First Lady’s Challenge– February 15 – 17, 2020

“Reno has one.  Omaha has one.  Washington; Chicago…  Why not Atlanta?”  Those were the thoughts running through our minds when we decided to host Atlanta’s first-ever Presidents Day tournament in 2013.  We were very happy with the results of the event in its first seven years, and we look forward to building on what we’ve learned and expanding the tournament in 2020 and beyond.


As in recent years, we will be hosting the event at the Georgia International Convention Center (“GICC”)–connected to the Atlanta airport.  We will be occupying Halls A & B of the facility.  We will also be hosting a two-day Boys event on the same weekend – either at GICC or Southern Volleyball Center, depending upon demand. Press the link for the Commander in Chief’s Classic for details.

Cost is $595 for the girls’ three-day event.

Format — an aspect of this event that has made it popular with coaches and players is its format.  We seed teams as fairly as information allows for Day 1 pools.  Provided we have divisions of sufficient size, on day two, we pair teams with other teams who experienced similar Day 1 results.  E.g., in a 16-team division, Day 2 would see all of Day 1’s first-place finishers in the same pool.  Same with 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers.  This results in significantly more Quality Matches, which is the goal of most coaches at this point in the season.

Registration will open on Advanced Event Systems on October 15th.

Schedule  will be posted not later than the Tuesday prior to the event.

Check-in/Coaches Meeting

There will be no coaches meeting.  In lieu of that, we request that you upload and review the Coaches Packet, which will cover  every subject that would have been discussed at a coaches meeting.  We are not requiring coaches to check in prior to Saturday morning

Hotel Accommodations

This is not a stay-to-play tournament.  That said, to ensure room night capacity at nearby locations, we have set up blocks of rooms at several hotels that are very convenient to the convention center and have very reasonable rates.

We will be using Team Travel Source again this season to handle all hotel reservations.

Reservations will open at 12 noon EST on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.



Please make sure to list your club and team when making the reservations


Food Tables, Chairs

The convention center will not allow food, coolers, etc. to be brought into the building.  A wide variety of food and snacks will be available at GICC’s concession stand as well as free-standing booths.  You may bring a folding chair if you wish, though seating is provided in the facility.


On-site parking is available at $5/day.  GICC worked with us in allowing a reduction from their normal $10/day charge, but free parking is not available.  In/out privileges are available for $10/day.


Spectators–including “chaperones” or “team reps” — whether rostered or not–will be charged $10/day for admittance to the tournament, or $25 for a three-day pass.  Players, coaches and college coaches will be admitted without cost.

Artificial Noise — Please do not bring boom boxes, air horns, bells or the like into the gym.


Contact Briana Johnson.

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