USA Volleyball

2020-2021 FIVB and USAV Indoor High Performance Age Group Definitions

USA Volleyball High Performance 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 High Performance 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.

High Performance works on a two-year cycle, with a cycle starting at the beginning of an even year (2020) and finishing at the end of an odd year (2021). 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 (what will happen next in 2022). Athletes may only try out and play in their own age group – there is no “playing up.”

The two-year cycle matches the international competition schedule in which USA competes. The NORCECA Championship occurring even years is the opportunity for Team USA to qualify for the FIVB World Championship occurring odd years. Keeping athletes in the same age group for both years allows for the same athletes who compete at NORCECA to be eligible to play in Worlds. The National Teams the second cycle year will naturally consist of some new athletes and some returning from the NORCECA team of the first cycle year. This maintains the opportunity for the same pool of  athletes to participate in age group competitions.


2020 and 2021 Men/Boys High Performance Age Groups

Men's Junior - Born in 2001 or 2002

Boys Youth - Born in 2003 or 2004

Boys Select - Born in 2005 or 2006

Boys Future Select - Born in 2007, 2008 or later


2020 and 2021 Women/Girls High Performance Age Groups

Women's Junior - Born in 2002 or 2003

Girls Youth - Born in 2004 or 2005

Girls Select - Born in 2006, 2007

Girls Future Select - Born in 2008, 2009 or later