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 Playing on Girls Teams

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:

  • The junior age definition for each age group was adjusted to a start date of July 1st (the date had previously been September 1st).
  • A national waiver was added allowing girls 18’s in their junior year of high school to compete on girls 17’s teams. This was previously communicated as a Regional waiver, but further review of the motion and discussion by the RVAA and JA Chairs lead USA Volleyball to institute this waiver nationally (it will automatically be allowed on rosters in the member management system).
  • Regional grade waivers will again be allowed for 14’s boys in the 7th grade to play at the BJNC on a 13’s team and for 13’s boys in the 6th grade to play at the BJNC on a 12’s team. This is the second season of this experimental waiver. Documentation of these waivers must still be submitted to the national office by the Region to be allowed onto rosters for nationally sanctioned events. This waiver will not be automatically applied in the member management system without Region approval.