USA Volleyball Announces Hosts for 2019 Nationals, Junior Nationals

  0 Braden Keith | October 15th, 2017 | Club Volleyball, News

USA Volleyball has announced hosts for 3 of its major 2018 national championship tournaments, with familiar cities getting the nod. That includes Dallas, where the 2018 Open National Championships will be held and where the 2017 Girls’ 18 Junior National Championships were held.

2019 Hosting:

  • 2019 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC): June 27-July 6 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2019 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships (BJNC): June 30 to July 7 in Dallas, Texas
  • 2019 USA Volleyball Open National Championships (Open): May 24-29 in Columbus, Ohio.

2019 Girls’ 18 Junior National Championships and USA Volleyball High Performance Championships hosting duties will be announced later this year.

GJNC in Indianapolis

The 2019 GJNC, the biggest of the 3 tournaments awarded, will bring in about 1,260 teams, 12,000 players, and 25,000 spectators. They will contend for 26 titles in 5 divisions across 7 different age groups from 11 & under up to 17 & under.

After Detroit next year, this tournament will head to the Indiana Convention Center. The center has more than 1.3 million square feet of space and is unique in that it’s connected to tons of other facilities via covered and enclosed walkways – including Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts), a 4-story shopping mall, and more hotel rooms than any other such complex in the nation.

“Indianapolis has a long track record of being able to host large-scale, amateur and professional events,” USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. “Along with hosting our 2016 GJNC, they’ve recently hosted the 2012 Super Bowl, numerous NCAA Championship events and of course, the Indianapolis 500 each year. After hosting the event in 2016, Indianapolis will be even more ready for the 2019 edition.”

Besides its professional sports teams, Indianapolis is the home of the NCAA headquarters, which means that it’s been the host for many large-scale collegiate sporting championships. The city hosted the 2016 BJNCs as well.

“Dallas continues to prove to be one of our best cities for USA Volleyball Championships,” Pingel said. “It was very popular in 2016 for the BJNC and we know it will again in 2019.”

BJNC in Dallas

Dallas, which has become a regular on the rotation for USA Volleyball tournaments, will draw the Boys’ Junior National Championships.

The Boys’ Junior National Championships are expected to draw over 450 teams and nearly 5,000 competitors according to USA Volleyball. 12 boys’ titles are given in age groups from 12-and-under to 18-and-under.

The tournament will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, where they’ll celebrate the 40th edition. Phoenix hosts the 2018 edition of the tournament. 2019 will be the 3rd time Dallas has hosted htis tournament – after 1998 and 2008.

While Texas doesn’t sponsor a boys’ high school volleyball championship for most of its schools, there are several large club teams in the Dallas area. According to, there are 5 active teams, with at least 4 more showing interest. That’s more than any other metropolitan area in the state.

“We consider volleyball a strong part of the sports fabric here in Dallas and are honored to serve as the host of the 2019 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships,” Dallas Sports Commission Executive Director Monica Paul said. “We look forward to welcoming all of the USA Volleyball family, players, coaches, officials and fans for another big event in Dallas.”

“Dallas continues to prove to be one of our best cities for USA Volleyball Championships,” Pingel said. “It was very popular in 2016 for the BJNC and we know it will again in 2019.”

Past Dallas hosting duties of major USAV events:

  • BJNC – 1998, 2016, 2019
  • GJNC – 1998, 2008
  • JNC18 – 2017
  • Opens – 1960, 1996, 2002, 2011
  • FIVB World League – 2012, 2016

Open Nationals in Columbus

The 2019 Open National Championships will be held in Columbus, Ohio, the same city that hosted last year’s NCAA Division I Volleyball National Championship tournament. Unlike that tournament, which was held in the Nationwide Arena (home of the Columbus Bluejackets), this tournament will be in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The USA Volleyball Annual Meetings will also be in Columbus the week prior to the Open tournament.

“After many years, USA Volleyball is excited to be returning to Columbus for the 2019 USA Volleyball Open National Championships,” USA Volleyball Senior Tournament Director Tom Pingel said. “Columbus has proven to be a wonderful host destination for volleyball and we know it will be a great event.”

Open Nationals is for teams made entirely of players aged 18-and-older, with the oldest divisions being the men’s 79-and-over group. The tournaments become as much about camaraderie as competition in many divisions, though there are many current and former USA Volleyball National Team members who participate. That’s especially true in the most elite PVL division.

In other divisions, teams are playing together for the first team – with players able to be added to teams as individuals specifically for the tournament.

The first Open Nationals tournament was held in 1928 and has run every year since – save for two years during World War II. The 2019 edition will be the 90th.

“As long-time partners with the Ohio Valley Region, we are thrilled to continue our strong relationship with USA Volleyball in bringing the Open National Championships back to Columbus,” Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Shetina Logan said. “Our city hosted The Open at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in 2000, and it opened the door for us to have the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in 2012 and the Boys’ Junior National Championships in 2015 and this year. We can’t wait to roll out the red carpet for all of the adult participants in 2019.”


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