Girls Junior National Championship Coming to Minneapolis this Week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 13, 2023)More than 440 teams and 15,000 attendees are set to be part of the 2023 Girls Junior National Championship (GJNC) 11-13s this week at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

This is the first year USA Volleyball has run a championship event strictly for the 11-13s age groups. Previously, the 11-17 age divisions competed in one championship tournament. In 2022, USA Volleyball announced a split of the events to provide more opportunities for clubs and junior athletes to compete. The Girls Junior National Championship 14-17s will take place June 28-July 6, in Chicago. 

The GJNC 11-13s is being run in cooperation with Visit Salt Lake and the Intermountain Region of USA Volleyball. 

This week, the 11s age group will compete from June 14-16, and the 12-13s compete June 14-17. The 11s age group has just one division (National), while 12s will compete inat the National, USA, and American divisions. 13s will compete at the Open, National, USA, Liberty, American and Patriot divisions.  

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

One theme day is planned on June 15 when athletes and spectators are encouraged to be festive and dress up in their favorite tutus. 

Doors will open at 7 a.m. for morning wave competition, and the afternoon wave begins at 3 p.m. 

Matches will be streamed live via subscription on, or four courts will be streamed for free on the USA Volleyball event website.