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Age Definitions

USA Volleyball Junior Age Definitions

For use during the season
Note: This automatically converts to the new season on July 1st of each year.

Determining the age group that a player falls into can be confusing since the birthday is determined by their age as of July 1.

Here are the guidelines that have been set forth by USA Volleyball. If you are still confused, use the handy calculator to the right to determine the age group.





 Select the Month, Day & Year, then click on the button to see the youngest age group of that birth date.


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 participate in any regional or national programming which includes but is not limited to national JNC qualifying and championship events.

18 & Under Division:
Players who were born on or after July 1,
or
Players who were born on or after July 1, and a high school student during some part of the current academic year.

17 & Under Division:
Players who were born on or after July 1,

16 & Under Division:
Players who were born on or after July 1,

15 & Under Division:
Players who were born on or after July 1,

14 & Under Division:
Players who were born on or after July 1,

13 & Under Division:
Players who were born on or after July 1,

12 & Under Division:
Players who were born on or after July 1,

8 & Under Membership:
Players who were born on or after July 1,

Boys 14 & Under Division:
Regionally waived boys teams in the 14 & 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 July 1,
or
Players who were born on or after July 1, (15 years or younger) who shall neither have completed nor are in a grade higher than the eighth grade (8th) 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 & Under Division to the 15 & Under Division.)

NOTE: These age definitions are used by domestic club programs and are NOT the same as the age definitions for the International and Domestic High Performance programs for

The classification cut-off date of July 1 was set by USA Volleyball, in consultation with both the RVAA and JA, on July 1, 2020 (effective for the 2020-21 season). Additional information can be found on the USA Volleyball Website.

  • 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.