Deadline for all to enter: February 26, 2021 before 5 pm, MST.
March 13-14, 2021: 18s AZ NCQ
March 27-28, 2021: 11s - 14s AZ NCQ
April 17-18, 2021: 15s - 17s AZ NCQ
These dates and the USAV Girls Junior National Championships [GJNC] are subject to delays or cancellations due to COVID-19. Any information about delays, postponements or cancellations will be posted as we become aware of them. At this time, all events are scheduled to take place as scheduled.
The AZ NCQ, or Arizona National Club Qualifier, is a tournament for teams within the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball to compete for bids to the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships.
The Arizona Region holds national qualifiers every spring for girls teams in the 11s - 18s age divisions. These are only open to Arizona club teams.
Please follow #AzNCQ to see updates in social media.
The Arizona Region will fill 2 bids in each age division, (1 in 11U), along with a minimum 3 alternate teams in the event one or more of the teams in their age group qualifies at a National Qualifier.
The Region bids are for the National and American Divisions.
All qualified or alternate teams are required to enter the respective GJNC tournament in AES and comply with all entry requirements until all the bids are filled following reallocation in late March (18s) or early May (12s - 17s). This is so more Arizona teams may participate at the National tournament.
NOTE: If an Arizona Region team qualifies at a National Qualifier in the USA Division and competes in the AZ Region National Qualifier and wins the National Bid, the 2nd place team will fill the vacated USA Bid won by the 1st team at the National Qualifier. The 3rd place team will then win the AZ Region American Bid. If the team that had qualified USA Division finishes in the AZ Region National Qualifier in 2nd place the American Bid will pass to the 3rd place team. If the team that qualified USA Division finishes in 3rd place at the AZ Region National Qualifier the first alternate team will now be the 4th place finishing team in the AZ Region National Qualifier.
The format sheet, location and start times will be posted by Wednesday prior to the corresponding tournament.
PLEASE check with the team to make sure all are committed to attend if the team qualifies. If your team wins a bid and does not take the bid or pulls out of the National Championship (no matter what the cause) your CLUB will not be able to participate in ANY National Qualifiers during the subsequent season. This is a USAV rule for participating in the National Qualifying Tournaments. This is a USAV national qualifier for Arizona Region bids. The same rules apply as if it was one of the other JNQ's.
Seeding will be determined by the finish at the last tournament played. Open teams are seeded above Championship and Club teams.
The larger divisions will be played over two days. This was done to eliminate playing 4 or 5 matches in the same day. Depending on the number of courts available the National Club Qualifier teams may play on Saturday, Sunday or both days. All ages may not play on both days of the tournament.
Coaches must bring a current, verified SportsEngine roster, medical release forms for each player on the roster, and a picture ID of all coaches that will be on the bench - do not assume we know who you are. If you do not have all of the required paperwork, your team will not be able to play.
Mandatory Coaches' Meeting is 1/2 hour prior to start time. Check in must be completed prior to Coaches Meeting. All teams should be on site and ready to play the first match in the event a team drops or is late. Teams from one division may be called upon to help officiate another division on another court at any time during the day - unless they are playing a match.
Per the USAV Girls' National Championship/NQ Manual, during a team's ref assignment, the team must provide a 2nd referee that is a rostered adult for ALL age division matches, a certified scorer, scoreboard operator, libero tracker and 2 line judges.
Players who will not be attending the National tournament with their team are not eligible to participate in this qualifier tournament. Players that have participated in another JNQ may only participate with the same team as they participated with at any JNQ. One player MAY NOT participate with two different teams in an attempt to qualify for the National tournament - per USAV rules.
The actual brackets will be linked under the Division name below. These are subject to change if warranted.
Deadline to enter was 5pm Friday, February 26, 2021. No late entries will be accepted.
A complete entry is the entry fee and entry form - complete and signed by the club director in the Region Office by 5pm on the deadline day. Postmarked is not in the office.
Forms may be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org if paying by credit card. One form per club is allowed. Sites and times will be posted once the field is known and the format set.
The determination on whether the event can be held will be dependent on any COVID-19 restrictions or closures in effect at the scheduled date of the event.
Formats will vary depending on the number of team entries. It is the goal of the AZ Region to provide a National Club Qualifying tournament adhering to USA Volleyball's guidelines as put forth in the Girls Championship Manual.
Teams are only guaranteed a minimum of 2 matches before possible elimination from the tournament, (exception: only 1 or 2 teams entered in the age division).
If competition cannot be completed in one day, then we will determine 6-12 teams per division to advance to Sunday pool/bracket play to ensure sufficient determination of alternates for awarding of trickle-down bids.
Teams are listed alphabetically. The teams will be listed in seed order when the formats are posted. Formats will be posted by Wed prior to the appropriate weekend.