).  Each team must show at least TWO players with a “Y” in the REF column, ONE player with a “Y” in the SCORE column (or a third in Ref column) and ONE adult with a “Y” in the REF column to be a legal team.  See other question in this category about why there is not a “Y” in both columns for most players.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Current plans are to name an All-Tournament Team (ATT) at the Carolina Regional Championship tournaments where the top FOUR teams from the East and West come together to decide the overall Regional Champions. The ATT will consist of three players off the Championship team, two players off the Finalist team, one player each from the losing semi-finalist teams, and an MVP (does not have to come from the champion team). The coaches of the participating semi-finals/finals teams will nominate their players to the ATT.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties. 

An ATT team will not be named at the East and West Regional Championship sites.  However, we will name an MVP at each East/West Regionals site.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties.  

The Region has implemented a program to recognize top Junior Officials each season.  The Officials Division created a Junior Regional Referee and Scorer rating certification. Outstanding Junior Officials may ask to be rated by National and Junior National Referees in order to receive a Junior Regional Rating. Referees that attain this certification will be receive a shirt and patch and be recognized on the Carolina Region website!  For more information and a list of past Outstanding Young Referees, go here.

Category: Juniors

The Player Movement Policy for Adult tournaments – For Regular Season Tournaments, the Region has eliminated the Club Player Movement Policy for adults to promote ease of play. Adult teams will be able to pick up any current member up to the max roster size as needed in order to play in a regular season Carolina Region tournament. All such player movements must still be recorded by a team rep in writing on the Club Player Movement Form and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captain’s Meeting). Player Movement Forms do not need to be sent to the Region before a tournament if the move is only Temporary. Permanent Team Movements should be sent to the Region Office directly and REQUIRE the written approval of both affected team reps before it can be approved by the Region.  Regional Championships Player Movements:  Rosters still FREEZE (no changes allowed) ONE week before the Regional Championships.  Team Reps need to submit all Roster updates (with a Club Player Movement Form) to the Region Office at least one week before the scheduled Adult Regional Championships in order for the affected players to be eligible for the Regional Championships.

JUNIOR BOYS – All Carolina Region Boys teams will be considered part of the same Club.  Boys’ teams are still restricted to the procedures below when utilizing Player Movement.

JUNIOR GIRLS – All multi-team Junior Girls Clubs will be able to utilize the Player Movement Policy within their respective club only during the Carolina Region season without paying a club fee.  Player movement (either Temporary or Permanent) in a club is restricted based on the policies outlined below.    All player movement must be recorded by a club officer and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captains’/Coaches’ Meeting).  Temporary Club Movements do not have to be sent to the Region Office before the competition (only permanent moves) – the Region will receive the form after the tournament with the rosters.  The Carolina Region will use the current Standings of all teams as found at the Carolina Region Tournament System when processing all club movements per the policies below.  NOTE:  All Coaches in a Junior Club may coach ANY team in their own club.  If they are not on the official roster, then the Club should use a Club Movement Form to add that coach to a tournament roster the same as adding a temporary player.

See BELOW for INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESTRICTIONS.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS – Junior Program:

  • Players being moved to a team in a lower age group must meet the birthdate requirements for the age group they are being moved to.
  • An individual player may only be used TWICE for temporary moves during the indoor season. After a player has participated with another club team TWO times, the player shall be frozen to the roster of their original team unless a permanent roster move is reported to the Region Office.
  • Players registered on a club team and participating in sanctioned competition within the jurisdiction of the Carolina Region may participate with another team from the same club having a higher ranking a maximum of two (2) times (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.
  • Players may participate with a team having a lower ranking than the one with who the player is registered a maximum of one (1) time (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.

  • Players may participate with two teams on a given weekend provided: (a) the age groups are playing on different days (i.e. 12’s team plays on Saturday and 13’s team plays on Sunday); (b) all other Player Movement Requirements described here are followed (limit of 2 moves per season, Movement Form filled out, etc.); (c) for clubs with combined adult and junior teams, a junior player MUST play with his/her junior team if that team is playing on the same day as an adult tournament. If the adult division is playing on a different day, then the junior player may move under the provisions of the Club Movement Policy.
  • Any registered Club player may continue participation with another team in the same club upon notifying the Office of a permanent roster change before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event. Once a permanent move is made, no other moves (temporary or permanent) are allowed for that player.
  • Players registered as unaffiliated (member of the club but not on a team) must still appear on a Club Movement Form if desiring to play on a team within their club and are still limited by the restrictions above.
  • Registered unaffiliated members in the Region (not on any team) must first join a club before they can play in a tournament.

TEAM MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) Club players not on their roster in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of one (1) player not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) players not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club per season.
  • Teams are limited to accepting up to two (2) permanent moves per season. If a permanent move is made with the intent to play in a Regional Championship Event, then ideally the player being moved should have played at least once with that team during the regular season under a normal player movement. The Region will hear petitions for extenuating circumstances.

Clubs failing to comply with the reporting requirements will have the player movement privilege suspended. Report forms were included with the Registration packet and are available from the Region office and at the Forms page.

Categories: Adults, Clubs, Juniors

All Junior teams must have TWO certified REFEREES and ONE certified SCORER on their roster. To get certified, officials must (a) attend an officiating clinic; (b) take the appropriate test (scorers take the scorer clinic and tests and referees must take BOTH the scorer and referee clinics and tests); (c) correct their test(s) to 100 with rule references; and (d) referees must have a practical rating to complete their certification (and to receive a Provisional or Regional rating – see Officiating section of website for more on requirements for these ratings). Only those individuals that are certified and listed on the roster as a SCORER or REFEREE (which implies certification as a scorer) may perform those duties during a tournament. For Junior teams, one adult per team must attend a junior clinic and be on the roster as certified so they know the materials the officials are taught and can help their junior officials during the tournaments. All first-time coaches that will be their required certified adult are requested to attend a live officials clinic to get certified unless they can prove prior officials certification in another region. The certified adult must physically supervise their team while in the vicinity of the score table at all times during the team’s officiating assignment (supervising includes, but is not limited to, insuring food is not at the table and work team is not distracted by cell phones and electronic devices). Incomplete work teams (including the certified adult that is not supervising their team in the vicinity of the score table) may be penalized one point per-minute that they are incomplete to a maximum of 25 points off their next match. Junior teams will not be allowed to participate in a Carolina Region tournament until they meet the minimum team requirements.

It is recommended that all Adult teams have 2 certified Referees and 1 certified Scorer on their roster for all tournaments.

Individuals may take the Official’s clinic online or at a club-hosted Official’s clinic.  Visit this page for information about the Online clinics.  Clubs can go here for information on Hosting a Clinic.

Categories: Adults, Juniors

One important distinction to keep in mind, first. The use of the word “Group” on the Team Registration form is different than the use in the Tournament System! On the Team Registration Form, we ask Club Directors/Team Reps to tell us what “Group” they want to start with among FIVE groupings. Those five “Groups” represent (1) Top 20% of all teams in that age group/realm (east/west); (2) 21-40% of teams; (3) 41-60% of teams; (4) 61-80% of teams; (50 81-100% of teams. That grouping sets the team’s INITIAL points value in the Tournament System ONLY. After a team plays their first tournament and their points begin to go up/down, the “Group” on their team registration form is irrelevant as they are ranked based on their currents points value.

The word “Division” in the Points System is used to differentiate between SITES only. We will have as many “Divisions”/Sites as we can accommodate to allow as many teams to play. So, our bigger age groups will see 7-9 “Divisions”/Sites on a tournament weekend (but remember, we only had “five” on team registration form – so those two uses have nothing to do with each other).

Teams get assigned to “divisions”/Sites based on (a) their points rankings AND (b) how many teams ranked above them have entered that particular tournament! So, a team that “registered” as Group 2 (21-40% of teams) could play at “division”/Site 1 if there were not a lot of teams ranked ABOVE them entered in this tournament. Teams are still assigned into tournaments on their rankings so they are playing teams ranked around them.

Please see the Junior Tournament Structure and Information Letter and the Site Assignment Example for more information.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

Not Necessarily – This section is mainly for the teams that will be traveling outside North Carolina to play in tournaments or the Junior National Championships. Several states (Florida is one, but not NC) require that Medical Release Forms be notarized. Thus, many tournaments are requesting that notarized medical release forms be shown at the tournament check-in. So, if you’re planning on traveling outside of North Carolina to tournaments, it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the release forms notarized. Remember, these forms do not need to be sent into the Region, but should be carried with the teams to all competitions and practices in the event an emergency should arise.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

The Carolina Region would love for Tournament Directors to be able to offer a wider variety of awards. However, Tournament Directors are limited to giving things that do not have intrinsic value (medals, plaques) by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. That organization has stated that for High School athletes to remain eligible to compete in their competitions (i.e. in High School athletics) they must be amateurs. If athletes receive anything of intrinsic value (t-shirts, bags, hats, etc) then it could jeopardize their High School eligibility. Thus, for the protection of our junior members, we inform our Tournament Directors that they can only award items that do not have intrinsic value. For additional information on this policy, contact the NC High School Athletic Association as this is their policy (not the Carolina Region’s).

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Maybe. All play in an age group other than the one you are registered for must be approved by the Region. ALSO, acceptance into the higher age group is contingent on two factors: (a) there is room in the field for your team (same-division teams get first priority), and (b) playing in a different division does not adversely affect the division you were assigned (i.e. doesn’t cause that division to cancel a tournament OR there are a viable number of teams left to hold a competitive tournament). Teams should indicate on their tournament entry the division they are requesting to play in if it is different than the one assigned and submit the entry prior to the tournament entry deadline.  The Tournament System page created for the specific tournament will display whether that team was allowed to play in the division requested (but not until after the entry deadline passes). Teams may only play in a Regional Championship Event for the age group which they are currently assigned by the Region at the entry deadline.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

For a chart to help check your age division, view this provided by USAV.

Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

  1. 18 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
  2. 17 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2001.
  3. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2002.
  4. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2003.
  5. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2004.
  6. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2005.
  7. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2006.
  8. 11 and under division (YOUTH-If register as Youth not eligible for National events [Qualifiers] – must upgrade to full Junior membership): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2007
  9. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2010.

Note: These age definitions are used for domestic club programs and are NOT the same age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for 2019.

The classification cut-off date of September 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly prior and during to the USAV 2016 Annual Meetings and research justified the continuation of the cut-off date of September 1.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on January 19, 2002.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

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Adults:

There is no USA Volleyball rule or policy that states the game of volleyball has to be played in a quiet environment.  Participants and spectators can make as much noise as they wish during a match.  If you ever watch an international volleyball match (Olympics or other high level event) you will see an incredibly loud environment in the stands and on the court.  Many countries have fans that stand the whole time, chant, beat drums and sticks, etc.  The participants can hardly hear themselves or the whistle in such environment.  And the International Governing Body , FIVB, encourages such fan interactions.

We can understand the desire to not have distractions during a match, but the reality is, it is actually part of the sport.  Players will need to be able to adapt and be prepared to play in loud environments.  As long as participants and spectators are not yelling inappropriate things directed at individuals, then talking, chanting, making noise, is not an offense that can be sanctioned.  Yelling “Balls up” no matter if it is useful to them or not, is not something our officials should be stopping. 

All involved with Youth Sports should, however, remember that we are trying to promote Good Sportsmanship at our events.  Parents and spectators should review the Parent Code of Conduct before each event.  Yelling excessively from the stands before the opponent serves may not be “demonstrating positive support for all players” if your motive is to distract/cause errors.  Please consider the good of the sport and good sportsmanship whenever you are cheering at our events.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

The “P” stands for “Pending”.  Players that have a “P” for their status have registered for a clinic from within their member record.  The clinic could be an in-person clinic or the online clinic.  At the time the roster was produced, those players had not completed their clinics (or the results of the in-person clinic have not been processed yet).  As soon as the player completes their online clinic or the office receives results from the in-person clinic they attended and updates the records, their status will go to “Current” and you will see a “Y” in the applicable column.  Players with a “P” for their status should NOT be performing those duties until they complete their clinics (they can still work as a Line Judge as that position does not require a certification).  Each team must show at least TWO players with a “Y” in the REF column, ONE player with a “Y” in the SCORE column (or a third in Ref column) and ONE adult with a “Y” in the REF column to be a legal team.  See other question in this category about why there is not a “Y” in both columns for most players.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Current plans are to name an All-Tournament Team (ATT) at the Carolina Regional Championship tournaments where the top FOUR teams from the East and West come together to decide the overall Regional Champions. The ATT will consist of three players off the Championship team, two players off the Finalist team, one player each from the losing semi-finalist teams, and an MVP (does not have to come from the champion team). The coaches of the participating semi-finals/finals teams will nominate their players to the ATT.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties. 

An ATT team will not be named at the East and West Regional Championship sites.  However, we will name an MVP at each East/West Regionals site.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties.  

The Region has implemented a program to recognize top Junior Officials each season.  The Officials Division created a Junior Regional Referee and Scorer rating certification. Outstanding Junior Officials may ask to be rated by National and Junior National Referees in order to receive a Junior Regional Rating. Referees that attain this certification will be receive a shirt and patch and be recognized on the Carolina Region website!  For more information and a list of past Outstanding Young Referees, go here.

Category: Juniors

The Player Movement Policy for Adult tournaments – For Regular Season Tournaments, the Region has eliminated the Club Player Movement Policy for adults to promote ease of play. Adult teams will be able to pick up any current member up to the max roster size as needed in order to play in a regular season Carolina Region tournament. All such player movements must still be recorded by a team rep in writing on the Club Player Movement Form and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captain’s Meeting). Player Movement Forms do not need to be sent to the Region before a tournament if the move is only Temporary. Permanent Team Movements should be sent to the Region Office directly and REQUIRE the written approval of both affected team reps before it can be approved by the Region.  Regional Championships Player Movements:  Rosters still FREEZE (no changes allowed) ONE week before the Regional Championships.  Team Reps need to submit all Roster updates (with a Club Player Movement Form) to the Region Office at least one week before the scheduled Adult Regional Championships in order for the affected players to be eligible for the Regional Championships.

JUNIOR BOYS – All Carolina Region Boys teams will be considered part of the same Club.  Boys’ teams are still restricted to the procedures below when utilizing Player Movement.

JUNIOR GIRLS – All multi-team Junior Girls Clubs will be able to utilize the Player Movement Policy within their respective club only during the Carolina Region season without paying a club fee.  Player movement (either Temporary or Permanent) in a club is restricted based on the policies outlined below.    All player movement must be recorded by a club officer and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captains’/Coaches’ Meeting).  Temporary Club Movements do not have to be sent to the Region Office before the competition (only permanent moves) – the Region will receive the form after the tournament with the rosters.  The Carolina Region will use the current Standings of all teams as found at the Carolina Region Tournament System when processing all club movements per the policies below.  NOTE:  All Coaches in a Junior Club may coach ANY team in their own club.  If they are not on the official roster, then the Club should use a Club Movement Form to add that coach to a tournament roster the same as adding a temporary player.

See BELOW for INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESTRICTIONS.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS – Junior Program:

  • Players being moved to a team in a lower age group must meet the birthdate requirements for the age group they are being moved to.
  • An individual player may only be used TWICE for temporary moves during the indoor season. After a player has participated with another club team TWO times, the player shall be frozen to the roster of their original team unless a permanent roster move is reported to the Region Office.
  • Players registered on a club team and participating in sanctioned competition within the jurisdiction of the Carolina Region may participate with another team from the same club having a higher ranking a maximum of two (2) times (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.
  • Players may participate with a team having a lower ranking than the one with who the player is registered a maximum of one (1) time (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.

  • Players may participate with two teams on a given weekend provided: (a) the age groups are playing on different days (i.e. 12’s team plays on Saturday and 13’s team plays on Sunday); (b) all other Player Movement Requirements described here are followed (limit of 2 moves per season, Movement Form filled out, etc.); (c) for clubs with combined adult and junior teams, a junior player MUST play with his/her junior team if that team is playing on the same day as an adult tournament. If the adult division is playing on a different day, then the junior player may move under the provisions of the Club Movement Policy.
  • Any registered Club player may continue participation with another team in the same club upon notifying the Office of a permanent roster change before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event. Once a permanent move is made, no other moves (temporary or permanent) are allowed for that player.
  • Players registered as unaffiliated (member of the club but not on a team) must still appear on a Club Movement Form if desiring to play on a team within their club and are still limited by the restrictions above.
  • Registered unaffiliated members in the Region (not on any team) must first join a club before they can play in a tournament.

TEAM MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) Club players not on their roster in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of one (1) player not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) players not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club per season.
  • Teams are limited to accepting up to two (2) permanent moves per season. If a permanent move is made with the intent to play in a Regional Championship Event, then ideally the player being moved should have played at least once with that team during the regular season under a normal player movement. The Region will hear petitions for extenuating circumstances.

Clubs failing to comply with the reporting requirements will have the player movement privilege suspended. Report forms were included with the Registration packet and are available from the Region office and at the Forms page.

Categories: Adults, Clubs, Juniors

All Junior teams must have TWO certified REFEREES and ONE certified SCORER on their roster. To get certified, officials must (a) attend an officiating clinic; (b) take the appropriate test (scorers take the scorer clinic and tests and referees must take BOTH the scorer and referee clinics and tests); (c) correct their test(s) to 100 with rule references; and (d) referees must have a practical rating to complete their certification (and to receive a Provisional or Regional rating – see Officiating section of website for more on requirements for these ratings). Only those individuals that are certified and listed on the roster as a SCORER or REFEREE (which implies certification as a scorer) may perform those duties during a tournament. For Junior teams, one adult per team must attend a junior clinic and be on the roster as certified so they know the materials the officials are taught and can help their junior officials during the tournaments. All first-time coaches that will be their required certified adult are requested to attend a live officials clinic to get certified unless they can prove prior officials certification in another region. The certified adult must physically supervise their team while in the vicinity of the score table at all times during the team’s officiating assignment (supervising includes, but is not limited to, insuring food is not at the table and work team is not distracted by cell phones and electronic devices). Incomplete work teams (including the certified adult that is not supervising their team in the vicinity of the score table) may be penalized one point per-minute that they are incomplete to a maximum of 25 points off their next match. Junior teams will not be allowed to participate in a Carolina Region tournament until they meet the minimum team requirements.

It is recommended that all Adult teams have 2 certified Referees and 1 certified Scorer on their roster for all tournaments.

Individuals may take the Official’s clinic online or at a club-hosted Official’s clinic.  Visit this page for information about the Online clinics.  Clubs can go here for information on Hosting a Clinic.

Categories: Adults, Juniors

One important distinction to keep in mind, first. The use of the word “Group” on the Team Registration form is different than the use in the Tournament System! On the Team Registration Form, we ask Club Directors/Team Reps to tell us what “Group” they want to start with among FIVE groupings. Those five “Groups” represent (1) Top 20% of all teams in that age group/realm (east/west); (2) 21-40% of teams; (3) 41-60% of teams; (4) 61-80% of teams; (50 81-100% of teams. That grouping sets the team’s INITIAL points value in the Tournament System ONLY. After a team plays their first tournament and their points begin to go up/down, the “Group” on their team registration form is irrelevant as they are ranked based on their currents points value.

The word “Division” in the Points System is used to differentiate between SITES only. We will have as many “Divisions”/Sites as we can accommodate to allow as many teams to play. So, our bigger age groups will see 7-9 “Divisions”/Sites on a tournament weekend (but remember, we only had “five” on team registration form – so those two uses have nothing to do with each other).

Teams get assigned to “divisions”/Sites based on (a) their points rankings AND (b) how many teams ranked above them have entered that particular tournament! So, a team that “registered” as Group 2 (21-40% of teams) could play at “division”/Site 1 if there were not a lot of teams ranked ABOVE them entered in this tournament. Teams are still assigned into tournaments on their rankings so they are playing teams ranked around them.

Please see the Junior Tournament Structure and Information Letter and the Site Assignment Example for more information.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

Not Necessarily – This section is mainly for the teams that will be traveling outside North Carolina to play in tournaments or the Junior National Championships. Several states (Florida is one, but not NC) require that Medical Release Forms be notarized. Thus, many tournaments are requesting that notarized medical release forms be shown at the tournament check-in. So, if you’re planning on traveling outside of North Carolina to tournaments, it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the release forms notarized. Remember, these forms do not need to be sent into the Region, but should be carried with the teams to all competitions and practices in the event an emergency should arise.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

The Carolina Region would love for Tournament Directors to be able to offer a wider variety of awards. However, Tournament Directors are limited to giving things that do not have intrinsic value (medals, plaques) by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. That organization has stated that for High School athletes to remain eligible to compete in their competitions (i.e. in High School athletics) they must be amateurs. If athletes receive anything of intrinsic value (t-shirts, bags, hats, etc) then it could jeopardize their High School eligibility. Thus, for the protection of our junior members, we inform our Tournament Directors that they can only award items that do not have intrinsic value. For additional information on this policy, contact the NC High School Athletic Association as this is their policy (not the Carolina Region’s).

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Maybe. All play in an age group other than the one you are registered for must be approved by the Region. ALSO, acceptance into the higher age group is contingent on two factors: (a) there is room in the field for your team (same-division teams get first priority), and (b) playing in a different division does not adversely affect the division you were assigned (i.e. doesn’t cause that division to cancel a tournament OR there are a viable number of teams left to hold a competitive tournament). Teams should indicate on their tournament entry the division they are requesting to play in if it is different than the one assigned and submit the entry prior to the tournament entry deadline.  The Tournament System page created for the specific tournament will display whether that team was allowed to play in the division requested (but not until after the entry deadline passes). Teams may only play in a Regional Championship Event for the age group which they are currently assigned by the Region at the entry deadline.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

For a chart to help check your age division, view this provided by USAV.

Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

  1. 18 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
  2. 17 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2001.
  3. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2002.
  4. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2003.
  5. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2004.
  6. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2005.
  7. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2006.
  8. 11 and under division (YOUTH-If register as Youth not eligible for National events [Qualifiers] – must upgrade to full Junior membership): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2007
  9. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2010.

Note: These age definitions are used for domestic club programs and are NOT the same age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for 2019.

The classification cut-off date of September 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly prior and during to the USAV 2016 Annual Meetings and research justified the continuation of the cut-off date of September 1.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on January 19, 2002.

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Coaching:

There is no USA Volleyball rule or policy that states the game of volleyball has to be played in a quiet environment.  Participants and spectators can make as much noise as they wish during a match.  If you ever watch an international volleyball match (Olympics or other high level event) you will see an incredibly loud environment in the stands and on the court.  Many countries have fans that stand the whole time, chant, beat drums and sticks, etc.  The participants can hardly hear themselves or the whistle in such environment.  And the International Governing Body , FIVB, encourages such fan interactions.

We can understand the desire to not have distractions during a match, but the reality is, it is actually part of the sport.  Players will need to be able to adapt and be prepared to play in loud environments.  As long as participants and spectators are not yelling inappropriate things directed at individuals, then talking, chanting, making noise, is not an offense that can be sanctioned.  Yelling “Balls up” no matter if it is useful to them or not, is not something our officials should be stopping. 

All involved with Youth Sports should, however, remember that we are trying to promote Good Sportsmanship at our events.  Parents and spectators should review the Parent Code of Conduct before each event.  Yelling excessively from the stands before the opponent serves may not be “demonstrating positive support for all players” if your motive is to distract/cause errors.  Please consider the good of the sport and good sportsmanship whenever you are cheering at our events.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

The “P” stands for “Pending”.  Players that have a “P” for their status have registered for a clinic from within their member record.  The clinic could be an in-person clinic or the online clinic.  At the time the roster was produced, those players had not completed their clinics (or the results of the in-person clinic have not been processed yet).  As soon as the player completes their online clinic or the office receives results from the in-person clinic they attended and updates the records, their status will go to “Current” and you will see a “Y” in the applicable column.  Players with a “P” for their status should NOT be performing those duties until they complete their clinics (they can still work as a Line Judge as that position does not require a certification).  Each team must show at least TWO players with a “Y” in the REF column, ONE player with a “Y” in the SCORE column (or a third in Ref column) and ONE adult with a “Y” in the REF column to be a legal team.  See other question in this category about why there is not a “Y” in both columns for most players.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Current plans are to name an All-Tournament Team (ATT) at the Carolina Regional Championship tournaments where the top FOUR teams from the East and West come together to decide the overall Regional Champions. The ATT will consist of three players off the Championship team, two players off the Finalist team, one player each from the losing semi-finalist teams, and an MVP (does not have to come from the champion team). The coaches of the participating semi-finals/finals teams will nominate their players to the ATT.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties. 

An ATT team will not be named at the East and West Regional Championship sites.  However, we will name an MVP at each East/West Regionals site.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties.  

The Region has implemented a program to recognize top Junior Officials each season.  The Officials Division created a Junior Regional Referee and Scorer rating certification. Outstanding Junior Officials may ask to be rated by National and Junior National Referees in order to receive a Junior Regional Rating. Referees that attain this certification will be receive a shirt and patch and be recognized on the Carolina Region website!  For more information and a list of past Outstanding Young Referees, go here.

Category: Juniors

The Player Movement Policy for Adult tournaments – For Regular Season Tournaments, the Region has eliminated the Club Player Movement Policy for adults to promote ease of play. Adult teams will be able to pick up any current member up to the max roster size as needed in order to play in a regular season Carolina Region tournament. All such player movements must still be recorded by a team rep in writing on the Club Player Movement Form and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captain’s Meeting). Player Movement Forms do not need to be sent to the Region before a tournament if the move is only Temporary. Permanent Team Movements should be sent to the Region Office directly and REQUIRE the written approval of both affected team reps before it can be approved by the Region.  Regional Championships Player Movements:  Rosters still FREEZE (no changes allowed) ONE week before the Regional Championships.  Team Reps need to submit all Roster updates (with a Club Player Movement Form) to the Region Office at least one week before the scheduled Adult Regional Championships in order for the affected players to be eligible for the Regional Championships.

JUNIOR BOYS – All Carolina Region Boys teams will be considered part of the same Club.  Boys’ teams are still restricted to the procedures below when utilizing Player Movement.

JUNIOR GIRLS – All multi-team Junior Girls Clubs will be able to utilize the Player Movement Policy within their respective club only during the Carolina Region season without paying a club fee.  Player movement (either Temporary or Permanent) in a club is restricted based on the policies outlined below.    All player movement must be recorded by a club officer and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captains’/Coaches’ Meeting).  Temporary Club Movements do not have to be sent to the Region Office before the competition (only permanent moves) – the Region will receive the form after the tournament with the rosters.  The Carolina Region will use the current Standings of all teams as found at the Carolina Region Tournament System when processing all club movements per the policies below.  NOTE:  All Coaches in a Junior Club may coach ANY team in their own club.  If they are not on the official roster, then the Club should use a Club Movement Form to add that coach to a tournament roster the same as adding a temporary player.

See BELOW for INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESTRICTIONS.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS – Junior Program:

  • Players being moved to a team in a lower age group must meet the birthdate requirements for the age group they are being moved to.
  • An individual player may only be used TWICE for temporary moves during the indoor season. After a player has participated with another club team TWO times, the player shall be frozen to the roster of their original team unless a permanent roster move is reported to the Region Office.
  • Players registered on a club team and participating in sanctioned competition within the jurisdiction of the Carolina Region may participate with another team from the same club having a higher ranking a maximum of two (2) times (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.
  • Players may participate with a team having a lower ranking than the one with who the player is registered a maximum of one (1) time (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.

  • Players may participate with two teams on a given weekend provided: (a) the age groups are playing on different days (i.e. 12’s team plays on Saturday and 13’s team plays on Sunday); (b) all other Player Movement Requirements described here are followed (limit of 2 moves per season, Movement Form filled out, etc.); (c) for clubs with combined adult and junior teams, a junior player MUST play with his/her junior team if that team is playing on the same day as an adult tournament. If the adult division is playing on a different day, then the junior player may move under the provisions of the Club Movement Policy.
  • Any registered Club player may continue participation with another team in the same club upon notifying the Office of a permanent roster change before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event. Once a permanent move is made, no other moves (temporary or permanent) are allowed for that player.
  • Players registered as unaffiliated (member of the club but not on a team) must still appear on a Club Movement Form if desiring to play on a team within their club and are still limited by the restrictions above.
  • Registered unaffiliated members in the Region (not on any team) must first join a club before they can play in a tournament.

TEAM MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) Club players not on their roster in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of one (1) player not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) players not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club per season.
  • Teams are limited to accepting up to two (2) permanent moves per season. If a permanent move is made with the intent to play in a Regional Championship Event, then ideally the player being moved should have played at least once with that team during the regular season under a normal player movement. The Region will hear petitions for extenuating circumstances.

Clubs failing to comply with the reporting requirements will have the player movement privilege suspended. Report forms were included with the Registration packet and are available from the Region office and at the Forms page.

Categories: Adults, Clubs, Juniors

All Junior teams must have TWO certified REFEREES and ONE certified SCORER on their roster. To get certified, officials must (a) attend an officiating clinic; (b) take the appropriate test (scorers take the scorer clinic and tests and referees must take BOTH the scorer and referee clinics and tests); (c) correct their test(s) to 100 with rule references; and (d) referees must have a practical rating to complete their certification (and to receive a Provisional or Regional rating – see Officiating section of website for more on requirements for these ratings). Only those individuals that are certified and listed on the roster as a SCORER or REFEREE (which implies certification as a scorer) may perform those duties during a tournament. For Junior teams, one adult per team must attend a junior clinic and be on the roster as certified so they know the materials the officials are taught and can help their junior officials during the tournaments. All first-time coaches that will be their required certified adult are requested to attend a live officials clinic to get certified unless they can prove prior officials certification in another region. The certified adult must physically supervise their team while in the vicinity of the score table at all times during the team’s officiating assignment (supervising includes, but is not limited to, insuring food is not at the table and work team is not distracted by cell phones and electronic devices). Incomplete work teams (including the certified adult that is not supervising their team in the vicinity of the score table) may be penalized one point per-minute that they are incomplete to a maximum of 25 points off their next match. Junior teams will not be allowed to participate in a Carolina Region tournament until they meet the minimum team requirements.

It is recommended that all Adult teams have 2 certified Referees and 1 certified Scorer on their roster for all tournaments.

Individuals may take the Official’s clinic online or at a club-hosted Official’s clinic.  Visit this page for information about the Online clinics.  Clubs can go here for information on Hosting a Clinic.

Categories: Adults, Juniors

One important distinction to keep in mind, first. The use of the word “Group” on the Team Registration form is different than the use in the Tournament System! On the Team Registration Form, we ask Club Directors/Team Reps to tell us what “Group” they want to start with among FIVE groupings. Those five “Groups” represent (1) Top 20% of all teams in that age group/realm (east/west); (2) 21-40% of teams; (3) 41-60% of teams; (4) 61-80% of teams; (50 81-100% of teams. That grouping sets the team’s INITIAL points value in the Tournament System ONLY. After a team plays their first tournament and their points begin to go up/down, the “Group” on their team registration form is irrelevant as they are ranked based on their currents points value.

The word “Division” in the Points System is used to differentiate between SITES only. We will have as many “Divisions”/Sites as we can accommodate to allow as many teams to play. So, our bigger age groups will see 7-9 “Divisions”/Sites on a tournament weekend (but remember, we only had “five” on team registration form – so those two uses have nothing to do with each other).

Teams get assigned to “divisions”/Sites based on (a) their points rankings AND (b) how many teams ranked above them have entered that particular tournament! So, a team that “registered” as Group 2 (21-40% of teams) could play at “division”/Site 1 if there were not a lot of teams ranked ABOVE them entered in this tournament. Teams are still assigned into tournaments on their rankings so they are playing teams ranked around them.

Please see the Junior Tournament Structure and Information Letter and the Site Assignment Example for more information.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

Not Necessarily – This section is mainly for the teams that will be traveling outside North Carolina to play in tournaments or the Junior National Championships. Several states (Florida is one, but not NC) require that Medical Release Forms be notarized. Thus, many tournaments are requesting that notarized medical release forms be shown at the tournament check-in. So, if you’re planning on traveling outside of North Carolina to tournaments, it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the release forms notarized. Remember, these forms do not need to be sent into the Region, but should be carried with the teams to all competitions and practices in the event an emergency should arise.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

The Carolina Region would love for Tournament Directors to be able to offer a wider variety of awards. However, Tournament Directors are limited to giving things that do not have intrinsic value (medals, plaques) by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. That organization has stated that for High School athletes to remain eligible to compete in their competitions (i.e. in High School athletics) they must be amateurs. If athletes receive anything of intrinsic value (t-shirts, bags, hats, etc) then it could jeopardize their High School eligibility. Thus, for the protection of our junior members, we inform our Tournament Directors that they can only award items that do not have intrinsic value. For additional information on this policy, contact the NC High School Athletic Association as this is their policy (not the Carolina Region’s).

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Maybe. All play in an age group other than the one you are registered for must be approved by the Region. ALSO, acceptance into the higher age group is contingent on two factors: (a) there is room in the field for your team (same-division teams get first priority), and (b) playing in a different division does not adversely affect the division you were assigned (i.e. doesn’t cause that division to cancel a tournament OR there are a viable number of teams left to hold a competitive tournament). Teams should indicate on their tournament entry the division they are requesting to play in if it is different than the one assigned and submit the entry prior to the tournament entry deadline.  The Tournament System page created for the specific tournament will display whether that team was allowed to play in the division requested (but not until after the entry deadline passes). Teams may only play in a Regional Championship Event for the age group which they are currently assigned by the Region at the entry deadline.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

For a chart to help check your age division, view this provided by USAV.

Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

  1. 18 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
  2. 17 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2001.
  3. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2002.
  4. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2003.
  5. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2004.
  6. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2005.
  7. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2006.
  8. 11 and under division (YOUTH-If register as Youth not eligible for National events [Qualifiers] – must upgrade to full Junior membership): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2007
  9. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2010.

Note: These age definitions are used for domestic club programs and are NOT the same age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for 2019.

The classification cut-off date of September 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly prior and during to the USAV 2016 Annual Meetings and research justified the continuation of the cut-off date of September 1.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on January 19, 2002.

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Clinics:

There is no USA Volleyball rule or policy that states the game of volleyball has to be played in a quiet environment.  Participants and spectators can make as much noise as they wish during a match.  If you ever watch an international volleyball match (Olympics or other high level event) you will see an incredibly loud environment in the stands and on the court.  Many countries have fans that stand the whole time, chant, beat drums and sticks, etc.  The participants can hardly hear themselves or the whistle in such environment.  And the International Governing Body , FIVB, encourages such fan interactions.

We can understand the desire to not have distractions during a match, but the reality is, it is actually part of the sport.  Players will need to be able to adapt and be prepared to play in loud environments.  As long as participants and spectators are not yelling inappropriate things directed at individuals, then talking, chanting, making noise, is not an offense that can be sanctioned.  Yelling “Balls up” no matter if it is useful to them or not, is not something our officials should be stopping. 

All involved with Youth Sports should, however, remember that we are trying to promote Good Sportsmanship at our events.  Parents and spectators should review the Parent Code of Conduct before each event.  Yelling excessively from the stands before the opponent serves may not be “demonstrating positive support for all players” if your motive is to distract/cause errors.  Please consider the good of the sport and good sportsmanship whenever you are cheering at our events.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

The “P” stands for “Pending”.  Players that have a “P” for their status have registered for a clinic from within their member record.  The clinic could be an in-person clinic or the online clinic.  At the time the roster was produced, those players had not completed their clinics (or the results of the in-person clinic have not been processed yet).  As soon as the player completes their online clinic or the office receives results from the in-person clinic they attended and updates the records, their status will go to “Current” and you will see a “Y” in the applicable column.  Players with a “P” for their status should NOT be performing those duties until they complete their clinics (they can still work as a Line Judge as that position does not require a certification).  Each team must show at least TWO players with a “Y” in the REF column, ONE player with a “Y” in the SCORE column (or a third in Ref column) and ONE adult with a “Y” in the REF column to be a legal team.  See other question in this category about why there is not a “Y” in both columns for most players.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Current plans are to name an All-Tournament Team (ATT) at the Carolina Regional Championship tournaments where the top FOUR teams from the East and West come together to decide the overall Regional Champions. The ATT will consist of three players off the Championship team, two players off the Finalist team, one player each from the losing semi-finalist teams, and an MVP (does not have to come from the champion team). The coaches of the participating semi-finals/finals teams will nominate their players to the ATT.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties. 

An ATT team will not be named at the East and West Regional Championship sites.  However, we will name an MVP at each East/West Regionals site.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties.  

The Region has implemented a program to recognize top Junior Officials each season.  The Officials Division created a Junior Regional Referee and Scorer rating certification. Outstanding Junior Officials may ask to be rated by National and Junior National Referees in order to receive a Junior Regional Rating. Referees that attain this certification will be receive a shirt and patch and be recognized on the Carolina Region website!  For more information and a list of past Outstanding Young Referees, go here.

Category: Juniors

The Player Movement Policy for Adult tournaments – For Regular Season Tournaments, the Region has eliminated the Club Player Movement Policy for adults to promote ease of play. Adult teams will be able to pick up any current member up to the max roster size as needed in order to play in a regular season Carolina Region tournament. All such player movements must still be recorded by a team rep in writing on the Club Player Movement Form and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captain’s Meeting). Player Movement Forms do not need to be sent to the Region before a tournament if the move is only Temporary. Permanent Team Movements should be sent to the Region Office directly and REQUIRE the written approval of both affected team reps before it can be approved by the Region.  Regional Championships Player Movements:  Rosters still FREEZE (no changes allowed) ONE week before the Regional Championships.  Team Reps need to submit all Roster updates (with a Club Player Movement Form) to the Region Office at least one week before the scheduled Adult Regional Championships in order for the affected players to be eligible for the Regional Championships.

JUNIOR BOYS – All Carolina Region Boys teams will be considered part of the same Club.  Boys’ teams are still restricted to the procedures below when utilizing Player Movement.

JUNIOR GIRLS – All multi-team Junior Girls Clubs will be able to utilize the Player Movement Policy within their respective club only during the Carolina Region season without paying a club fee.  Player movement (either Temporary or Permanent) in a club is restricted based on the policies outlined below.    All player movement must be recorded by a club officer and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captains’/Coaches’ Meeting).  Temporary Club Movements do not have to be sent to the Region Office before the competition (only permanent moves) – the Region will receive the form after the tournament with the rosters.  The Carolina Region will use the current Standings of all teams as found at the Carolina Region Tournament System when processing all club movements per the policies below.  NOTE:  All Coaches in a Junior Club may coach ANY team in their own club.  If they are not on the official roster, then the Club should use a Club Movement Form to add that coach to a tournament roster the same as adding a temporary player.

See BELOW for INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESTRICTIONS.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS – Junior Program:

  • Players being moved to a team in a lower age group must meet the birthdate requirements for the age group they are being moved to.
  • An individual player may only be used TWICE for temporary moves during the indoor season. After a player has participated with another club team TWO times, the player shall be frozen to the roster of their original team unless a permanent roster move is reported to the Region Office.
  • Players registered on a club team and participating in sanctioned competition within the jurisdiction of the Carolina Region may participate with another team from the same club having a higher ranking a maximum of two (2) times (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.
  • Players may participate with a team having a lower ranking than the one with who the player is registered a maximum of one (1) time (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.

  • Players may participate with two teams on a given weekend provided: (a) the age groups are playing on different days (i.e. 12’s team plays on Saturday and 13’s team plays on Sunday); (b) all other Player Movement Requirements described here are followed (limit of 2 moves per season, Movement Form filled out, etc.); (c) for clubs with combined adult and junior teams, a junior player MUST play with his/her junior team if that team is playing on the same day as an adult tournament. If the adult division is playing on a different day, then the junior player may move under the provisions of the Club Movement Policy.
  • Any registered Club player may continue participation with another team in the same club upon notifying the Office of a permanent roster change before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event. Once a permanent move is made, no other moves (temporary or permanent) are allowed for that player.
  • Players registered as unaffiliated (member of the club but not on a team) must still appear on a Club Movement Form if desiring to play on a team within their club and are still limited by the restrictions above.
  • Registered unaffiliated members in the Region (not on any team) must first join a club before they can play in a tournament.

TEAM MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) Club players not on their roster in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of one (1) player not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) players not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club per season.
  • Teams are limited to accepting up to two (2) permanent moves per season. If a permanent move is made with the intent to play in a Regional Championship Event, then ideally the player being moved should have played at least once with that team during the regular season under a normal player movement. The Region will hear petitions for extenuating circumstances.

Clubs failing to comply with the reporting requirements will have the player movement privilege suspended. Report forms were included with the Registration packet and are available from the Region office and at the Forms page.

Categories: Adults, Clubs, Juniors

All Junior teams must have TWO certified REFEREES and ONE certified SCORER on their roster. To get certified, officials must (a) attend an officiating clinic; (b) take the appropriate test (scorers take the scorer clinic and tests and referees must take BOTH the scorer and referee clinics and tests); (c) correct their test(s) to 100 with rule references; and (d) referees must have a practical rating to complete their certification (and to receive a Provisional or Regional rating – see Officiating section of website for more on requirements for these ratings). Only those individuals that are certified and listed on the roster as a SCORER or REFEREE (which implies certification as a scorer) may perform those duties during a tournament. For Junior teams, one adult per team must attend a junior clinic and be on the roster as certified so they know the materials the officials are taught and can help their junior officials during the tournaments. All first-time coaches that will be their required certified adult are requested to attend a live officials clinic to get certified unless they can prove prior officials certification in another region. The certified adult must physically supervise their team while in the vicinity of the score table at all times during the team’s officiating assignment (supervising includes, but is not limited to, insuring food is not at the table and work team is not distracted by cell phones and electronic devices). Incomplete work teams (including the certified adult that is not supervising their team in the vicinity of the score table) may be penalized one point per-minute that they are incomplete to a maximum of 25 points off their next match. Junior teams will not be allowed to participate in a Carolina Region tournament until they meet the minimum team requirements.

It is recommended that all Adult teams have 2 certified Referees and 1 certified Scorer on their roster for all tournaments.

Individuals may take the Official’s clinic online or at a club-hosted Official’s clinic.  Visit this page for information about the Online clinics.  Clubs can go here for information on Hosting a Clinic.

Categories: Adults, Juniors

One important distinction to keep in mind, first. The use of the word “Group” on the Team Registration form is different than the use in the Tournament System! On the Team Registration Form, we ask Club Directors/Team Reps to tell us what “Group” they want to start with among FIVE groupings. Those five “Groups” represent (1) Top 20% of all teams in that age group/realm (east/west); (2) 21-40% of teams; (3) 41-60% of teams; (4) 61-80% of teams; (50 81-100% of teams. That grouping sets the team’s INITIAL points value in the Tournament System ONLY. After a team plays their first tournament and their points begin to go up/down, the “Group” on their team registration form is irrelevant as they are ranked based on their currents points value.

The word “Division” in the Points System is used to differentiate between SITES only. We will have as many “Divisions”/Sites as we can accommodate to allow as many teams to play. So, our bigger age groups will see 7-9 “Divisions”/Sites on a tournament weekend (but remember, we only had “five” on team registration form – so those two uses have nothing to do with each other).

Teams get assigned to “divisions”/Sites based on (a) their points rankings AND (b) how many teams ranked above them have entered that particular tournament! So, a team that “registered” as Group 2 (21-40% of teams) could play at “division”/Site 1 if there were not a lot of teams ranked ABOVE them entered in this tournament. Teams are still assigned into tournaments on their rankings so they are playing teams ranked around them.

Please see the Junior Tournament Structure and Information Letter and the Site Assignment Example for more information.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

Not Necessarily – This section is mainly for the teams that will be traveling outside North Carolina to play in tournaments or the Junior National Championships. Several states (Florida is one, but not NC) require that Medical Release Forms be notarized. Thus, many tournaments are requesting that notarized medical release forms be shown at the tournament check-in. So, if you’re planning on traveling outside of North Carolina to tournaments, it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the release forms notarized. Remember, these forms do not need to be sent into the Region, but should be carried with the teams to all competitions and practices in the event an emergency should arise.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

The Carolina Region would love for Tournament Directors to be able to offer a wider variety of awards. However, Tournament Directors are limited to giving things that do not have intrinsic value (medals, plaques) by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. That organization has stated that for High School athletes to remain eligible to compete in their competitions (i.e. in High School athletics) they must be amateurs. If athletes receive anything of intrinsic value (t-shirts, bags, hats, etc) then it could jeopardize their High School eligibility. Thus, for the protection of our junior members, we inform our Tournament Directors that they can only award items that do not have intrinsic value. For additional information on this policy, contact the NC High School Athletic Association as this is their policy (not the Carolina Region’s).

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Maybe. All play in an age group other than the one you are registered for must be approved by the Region. ALSO, acceptance into the higher age group is contingent on two factors: (a) there is room in the field for your team (same-division teams get first priority), and (b) playing in a different division does not adversely affect the division you were assigned (i.e. doesn’t cause that division to cancel a tournament OR there are a viable number of teams left to hold a competitive tournament). Teams should indicate on their tournament entry the division they are requesting to play in if it is different than the one assigned and submit the entry prior to the tournament entry deadline.  The Tournament System page created for the specific tournament will display whether that team was allowed to play in the division requested (but not until after the entry deadline passes). Teams may only play in a Regional Championship Event for the age group which they are currently assigned by the Region at the entry deadline.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

For a chart to help check your age division, view this provided by USAV.

Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

  1. 18 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
  2. 17 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2001.
  3. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2002.
  4. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2003.
  5. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2004.
  6. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2005.
  7. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2006.
  8. 11 and under division (YOUTH-If register as Youth not eligible for National events [Qualifiers] – must upgrade to full Junior membership): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2007
  9. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2010.

Note: These age definitions are used for domestic club programs and are NOT the same age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for 2019.

The classification cut-off date of September 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly prior and during to the USAV 2016 Annual Meetings and research justified the continuation of the cut-off date of September 1.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on January 19, 2002.

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Tournament Questions:

There is no USA Volleyball rule or policy that states the game of volleyball has to be played in a quiet environment.  Participants and spectators can make as much noise as they wish during a match.  If you ever watch an international volleyball match (Olympics or other high level event) you will see an incredibly loud environment in the stands and on the court.  Many countries have fans that stand the whole time, chant, beat drums and sticks, etc.  The participants can hardly hear themselves or the whistle in such environment.  And the International Governing Body , FIVB, encourages such fan interactions.

We can understand the desire to not have distractions during a match, but the reality is, it is actually part of the sport.  Players will need to be able to adapt and be prepared to play in loud environments.  As long as participants and spectators are not yelling inappropriate things directed at individuals, then talking, chanting, making noise, is not an offense that can be sanctioned.  Yelling “Balls up” no matter if it is useful to them or not, is not something our officials should be stopping. 

All involved with Youth Sports should, however, remember that we are trying to promote Good Sportsmanship at our events.  Parents and spectators should review the Parent Code of Conduct before each event.  Yelling excessively from the stands before the opponent serves may not be “demonstrating positive support for all players” if your motive is to distract/cause errors.  Please consider the good of the sport and good sportsmanship whenever you are cheering at our events.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

The “P” stands for “Pending”.  Players that have a “P” for their status have registered for a clinic from within their member record.  The clinic could be an in-person clinic or the online clinic.  At the time the roster was produced, those players had not completed their clinics (or the results of the in-person clinic have not been processed yet).  As soon as the player completes their online clinic or the office receives results from the in-person clinic they attended and updates the records, their status will go to “Current” and you will see a “Y” in the applicable column.  Players with a “P” for their status should NOT be performing those duties until they complete their clinics (they can still work as a Line Judge as that position does not require a certification).  Each team must show at least TWO players with a “Y” in the REF column, ONE player with a “Y” in the SCORE column (or a third in Ref column) and ONE adult with a “Y” in the REF column to be a legal team.  See other question in this category about why there is not a “Y” in both columns for most players.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Current plans are to name an All-Tournament Team (ATT) at the Carolina Regional Championship tournaments where the top FOUR teams from the East and West come together to decide the overall Regional Champions. The ATT will consist of three players off the Championship team, two players off the Finalist team, one player each from the losing semi-finalist teams, and an MVP (does not have to come from the champion team). The coaches of the participating semi-finals/finals teams will nominate their players to the ATT.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties. 

An ATT team will not be named at the East and West Regional Championship sites.  However, we will name an MVP at each East/West Regionals site.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties.  

The Region has implemented a program to recognize top Junior Officials each season.  The Officials Division created a Junior Regional Referee and Scorer rating certification. Outstanding Junior Officials may ask to be rated by National and Junior National Referees in order to receive a Junior Regional Rating. Referees that attain this certification will be receive a shirt and patch and be recognized on the Carolina Region website!  For more information and a list of past Outstanding Young Referees, go here.

Category: Juniors

The Player Movement Policy for Adult tournaments – For Regular Season Tournaments, the Region has eliminated the Club Player Movement Policy for adults to promote ease of play. Adult teams will be able to pick up any current member up to the max roster size as needed in order to play in a regular season Carolina Region tournament. All such player movements must still be recorded by a team rep in writing on the Club Player Movement Form and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captain’s Meeting). Player Movement Forms do not need to be sent to the Region before a tournament if the move is only Temporary. Permanent Team Movements should be sent to the Region Office directly and REQUIRE the written approval of both affected team reps before it can be approved by the Region.  Regional Championships Player Movements:  Rosters still FREEZE (no changes allowed) ONE week before the Regional Championships.  Team Reps need to submit all Roster updates (with a Club Player Movement Form) to the Region Office at least one week before the scheduled Adult Regional Championships in order for the affected players to be eligible for the Regional Championships.

JUNIOR BOYS – All Carolina Region Boys teams will be considered part of the same Club.  Boys’ teams are still restricted to the procedures below when utilizing Player Movement.

JUNIOR GIRLS – All multi-team Junior Girls Clubs will be able to utilize the Player Movement Policy within their respective club only during the Carolina Region season without paying a club fee.  Player movement (either Temporary or Permanent) in a club is restricted based on the policies outlined below.    All player movement must be recorded by a club officer and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captains’/Coaches’ Meeting).  Temporary Club Movements do not have to be sent to the Region Office before the competition (only permanent moves) – the Region will receive the form after the tournament with the rosters.  The Carolina Region will use the current Standings of all teams as found at the Carolina Region Tournament System when processing all club movements per the policies below.  NOTE:  All Coaches in a Junior Club may coach ANY team in their own club.  If they are not on the official roster, then the Club should use a Club Movement Form to add that coach to a tournament roster the same as adding a temporary player.

See BELOW for INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESTRICTIONS.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS – Junior Program:

  • Players being moved to a team in a lower age group must meet the birthdate requirements for the age group they are being moved to.
  • An individual player may only be used TWICE for temporary moves during the indoor season. After a player has participated with another club team TWO times, the player shall be frozen to the roster of their original team unless a permanent roster move is reported to the Region Office.
  • Players registered on a club team and participating in sanctioned competition within the jurisdiction of the Carolina Region may participate with another team from the same club having a higher ranking a maximum of two (2) times (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.
  • Players may participate with a team having a lower ranking than the one with who the player is registered a maximum of one (1) time (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.

  • Players may participate with two teams on a given weekend provided: (a) the age groups are playing on different days (i.e. 12’s team plays on Saturday and 13’s team plays on Sunday); (b) all other Player Movement Requirements described here are followed (limit of 2 moves per season, Movement Form filled out, etc.); (c) for clubs with combined adult and junior teams, a junior player MUST play with his/her junior team if that team is playing on the same day as an adult tournament. If the adult division is playing on a different day, then the junior player may move under the provisions of the Club Movement Policy.
  • Any registered Club player may continue participation with another team in the same club upon notifying the Office of a permanent roster change before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event. Once a permanent move is made, no other moves (temporary or permanent) are allowed for that player.
  • Players registered as unaffiliated (member of the club but not on a team) must still appear on a Club Movement Form if desiring to play on a team within their club and are still limited by the restrictions above.
  • Registered unaffiliated members in the Region (not on any team) must first join a club before they can play in a tournament.

TEAM MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) Club players not on their roster in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of one (1) player not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) players not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club per season.
  • Teams are limited to accepting up to two (2) permanent moves per season. If a permanent move is made with the intent to play in a Regional Championship Event, then ideally the player being moved should have played at least once with that team during the regular season under a normal player movement. The Region will hear petitions for extenuating circumstances.

Clubs failing to comply with the reporting requirements will have the player movement privilege suspended. Report forms were included with the Registration packet and are available from the Region office and at the Forms page.

Categories: Adults, Clubs, Juniors

All Junior teams must have TWO certified REFEREES and ONE certified SCORER on their roster. To get certified, officials must (a) attend an officiating clinic; (b) take the appropriate test (scorers take the scorer clinic and tests and referees must take BOTH the scorer and referee clinics and tests); (c) correct their test(s) to 100 with rule references; and (d) referees must have a practical rating to complete their certification (and to receive a Provisional or Regional rating – see Officiating section of website for more on requirements for these ratings). Only those individuals that are certified and listed on the roster as a SCORER or REFEREE (which implies certification as a scorer) may perform those duties during a tournament. For Junior teams, one adult per team must attend a junior clinic and be on the roster as certified so they know the materials the officials are taught and can help their junior officials during the tournaments. All first-time coaches that will be their required certified adult are requested to attend a live officials clinic to get certified unless they can prove prior officials certification in another region. The certified adult must physically supervise their team while in the vicinity of the score table at all times during the team’s officiating assignment (supervising includes, but is not limited to, insuring food is not at the table and work team is not distracted by cell phones and electronic devices). Incomplete work teams (including the certified adult that is not supervising their team in the vicinity of the score table) may be penalized one point per-minute that they are incomplete to a maximum of 25 points off their next match. Junior teams will not be allowed to participate in a Carolina Region tournament until they meet the minimum team requirements.

It is recommended that all Adult teams have 2 certified Referees and 1 certified Scorer on their roster for all tournaments.

Individuals may take the Official’s clinic online or at a club-hosted Official’s clinic.  Visit this page for information about the Online clinics.  Clubs can go here for information on Hosting a Clinic.

Categories: Adults, Juniors

One important distinction to keep in mind, first. The use of the word “Group” on the Team Registration form is different than the use in the Tournament System! On the Team Registration Form, we ask Club Directors/Team Reps to tell us what “Group” they want to start with among FIVE groupings. Those five “Groups” represent (1) Top 20% of all teams in that age group/realm (east/west); (2) 21-40% of teams; (3) 41-60% of teams; (4) 61-80% of teams; (50 81-100% of teams. That grouping sets the team’s INITIAL points value in the Tournament System ONLY. After a team plays their first tournament and their points begin to go up/down, the “Group” on their team registration form is irrelevant as they are ranked based on their currents points value.

The word “Division” in the Points System is used to differentiate between SITES only. We will have as many “Divisions”/Sites as we can accommodate to allow as many teams to play. So, our bigger age groups will see 7-9 “Divisions”/Sites on a tournament weekend (but remember, we only had “five” on team registration form – so those two uses have nothing to do with each other).

Teams get assigned to “divisions”/Sites based on (a) their points rankings AND (b) how many teams ranked above them have entered that particular tournament! So, a team that “registered” as Group 2 (21-40% of teams) could play at “division”/Site 1 if there were not a lot of teams ranked ABOVE them entered in this tournament. Teams are still assigned into tournaments on their rankings so they are playing teams ranked around them.

Please see the Junior Tournament Structure and Information Letter and the Site Assignment Example for more information.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

Not Necessarily – This section is mainly for the teams that will be traveling outside North Carolina to play in tournaments or the Junior National Championships. Several states (Florida is one, but not NC) require that Medical Release Forms be notarized. Thus, many tournaments are requesting that notarized medical release forms be shown at the tournament check-in. So, if you’re planning on traveling outside of North Carolina to tournaments, it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the release forms notarized. Remember, these forms do not need to be sent into the Region, but should be carried with the teams to all competitions and practices in the event an emergency should arise.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

The Carolina Region would love for Tournament Directors to be able to offer a wider variety of awards. However, Tournament Directors are limited to giving things that do not have intrinsic value (medals, plaques) by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. That organization has stated that for High School athletes to remain eligible to compete in their competitions (i.e. in High School athletics) they must be amateurs. If athletes receive anything of intrinsic value (t-shirts, bags, hats, etc) then it could jeopardize their High School eligibility. Thus, for the protection of our junior members, we inform our Tournament Directors that they can only award items that do not have intrinsic value. For additional information on this policy, contact the NC High School Athletic Association as this is their policy (not the Carolina Region’s).

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Maybe. All play in an age group other than the one you are registered for must be approved by the Region. ALSO, acceptance into the higher age group is contingent on two factors: (a) there is room in the field for your team (same-division teams get first priority), and (b) playing in a different division does not adversely affect the division you were assigned (i.e. doesn’t cause that division to cancel a tournament OR there are a viable number of teams left to hold a competitive tournament). Teams should indicate on their tournament entry the division they are requesting to play in if it is different than the one assigned and submit the entry prior to the tournament entry deadline.  The Tournament System page created for the specific tournament will display whether that team was allowed to play in the division requested (but not until after the entry deadline passes). Teams may only play in a Regional Championship Event for the age group which they are currently assigned by the Region at the entry deadline.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

For a chart to help check your age division, view this provided by USAV.

Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

  1. 18 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
  2. 17 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2001.
  3. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2002.
  4. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2003.
  5. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2004.
  6. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2005.
  7. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2006.
  8. 11 and under division (YOUTH-If register as Youth not eligible for National events [Qualifiers] – must upgrade to full Junior membership): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2007
  9. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2010.

Note: These age definitions are used for domestic club programs and are NOT the same age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for 2019.

The classification cut-off date of September 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly prior and during to the USAV 2016 Annual Meetings and research justified the continuation of the cut-off date of September 1.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on January 19, 2002.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

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  •  Regional Championship Event Questions:

There is no USA Volleyball rule or policy that states the game of volleyball has to be played in a quiet environment.  Participants and spectators can make as much noise as they wish during a match.  If you ever watch an international volleyball match (Olympics or other high level event) you will see an incredibly loud environment in the stands and on the court.  Many countries have fans that stand the whole time, chant, beat drums and sticks, etc.  The participants can hardly hear themselves or the whistle in such environment.  And the International Governing Body , FIVB, encourages such fan interactions.

We can understand the desire to not have distractions during a match, but the reality is, it is actually part of the sport.  Players will need to be able to adapt and be prepared to play in loud environments.  As long as participants and spectators are not yelling inappropriate things directed at individuals, then talking, chanting, making noise, is not an offense that can be sanctioned.  Yelling “Balls up” no matter if it is useful to them or not, is not something our officials should be stopping. 

All involved with Youth Sports should, however, remember that we are trying to promote Good Sportsmanship at our events.  Parents and spectators should review the Parent Code of Conduct before each event.  Yelling excessively from the stands before the opponent serves may not be “demonstrating positive support for all players” if your motive is to distract/cause errors.  Please consider the good of the sport and good sportsmanship whenever you are cheering at our events.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

The “P” stands for “Pending”.  Players that have a “P” for their status have registered for a clinic from within their member record.  The clinic could be an in-person clinic or the online clinic.  At the time the roster was produced, those players had not completed their clinics (or the results of the in-person clinic have not been processed yet).  As soon as the player completes their online clinic or the office receives results from the in-person clinic they attended and updates the records, their status will go to “Current” and you will see a “Y” in the applicable column.  Players with a “P” for their status should NOT be performing those duties until they complete their clinics (they can still work as a Line Judge as that position does not require a certification).  Each team must show at least TWO players with a “Y” in the REF column, ONE player with a “Y” in the SCORE column (or a third in Ref column) and ONE adult with a “Y” in the REF column to be a legal team.  See other question in this category about why there is not a “Y” in both columns for most players.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Current plans are to name an All-Tournament Team (ATT) at the Carolina Regional Championship tournaments where the top FOUR teams from the East and West come together to decide the overall Regional Champions. The ATT will consist of three players off the Championship team, two players off the Finalist team, one player each from the losing semi-finalist teams, and an MVP (does not have to come from the champion team). The coaches of the participating semi-finals/finals teams will nominate their players to the ATT.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties. 

An ATT team will not be named at the East and West Regional Championship sites.  However, we will name an MVP at each East/West Regionals site.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties.  

The Region has implemented a program to recognize top Junior Officials each season.  The Officials Division created a Junior Regional Referee and Scorer rating certification. Outstanding Junior Officials may ask to be rated by National and Junior National Referees in order to receive a Junior Regional Rating. Referees that attain this certification will be receive a shirt and patch and be recognized on the Carolina Region website!  For more information and a list of past Outstanding Young Referees, go here.

Category: Juniors

The Player Movement Policy for Adult tournaments – For Regular Season Tournaments, the Region has eliminated the Club Player Movement Policy for adults to promote ease of play. Adult teams will be able to pick up any current member up to the max roster size as needed in order to play in a regular season Carolina Region tournament. All such player movements must still be recorded by a team rep in writing on the Club Player Movement Form and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captain’s Meeting). Player Movement Forms do not need to be sent to the Region before a tournament if the move is only Temporary. Permanent Team Movements should be sent to the Region Office directly and REQUIRE the written approval of both affected team reps before it can be approved by the Region.  Regional Championships Player Movements:  Rosters still FREEZE (no changes allowed) ONE week before the Regional Championships.  Team Reps need to submit all Roster updates (with a Club Player Movement Form) to the Region Office at least one week before the scheduled Adult Regional Championships in order for the affected players to be eligible for the Regional Championships.

JUNIOR BOYS – All Carolina Region Boys teams will be considered part of the same Club.  Boys’ teams are still restricted to the procedures below when utilizing Player Movement.

JUNIOR GIRLS – All multi-team Junior Girls Clubs will be able to utilize the Player Movement Policy within their respective club only during the Carolina Region season without paying a club fee.  Player movement (either Temporary or Permanent) in a club is restricted based on the policies outlined below.    All player movement must be recorded by a club officer and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captains’/Coaches’ Meeting).  Temporary Club Movements do not have to be sent to the Region Office before the competition (only permanent moves) – the Region will receive the form after the tournament with the rosters.  The Carolina Region will use the current Standings of all teams as found at the Carolina Region Tournament System when processing all club movements per the policies below.  NOTE:  All Coaches in a Junior Club may coach ANY team in their own club.  If they are not on the official roster, then the Club should use a Club Movement Form to add that coach to a tournament roster the same as adding a temporary player.

See BELOW for INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESTRICTIONS.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS – Junior Program:

  • Players being moved to a team in a lower age group must meet the birthdate requirements for the age group they are being moved to.
  • An individual player may only be used TWICE for temporary moves during the indoor season. After a player has participated with another club team TWO times, the player shall be frozen to the roster of their original team unless a permanent roster move is reported to the Region Office.
  • Players registered on a club team and participating in sanctioned competition within the jurisdiction of the Carolina Region may participate with another team from the same club having a higher ranking a maximum of two (2) times (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.
  • Players may participate with a team having a lower ranking than the one with who the player is registered a maximum of one (1) time (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.

  • Players may participate with two teams on a given weekend provided: (a) the age groups are playing on different days (i.e. 12’s team plays on Saturday and 13’s team plays on Sunday); (b) all other Player Movement Requirements described here are followed (limit of 2 moves per season, Movement Form filled out, etc.); (c) for clubs with combined adult and junior teams, a junior player MUST play with his/her junior team if that team is playing on the same day as an adult tournament. If the adult division is playing on a different day, then the junior player may move under the provisions of the Club Movement Policy.
  • Any registered Club player may continue participation with another team in the same club upon notifying the Office of a permanent roster change before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event. Once a permanent move is made, no other moves (temporary or permanent) are allowed for that player.
  • Players registered as unaffiliated (member of the club but not on a team) must still appear on a Club Movement Form if desiring to play on a team within their club and are still limited by the restrictions above.
  • Registered unaffiliated members in the Region (not on any team) must first join a club before they can play in a tournament.

TEAM MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) Club players not on their roster in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of one (1) player not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) players not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club per season.
  • Teams are limited to accepting up to two (2) permanent moves per season. If a permanent move is made with the intent to play in a Regional Championship Event, then ideally the player being moved should have played at least once with that team during the regular season under a normal player movement. The Region will hear petitions for extenuating circumstances.

Clubs failing to comply with the reporting requirements will have the player movement privilege suspended. Report forms were included with the Registration packet and are available from the Region office and at the Forms page.

Categories: Adults, Clubs, Juniors

All Junior teams must have TWO certified REFEREES and ONE certified SCORER on their roster. To get certified, officials must (a) attend an officiating clinic; (b) take the appropriate test (scorers take the scorer clinic and tests and referees must take BOTH the scorer and referee clinics and tests); (c) correct their test(s) to 100 with rule references; and (d) referees must have a practical rating to complete their certification (and to receive a Provisional or Regional rating – see Officiating section of website for more on requirements for these ratings). Only those individuals that are certified and listed on the roster as a SCORER or REFEREE (which implies certification as a scorer) may perform those duties during a tournament. For Junior teams, one adult per team must attend a junior clinic and be on the roster as certified so they know the materials the officials are taught and can help their junior officials during the tournaments. All first-time coaches that will be their required certified adult are requested to attend a live officials clinic to get certified unless they can prove prior officials certification in another region. The certified adult must physically supervise their team while in the vicinity of the score table at all times during the team’s officiating assignment (supervising includes, but is not limited to, insuring food is not at the table and work team is not distracted by cell phones and electronic devices). Incomplete work teams (including the certified adult that is not supervising their team in the vicinity of the score table) may be penalized one point per-minute that they are incomplete to a maximum of 25 points off their next match. Junior teams will not be allowed to participate in a Carolina Region tournament until they meet the minimum team requirements.

It is recommended that all Adult teams have 2 certified Referees and 1 certified Scorer on their roster for all tournaments.

Individuals may take the Official’s clinic online or at a club-hosted Official’s clinic.  Visit this page for information about the Online clinics.  Clubs can go here for information on Hosting a Clinic.

Categories: Adults, Juniors

One important distinction to keep in mind, first. The use of the word “Group” on the Team Registration form is different than the use in the Tournament System! On the Team Registration Form, we ask Club Directors/Team Reps to tell us what “Group” they want to start with among FIVE groupings. Those five “Groups” represent (1) Top 20% of all teams in that age group/realm (east/west); (2) 21-40% of teams; (3) 41-60% of teams; (4) 61-80% of teams; (50 81-100% of teams. That grouping sets the team’s INITIAL points value in the Tournament System ONLY. After a team plays their first tournament and their points begin to go up/down, the “Group” on their team registration form is irrelevant as they are ranked based on their currents points value.

The word “Division” in the Points System is used to differentiate between SITES only. We will have as many “Divisions”/Sites as we can accommodate to allow as many teams to play. So, our bigger age groups will see 7-9 “Divisions”/Sites on a tournament weekend (but remember, we only had “five” on team registration form – so those two uses have nothing to do with each other).

Teams get assigned to “divisions”/Sites based on (a) their points rankings AND (b) how many teams ranked above them have entered that particular tournament! So, a team that “registered” as Group 2 (21-40% of teams) could play at “division”/Site 1 if there were not a lot of teams ranked ABOVE them entered in this tournament. Teams are still assigned into tournaments on their rankings so they are playing teams ranked around them.

Please see the Junior Tournament Structure and Information Letter and the Site Assignment Example for more information.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

Not Necessarily – This section is mainly for the teams that will be traveling outside North Carolina to play in tournaments or the Junior National Championships. Several states (Florida is one, but not NC) require that Medical Release Forms be notarized. Thus, many tournaments are requesting that notarized medical release forms be shown at the tournament check-in. So, if you’re planning on traveling outside of North Carolina to tournaments, it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the release forms notarized. Remember, these forms do not need to be sent into the Region, but should be carried with the teams to all competitions and practices in the event an emergency should arise.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

The Carolina Region would love for Tournament Directors to be able to offer a wider variety of awards. However, Tournament Directors are limited to giving things that do not have intrinsic value (medals, plaques) by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. That organization has stated that for High School athletes to remain eligible to compete in their competitions (i.e. in High School athletics) they must be amateurs. If athletes receive anything of intrinsic value (t-shirts, bags, hats, etc) then it could jeopardize their High School eligibility. Thus, for the protection of our junior members, we inform our Tournament Directors that they can only award items that do not have intrinsic value. For additional information on this policy, contact the NC High School Athletic Association as this is their policy (not the Carolina Region’s).

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Maybe. All play in an age group other than the one you are registered for must be approved by the Region. ALSO, acceptance into the higher age group is contingent on two factors: (a) there is room in the field for your team (same-division teams get first priority), and (b) playing in a different division does not adversely affect the division you were assigned (i.e. doesn’t cause that division to cancel a tournament OR there are a viable number of teams left to hold a competitive tournament). Teams should indicate on their tournament entry the division they are requesting to play in if it is different than the one assigned and submit the entry prior to the tournament entry deadline.  The Tournament System page created for the specific tournament will display whether that team was allowed to play in the division requested (but not until after the entry deadline passes). Teams may only play in a Regional Championship Event for the age group which they are currently assigned by the Region at the entry deadline.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

For a chart to help check your age division, view this provided by USAV.

Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

  1. 18 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
  2. 17 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2001.
  3. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2002.
  4. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2003.
  5. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2004.
  6. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2005.
  7. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2006.
  8. 11 and under division (YOUTH-If register as Youth not eligible for National events [Qualifiers] – must upgrade to full Junior membership): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2007
  9. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2010.

Note: These age definitions are used for domestic club programs and are NOT the same age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for 2019.

The classification cut-off date of September 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly prior and during to the USAV 2016 Annual Meetings and research justified the continuation of the cut-off date of September 1.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on January 19, 2002.

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There is no USA Volleyball rule or policy that states the game of volleyball has to be played in a quiet environment.  Participants and spectators can make as much noise as they wish during a match.  If you ever watch an international volleyball match (Olympics or other high level event) you will see an incredibly loud environment in the stands and on the court.  Many countries have fans that stand the whole time, chant, beat drums and sticks, etc.  The participants can hardly hear themselves or the whistle in such environment.  And the International Governing Body , FIVB, encourages such fan interactions.

We can understand the desire to not have distractions during a match, but the reality is, it is actually part of the sport.  Players will need to be able to adapt and be prepared to play in loud environments.  As long as participants and spectators are not yelling inappropriate things directed at individuals, then talking, chanting, making noise, is not an offense that can be sanctioned.  Yelling “Balls up” no matter if it is useful to them or not, is not something our officials should be stopping. 

All involved with Youth Sports should, however, remember that we are trying to promote Good Sportsmanship at our events.  Parents and spectators should review the Parent Code of Conduct before each event.  Yelling excessively from the stands before the opponent serves may not be “demonstrating positive support for all players” if your motive is to distract/cause errors.  Please consider the good of the sport and good sportsmanship whenever you are cheering at our events.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

The “P” stands for “Pending”.  Players that have a “P” for their status have registered for a clinic from within their member record.  The clinic could be an in-person clinic or the online clinic.  At the time the roster was produced, those players had not completed their clinics (or the results of the in-person clinic have not been processed yet).  As soon as the player completes their online clinic or the office receives results from the in-person clinic they attended and updates the records, their status will go to “Current” and you will see a “Y” in the applicable column.  Players with a “P” for their status should NOT be performing those duties until they complete their clinics (they can still work as a Line Judge as that position does not require a certification).  Each team must show at least TWO players with a “Y” in the REF column, ONE player with a “Y” in the SCORE column (or a third in Ref column) and ONE adult with a “Y” in the REF column to be a legal team.  See other question in this category about why there is not a “Y” in both columns for most players.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Current plans are to name an All-Tournament Team (ATT) at the Carolina Regional Championship tournaments where the top FOUR teams from the East and West come together to decide the overall Regional Champions. The ATT will consist of three players off the Championship team, two players off the Finalist team, one player each from the losing semi-finalist teams, and an MVP (does not have to come from the champion team). The coaches of the participating semi-finals/finals teams will nominate their players to the ATT.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties. 

An ATT team will not be named at the East and West Regional Championship sites.  However, we will name an MVP at each East/West Regionals site.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties.  

The Region has implemented a program to recognize top Junior Officials each season.  The Officials Division created a Junior Regional Referee and Scorer rating certification. Outstanding Junior Officials may ask to be rated by National and Junior National Referees in order to receive a Junior Regional Rating. Referees that attain this certification will be receive a shirt and patch and be recognized on the Carolina Region website!  For more information and a list of past Outstanding Young Referees, go here.

Category: Juniors

The Player Movement Policy for Adult tournaments – For Regular Season Tournaments, the Region has eliminated the Club Player Movement Policy for adults to promote ease of play. Adult teams will be able to pick up any current member up to the max roster size as needed in order to play in a regular season Carolina Region tournament. All such player movements must still be recorded by a team rep in writing on the Club Player Movement Form and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captain’s Meeting). Player Movement Forms do not need to be sent to the Region before a tournament if the move is only Temporary. Permanent Team Movements should be sent to the Region Office directly and REQUIRE the written approval of both affected team reps before it can be approved by the Region.  Regional Championships Player Movements:  Rosters still FREEZE (no changes allowed) ONE week before the Regional Championships.  Team Reps need to submit all Roster updates (with a Club Player Movement Form) to the Region Office at least one week before the scheduled Adult Regional Championships in order for the affected players to be eligible for the Regional Championships.

JUNIOR BOYS – All Carolina Region Boys teams will be considered part of the same Club.  Boys’ teams are still restricted to the procedures below when utilizing Player Movement.

JUNIOR GIRLS – All multi-team Junior Girls Clubs will be able to utilize the Player Movement Policy within their respective club only during the Carolina Region season without paying a club fee.  Player movement (either Temporary or Permanent) in a club is restricted based on the policies outlined below.    All player movement must be recorded by a club officer and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captains’/Coaches’ Meeting).  Temporary Club Movements do not have to be sent to the Region Office before the competition (only permanent moves) – the Region will receive the form after the tournament with the rosters.  The Carolina Region will use the current Standings of all teams as found at the Carolina Region Tournament System when processing all club movements per the policies below.  NOTE:  All Coaches in a Junior Club may coach ANY team in their own club.  If they are not on the official roster, then the Club should use a Club Movement Form to add that coach to a tournament roster the same as adding a temporary player.

See BELOW for INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESTRICTIONS.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS – Junior Program:

  • Players being moved to a team in a lower age group must meet the birthdate requirements for the age group they are being moved to.
  • An individual player may only be used TWICE for temporary moves during the indoor season. After a player has participated with another club team TWO times, the player shall be frozen to the roster of their original team unless a permanent roster move is reported to the Region Office.
  • Players registered on a club team and participating in sanctioned competition within the jurisdiction of the Carolina Region may participate with another team from the same club having a higher ranking a maximum of two (2) times (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.
  • Players may participate with a team having a lower ranking than the one with who the player is registered a maximum of one (1) time (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.

  • Players may participate with two teams on a given weekend provided: (a) the age groups are playing on different days (i.e. 12’s team plays on Saturday and 13’s team plays on Sunday); (b) all other Player Movement Requirements described here are followed (limit of 2 moves per season, Movement Form filled out, etc.); (c) for clubs with combined adult and junior teams, a junior player MUST play with his/her junior team if that team is playing on the same day as an adult tournament. If the adult division is playing on a different day, then the junior player may move under the provisions of the Club Movement Policy.
  • Any registered Club player may continue participation with another team in the same club upon notifying the Office of a permanent roster change before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event. Once a permanent move is made, no other moves (temporary or permanent) are allowed for that player.
  • Players registered as unaffiliated (member of the club but not on a team) must still appear on a Club Movement Form if desiring to play on a team within their club and are still limited by the restrictions above.
  • Registered unaffiliated members in the Region (not on any team) must first join a club before they can play in a tournament.

TEAM MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) Club players not on their roster in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of one (1) player not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) players not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club per season.
  • Teams are limited to accepting up to two (2) permanent moves per season. If a permanent move is made with the intent to play in a Regional Championship Event, then ideally the player being moved should have played at least once with that team during the regular season under a normal player movement. The Region will hear petitions for extenuating circumstances.

Clubs failing to comply with the reporting requirements will have the player movement privilege suspended. Report forms were included with the Registration packet and are available from the Region office and at the Forms page.

Categories: Adults, Clubs, Juniors

All Junior teams must have TWO certified REFEREES and ONE certified SCORER on their roster. To get certified, officials must (a) attend an officiating clinic; (b) take the appropriate test (scorers take the scorer clinic and tests and referees must take BOTH the scorer and referee clinics and tests); (c) correct their test(s) to 100 with rule references; and (d) referees must have a practical rating to complete their certification (and to receive a Provisional or Regional rating – see Officiating section of website for more on requirements for these ratings). Only those individuals that are certified and listed on the roster as a SCORER or REFEREE (which implies certification as a scorer) may perform those duties during a tournament. For Junior teams, one adult per team must attend a junior clinic and be on the roster as certified so they know the materials the officials are taught and can help their junior officials during the tournaments. All first-time coaches that will be their required certified adult are requested to attend a live officials clinic to get certified unless they can prove prior officials certification in another region. The certified adult must physically supervise their team while in the vicinity of the score table at all times during the team’s officiating assignment (supervising includes, but is not limited to, insuring food is not at the table and work team is not distracted by cell phones and electronic devices). Incomplete work teams (including the certified adult that is not supervising their team in the vicinity of the score table) may be penalized one point per-minute that they are incomplete to a maximum of 25 points off their next match. Junior teams will not be allowed to participate in a Carolina Region tournament until they meet the minimum team requirements.

It is recommended that all Adult teams have 2 certified Referees and 1 certified Scorer on their roster for all tournaments.

Individuals may take the Official’s clinic online or at a club-hosted Official’s clinic.  Visit this page for information about the Online clinics.  Clubs can go here for information on Hosting a Clinic.

Categories: Adults, Juniors

One important distinction to keep in mind, first. The use of the word “Group” on the Team Registration form is different than the use in the Tournament System! On the Team Registration Form, we ask Club Directors/Team Reps to tell us what “Group” they want to start with among FIVE groupings. Those five “Groups” represent (1) Top 20% of all teams in that age group/realm (east/west); (2) 21-40% of teams; (3) 41-60% of teams; (4) 61-80% of teams; (50 81-100% of teams. That grouping sets the team’s INITIAL points value in the Tournament System ONLY. After a team plays their first tournament and their points begin to go up/down, the “Group” on their team registration form is irrelevant as they are ranked based on their currents points value.

The word “Division” in the Points System is used to differentiate between SITES only. We will have as many “Divisions”/Sites as we can accommodate to allow as many teams to play. So, our bigger age groups will see 7-9 “Divisions”/Sites on a tournament weekend (but remember, we only had “five” on team registration form – so those two uses have nothing to do with each other).

Teams get assigned to “divisions”/Sites based on (a) their points rankings AND (b) how many teams ranked above them have entered that particular tournament! So, a team that “registered” as Group 2 (21-40% of teams) could play at “division”/Site 1 if there were not a lot of teams ranked ABOVE them entered in this tournament. Teams are still assigned into tournaments on their rankings so they are playing teams ranked around them.

Please see the Junior Tournament Structure and Information Letter and the Site Assignment Example for more information.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

Not Necessarily – This section is mainly for the teams that will be traveling outside North Carolina to play in tournaments or the Junior National Championships. Several states (Florida is one, but not NC) require that Medical Release Forms be notarized. Thus, many tournaments are requesting that notarized medical release forms be shown at the tournament check-in. So, if you’re planning on traveling outside of North Carolina to tournaments, it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the release forms notarized. Remember, these forms do not need to be sent into the Region, but should be carried with the teams to all competitions and practices in the event an emergency should arise.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

The Carolina Region would love for Tournament Directors to be able to offer a wider variety of awards. However, Tournament Directors are limited to giving things that do not have intrinsic value (medals, plaques) by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. That organization has stated that for High School athletes to remain eligible to compete in their competitions (i.e. in High School athletics) they must be amateurs. If athletes receive anything of intrinsic value (t-shirts, bags, hats, etc) then it could jeopardize their High School eligibility. Thus, for the protection of our junior members, we inform our Tournament Directors that they can only award items that do not have intrinsic value. For additional information on this policy, contact the NC High School Athletic Association as this is their policy (not the Carolina Region’s).

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Maybe. All play in an age group other than the one you are registered for must be approved by the Region. ALSO, acceptance into the higher age group is contingent on two factors: (a) there is room in the field for your team (same-division teams get first priority), and (b) playing in a different division does not adversely affect the division you were assigned (i.e. doesn’t cause that division to cancel a tournament OR there are a viable number of teams left to hold a competitive tournament). Teams should indicate on their tournament entry the division they are requesting to play in if it is different than the one assigned and submit the entry prior to the tournament entry deadline.  The Tournament System page created for the specific tournament will display whether that team was allowed to play in the division requested (but not until after the entry deadline passes). Teams may only play in a Regional Championship Event for the age group which they are currently assigned by the Region at the entry deadline.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

For a chart to help check your age division, view this provided by USAV.

Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

  1. 18 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
  2. 17 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2001.
  3. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2002.
  4. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2003.
  5. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2004.
  6. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2005.
  7. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2006.
  8. 11 and under division (YOUTH-If register as Youth not eligible for National events [Qualifiers] – must upgrade to full Junior membership): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2007
  9. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2010.

Note: These age definitions are used for domestic club programs and are NOT the same age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for 2019.

The classification cut-off date of September 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly prior and during to the USAV 2016 Annual Meetings and research justified the continuation of the cut-off date of September 1.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on January 19, 2002.

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 Board of Directors Questions:

There is no USA Volleyball rule or policy that states the game of volleyball has to be played in a quiet environment.  Participants and spectators can make as much noise as they wish during a match.  If you ever watch an international volleyball match (Olympics or other high level event) you will see an incredibly loud environment in the stands and on the court.  Many countries have fans that stand the whole time, chant, beat drums and sticks, etc.  The participants can hardly hear themselves or the whistle in such environment.  And the International Governing Body , FIVB, encourages such fan interactions.

We can understand the desire to not have distractions during a match, but the reality is, it is actually part of the sport.  Players will need to be able to adapt and be prepared to play in loud environments.  As long as participants and spectators are not yelling inappropriate things directed at individuals, then talking, chanting, making noise, is not an offense that can be sanctioned.  Yelling “Balls up” no matter if it is useful to them or not, is not something our officials should be stopping. 

All involved with Youth Sports should, however, remember that we are trying to promote Good Sportsmanship at our events.  Parents and spectators should review the Parent Code of Conduct before each event.  Yelling excessively from the stands before the opponent serves may not be “demonstrating positive support for all players” if your motive is to distract/cause errors.  Please consider the good of the sport and good sportsmanship whenever you are cheering at our events.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

The “P” stands for “Pending”.  Players that have a “P” for their status have registered for a clinic from within their member record.  The clinic could be an in-person clinic or the online clinic.  At the time the roster was produced, those players had not completed their clinics (or the results of the in-person clinic have not been processed yet).  As soon as the player completes their online clinic or the office receives results from the in-person clinic they attended and updates the records, their status will go to “Current” and you will see a “Y” in the applicable column.  Players with a “P” for their status should NOT be performing those duties until they complete their clinics (they can still work as a Line Judge as that position does not require a certification).  Each team must show at least TWO players with a “Y” in the REF column, ONE player with a “Y” in the SCORE column (or a third in Ref column) and ONE adult with a “Y” in the REF column to be a legal team.  See other question in this category about why there is not a “Y” in both columns for most players.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Current plans are to name an All-Tournament Team (ATT) at the Carolina Regional Championship tournaments where the top FOUR teams from the East and West come together to decide the overall Regional Champions. The ATT will consist of three players off the Championship team, two players off the Finalist team, one player each from the losing semi-finalist teams, and an MVP (does not have to come from the champion team). The coaches of the participating semi-finals/finals teams will nominate their players to the ATT.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties. 

An ATT team will not be named at the East and West Regional Championship sites.  However, we will name an MVP at each East/West Regionals site.  The MVP will be selected by a committee of the two Head Coaches of the finalist teams, the paid officials assigned to the Championship match, and the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will chair the MVP committee and break all ties.  

The Region has implemented a program to recognize top Junior Officials each season.  The Officials Division created a Junior Regional Referee and Scorer rating certification. Outstanding Junior Officials may ask to be rated by National and Junior National Referees in order to receive a Junior Regional Rating. Referees that attain this certification will be receive a shirt and patch and be recognized on the Carolina Region website!  For more information and a list of past Outstanding Young Referees, go here.

Category: Juniors

The Player Movement Policy for Adult tournaments – For Regular Season Tournaments, the Region has eliminated the Club Player Movement Policy for adults to promote ease of play. Adult teams will be able to pick up any current member up to the max roster size as needed in order to play in a regular season Carolina Region tournament. All such player movements must still be recorded by a team rep in writing on the Club Player Movement Form and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captain’s Meeting). Player Movement Forms do not need to be sent to the Region before a tournament if the move is only Temporary. Permanent Team Movements should be sent to the Region Office directly and REQUIRE the written approval of both affected team reps before it can be approved by the Region.  Regional Championships Player Movements:  Rosters still FREEZE (no changes allowed) ONE week before the Regional Championships.  Team Reps need to submit all Roster updates (with a Club Player Movement Form) to the Region Office at least one week before the scheduled Adult Regional Championships in order for the affected players to be eligible for the Regional Championships.

JUNIOR BOYS – All Carolina Region Boys teams will be considered part of the same Club.  Boys’ teams are still restricted to the procedures below when utilizing Player Movement.

JUNIOR GIRLS – All multi-team Junior Girls Clubs will be able to utilize the Player Movement Policy within their respective club only during the Carolina Region season without paying a club fee.  Player movement (either Temporary or Permanent) in a club is restricted based on the policies outlined below.    All player movement must be recorded by a club officer and submitted to all affected tournament hosts before the start of competition (with roster at Captains’/Coaches’ Meeting).  Temporary Club Movements do not have to be sent to the Region Office before the competition (only permanent moves) – the Region will receive the form after the tournament with the rosters.  The Carolina Region will use the current Standings of all teams as found at the Carolina Region Tournament System when processing all club movements per the policies below.  NOTE:  All Coaches in a Junior Club may coach ANY team in their own club.  If they are not on the official roster, then the Club should use a Club Movement Form to add that coach to a tournament roster the same as adding a temporary player.

See BELOW for INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESTRICTIONS.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS – Junior Program:

  • Players being moved to a team in a lower age group must meet the birthdate requirements for the age group they are being moved to.
  • An individual player may only be used TWICE for temporary moves during the indoor season. After a player has participated with another club team TWO times, the player shall be frozen to the roster of their original team unless a permanent roster move is reported to the Region Office.
  • Players registered on a club team and participating in sanctioned competition within the jurisdiction of the Carolina Region may participate with another team from the same club having a higher ranking a maximum of two (2) times (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.
  • Players may participate with a team having a lower ranking than the one with who the player is registered a maximum of one (1) time (within their individual limit) before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event.

  • Players may participate with two teams on a given weekend provided: (a) the age groups are playing on different days (i.e. 12’s team plays on Saturday and 13’s team plays on Sunday); (b) all other Player Movement Requirements described here are followed (limit of 2 moves per season, Movement Form filled out, etc.); (c) for clubs with combined adult and junior teams, a junior player MUST play with his/her junior team if that team is playing on the same day as an adult tournament. If the adult division is playing on a different day, then the junior player may move under the provisions of the Club Movement Policy.
  • Any registered Club player may continue participation with another team in the same club upon notifying the Office of a permanent roster change before rosters are frozen one week prior to their age group’s first Regional Championship Event. Once a permanent move is made, no other moves (temporary or permanent) are allowed for that player.
  • Players registered as unaffiliated (member of the club but not on a team) must still appear on a Club Movement Form if desiring to play on a team within their club and are still limited by the restrictions above.
  • Registered unaffiliated members in the Region (not on any team) must first join a club before they can play in a tournament.

TEAM MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) Club players not on their roster in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of one (1) player not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club in any given tournament.
  • Teams may add a maximum of two (2) players not on their roster from a higher ranking team in their club per season.
  • Teams are limited to accepting up to two (2) permanent moves per season. If a permanent move is made with the intent to play in a Regional Championship Event, then ideally the player being moved should have played at least once with that team during the regular season under a normal player movement. The Region will hear petitions for extenuating circumstances.

Clubs failing to comply with the reporting requirements will have the player movement privilege suspended. Report forms were included with the Registration packet and are available from the Region office and at the Forms page.

Categories: Adults, Clubs, Juniors

All Junior teams must have TWO certified REFEREES and ONE certified SCORER on their roster. To get certified, officials must (a) attend an officiating clinic; (b) take the appropriate test (scorers take the scorer clinic and tests and referees must take BOTH the scorer and referee clinics and tests); (c) correct their test(s) to 100 with rule references; and (d) referees must have a practical rating to complete their certification (and to receive a Provisional or Regional rating – see Officiating section of website for more on requirements for these ratings). Only those individuals that are certified and listed on the roster as a SCORER or REFEREE (which implies certification as a scorer) may perform those duties during a tournament. For Junior teams, one adult per team must attend a junior clinic and be on the roster as certified so they know the materials the officials are taught and can help their junior officials during the tournaments. All first-time coaches that will be their required certified adult are requested to attend a live officials clinic to get certified unless they can prove prior officials certification in another region. The certified adult must physically supervise their team while in the vicinity of the score table at all times during the team’s officiating assignment (supervising includes, but is not limited to, insuring food is not at the table and work team is not distracted by cell phones and electronic devices). Incomplete work teams (including the certified adult that is not supervising their team in the vicinity of the score table) may be penalized one point per-minute that they are incomplete to a maximum of 25 points off their next match. Junior teams will not be allowed to participate in a Carolina Region tournament until they meet the minimum team requirements.

It is recommended that all Adult teams have 2 certified Referees and 1 certified Scorer on their roster for all tournaments.

Individuals may take the Official’s clinic online or at a club-hosted Official’s clinic.  Visit this page for information about the Online clinics.  Clubs can go here for information on Hosting a Clinic.

Categories: Adults, Juniors

One important distinction to keep in mind, first. The use of the word “Group” on the Team Registration form is different than the use in the Tournament System! On the Team Registration Form, we ask Club Directors/Team Reps to tell us what “Group” they want to start with among FIVE groupings. Those five “Groups” represent (1) Top 20% of all teams in that age group/realm (east/west); (2) 21-40% of teams; (3) 41-60% of teams; (4) 61-80% of teams; (50 81-100% of teams. That grouping sets the team’s INITIAL points value in the Tournament System ONLY. After a team plays their first tournament and their points begin to go up/down, the “Group” on their team registration form is irrelevant as they are ranked based on their currents points value.

The word “Division” in the Points System is used to differentiate between SITES only. We will have as many “Divisions”/Sites as we can accommodate to allow as many teams to play. So, our bigger age groups will see 7-9 “Divisions”/Sites on a tournament weekend (but remember, we only had “five” on team registration form – so those two uses have nothing to do with each other).

Teams get assigned to “divisions”/Sites based on (a) their points rankings AND (b) how many teams ranked above them have entered that particular tournament! So, a team that “registered” as Group 2 (21-40% of teams) could play at “division”/Site 1 if there were not a lot of teams ranked ABOVE them entered in this tournament. Teams are still assigned into tournaments on their rankings so they are playing teams ranked around them.

Please see the Junior Tournament Structure and Information Letter and the Site Assignment Example for more information.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

Not Necessarily – This section is mainly for the teams that will be traveling outside North Carolina to play in tournaments or the Junior National Championships. Several states (Florida is one, but not NC) require that Medical Release Forms be notarized. Thus, many tournaments are requesting that notarized medical release forms be shown at the tournament check-in. So, if you’re planning on traveling outside of North Carolina to tournaments, it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the release forms notarized. Remember, these forms do not need to be sent into the Region, but should be carried with the teams to all competitions and practices in the event an emergency should arise.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

The Carolina Region would love for Tournament Directors to be able to offer a wider variety of awards. However, Tournament Directors are limited to giving things that do not have intrinsic value (medals, plaques) by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. That organization has stated that for High School athletes to remain eligible to compete in their competitions (i.e. in High School athletics) they must be amateurs. If athletes receive anything of intrinsic value (t-shirts, bags, hats, etc) then it could jeopardize their High School eligibility. Thus, for the protection of our junior members, we inform our Tournament Directors that they can only award items that do not have intrinsic value. For additional information on this policy, contact the NC High School Athletic Association as this is their policy (not the Carolina Region’s).

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

Maybe. All play in an age group other than the one you are registered for must be approved by the Region. ALSO, acceptance into the higher age group is contingent on two factors: (a) there is room in the field for your team (same-division teams get first priority), and (b) playing in a different division does not adversely affect the division you were assigned (i.e. doesn’t cause that division to cancel a tournament OR there are a viable number of teams left to hold a competitive tournament). Teams should indicate on their tournament entry the division they are requesting to play in if it is different than the one assigned and submit the entry prior to the tournament entry deadline.  The Tournament System page created for the specific tournament will display whether that team was allowed to play in the division requested (but not until after the entry deadline passes). Teams may only play in a Regional Championship Event for the age group which they are currently assigned by the Region at the entry deadline.

Categories: Juniors, Tournaments

For a chart to help check your age division, view this provided by USAV.

Once a player participates (including but not limited to practicing, training, attending workouts and/or competing) in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to take part in any regional and national programming, which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

  1. 18 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
  2. 17 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2001.
  3. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2002.
  4. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2003.
  5. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2004.
  6. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2005.
  7. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2006.
  8. 11 and under division (YOUTH-If register as Youth not eligible for National events [Qualifiers] – must upgrade to full Junior membership): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2007
  9. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 2010.

Note: These age definitions are used for domestic club programs and are NOT the same age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for 2019.

The classification cut-off date of September 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly prior and during to the USAV 2016 Annual Meetings and research justified the continuation of the cut-off date of September 1.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on January 19, 2002.

Categories: Clubs, Juniors

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