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JVA Tournament Guidelines

To host a JVA insured event, the host club must have a JVA Club Director membership


JVA recommends the following policies for tournaments hosted by JVA member clubs:

USAV Rules for Domestic Competition with the following variations:

Age waivered players are allowed as long as they are not a year older than their peers
No “Stay to Play” Policies
Match play competition
R1 for all matches
5 Matches guaranteed for 2-day events with 2 matches on day 2
7 Matches guaranteed for 3-day events
Maximum number of matches should not exceed 3 in a multi-day event (may have to play 4 if a challenge match is necessary) or 5 in a single  day  event
Avoid 5 team pools. If necessary, play on two courts and weave matches to allow for ample work teams and rest time.
If 3 team pools are necessary, try to have more than 1 to allow for the 3rd match to be a cross-over match with the other pool.  If that is not possible, play match play, best of 5 so that all sets count.

Libero Rule
Two liberos will be allowed in a line-up.  The liberos can be changed each set.  Either libero will be allowed to serve, but only 1 position will be designated as the serving position.

Background Screenings
JVA will require proof of a clear background screening within the past 12 months of all adults on a junior roster.  A USAV and AAU coach membership will be accepted proof.  Coaches who need a background screening, can get one for only $12.00.  JVA Background Checks

Age Definitions for the 2013-2014 Season
18 and Under – Players who were born on or after September 1, 1995
17 and Under – Players who were born on or after September 1, 1996
16 and Under - Players who were born on or after September 1, 1997
15 and Under - Players who were born on or after September 1, 1998
14 and Under - Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999
13 and Under - Players who were born on or after September 1, 2000
12 and Under - Players who were born on or after September 1, 2001
11 and Under - Players who were born on or after September 1, 2002
10 and Under - Players who were born on or after September 1, 2003

Age Waivers
JVA will allow age waivered players in club division competitions - the age waiver will allow the athlete to play at grade level with their peers, provided they are not more than one year older than the current age definition.  A copy of a certified birth certificate and proof of grade (copy of school schedule, school id, report card, etc.) showing the player's current school year and grade must be showed to the Tournament Director prior to team check-in.


Rules of Play for Youth Divisions
U-10 Divisions will use the following variations:

                Court Size, 8m x 8m

                Net Height, 1.9m (6'6")

                Unlimited Substitution

Step in allowed on serve (player must start on or behind the service line and can take up to 2 steps)

Maximum of 5 serves per athlete/per term of service.  After 5 serves, the team will hold the serve and rotate.

U-11 Divisions will use the same rules as U-12 but allow for the step in on the serve as above.


U-14 Boys and Youth Coed Teams Playing in Girls Divisions*
U-10, 11, and 12 boys' teams are allowed to compete in girls' events at age level.

U-13 and U-14 boys' teams are allowed to compete in girls events up an age level.

Coed teams with not more than 3 boys on the floor at any one time, are allowed to play in girls events at age level.

*These are recommendations voted on by the JVA Board.  Club Directors are encouraged to use their discretion to encourage development of boys participation at youth levels. 


JVA Challenge Tournaments

Minimum Requirements:

Host(s) must be JVA Members
2 Day Event
5 Matches guaranteed, minimum of 2 matches on day 2
Match play competition
Teams must be informed if there is any change to the age division they entered
R1 for all matches; R2 for Gold Division Semi and Finals

USAV Rules for Domestic Competition with the following variations:

Age waivered players are allowed as long as they are not a year older than their peers
Libero is allowed to serve in one rotation
Step in allowed on service for 10’s and 11’s Divisions
Use of JVA Score Sheets
Use of AES for results management or upload results into AES (this process is still in the  works)
No Stay to Play Policies; entry fees and admission fees are within regional standards
Staff person assigned to upload information during event on JVA Dig It App
JVA Membership Table/Booth
Prominent Display of JVA Banners
Include JVA logo on event webpage, event logo, event merchandise, signage, etc.
JVA Insurance requirements must be followed (application and payment for insurance in a timely manner, ensure that proper paperwork is collected by coaches and the “Coaches’ Sign-In Form” is collected and attached to signed copy of the roster).

JVA will provide:

Assistance with promotion via web page, email blasts, social media
Set up of JVA Dig IT App at no charge
JVA Bag Tags for participants
JVA Banner(s)
Bulk pricing on custom medals if desired 

JVA Insured Tournaments

Minimum Requirements:

Host(s) must be JVA Member(s)
USAV Rules for Domestic Competition with the following variations:
            Age waivered players are allowed as long as they are not a year older than their peers
            Libero is allowed to serve in one rotation
            Step inallowed on service for 10’s and 11’s Divisions
    Use of JVA Score Sheets
    No Stay to Play Policies, entry fees and admission feesare within regional standards
            Include JVA logo on webpage with event information
            Teams must be informed if there is any change to the age division they entered
            Tournament Information Flyer (brochure or event book)must include the following information:

Guaranteed number of matches
Guaranteed number of matches on last day of a multi-day tournament
Format for Pool Play (match competition, 2 sets to 25 pts., etc.)
Refund Policy
Information on whether or not R1 and/or R2 officials will be provided
Information on tournament formats to be used  


JVA Member Tournament Sanctioned by USAV, AAU, or self insured that are Posted on JVA Web Page

Minimum Requirements:

Hosts must be JVA Members
Tournament Information Flyer (brochure or event book)must include the following information:
Guaranteed number of matches;
Guaranteed number of matches on last day of a multi-day tournament
Format for Pool Play (match competition, 2 sets to 25 pts., etc.)
Refund Policy
Information on whether or not R1 and/or R2 officials will be provided Information on tournament formats to be used
Teams must be informed if there is any change to the age division they entered.