Foreign Participant and Team Information


Foreign Participant

A participant who is not a citizen of the United States OR a citizen residing in a U.S. Territory having its own National Volleyball Federation with which the participant is affiliated.

Non-Resident Foreign Participant

A person who is not a citizen of the United States residing outside the 50 United States OR an individual residing in a U.S. Territory having its own National Volleyball Federation with which the participant is affiliated.

Resident Foreign Participant

A person who is not a citizen of the United States residing in one of the 50 United States and holding "resident" versus "visitor" status.  Proof of “Resident” status includes providing documentation substantiating enrollment and attendance in an educational institution in the United States (excludes on-line courses) OR proof of employment in the United States AND a corresponding physical residence address (excludes a P.O. Box or “care of” address).  A copy of a current student or work visa is required for the duration of eligibility.

Foreign Participant Release

Written approval by a Foreign Player's National Volleyball Federation of origin for that person to affiliate or participate with USA Volleyball.

For Florida Fest and the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships, the U.S. Territories and any Foreign Federation can participate (e.g. American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, etc.).


I.  Concurrent registration with more than one National Volleyball Federation is prohibited.

A.   A Resident Foreign Participant, who has competed in international competition representing his/her country/federation of origin (i.e. Youth National Team, Junior National Team, Senior National Team, or other "elite" team that has represented that country in international competition) is required to have a written release from that volleyball federation of origin before he/she can become a registered member of a Regional Volleyball Association.

B.   This would not apply to a participant who has been in continuous legal residence in the United States and unaffiliated with a foreign national volleyball federation for greater than two years. 


This applies to ALL NON-USA Volleyball members or Member Organizations (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, etc.)

Required Individual Forms

  1. Players and Staff: Foreign Participant Registration Form, which includes the Code of Conduct on page 2

  2. Players and Staff:  Copy of photo ID (i.e. Passport)

  3. Players Only: Medical Release and Liability Form

  4. Players Only: Copy of Birth Certificate (note, a passport will also fill this requirement)

  5. Coaches:  Copy of IMPACT or equivalent certifications

IMPACT Certification rating may be met by supplying proof of the following:

  1. USA Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP), Levels I, II or III
  2. RVA IMPACT course (region or National Office verification required)
  3. Canadian Volleyball Associations Levels 1-4
  4. FIVB International Courses Levels 1-3
  5. Curso de Entrenadores Nivel 1 (Coaches Training Level 1)

Required Team Forms

  1. Entry Form
  2. Foreign Summary Team Participation Form
  3. $100 US Dollars for Insurance (Canadian teams exempt with proof of coverage for the team or each individual listed on the roster).  For each additional player and/or staff person that is added to the BJNC roster, 10 US Dollars per person is owed to USAV for insurance coverage.
  4. A letter of good standing from their volleyball federation
  5. Puerto Rico Only: please email to ask for approval to participate.
  6. Results:  Foreign Teams should provide the results from any U.S. tournaments they’ve attended for the current season.  In the absence of such results, the team should submit a letter to USAV explaining the team’s strength and current record in their federation.

Foreign teams are required to complete the paperwork and pay the insurance fee only once during the current season. Paperwork must be submitted prior to on-site registration.