All 40 regions of USA Volleyball use a player’s date of birth, not grade, to determine what age-level the player can participate during the USA Volleyball club season. That means a player won’t play on an 8th-grade team. They will play on a 14 and Under or 15 and Under team. Adhering to these age definitions is a requirement, resulting in uniform/consistent age divisions across the 40 regions of USA Volleyball.
Sometimes a player’s birthday will require them to compete on an older team than their same-grade peers. Because of this, North Country Region has decided to allow junior club directors the opportunity to request an AGE WAIVER so that a player who is in this position can be placed on a roster of players who are in the player's grade but are in a younger age bracket. Each club makes their own policy on if they will accept a waivered player. Each tournament director makes their own policy on accepting grade teams.
· Waivered Player is a junior player whose birthdate places him/her in an age division older than their current grade.
A “Club” that has a Junior Player, whose date of birth places them in an age division older than their current grade (Age Classification Guidelines), is eligible to register that team under the following options:
REGISTER THE ENTIRE TEAM AT THE DIVISION OF THE OLDEST PLAYER
REGISTER ENTIRE TEAM AS A “GRADE” TEAM