ABOUT THE USAV
The USA Volleyball (USAV) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of volleyball in the United States. Consistent with the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 and the Constitution of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USAV is recognized as an Olympic and Pan American Sports Organization by the USOC. It is also the recognized national federation to the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB). The USAV maintains liaisons with the NAIA, NCAA, the NJCAA, and the YMCA. The USAV is divided geographically into 41 regions covering 4 zones.
We are in the Ohio Valley Region, which is comprised of Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania, and is the largest in the country with 17,250 members. That number includes 13,450 female junior players ages 10-18, which represent about 1,500 female junior teams.
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.
The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sport. During its early years the AAU served as a leader in international sport representing the U.S. in the international sports federations. The AAU worked closely with the Olympic movement to prepare athletes for the Olympic Games. After the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, the AAU has focused its efforts into providing sports programs for all participants of all ages beginning at the grass roots level. The philosophy of “Sports for All, Forever” is shared by nearly 500,000 participants, and over 50,000 volunteers. The AAU is divided into 57 distinct Associations. These Associations annually sanction more than 34 sports programs, 250 national championships, and over 10,000 local events.