KC Martin Luther King Day Tournament
Playing Schedule: The schedule for the Kansas City Martin Luther King tournament is now posted on AES (link).
Schedules may change, so check back late Friday or Saturday morning
Check in Procedures: Click on the Tournament info above for check in procedures. Online check in will open up at 8 am on Friday morning.
Flow Charts: Flow Charts 2022
Dates: January 15, 16 & 17, 2022
Playing Site: Matches will be played at Bartle Hall (the Kansas City Convention Center), Municipal Arena, the X-hall and the 3500 ballrooms. These venues are in the same complex.
We will also have courts at the Hy-Vee Arena, which is about 1.5 mile from the Convention Center.
Courts 1 through 33 are in Bartle Hall, Courts 34-37 in the ball rooms (right of hall D in the convention center), Courts 38-41 in Municipal Arena, Courts 42-45 in the X-hall (below Municipal Arena) and Courts 50 through 61 are at HyVee Arena.
Admission: There is no admission charge for this event for spectators.
Live Streaming: All competition will be live streamed by baller TV. Click on the link to go to BallertTV
Host: Heart of America Volleyball — 548 S. Coy Street, Kansas City, KS 66105, (913) 233-0445, email@example.com
National Qualifier: This event is a National Qualifier for the 18 Open, USA, Liberty 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 Liberty, 2 bids may be available. For 18 American there will be one bid available.
Divisions: Girls – 18 Open, 18 USA, 18 Liberty, 18 American, 17 Club, 16 Club, 15 Club, 14 Club, 13 Club, 12 Club, 11 Club.
We will run boys 14’s, 16’s and 18’s divisions on Saturday and Sunday. The boys will just play a single day tournament.
Waves: AM Wave (8 am till 2:30 pm): 12 Club, 14 Club, 15 Club, 18 Open, 18 American
PM Wave (2:30 pm till about 10 pm): 13 Club, 16 Club, 17 Club, 18 USA, 18 Liberty
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.
Recruiting Combine: In conjunction with this tournament, NCSA & Championship Combines will run a Recruiting Combine on Friday, January 14, 7 pm till 8:30 pm. Click here to register for the Combine.
Exhibition: Come check out our exhibition on the life and influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr that will be displayed at the tournament site. Leave your message with your wish for the future on the poster board.
College Coaches: Click here to see college that are signed up to attend in 2022 (most colleges tend to sign up in the week before the event).
Click here to see the list of colleges that attended in 2020
Format: All Girl 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: $800 per team for the national qualifier divisions, 18 Open, 18 USA, 18 Liberty and 18 American.
$600 per team for all other divisions (Must accompany Entry Form) Entry Deadline: Thursday, December 15, 2021, 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. Print out the registration form. Mail entry form and entry fee to the HOA office, 548 South Coy Street, Kansas City, KS 66105. AES will open up registration on October 1 at 10 am.
2. Make hotel reservations through TTS (Click Here) *Hotel link will be available Oct. 1, 2020 at 12 PM EST.
3. Complete your team registration and get approval for competition from your region
4. Update your roster in AES
TEAMS WILL BE ACCEPTED INTO THE EVENT ONCE THEY HAVE DONE THEIR AES REGISTRATION, CONFIRMED THEIR HOTEL ROOMS THROUGH TTS AND PAID THE ENTRY FEE, AS LONG AS SPACE IS AVAILABLE.
TEAMS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE ROSTER REQUIREMENTS BY DECEMBER 15 WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE TEAM LIST AND PUT ON THE WAIT-LIST IF THEIR DIVISION HAS FILLED UP.
Hotel Reservations: All hotel reservations need to be made through Team Travel Source. Hotel reservation will open up on October 1. Click on this link to start your hotel reservation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request to participate with a team with age waived players.
Event Sponsors: 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.
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.
Rules & Regulations: USAV playing rules for the 2021-2023 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. R1’s will be provided. Teams MUST provide certified R2’s, scorers, Libero trackers, scoreboard operators and 2 lines-persons.
For the 18’s Qualifier divisions, the tie-breaking procedures as outlined in the 2021-22 Girls Championship Manual will be followed. Click here for the flow-chart of tie-breaking for those divisions.
In all other divisions: No tie-breaking sets will be played, unless all tie-breaking criteria are exhausted:
2 teams tied in match record: Head to head match breaks the tie
3 or more teams are tied in match record:
1. Overall Set percentage
2. Overall Point percentage
3. Head to head set percentage between the tied teams
4. Head to head point differential between the tied teams
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.