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Gateway Region Girls Bid Event

Please note Final-day Double Elimination Brackets will play down to 8th place due to the number of potential trickle down bids and number of bids being brought into the event from pre-qualified teams.  The 5/6th place matches and 7/8th place matches are scheduled within AES to be played.  If a team chooses to forfeit, or is absent for these scheduled matches, the remaining team that is present will be awarded the win by forfeit.  If both teams "agree" to mutually forfeit, then the higher seeded team at the start of the event will be recorded as the winner by forfeit.

The 11's will not have a 5/6th place match.  The 12s & 13s will not have a 7/8th place match.

Girls 11-17s - May 4 & 5, 2024

Age Field Size Saturday Venue Sunday Venue
11 12 - Legacy VTC
12 13 Legacy VTC -
13 21 Legacy VTC Legacy VTC
14 21 Steel Shed Steel Shed
15 29 Belleville Sportsplex Belleville Sportsplex
16 25 Lindenwood Belleville Lindenwood Belleville
17 20 Lafayette HS Lafayette HS

If a team registered for the Gateway Region Bid Event earns an Open Bid or 11's National bid, or 12's National bid at a National Qualifier prior to the Region Bid Event, they become ineligible to compete in the Region's Bid event.  If this occurs, an age group's field size will change, which could change the court space necessary to play down Saturday's double elimination field.  Which, in turn, may change the playing venue.

Girls 18 and Under - February 10 & 11, 2024

Age Division Saturday Venue Sunday Venue
18s STL Convention Center STL Convention Center

The 18s Bid event (League Bid Weekend) is a separate division embedded within the Dennis Lafata Boys National Qualifier, and coincide with both the Boys National Qualifier.  The League Bid Weekend for girls 18s will serve as both the conclusion of the GW League as well as the traditional Girls 18s Bid Event and will award 1 National, 1 American, and 1 Freedom Bid to the 2024 USAV 18s GJNC.

11-17s Tournament Format

The 2023 Girls Bid Event will remain a double elimination tournament. There are no format changes for Age Divisions with 16 or fewer teams, as they will continue to compete in a traditional double elimination tournament over the course of 1 day.

However, Age Divisions with 17 or more teams will compete in a double elimination tournament over the course of 2 days in a new format. Registered teams will be ranked numerically using the Region's ranking system. Our default procedure involves taking the top 10 seeds and removing them from the first day of competition. The remaining seeds will play off in a traditional double elimination tournament down to the final 2 teams. Those final 2 teams on the first day will overtake the 11 and 12 seeds, and will join the top 10 seeds in a 12 team double elimination tournament on the 2nd day of competition.

In the event the field size for an age group grows larger than 20 teams, there is a possibility the top 12 or 14 seeds will be removed from the first day of competition, instead of 10. This decision is entirely dictated and dependent on available facilities. As above - the seeds outside of the top 12 or 14 registered teams will play down to the final 2 teams. Those final 2 teams from the first day will then overtake the last 2 seeds of the 2nd day double elimination Bracket (either a 14 or 16 team bracket).  In the rare event that there are more than 30 teams in a division, lower seeds may have a play-in date prior to the final 2 days of competition.

Teams will be seeded based on Gateway Region Junior Rankings, which will be updated leading up to the weekend before the bid event.  (Or the week prior to the 18s bid event for Girls 18s)  Rankings are based on head to head age-group results of Gateway Sanctioned Events reported to GW Region office staff.  Gateway Region does not sanction AAU or JVA events, and those events do not add data points to USAV/Region Rankings.  Bid event Brackets will be hosted on AES. Please note first officiating assignments, as well as any other officiating assignments as teams advance - teams that win may have to ref next match.

2024 JNC Housing and the Gateway Region Lottery

Gateway Region belongs to the USAV Regional Tier Housing Lottery through Team Travel Source and and was picked 6th to be allocated Hotel Room Blocks for the Summer GJNC. Our Region has allocated ten (12) rooms per team to one (1) team per age division 12-17s. The room blocks this season are for 4 nights located at a hotel to be determined by the lottery, and will coincide with the age group's dates of competition.

These blocks are allocated by priority of Finish in the April Bid Event. However, these room blocks are reserved for teams that belong to clubs that are NOT already part of the GJNC Hotel Lottery, or have previously qualified at a Qualifier earlier in the season.

Clubs that belong to the 2023 GJNC Housing Lottery: HPSTL & Rockwood Thunder

If a team becomes eligible to receive a Region Lottery room block, the Region will contact the team Rep to begin the process of handing the room block over to the team. Teams may turn down the block if they choose. The next highest finisher not already a part of the GJNC Lottery will then be contacted. If all eligible teams of an age group have turned down the Region Lottery room block, then the rooms will be released to highest finisher whose club is in the housing lottery, if they are still in need of rooms. The deadline to utilze these rooms is 2 days after the conclusion of the Bid Event (Tuesday May 2, 2023)

New for 2023-24 season: If a team enters a Girls Gateway Regional Bid event (Girls11-17s or Girls League Bid Weekend) and refuses to accept the bid the day of the tournament it is awarded, the following penalties will be applied: In addition to any national penalties levied directly by USAV, the entire club, club director, head coach, and all adult members listed on the roster will be banned from Region qualifying events for the rest of the season and next season. Ineligible clubs will be listed on the website and can be added to the club information page.  This does not apply to trickle down bids after the event or Nationally allocated bids. 

Safesport Requirement for the GJNC

USAV has handed down a new mandate regarding Safesport Requirments at Boys and Girls National Qualifiers and Junior National Championship Events. Click to the right for the letter sent to All Regional Associations!

Links, Details, and Event Prerequisites may be found below on this page.

Lindenwood U Belleville

2600 W Main Street
Belleville, IL 62226

Limited Bleacher Seating provided.  Outside non-marking chairs allowed.

Outside Food/Coolers allowed.  Limited Concessions Available.

Admission $5/day/spectator - Cash Only.  Children 12-&-Under free.

Legacy VTC

601 Gravois Bluffs Blvd.  STE G
Fenton, MO  63026

Full concession available.  NO outside chairs, food, drink or coolers.

Court streaming service available with subscription.

Admission $5/day/spectator - Cash Only.  Children 10-&-Under free.

The Steel Shed (Blue Steel Facility) O'Fallon, IL

590 Hartman Ln
O'Fallon, IL 62269

No outside food, or coolers.  Concessions Available. 

Some Bleacher seating provided.  Outside Chairs allowed (rubber feet only).

There will be a Cash Only $5 admission fee.   Ages 10 and under free.

Overflow Parking at the "At Home" store.

Lafayette HS (Wildwood, MO)

17050 Clayton Road
Wildwood, MO 63011

Bleacher Seating provided.

No outside Food/Coolers.  Concession Stand Available.

Admission $5/day/spectator - Cash Only.  Children 10-&-Under free.

Belleville Family Sportsplex

2346 Mascoutah Ave.
Belleville, IL  62220

No outside food, coolers, or chairs.  Concessions Available. 

Admission $5/day/spectator - Cash Only.  Children 5-&-Under free.

2024 Girls 18s League Bid Weekend Acceptance Pre-requisites

AES Registration for GW  Girls 18s League Bid Weekend event is scheduled to open on  October 1, 2023, before the December 7, 2023 opening of registration for USAV 18s GJNC AES Online Registration.  Gateway's 18s League Bid Weekend Event division is embedded within the AES Event: 24 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic.  The Deadline for AES Registration for the 2023 Girls 18s Bid event is December 31, 2023.  There is a $100 late fee after December 31st.  The late Registration Deadline is January 15, 2024. 

Acceptance into the event will require that a team is fully registered in AES for the 2024 USAV Girls 18s Junior National Championships.  For Seeding purposes, teams must have also played in one (1) Gateway Region sanctioned events of their own age group prior to the event.  Entry Fees must also be paid online or in the Region Office by the end of the workday December 31, 2023.  A $100 late fee will be incurred for late entries from January 1 up until January 15, 2024.  No exceptions.

The Link to Register for the 2024 USAV Girls 18s Junior National Championships will open December 7, 2023: https://advancedeventsystems.com/events/33829

The Link to Register for the 2024 Gateway Region Girls 18s Bid Event will open Oct 1, 2023 - please note the 18s Girls League Bid Weekend is a separate division  embedded within the Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic: https://advancedeventsystems.com/32705

2024 Girls 11-17s Bid Event Acceptance Pre-requisites

2024 Girls 11-17s Bid Event Registrations will be activated January 24, 2024.

AES Registration for GW  Girls 11-17s Bid event is scheduled to open on  January 24, 2024, to coincide with the opening of registration for USAV GJNC AES Online Registration.  The GW Bid Event online Registration deadline is April 5, 2024.

Like the 18s division above - Acceptance into this event will require that a team is fully registered in AES for BOTH the Bid Event AND the USAV Girls Junior National Championships.  For seeding purposes, teams must have also played in two (2) Gateway Region Sanctioned events of their own age group before April 22, 2024.  Entry Fees must also be paid online or in the Region Office Staff hands by April 5, 2024.  There are no refunds for drops after April 7, 2024.

The Link to Register for the 2024 USAV Girls Junior National Championships 11-13s will open January 17, 2024: https://advancedeventsystems.com/events/33803

The Link to Register for the 2024 USAV Girls Junior National Championships 14-17s will open January 24, 2024: https://advancedeventsystems.com/events/33804

The Link to register for the 2024 Gateway Girls 11-17s Bid Event will open January 24, 2024: https://advancedeventsystems.com/34146


USAV Bid Allocation Growth and Additions

GJNC Overview - Growth Plan Implemented 2022

In 2022 USAV added 2 bid divisions to the GJNC with Liberty & Freedom.

  • Liberty Division– will be a Qualifier only division with 2 bids each if the threshold minimum #s are met by the Qualifier.
  • Freedom Division – will be a Region only division with 1-2 bids awarded depending on Region size, similar allocation order as the current National Division.

 **Note: we will also be adding the USA division to 12s in 2022 – 24 teams, 2 bids available if threshold minimum #s are met. We will increase the 13 USA division to 36 teams so 3 bids will now be available if threshold minimum #s are met.**  In 2025 the 13 Open division will increase to 36 teams so 3 bids will be available if threshold minimums are met.

 The Division order of strength will be as follows:

  • Open (13-18s) – Qualifiers only
  • National (11-18s) – Regions only (11s & 12s will have 1 bid at Qualifiers)
  • USA (12-18s) – Qualifiers only
  • Liberty (13-18s) – Qualifiers only
  • American (12-18s) – Qualifiers & Regions
  • Freedom (14-18s) – Regions only
  • Patriot (13-18s) – non-qualifying

With the split at 2023 and future Nationals:

11-13s: become a 4 day event, numbers of teams will increase from 320 to 428 teams

14 – 17s: become a 9 day event (4 days 14-15s, dead day, 4 days 16-17s), number of teams will increase from 1000 to 1216 teams.

*18s – will remain a stand alone 3 day event at the end of April/beginning of May, number of teams will increase from 272 to 352 teams.

2024 Girls’ USAV Junior National Championships

June 21-24, 2024 - Dallas, TX G11-G13
July 3-July 11, 2024 - Las Vegas, NV G14-G17

June 21-24, 2025 -Kansas City, MO G11-13
June 25-July 3, 2025 - Dallas, TX G14-G17

All Divisions U11-U13, AES Registration opens January 17, 2024.  All Divisions U14-U17, AES Registration opens January 24, 2024.

  • Teams who qualify at a National Qualifier will receive specific instructions from USAV after the Qualifier to complete online registration and roster submission.  These teams will have 10 business days after qualification to complete submission of entry materials and payment. 
  • Open At Large applicants that DO NOT WANT to participate in the Gateway Bid Event – USAV deadline for registration entry on AES is April 30, 2024.
  • All National, USA, Liberty, American and Open at Large applicants that WANT to participate in the Gateway Bid Event – Region deadline for event registration entry on AES is April 5, 2024
  • Late entries may be processed, but there are no guarantees that the team will be eligible for the GJNCs. If a team registers for the GJNC, and earns a bid at the Bid Event and chooses to not take the bid, the team, staff, club, and club officers must be prepared to forfeit their GJNC entry fee and may be subject to additional penalties by USA Volleyball, in addition to being ineligible for any Gateway allocated bids for the remainder of their current season, as well as the following season. The highest ranked team not accepting a Region Bid will be responsible for the fee and possible penalties.

2024 Allocated GW Bids and Re-allocation Order

Each Season, USAV Grants Bids to the Girls Junior National Championships for regions to allocate thru competition.  The number of bids and re-allocation order of additional bids are awarded based on region population.  In the 22-23 season, our region was re-allocated: 18s Freedom & National Bids, 17s American & Freedom Bids, 16s Freedom Bid, 15s National & Freedom Bids, 14s National & 2 Freedom Bids, 13s National & American Bids, and an 11s National Bid.

For the 2024 Season, The GW Region Freedom Bids will be awarded at the Bid Weekend of Gateway League in February.  All other bids (National, American) will be awarded at the Donna Mayer GW Bid Event in February (18s) and April (11-17s).  This 2024 Season, Gateway has been awarded with:

Girls 11 & Under - 1 National Bid - Reallocation Rank 17

Girls 12 & Under - 1 National Bid - Reallocation Rank 17
Girls 12 & Under - 2 American Bids - Reallocation Rank 33

Girls 13 & Under - 1 National Bid - Reallocation Rank 18
Girls 13 & Under - 1 American Bid - Reallocation Rank 10
GW Region was re-allocated a 13 National Bid on April 12
GW Region was re-allocated a 13 American Bid on April 26
HPSTL 13 Royal was awarded a 13 Open At-Large Bid on May 7

Girls 14s-17s - 1 National Bid - Reallocation Rank 18
Girls 14s-17s - 1 American Bid - Reallocation Rank 10
Girls 14s-17s - 1 Freedom Bid - Reallocation Rank 9
GW Region was re-allocated a 17 Freedom Bid on Feb 22
GW Region was re-allocated a 16 Freedom Bid on Mar 22

GW Region was re-allocated a 15 Freedom Bid on Mar 22
GW Region was re-allocated a 14 Freedom Bid on Apr 3
GW Region was re-allocated a 17 National Bid on May 7
GW Region was re-allocated a 14 American Bid on May 9
GW Region was re-allocated a 17 American Bid on May 10


Girls 18 & Under - 1 National Bid - Reallocation Rank 18
Girls 18 & Under - 1 American Bid - Reallocation Rank 18
Girls 18 & Under - 1 Freedom Bid - Reallocation Rank 9
GW Region was re-allocated an 18 Freedom Bid on Feb 22

2024 Girls U18 USAV Spring Junior National Championships

2024 - April 26-28, 2024 Baltimore, MD
2025 - April 25-27, 2025 Salt Lake City, UT

  • Teams who qualify at a National Qualifier will receive specific instructions from USAV after the Qualifier to complete online registration and roster submission.  These teams will have 10 business days after qualification to complete submission of entry materials and payment. 
  • Registration opens December 7, 2023. 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 a 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

Girls Bids Earned Outside Gateway Region

Past Bid Event Results