junior volleyball


Gateway Tournament Registrations - Open!

  • For Boys 15s-18s Regional Championship Registration Information, click here
  • For the Gateway Girls Festival Registration Information U12, U13, U14, U16 & U18s, click here
  • For Gateway Girls 18s Bid Event Online Registration on AES click here (Tournament Registration completed online through AES - Entry Fees mailed to Region office Attn: Randi Tyler, 10075 Bauer Rd, St. Louis, MO 63128)
  • For Gateway Girls 12-17s Bid Event Online Registration on AES click here (Tournament Registration opens March 1, 2017)

2016-17 USAV Club Travel Policy Requirement

As per motion 12, copied below, clubs will be required to have a travel policy in place if they attend either the Boys’ or Girls’ 2017 Junior National Championships.

RVAA Motion 12 (SafeSport Committee Motion):  For the 2017 Jr National Championships, Clubs will be required to have a travel policy.  The required travel policy could be the default USAV travel policy, the use of a chaperone as in the past, or a club customized travel policy. Motion carries RVAA

The procedure that will be implemented at the JNC team check-in will be explained in the Pre-tournament Manuals that will be made available by USAV in the near Future.  It is strongly recommended that Club Directors refer to their Safesport Manual and this Sample Travel Policy as a starting point to developing their own club policy. In addition to a Travel Policy, Safesport is recommending that clubs develop an Electronic Communications Policy as well. Refer to the website (https://www.volleyballreftraining.com/SafeSport/regions.php) or see Attached Sample Policy

Gateway Region Mentoring Opportunities!

Do you have an outstanding junior volleyball player that would be interested in becoming a Mentor for 11U and 12U tournaments in the local area?
Gateway Region is recruiting Mentors for the 2016-2017 season!
What do Mentor’s Do?  Mentors assist officiating teams with their duties at 11U and 12U tournaments.  They help our fledgling youth players manage scorekeeping, down reffing, and line-judging.
What is Required of me?  Be at least 16 years old, have own transportation, and be proficient in scoring and refereeing.  Must also be a current USAV member.
What am I compensated for my time?  Each Mentor is paid a $100 fee per day and mileage stipend to tournament sites and a furnished shirt.
If you are interested, or know of suitable candidates, please contact Melissa Pouyer at 314-849-1221 in the Gateway Region offices.

2016-17 Season Boys and Girls Teams Qualified Out-Of-Region

  • Boys Open
  • HPSTL B18 Royal - Open at Boys Winter VB Championships
  • HPSTL B17 Royal - Open at Boys Winter VB Championships
  • HPSTL B16 Royal - Open at Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Event
  • HPSTL B14 Royal - Open at Boys Winter VB Championships
  • Girls Open
  • Rockwood 18 Mizuno - Open at Northern Lights 18's Qualifier
  • Girls USA
  • Rockwood 18 Navy - USA at Northern Lights 18's Qualifier
  • Girls American

2016-2017 JNC information:

2017 Boys’ USAV Junior National Championships in Columbus, OH ~ July 1 - July 8

All Divisions – Registration will open in AES on January 9, 2017. Teams must have their membership complete to enter. It is important to do a data import prior to the opening of registration. Send entries and fees directly to USAV by the required deadline. Information can be found on this page http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Events/Indoor/Boys/2017-BJNC. The boys age division schedule for the 2017 BJNC may be found here. Boys JNC Dates and Deadlines may be found here!

2017 Girls’ USAV Summer Junior National Championships in Minneapolis, MN ~ June 25 - July 4

All Divisions U12-U17, including U14-U17 Patriot. Registration opens on AES January 4, 2017. The girls age division schedule for the 2017 GJNC in Minneapolis may be found here.

  • Teams who qualify at a National Qualifier will have 10 business days after the Qualifier to submit entry forms and payment to USA Volleyball.
  • Open At Large applicants that DO NOT WANT to participate in the Gateway Bid Event – USAV deadline for registration entry on AES is May 19, 2017.
  • All Patriot, National, American and Open at Large applicants that WANT to participate in the Gateway Bid Event – Gateway / USAV deadline for registration entry on AES is April 21, 2017.
  • Patriot Division (U14-U17)–Registration opens on AES January 4, 2017 for this non-qualifying division of the Girls’ JNC. Teams will be accepted based on date and time stamp of entry. Teams must have their membership complete to enter. It is important to do a data import prior to the opening of registration.
  • Late entries may be processed, but there are no guarantees that the team will be eligible for the GJNCs. If a team applies for entry into the GJNC, earns a bid at the Bid Event and chooses to not take the bid, they must be prepared to forfeit their GJNC entry fee and may be subject to additional penalties by USA Volleyball. The highest ranked team not accepting a Region Bid will be responsible for the fee and possible penalties.

2017 Girls U18 USAV Spring Junior National Championships in Dallas, TX ~ April 21-23

(All 18s Divisions) Registration opens on AES on December 14, 2016.

Registration and Housing information may be found by clicking here!

  • Teams who qualify at a National Qualifier will have 10 business days after the Qualifier to submit entry forms and payment to USA Volleyball.
  • Open At Large applicants that DO NOT WANT to participate in the Gateway 18s Bid Event – USAV deadline for registration entry on AES is March 24, 2017.
  • All Patriot, National, American and Open at Large applicants that WANT to participate in the Gateway Bid Event – Gateway / USAV deadline for registration entry on AES is February 28, 2017.
  • Patriot Division (U14-U17)–Registration opens on AES December 14, 2016 for this non-qualifying division of the Girls’ JNC. Teams will be accepted based on date and time stamp of entry. Teams must have their membership complete to enter. It is important to do a data import prior to the opening of registration.
  • Late entries may be processed, but there are no guarantees that the team will be eligible for the GJNCs. If a team applies for entry into the GJNC, earns a bid at the Bid Event and chooses to not take the bid, they must be prepared to forfeit their GJNC entry fee and may be subject to additional penalties by USA Volleyball. The highest ranked team not accepting a Region Bid will be responsible for the fee and possible penalties.

Gateway Policy Changes for the 2016-17 Season

Policies specific to the Juniors Program
  • All Gateway Region Junior Coaches and Officials (referees and scorers) are to complete SafeSport by October 1, 2017. HOWEVER, During the 2016-17 season, USAV is requiring that SafeSport certification be completed by all registered adults before participation in nationally sanctioned junior events will be permitted (Qualifiers, JNCs). Additionally, Gateway Region recommends that all parents of junior participants watch SafeSport.
  • The Girls 18 American Division has been moved to Spring GJNC event. The Region's U18's bid event will take place the weekend of March 11-12, 2017.  All U18's bids will be awarded at this event.
  • In the event that a team has less than 6 committed players by 8am the Friday immediately following tryouts, the commitment letter, if signed, will be voided and those players released to find another team.
  • RVAA Motion 12 (SafeSport Committee Motion):  For the 2017 Jr National Championships, Clubs will be required to have a travel policy.  The required travel policy could be the default USAV travel policy, the use of a chaperone as in the past, or a club customized travel policy. Motion carries RVAA. The procedure that will be implemented at the JNC team check-in will be explained in the Pre-tournament Manuals that will be posted on the USAV website in December.
Policies related to Junior Tournaments
  • The 2017 Gateway Girls Bid Event will be hosted through AES.
  • The Gateway Region Girls Bid Event will remain a double elimination Tournament.  If an age division has 16 or fewer teams registered online by the AES deadline, the age division tournament will be completed in 1 day.  If an age division has 17 or more teams registered online by the AES deadline, the age division tournament will be completed in 2 days.  The Top 10 seeds based on Region Ranking will receive a bye the first day of competition.  The remaining seeds will compete on the first day of competition to determine seeds #11 and #12 who will have earned the right to continue competition the 2nd day.  The 2nd day of competition will see the completion of a 12 team double elimination bracket to determine bid winners.
Libero Jersey Rule implementation that immediately impacts Junior Participants
  • 19.2 rule in 2015-2017 DCR: A motion was made and passed as of 2/25/16 to change the wording of USAV Rule 19.2 to read as: “The Libero(s) must wear a uniform which clearly contrasts with the rest of the team.” A second motion was passed that made the implementation of the new rule immediate.  The new rule replaces the "Solid Color Jersey" rule.

2015-16 Season Boys and Girls Teams Qualified Out-Of-Region

For a list of All Qualified Girls Teams for the 2016 GJNCs, click here! (Updated 5/12/16)

  • Boys Open
  • HPSTL B18 Royal - Boys Open in Winter Boys VB Championships
  • HPSTL B17 Royal - Boys Open in SCVA Boys Invitational
  • HPSTL B16 Royal - Boys Open in SCVA Boys Invitational
  • HPSTL B16 Orange - Boys Open Gateway Boys Festival
  • HPSTL B15 Royal - Boys Open in Winter Boys VB Championships
  • Rockwood Thunder B15 Mizuno - Boys Open At-Large
  • Girls Open
  • Rockwood Thunder 18 Mizuno - Open in Northern Lights Qualifier
  • Rockwood Thunder 17 Mizuno - Open in Mideast Qualifier
  • H2 STL 16 Under Armour - Open in Mideast Qualifier
  • HPSTL 16 Royal - Open in Show Me Qualifier
  • Rockwood Thunder 16 Mizuno - Open At-Large
  • Rockwood Thunder 15 Mizuno - Open in Mideast Qualifier
  • HPSTL 14 Royal - Open in Show Me Qualifier
  • Rockwood Thunder 14 Mizuno - Open in Mideast Qualifier
  • Rockwood Thunder 13 Mizuno – Open in Northern Lights Qualifier
  • Girls USA
  • HPSTL 18 Royal - USA in Colorado Crossroads Qualifier
  • Momentum 17 Navy – USA in Northern Lights Qualifier
  • Rockwood Thunder 17 Navy - USA in Northeast Qualifier
  • Rockwood Thunder 16 Navy – USA in Northern Lights Qualifier
  • Momentum 15 Navy - USA in Northeast Qualifier
  • Rockwood Thunder 14 Navy - USA in Northeast Qualifier
  • Girls American
  • MO Xtreme 17 - American in Colorado Crossroads Qualifier
  • Momentum 13 Navy – American in Northern Lights Qualifier

Gateway Region 2017-2018 season Tryout Dates

  • Boys 15-18's may begin the tryout process on Friday September 29, 2017.
  • Boys and Girls 8-14's may begin the tryout process on Friday October 27, 2017.
  • Girls 15-18's may begin the tryout process on Friday November 17, 2017.

Future 2016-2017 National Events!

  • U18 Girls Spring Junior National Championships April 21-23, 2017 in Dallas, TX
  • Girls Summer Junior National Championships June 25-July 4, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN
  • Boys Junior National Championships July 1-8, 2017 in Columbus, OH

BE A RESPONSIBLE ATHLETE

Student-athletes need to behave appropriately at all times and in all forums. They should be particularly aware of social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, or other emerging technologies. In fact, enough cannot be said about the importance of being aware of these emerging technologies. Anyone can post a picture of another student, and an athlete whose exploits are publicized on Facebook might lose a scholarship offer. Check out the full story here: http://www.ncsasports.org/blog/2013/01/24/responsible-athlete-social-media/.



Gateway Region Buying Alliance

The Gateway Region has joined a Buying Alliance comprised of several other Regional Volleyball Associations of USA Volleyball.

This Alliance was created to aid our Region members who buy volleyball equipment and apparel annually. Several National companies were contacted to see if significant discounts could be negotiated with a large number of orders being grouped together nationally. Many companies were on board and very interested in offering this benefit to the USA Volleyball members.

We encourage our clubs to check out the companies and utilize the service. If the Alliance is a success across the country, we will be able to add more companies and negotiate bigger discounts to pass along to the members.

Check out the companies and offers now available through the Buying Alliance.


Maps to most of the sites listed can be found on the Maps page.
More information about the various clubs may be found on our Club Profile Page.
New to Junior Volleyball? Check out the PARENTS PAGE for helpful information
Junior Forum Minutes are posted on the Publications page
USAV SafeSport information for Clubs