NJCAA National Office
1755 Telstar Drive, Suite 103
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Phone: (719) 590-9788
Fax: (719) 590-7324
Web site: www.njcaa.org
Number of schools that carry women's volleyball: 117
The US; except for California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii; is divided into 24 regions. Of these 24 regions, 13 have division II volleyball teams that span 18 different states including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, North Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Arizona.
Length / Organization of Season:
Each school may participate in 28 competition dates in the fall, not counting the postseason, and up to four in the spring. The first matches of the season may begin on the last Friday of August and continue through the national tournament the 3rd weekend of November.
Organization of Playoffs/Tournament:
The NJCAA division II national volleyball tournament is a 16 team tournament. Qualification is done within regions, combinations of smaller regions, or divisions within larger regions. Please see 2007-2008 NJCAA Handbook and Casebook for the current regional qualification assignments. The tournament is a double elimination format without playback from the consolation side of the bracket. The 2007 tournament will be played in Scottsdale, Arizona and the 2008 tournament will be played in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
Regions select all-region teams based on their own guidelines.
Each region nominates its top candidates for the NJCAA Division II All-American Team. The team consists of 12 first team members and 12 second team members.
The NJCAA division II Women's Volleyball is also eligible for spots on the AVCA two-Year All American team. In 2006, two NJCAA Division II athletes were on the first team and two were on the second team.
The NJCAA began in 1937 with 13 California schools and the first NJCAA championship event, track and field championships, were held in 1939. In 1975, the NJCAA added its women's division. The first NJCAA women's volleyball champion was crowned in 1974. There was only one division until 1996. In 1996, division III was separated off from division I. In 1999, the NJCAA conducted its first division II volleyball championship tournament and has continued this three tier divisional split in women's volleyball.
The level of play at the top division II programs is very similar to the division I teams. The difference between NJCAA division I and II is twofold. One difference is that division II teams are limited to 2 international athletes, whereas, division I teams have a maximum of 4 international athletes. Division I NJCAA programs are permitted to grant athletic aid up to and including tuition, fees, books, room, and board. Division II programs may award athletic aid up to and including tuition, fees, and books.