TO: Junior Team Reps in the 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, & 12 Divisions
FROM: Carolina Region/USAV
RE: 2017 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships
The 2017 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (NOTE: The tournament does not go by the term Junior Olympics any longer!) will be at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN from June 25-July 4, 2017 (different age groups and divisions will begin and end play at different times during this period. Check the GJNC Schedule Page at USA Volleyball’s web site for specific dates for your Age division).
The Carolina Region will hold its competition for our National Bids for the Junior National Championships at our National Bid Tournaments. The 14’s, 15’s, & 17’s Age Group National Bid tournaments will be on Sunday, February 26, 2017. The 12’s, 13’s, & 16’s Age Group National Bid tournaments will be on Sunday, March 19, 2017. NOTE: the 18’s National bid tournament will be held on Sunday, March 5 - see the 18’s National Bid memo for more info specific to 18’s. Specific site assignments for the age groups will be posted after the tournament entry deadline passes on the Carolina Region Tournament System and will be in central part of the state - we generally shoot for Greensboro area sites since teams potentially coming from all over the state. We hope the information below will answer some of your questions on the process.
USA Volleyball will have a National and American Division in the CLUB Championships again this season in ages 12-18 (which is where Region bids are). The bids for OPEN and USA divisions are earned at National Qualifiers. There is also a PATRIOT Division that does not require bids (see the Entry information for more information on that division). The Bids for the CLUB division (National & American) are earned in the Regions and Qualifiers. So, our bids are in the National and American divisions of the CLUB Championships. The following is a breakdown of how many bids we have in each age group (NOTE: 2017 Bid Allocations for Regions are CONFIRMED below):
The Following must be met in order to compete for the Carolina Region National Bids for the Junior National Championships:
PROCEDURE FOR DETERMINING BIDS:
Since we have two bids in each age group available, the Champion team in each National Bid tournament will be awarded the NATIONAL bid in that age group. The Runner-up finisher will earn the AMERICAN bid for that age group. Each tournament will play a normal round-robin pool play with playoffs (no change in formats from regular season events). In the event, we have less than 3 teams competing for a bid, teams will be contacted about alternate ways to determine the bids.
Please discuss this opportunity with your team and parents NOW. If you would like to compete for our bid to the 2017 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships, please ENTER the National Bid tournament for your age group before the tournament deadlines above. LATE ENTRIES WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CR JUNIOR DIVISION (and usually only if we don’t have any other entries in that division)! Please get all entries in by the deadline!
For additional information on the Junior National Championships, go to USA Volleyball’s GJNC Page - The Pre-Tournament Entry Books for the Championships are now posted on the USA Volleyball web site. Teams may get a head start now filling out the paperwork and submitting their rosters online. Once we determine our bid winners, we will notify USAV of our bid winners. NOTE: Teams that do not earn a bid at our National Bid tournaments MAY still earn a re-allocated bid from USAV once all the Regions report their bid winners (some Regions don’t use all their bids). So, if interested in a re-allocated bid, please check that on the entry forms, notify the Region Office of your interest, and keep your fingers crossed! Re-allocated bids would come from USAV and not the Carolina Region. We will award any re-allocated bids we receive based on the tournament finish at the Bid tournament.
All teams should note that the Region has NOT set aside any money to help pay for national entry fees, and all teams should plan on raising the full costs needed to participate in the Championships. Good luck with the rest of your season, and please email if you have any questions!
If your team wants to compete for a National Bid, submit tournament entry by February 11, 2017 (14, 15, 17’s) or March 4, 2017 (12, 13, 16’s).
Reminder - You may confirm your tournament entries and all CR National Bid tournament information on our Tournment System, same as other CR tournaments.