2018 will be the 24th year for the (Gold) Heart Challenge
When: March 3 & 4, 2018
Format: 3 rounds of pool play, followed by single elimination playoffs. We will run all 4-team pools (as much as possible). Play starts Saturday morning at 8 am with the first round of pool play. The second round of pool play is Saturday afternoon (complete around 7 pm). On Sunday morning we start the third round of pool play and we wrap on Sunday afternoon with single elimination playoffs. The tournament will finish between 4 and 5 pm on Sunday. Typically teams play 10 or 11 matches.
Match format: In 4-team pools, all pool play is 2 sets to 25 points, starting at 4-4. Playoff matches are best 2 out of 3 sets format. First 2 sets to 25 points, starting at 4-4. Third set, if needed, is to 15 points, starting at 0-0.
Ties: All ties are broken on paper. No tie-breaking sets are played.
Officiating: R1’s are provided for all matches. Teams will be responsible to provide the rest of the work team. A rostered coach (head or assistant) has to be the R2 or the Scorer for the match.
Credentials: All coaches are to wear their HOA credentials visible at all times. Coaches who do not have a picture on their credentials will have to check in and show a picture ID, to get a wristband to prove that their identity is checked. Coaches from other regions will have to show their membership card and a picture ID at check in. These coaches will receive credentials and wristbands for the event.
Locations: Exact playing locations will be announced about 4-6 weeks before the event. Once we know how many courts we need for each division, we can assign the divisions to the different size facilities and minimize the chance that teams will have to drive to different locations in between rounds.
For 2018 the possible playing locations are: Sports Pavilion Lawrence, OKUN Fieldhouse (Shawnee, KS), Davies Volleyball Complex (Kansas City, KS).
Hotels: You can find hotel information on the HOA website. These are hotels that work with HOA and have special rates for us. You do not need to stay in any of these hotels if you prefer other opportunities.
Out-of-region teams: Teams that are not registered with the Heart of America region of USA Volleyball, but are registered with another region, can sign up for this event, by mailing their Webpoint roster, together with their entry fee and a note with the tournament and division to sign up for to the HOA office: 548 South Coy Street, Kansas City, KS 66105. Make your check out to HOA.
Entry Fee: The entry fee for this event is $ 390.