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Las Vegas to Host 2021 USAV GJNC

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans, 09/28/20, 7:30PM CDT

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USA Volleyball Contact: B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 28, 2020) – USA Volleyball has selected Las Vegas to host the 2021 Girls Junior National Championship (GJNC) on June 26-July 5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is the first time that USAV will host a major junior event in Las Vegas.

“We are excited to be bringing the Girls Junior National Championship to Las Vegas for the first time,” said USA Volleyball President and CEO Jamie Davis. “It is fitting for us to bring the excitement of USA Volleyball’s biggest event to one of the most dynamic and energetic destination cities in the world. The teams competing will be the best of the best having qualified for coveted spots to vie for the national championship titles and I am sure that the winners won’t let their victories that happen in Vegas stay in Vegas.”

“Welcoming USA Volleyball to the destination for the first time is exciting, and we know players, families, coaches and staff are going to have a great event and a great time experiencing all of the fun that can only be found in Las Vegas,” said Steve Hill, CEO/president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “As Las Vegas solidifies its position as the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World, hosting an event of this caliber is incredibly important.”

The GJNC is the United States’ premier junior girls club tournament and attracts college scouts from across the country. Nearly 1,300 teams and 13,000 athletes attended the 2019 GJNC in Indianapolis, bringing approximately 40,000 people total to the city.

All teams except those in the Patriot Division must qualify through USA Volleyball national or regional qualifying tournaments held across the country, or through at-large selections based on results at qualifying tournaments.

All local regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic will be followed at the event in accordance with USA Volleyball’s Return to Play Guidelines to ensure that safety is the top priority for athletes, officials, coaches and families in attendance. Information about Las Vegas’ citywide Vegas Smart campaign, as well as health and safety plans for the various resorts can be found at VisitLasVegas.com, and health and safety plans for the Las Vegas Convention Center can be found at vegasmeansbusiness.com.

This will mark the first year that USA Volleyball will live stream all courts from the GJNC as part of a new partnership with BallerTV, so family and friends who cannot attend the event in person can watch on their favorite device. 

The GJNC uses a staggered start and finish for age-group divisions over the course of the tournament. Teams will compete for one of 27 titles across seven age groups (11-17s). All but the youngest age division play four-day tournaments in the 10-day span (11 National Division runs three days).

ABOUT THE LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms located in Las Vegas alone and more than 12 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or  www.visitlasvegas.com.

About USA Volleyball 
Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and World ParaVolley as the National Governing Body for the sport of volleyball including the disciplines of beach, indoor, sitting, snow and beach Paravolley in the United States. With more than 425,000 registered members, USA Volleyball conducts national championship events, coaching and officials certification programs, and grassroots development across all disciplines in a lifetime sport in which all can participate. USA Volleyball’s teams have won an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, four Paralympic medals since 2004 and numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles. For more information on USA Volleyball, visit www.usavolleyball.org. #PathtothePodium