Girls' Qualifier Information

All of the information listed in this sectioned is covered in more detail in USA Volleyball’s Qualifier Manual.  The Manual is a complete guide to the special rules and policies that govern individual participants, teams and tournament directors throughout the Qualifier process.   Coaches and directors are responsible for reading and understanding all information provided in the Qualifier Manual.

Qualifier Ethics and Eligibility Information:
The National Qualifiers are part of the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships.  Participants, individual or team, may access normal Due Process channels should their eligibility to participate be in question.  Procedures, including appeal options, are outlined in the Bylaws of USA Volleyball.  Bylaws can be found in the current issue of the USAV Official Guidebook .  The Guidebook is available through Regional Commissioners, from the USA Volleyball National Office, at the Event Championship Desk, and on the USAV website.

Coach Certification:
All coaches listed on the roster must be IMPACT certified. But at least one coach, with IMPACT or higher certification, must be on the bench with the team at all times.

Penalties for Not Using a Qualifier Bid:
A team that does not use a GJNC Open bid which it has earned, or a GJNC National, USA or American bid which it has earned and accepted, may be subject to the following penalties:

  • IF a team earns an Open bid at a NQ, earns and accepts an Open At-Large bid, or earns and accepts a National, USA or American bid (Regional or NQ) and subsequently does not participate in the GJNC, ALL members listed on the Official Event Roster and the Club Director will be suspended from participating in all NQs, Regional Qualification Events, and the GJNC for the following season; and,
  • The Club must pay USAV the GJNC entry fee for the team.
           o   If the Club does not pay the GJNC Event Entry Fee, the suspension from competing in qualifying events will remain in force until the fee is paid in full.

Qualifier Playing Divisions and Bids: 
The Big South hosting team in the Junior National Qualifier divisions listed below. Teams may choose which division - Open, USA, National or American - in their age that they want to enter. Open divisions tend to be stronger teams and the field size tends to be smaller.   The number of teams we can accommodate in each qualifier division and the number of bids available for that number of teams is outlined in the chart below.
 
Big South reserves the right, in our sole discretion, to adjust the size of a division depending on the number of applications received after the deadline date. Adjustments COULD affect the number of bids available in a division.

Depending on the sizes of the 12 National and 12 American divisions, the divisions may be combined but both a National bid and an American bid would still be offered.  USA Volleyball may award an additional bid to some USA divisions of some qualifiers on the Wednesday before the start of the fir National Qualifier.

 

Division

Number of Teams

Number of Bids Expected

18 Open

40

3

18 USA

64

2

18 American

96

1

17 Open

48

3

17 USA

80

2

17 American

96

1

16 Open

48

3

16 USA

96

2

16 American

144

1

15 Open

40

3

15 USA

80

2

15 American

144

1

14 Open

40

3

14 USA

72

2

14 American

128

1

13 Open

32

2

13 American

96

1

12 National

24

1

12 American

40

1

 

More information on the following topics is available in the Qualifier Manual.

   Complete Bid Process and Rules for Priority of Use

   Formats and Pool Play Sequence & Schedules

   Tie Breaking Procedures

   Court Use

   Warm-up Protocol

   Roster Verification procedures

   Team Officiating Duties

   Penalty for Forfeitures

   Awards for each division

   Roster Rules – Frozen and Otherwise

   Foreign individual and Team Participation, Eligibility and Registration

   Officials, Awards, and Protest Committee information

   Arbitrator and Ethics and Eligibility procedures

   Age and Identity Falsification Policy