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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 2014) and finishing at the end of an odd year (like 2015).  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 2014 and will happen again in 2016).  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.

2014 and 2015 Men / Boys' Age Groups
-Men's Junior- Men born in 1995 and 1996
-Boys' Youth- Boys born in 1997 and 1998
-Boys' Select- Boys born in 1999 and 2000
-Boy’s Future Select- Boys born in 2000 and 2001 and after


2014 and 2015 Women / Girls' Age Groups
-Women's Junior- Women born in 1996 and 1997
-Girls' Youth- Girls born in 1998 and 1999
-Girls' Select- Girls born in 2000 and 2001
-Girls’ Future Select- Girls born in 2002 and 2003 and after