Shell Price Challenge
2019 will be the 21st year for the Shell Price Challenge
(formerly the Silver Heart Challenge)
On July 4th, 2017 the KC volleyball world received the shocking news of the passing of Michele (Shell) Price. Shell was involved with Heart of America Volleyball for over 30 years. Many players started out in the sport, playing on Shell’s teams, in the tournaments she ran in her backyard as well as the summer quads league.
Shell was an HOA tournament director and site manager for more than 20 years. You could find her in the Davies Complex, every weekend of the volleyball Season the last 10 years and at KCK Community College in the years before that.
One of her favorite events always was the Silver Heart Challenge Cup. The typical teams that play in this event just enjoy the opportunity to play a lot of matches in a larger field than the usual one-day tournament. To commemorate Shell Price, HOA decided to rename this event after her.
When: February 9 & 10, 2019
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 2019 the possible playing locations are: Sports Pavilion Lawrence, New Century Fieldhouse (Gardner, KS), OKUN Fieldhouse (Shawnee, KS), Davies Volleyball Complex (Kansas City, KS), MAVS Facility (Olathe, KS), William Jewell College (Liberty, KS).
Facility Policies: Outside food and coolers are prohibited at all these facilities. Chairs can NOT be brought in at OKUN, New Century and the Sports Pavilion Lawrence. We are blessed with good access to great facilities. Please help us to be able to keep renting those facilities for future events by abiding to the facility policies.
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.