Divisions of Play

The USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships hosts three competitive divisions: Open, USA and Club. The Open and USA Divisions require teams to qualify in order to participate whereas the Club Division does not require qualification for teams to participate. Below is more information on both divisions.

Open & USA Classification

The goal of the Open & USA Division of the Boys Junior National Championship is to produce an event which will promote the highest level of boys competition. Open competition will be offered in the 18, 17, 16, 15 and 14 age divisions with a minimum field size of sixteen (16) and a maximum field size of thirty-six (36) for 14 & 15 and forty-two (42) for 16, 17 & 18. USA competition will be offered in the 18, 17 and 16 age division with a minimum field size of sixteen (16) and a maximum field size of thirty-two (32) for 18 & 16 and twenty-four (24) for 17. 

The USAV Events Department (USAVED) with the Junior Assembly (JA) has adopted Bid Tournaments to provide bids to the Boys’ Junior National Championship for the Open & USA Divisions.

At-large teams will be selected by the Boys Competition Committee (BCC), with the oversight of the USAVED, using the following selection criteria:

  1. Must have competed in at least one (1) bid tournament (in a bid division - Opne or USA)
  2. Register your team in the desired At-Large division for the BJNC in AES and send payment and the entry by the posted deadline (may not register for both Open and USA but will be considered for both). 
  3. Strength
  4. Record against qualified teams
  5. Record against at-large applicants
  6. Past year’s BJNC finish of the rostered players
  7. Date of entry

*In the Open Division(s) Hawaii and Puerto Rico will be given one (1) bid for the 14 and 15 & under age divisions.  Each territory will award those bids to a team in each age division by any means they deem appropriate (i.e. a tournament or via an application process).  Any other team wishing to receive a bid for the 14 or 15 & under age divisions must attend a bid tournament and apply for an At-Large bid if necessary.  If Hawaii or Puerto Rico choose to award the allotted bids via a tournament, that tournament is not considered a sanctioned USAV bid tournament and does not count towards the required criteria to be eligible to apply for an at-large bid.

The BCC and USAVED reserve the right to accept as many or as few teams applying for an at-large bid to round out numbers and create even pool play.

At-large bids will be announced no later than ten days after the at-large entry deadline date.

Failure to submit any of the required information will result in that team’s elimination from consideration for an open At-Large bid.

The tournaments that have been selected and accepted as Bid Tournaments for the 2019 boys season are as follows:

Bid Tournament

Dates

Maximum # of Bids

 SCVA Junior Boys Invitational January 11-13, 2019

14 & 15 Open: 9

16, 17 & 18 Open: 10

16 & 18 USA: 6

17 USA: 4

No Dinx/NCVA Boys Bid Tournament

January 12-13, 2019

14, 15, 16, 17 & 18 Open: 3

16, 17 & 18 USA: 3

Molten CAN-AM

January 19-20, 2019

14, 15, 16, 17 & 18 Open: 3

16 & 18 USA: 2

17 USA: 1

Boys Winter Championships 

January 19-21, 2019

14 & 15 Open: 9

16, 17 & 18 Open: 10

16 & 18 USA: 6

17 USA: 4

Florida Fest  January 26-27, 2019

14 & 15 Open: 1

16, 17 & 18 Open: 3

16 & 18 USA: 2

17 USA: 1

Southwest Boys Classic February 2-3, 2019

14, 15, 16, 17 & 18 Open: 1

16, 17 & 18 USA: 2

Dennis Lafata Gateway Boys Festival

February 22-24, 2019

14 & 15 Open: 3

16, 17 & 18 Open: 5

16, 17 & 18 USA: 4

 Boys Atlantic Northeastern Tournament February 22-24, 2019

14, 15, 16, 17 & 18 Open: 3

16, 17 & 18 USA: 3

Boys East Coast Championships

May 25-27, 2019

14 & 15 Open: 2

16, 17 &18 Open: 3

16, 17 & 18 USA: 2

The number of teams entered in an age division at the entry deadline or the number of teams in an age division at the start of the event, whichever is greater, will be the number used to determine how many bids a boys bid tournament will receive up to the maximum allocated to that event.

In the bid tournaments, Open & USA bids will be offered to the teams that finish the competition in a bid award position. A bid will trickle down based on the number of Open & USA teams entered in the division. See the 2019 Bid Tournament Manual for specifics. Bids must be accepted or denied at the time the bid is awarded by the tournament director. Bids not awarded at the bid tournament will revert to the Open at-large pool. If a team finishes in a bid award position and declines the bid, that team will not be eligible for at-large consideration.

Sanctions for Not Using Bids
Teams that earn bids must use their bids or be subject to sanctions according to these policies:

If a team that earns and accepts an Open or USA bid or an at-large Open/USA bid but does not participate in the BJNC in the division in which it was awarded the bid, that team, its coaches, its club director and all its club’s teams will be suspended from participating in BJNC and bid tournaments for the following season.

Frozen Player Rule – Open & USA

All players listed on the roster of a team are “frozen” to that team at the time the team earns a bid at a Bid Tournament or accepts a bid invitation from USAV. Accepting a bid defines a team as Qualified. Players from a Qualified team cannot be added to any other team roster submitted for Bid Tournaments, seeding tournaments or the BJNC. This includes teams from within the same club.  There are no restrictions on additions to the roster of new players or players from non-qualified teams—up to the limit of fifteen (15) players. All teams and players must maintain eligibility compliance within their region. Violations of the Frozen Player Rule will result in sanctions being imposed on the already qualified team, its club, and/or the individual(s) involved, including the player, the coach and the club director. The USAV Event Department will determine sanctions for violations of the Frozen Player Rule.  For a first offense, the sanctions may be a warning, probation, suspension or expulsion.

Frozen Player Rule – Open At-Large

All players listed on the roster of a team are “frozen” to that team at the time the team applies for an At-Large bid to the BJNC. Applying for an At-Large bid is defined as registering for the BJNC in AES and submitting an entry form and payment to USAV. Accepting a bid defines a team as Qualified. Players from a Qualified team cannot be added to any other team roster submitted for Bid Tournaments, seeding tournaments or the BJNC. This includes teams from within the same club. There are no restrictions on additions to the roster of new players or players from non-qualified teams—up to the limit of fifteen (15) players.  If a team does NOT earn an At-Large bid and chooses to accept the Club Division invitation, the roster is still frozen. If a team does not earn an at-large bid and decides not to attend the Championship, all players shall be considered released and shall be permitted to be added to another team’s roster from within the same Member Organization (refer to the BJNC Tournament Manual, Chapter 2, Player Eligibility for transfer and release policies for purposes of attending JNCs). HOWEVER, the released player(s) are required to have a signed release from the original team coach, club representative, new team coach AND Member Organization commissioner/designated representative, if eligible.

Club Classification

Teams that have not earned an Open or USA bid at one of the designated boys bid tournaments, or applied and did not receive an Open/USA at-large bid, are classified as Club teams. Club teams must register, pay and submit their entry form by the published deadlines to be accepted. Any team that is late registering, paying or submitting required forms will be wait-listed. USA Volleyball reserves the right to accept or deny as many teams necessary to round out pool numbers, allowing for space availability, after the deadline.

Frozen Player Rule – Club
The players on the roster shall be considered frozen upon submittal of the Entry Form AND payment to USAV. NO player listed on this roster may participate with any other CLUB TEAM for the purpose of these championships. If this team decides not to attend the championship, all players shall be considered released and shall be permitted to be added to another team’s roster from within the same Member Organization (refer to Player Eligibility for transfer and release policies for purposes of attending JNCs). HOWEVER, the released player(s) are required to have a signed release from the original team coach, club representative, new team coach AND Member Organization commissioner/designated representative. All teams and players must maintain eligibility compliance within their region and adhere to regional transfer policies when applicable.