Sanctioning Bodies (USAV, AAU, JVA)

USAV vs. AAU vs. JVA (Amateur Competition)

Specifically related to amateur, club and travel volleyball, there are three organizations which sanction tournaments or games throughout the United States. Which organization is “most prominent” really varies on location and honestly, timing – some years it may be USAV, others years it may be AAU Volleyball, etc. Most clubs focus on the level of competition that can be offered at a tournament and its popularity (Can it be a draw for college coaches to attend? Is it an open/mixed/club level tournament? etc.) regardless of which organization hosts or sponsors it. Below is a brief description of each organization.

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