Juniors

Age divisions for the 2016-2017 season

Within the OVR, teams are classified as National, American (12s-17s), and Regional. National teams should consist of highly skilled athletes that compete at the highest levels of competition within and outside of the Ohio Valley Region. Regional teams consist of athletes from the beginner to the highly skilled and compete at various levels of competition based on their teams' composition. Regional teams do not participate in the OVR National Power Challenge, Power League, or Bid Tournament. Teams in the American division do not desire the travel associated with the National division, but want a stronger level of competition than the Regional division.

Note: The documents 2017 Age Definition (PDF) and 2017 Age Definition Chart (PDF) contains additional information on age definitions, including a table that further clarifies eligibility based on year and month of birth.

Players need not be currently enrolled in high school except as noted below. Once a player participates in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college, or junior college, he/she is ineligible to play in any regional or national JOVC qualifying and championship events.

Regulations

  1. National division teams must use the "traditional" USAV age definitions
  2. Regional and American division teams may classify themselves based on the OVR "grade-level" age definitions, subject to the following conditions:
    1. valid for Regional- and American-level competition at OVR-sanctioned tournaments only, except the OVR Bid Tournament Play in events
    2. for any out-of-region sanctioned tournament, teams must use the "traditional" USAV age definitions; some neighboring regions (Keystone and Pioneer) honor our grade-level definitions

Age Divisions for Girls' and Boys' Teams

Age "Traditional" USAV Definition OVR "Grade-Level" Definition
18 & Under Teams with players born on or after September 1, 1998, or are high school students in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during the current academic year and are 19 years of age or younger (born on or after September 1, 1997) Teams with players who are in the 12th grade or below during the current academic year
17 & Under Teams with players born on or after September 1, 1999 Teams with players who are in the 11th grade or below during the current academic year
16 & Under Teams with players born on or after September 1, 2000 Teams with players who are in the 10th grade or below during the current academic year
15 & Under Teams with players born on or after September 1, 2001 Teams with players who are in the 9th grade or below during the current academic year
14 & Under Teams with players born on or after September 1, 2002 Teams with players who are in the 8th grade or below during the current academic year
13 & Under Teams with players born on or after September 1, 2003 Teams with players who are in the 7th grade or below during the current academic year
12 & Under Teams with players born on or after September 1, 2004 Teams with players who are in the 6th grade or below during the current academic year
11 & Under Teams with players born on or after September 1, 2005
(Note: USA Volleyball does not recognize 11 & Under; if these teams compete nationally, they do so as 12 & Under.)
Teams with players who are in the 5th grade or below during the current academic year
10 & Under Teams with players born on or after September 1, 2006 Teams with players who are in the 4th grade or below during the current academic year
9 & Under Teams with players born on or after September 1, 2007 Teams with players who are in the 3rd grade or below during the current academic year
8 & Under Teams with players born on or after September 1, 2008 Teams with players who are in the 2nd grade or below during the current academic year

Special 14U Provision for Boys' Teams Only

Boys' 14 & Under Regionally waived boys teams in the 14 and under age group will be allowed to participate at the USA Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships using the following age/grade definition:
Players who were born on or after September 1, 2002 or
Players who were born on or after September 1, 2001 (15 years or younger) who shall neither have completed nor are in a grade higher than the eighth grade (8th) grade during the current academic year. (This exception is based on the net height difference of 7'4 1/8" to 7' 11 5/8" between the 14 and Under Division to the 15 and Under Division.)

Note: These age definitions are used for used by domestic club programs and are typically not the same as the age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs.

Grade-Level Team Criteria

The Ohio Valley Region permits clubs with athletes that are in a grade of school, but do not conform to the USA Volleyball age definition for that grade, to form grade-level teams in the American and Regional divisions of competition that include these athletes. This designation will replace waivers for athletes in grades 8 and below, and will include athletes and teams in all grades. It will no longer be necessary to apply for a waiver, nor will there be any other extra paperwork. Note:

Registering teams and including information for rosters: Athletes who fail to comply with the age definitions defined by USA Volleyball can be included on American or Regional teams of their grade in school. The club director must register the team as a grade-level American or Regional team. The grade of all athletes, regardless of age, must be included with each registration.

Grade-level American or Regional teams will be considered as American or Regional teams for all in-region competition. There will be no restrictions placed on these teams for any American or Regional events. There will not be a third level of championships at the OVR-Kaepa Girls' Volleyball Championships or the OVR Boys' Volleyball Championships. For example, a team that is registered as a girls' 14-and-Under grade-level Regional team will play in the 14 Regional level of the OVR-Kaepa Girls' Volleyball Championships..

Other regions are not permitted to waive a grade-level team into a Regional event for their primary age definition. A grade-level team that competes in an out-of-region Regional event must comply with the USA Volleyball age definitions for the oldest member of the team. Grade level teams may not drop grade-level athletes to compete out of region.

Levels of Competition

Girls' Competition Divisions

Girls' teams may be registered as Regional (12s-18s), American (13s-17s), or National (12s-18s). There is no distinction for 10-and-Under (10U) and 11-and-Under (11U). National teams are intended to consist of more talented players who wish to play at a higher skill and tactical level, occasionally competing out-of-region or at the national level. American teams are more competitive than Regional teams, but do not wish to compete at the National level.

OVR Girls' Competition Divisons
 competition level
team level10U11U12R12A12N12U13R13A13N13U14R14A14N14U15R15A15N15U16R16A16N16U17R17A17N17U18R18N18U
10UYYYNNYNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
11UNYYNNYYNNYNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
12 RegionalNNYNNYYNNYYNNYNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
12 AmericanNNNYNYNYNYNYNYNYNYNNNNNNNNNNN
12 NationalNNNNYYNYYYNYYYNYYYNNNNNNNNNNN
13 RegionalNNNNNNYNNYYNNYYNNYYNNYNNNNNNN
13 AmericanNNNNNNNYNYNYNYNYNYNYNYNNNNNNN
13 NationalNNNNNNNNYYNNYYNNYYNNYYNNYYNYY
14 RegionalNNNNNNNNNNYNNYYNNYYNNYYNNYYNY
14 AmericanNNNNNNNNNNNYNYNYNYNYNYNYNYYNY
14 NationalNNNNNNNNNNNNYYNNYYNNYYNNYYNYY
15 RegionalNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYNNYYNNYYNNYYNY
15 AmericanNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYNYNYNYNYNY YNY
15 NationalNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYYNNYYNNYYNYY
16 RegionalNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYNNYYNNYYNY
16 AmericanNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYNYNYNYYNY
16 NationalNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYYNNYYNYY
17 RegionalNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYNNYYNY
17 AmericanNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYNYYNY
17 NationalNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYYNYY
18 RegionalNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYNY
18 NationalNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYY

(This table is also available as a standalone document: OVR Girls' Divisions of Play.)

Restrictions on juniors' teams and rosters

  1. Only players registered on National teams are eligible for regular-season National events.

  2. National teams can only play in National events within the OVR. Regional teams can only play in Regional events within the OVR.
    Example: Teams may play up in age; e.g. a 16 Regional team may enter a 17 Regional tournament. Only 17 American teams may play up in the next age level of Regional tournaments.

  3. Grade-level Regional and American teams must play at the age-appropriate level of their oldest player outside the OVR, Keystone and Pioneer Regions.

  4. Any division of players (National, American, or Regional) may participate in "and Under" or "U" tournaments.

  5. A National player may not play on any Regional or American team regardless of age. An American or Regional player may be moved to a National team with the permission of the respective OVR Girls' or Boys' Program Director.

  6. Players may not be on the roster of multiple teams within the same tournament.

  7. Clubs may not register phantom or shell teams to provide a vehicle to aid in organizing player movements from team to team. eg., shifting of complete teams or multiple players from a Regional, American or National team to the other to permit playing in both competition divisions and/or attending OVR Bid tournaments.

  8. A club may not alter any registered team roster by more than two players for major OVR tournaments e.g. (bids and championships) without special written consideration from the respective OVR Girls' or Boys' Program Director.

Any club or team found violating the competition policies will be sanctioned as if an age violation had occurred following the USA Volleyball Age Falsification Policy (Adopted By USA Volleyball Board of Directors, January 19, 2002).

USA Volleyball Age Falsification Policy

(Adopted By USA Volleyball Board of Directors, January 19, 2002)

For all USA Volleyball corporate events, any person who alters any document that certifies the age of a participant, or falsifies any statement which lists the age of a participant, will be sanctioned as follows:

Any team representative, coach, program director or responsible adult found to be party to such action shall:

  1. Be immediately suspended from registration with USA Volleyball and barred from further participation in the event; and
  2. Be barred from participation in any USAV Corporate events in any capacity, for a minimum of two years; and
  3. Have a minimum probation of one additional year, to run consecutively to the suspension.

A junior player who knowingly plays in a lower age classification than he or she is actually eligible for, or an adult player who knowingly plays in a higher age classification than he or she is actually eligible for shall:

  1. Be immediately suspended from registration with USA Volleyball and barred from further participation in the event;
  2. Be barred from participation in any USAV Corporate events in any capacity, for a minimum of two years; and
  3. Have a minimum probation of one additional year, to run consecutively to the suspension.

When discovered and confirmed during an event, these penalties shall be the required minimum penalty imposed by the Event Arbitrator or the Event Ethics and Eligibility Appeals Committee.

The Event Arbitrator or the Event Ethics and Eligibility Appeals Committee may recommend a more severe penalty. The Event Arbitrator or the Event Ethics and Eligibility Appeals Committee shall file a report of any age violation with the Corporation's Ethics and Eligibility Committee and with the registering Member Organization with its recommendation.

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