The age definition was put into place by the USAV to ensure fair and equal playing and competition opportunities for all.
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 Junior National Championship qualifying and championship events.
Boys are permitted to play on girls' teams. If the boy is 14 and under, he may play with his age division. If the boy is 15 and older, he must play at least 1 age division up. Girls team rosters that have a boy are only eligible for in-Region competition (cannot compete in USAV qualifiers or national championships).
Updated June 30, 2020
USAV 2021 Age Definition
The USA Volleyball board of directors voted to adjust the USAV junior age definitions; effective for the 2020-21 season. This change is in accordance with motions for change passed by both the Regional Volleyball Association Assembly as well as the USA Volleyball Junior Assembly.
In other non-board related items, USA Volleyball, in consultation with both the RVAA and JA, approved the following: