2017 KC Martin Luther King Day Tournament

Event Check-in and Tournament Info Document

Dates: January 14, 15 & 16, 2017

Host: Heart of America Region — 548 S. Coy Street, Kansas City, KS 66105, (913) 233-0445, info@hoavb.org

National Qualifier: This event is a national qualifier for the 18 Open, USA and American divisions.
Click here to download the 18’s Junior National Championships Manual. For the 18 Open divisions up to 2 bids may be available, for the USA division, up to 3 bids may be available (depending on numbers of registered teams in each division). For 18 American there will be one bid available.

Divisions: Girls – 18 Open, 18 USA, 18 American, 17 Club, 16 Club, 15 Club, 14 Club, 13 Club, 12 Club.

Blood Drive: We will host our annual blood drive again during the Kansas City MLK event. If you are watching your daughter play and have a break, consider giving blood for the good cause. The blood drive will be set up right by the Championship desk off hall D in Bartle hall. Click here for more info.

Recruiting Combine: In conjunction with this tournament, NCSA & Championship Combines will run a Recruiting Combine. For more information click on this link.

College Coaches: Click here for the list of colleges who have registered to attend the event.

Format: All Divisions: Pools of 4 teams on Saturday (if numbers allow). Re-pool on Sunday. All teams will advance to single elimination playoffs on Monday.

Officials: We cover all matches with a paid first official. Teams will need to cover the rest of the officiating duties.

Entry Fee: $750 per team for the national qualifier divisions, 18 Open, 18 USA  and 18 American.
$550 per team for all other divisions (Must accompany Entry Form) Entry Deadline: Thursday, December 22, 2016, as long as space is available.

How To Enter: There is a 4-step registration process for this event:

1. Enter your registration in AES and print out the registration form. Mail entry form and entry fee to the HOA office. Teams will be accepted conditionally into the event.
2. Make hotel reservations through THS (Click Here) *Hotel link will be available Sept. 1, 2016.
3. Complete your team registration and get approval for competition from your region
4. Update your roster in AES

Hotel Reservations: All hotel reservations need to be made through THS. Click Here for Hotels.

Tournament Withdrawal: Up till November 15: Accepted teams who submit a withdrawal in writing to the HOA office will receive a refund of $450. Between November 16 and December 31, accepted teams who submit a withdrawal in writing to the HOA office will received a refund of $250. After December 31, no refunds will be given to teams withdrawing from the event.

Teams with Age Waivers: Teams with players that have an age waiver from their region can request special permission and instructions to enter into the Club divisions. Send an email to info@hoavb.org to request to participate with a team with age waived players.

Event Sponsors: GTM Sportswear and Molten USA

Tournament Ball: This event will use the Molten Supertouch ball for all 13 and over competition. The 12’s division will play with the Molten VBU12.

Playing Site: All matches will be played at Bartle Hall, the Kansas City Convention Center and Municipal Arena. Both venues are in the same complex.

Awards: There will be individual awards to champions and second place and both third place teams in each Gold division, Silver will receive 1st and 2nd place awards.

Music: No outside music sources are allowed at this event. Do NOT bring in boom boxes, speakers etc. If everybody plays their own music at the courts, it becomes an incredible amount of noise in the facility, which is a distraction for the teams playing.
Also not allowed in the facilities are hover boards and drones.

Playing Schedule: Will be available on AES

Rules & Regulations: USAV playing rules for the 2015-2017 season will be in effect. Most matches will be best two out of 3 sets. Some alternate match formats may be used to accommodate for smaller divisions or for 3 or 5 team pools, if necessary.

Officiating: All competing teams will be assigned to officiate in the tournament. Teams MUST provide certified referees and scorekeepers . In addition, teams MUST provide the 2nd referee, scoreboard operator and 2 lines-persons.

Failure to fulfill officiating assignments will result in the loss of 1 point per minute in their next match

Sanction: The tournament is hosted and sanctioned by the Heart of America Region – USA Volleyball. All teams and players must be registered with USAV. Team and player registration numbers MUST appear on the Entry Form or the entry will be rejected. Teams using illegal players will forfeit all matches and be disqualified from the tournament and the case turned over to the appropriate Regional Commissioner for further action.