What are the USA Volleyball Junior age division definitions for the 2020-2021 season?

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 July 1st, 2002 OR Players who were born on or after July 1, 2001 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 July 1st, 2003.

Girls 17 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2002 (18 years or younger) who shall neither have completed nor are in a grade higher than the eleventh grade (11th) during the current academic year will be allowed to participate at the USA Junior National Championships on 17 and under teams. This age waiver is still subject to frozen roster rules indegenerique.be/.  (This age waiver is based on recruiting concerns for girls in the 11th grade who would otherwise be required to participate in girls 18’s qualifiers and the Girls 18’s GJNC.)

  1. 16 and under division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2004.
  2. 15 and under division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2005.
  3. 14 and under division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2006.
  4. 13 and under division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2007.
  5. 12 and under division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2008.
  6. 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 July 1st, 2009
  7. 8 and under division (membership is FREE!): Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2012.

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 2021.

The Age Definition Policy was most recently revised by the USA Volleyball Board of Directors on June 30, 2020.  The classification cut-off date of July 1 was reviewed by the USAV Junior Assembly and the USA Regional Volleyball Association Assembly and research justified the new cut-off date of July 1.