The USAV HP age-group classifications are consistent with those established by the FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball). Those age-group classifications govern international competition and all levels of HP programs. Please note that these age-group classifications differ from USA Volleyball Junior club age definitions and also from grade classifications of U.S. school systems.

USAV High Performance works on a two-year cycle, with a cycle starting at the beginning of an even year (like 2016) and finishing at the end of an odd year (like 2017). Athletes remain in the same age group throughout the two years, then move up to the next age group at the beginning of the next even year to start a new cycle (like will happen next into 2016 and will happen again in 2018). Athletes may only try out and play in their own age group – there is no “playing up.”

The reason for these cycles is simple. The two-year cycle matches the international competition schedule in which USA competes. The NORCECA Championships in even years is the opportunity for USA to qualify for the FIVB World Championship in odd years. Keeping athletes in the same age group for both years allows for the same athletes who qualify for Worlds at NORCECA to be eligible to play in Worlds. As each year is a new tryout year, the National Teams will naturally consist of some new athletes and some returning from the NORCECA team, however maintaining the opportunity for the same athletes to participate is the goal. 

2016 and 2017 Men / Boys' HP Age Groups
Men's Junior - Born in 1997 or 1998
Boys' Youth - Born in 1999 or 2000
Boys' Select - Born in 2001 or 2002
Boy’s Future Select - Born in 2003, 2004 or later

2016 and 2017 Women / Girls' HP Age Groups
Women's Junior - Born in 1998 or 1999
Girls' Youth - Born in 2000 or 2001
Girls' Select - Born in 2002 or 2003
Girls’ Future Select - Born in 2004, 2005 or later