KC Martin Luther King Day Tournament

2016 Kansas City Martin Luther King Day Tournament

January 16, 17 & 18, 2016

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

National Qualifier: This event is a national qualifier for the 18 Open and 18 USA divisions

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

Waves: To be Determined

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 (except 11’s): 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 and 18 USA.
$550 per team for all other divisions (Must accompany Entry Form) Entry Deadline: Thursday, December 23, 2015, 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)
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

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. You cannot have players with age waivers in the 18 Open or USA divisions. Send an email to ha-office@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.

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.

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 or will charged an additional fee. 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.