USA Volleyball Age Definitions: Clear Guidelines for Fair Competition
USA Volleyball, the governing body for volleyball in the United States, has established clear guidelines regarding age categories for competitive play. These age definitions ensure fair and equitable competition at various levels, from grassroots to elite.
Access the Tryout Season Age Definitions
Choose the tryout season you’re registering for below, and gain access to a comprehensive PDF detailing the age definitions for that season:
Importance of Age Definitions: Fairness and Planning
These age definitions are crucial for ensuring a level playing field and maintaining fairness in USA Volleyball competitions. Whether you’re a parent, coach, or player, understanding these age categories is essential for participation and planning your volleyball journey.
Youth and Junior Categories: Age Ranges and Skill Development
USA Volleyball classifies players based on their age as of September 1st of the current year. The age categories include:
1. Youth Category (Ages 8-12): Building the Foundation
This category encompasses players aged 8 to 12 years old. It provides young athletes with a foundation in the sport, focusing on skill development and fostering a love for volleyball.
2. Junior Category (Ages 12-18): Competitive Divisions
The junior category comprises players aged 12 to 18 years old. It is further divided into subcategories based on specific age ranges, such as 12 and under (12U), 14 and under (14U), 16 and under (16U), and 18 and under (18U). This structure allows players to compete against peers of similar age and skill levels.