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.
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:
USA Volleyball passed a new rule for the 2021 and following seasons that high school junior girls (11th grade) who are defined as 18's athletes by the USAV Age Definition (born on or before September 1, 2002) are eligible to play in the 17's with an age waiver in both region and USA Volleyball national events.
For example: A 17 year old female player who is considered by the Age Definition to compete on an 18's team and is still in the 11th grade for the current academic year, may compete on their 17's team in a qualifying division for both National Qualifiers and the Girls Junior National Championships with a waiver from their region.
This was put in place for recruiting purposes to prevent an athlete from having to play in the 18's Division twice.
This is ONLY for high school juniors.
Please Note: The "frozen player rule" would still be enforced. A player can play on both a 17's & 18's team during the season, but would become frozen to a roster with whatever team they qualify with first and would no longer be eligible to play for both teams in qualification.