Southern Brawl — a Pre-Nationals Event — May 30 – 31, 2020

A5, OT and Triangle Volleyball Clubs are happy to introduce a new, open-level tournament designed to fill the lengthy void between USAV Qualifier Season and AAU/USAV Nationals — the Southern Brawl.  The tournament’s sole purpose is to provide a high level of competition for those teams playing in one of the National Championship tournaments in June.  The host clubs are sending their best teams, which we hope serve as an attractor for other top teams to attend.

The tournament will follow a Power Pool format to maximize the number of quality matches each team will receive.  We will provide the opportunity to play four matches on Saturday and a minimum of two matches on Sunday.

Early registration is by invitation, which we expect will fill the venue to capacity.  If you have strong team(s) that would like to attend the event, but you have not yet received an invitation, please contact Briana Johnson.

Hotel Accommodations – We are in the process of blocking out hotel rooms for the event – to include one of the four on-site hotels.  Details will soon follow, but if you have questions in the interim, please contact Hospitality Coordinator Denise Corrigan.

Recruiting — Since this is the first weekend after the NCAA Quiet Period, we expect the event to be teeming with college coaches.  They love the Airport-connected venue, which enables them to fly in, evaluate and fly out in one day.

Venue — Importantly, all of the athletes will compete under one roof, enabling college coaches to scout the best prospective student-athletes from the Southeast in a time-efficient, enjoyable manner.  Teams will be competing at the Georgia International Convention Center (“GICC”), connected to Atlanta’s airport — NOT to be confused with Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.  The GICC location will eliminate the need for college coaches or out-of-town teams to rent vans and cars, and will likewise knock an hour or more off each leg of the trip.

Parking — $5/day or $10 with in-and-out privileges at GICC; free at SVC.  On-site parking at SVC is limited.  We will have a parking attendant on duty to direct you to contiguous parking lots.  Please do not violate the highly visible “no parking” signs that will be posted in sensitive areas, as such action is likely to result in your car being towed.

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

What time should I schedule flights out of Atlanta?  All we can tell you this far out — when registrations are still coming in and we don’t even know the size of the field — is the following:

  1. The last match will be scheduled to conclude not later than 5 p.m.
  2. Sometimes a few of the courts run behind — occasionally by as much as an hour.
  3. The venue is connected to the airport.  You can finish a match, take the sky train and be at the check-in gate in 15 minutes.
  4. THEREFORE…. we think everyone will be safe in scheduling flights that depart 7:30 p.m. or later.

Tournament Format; Coaches Meeting – There will be no coaches meeting at this tournament.  Rather, we ask that coaches download the Coaches Packet in advance of the tournament. This packet contains a detailed description of each division’s format, along with information that will be of use for all tournament participants and spectators.   We will have hard copies on hand at check-in for those who arrive without having done their homework.

Certified Athletic Trainers will be on site from about 7:00 a.m. through the close of competition.  If you need to have your ankles wrapped you will need to bring your own tape.

Admission — Spectators — including “chaperones” and “team reps” — whether rostered or not —  will be charged $15/day for admittance to the tournament, or $25 for a two-day  pass.  Players, coaches, college coaches and children under 10 will be admitted without cost.  Doors will open at 7:00 a.m.

Check-in — Teams  GICC are able, but not required, to check in the evening prior to competition commencing. We will man the registration desk from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. for that purpose.  If checking in the night prior to competition presents a hardship due to travel schedules or other reasons, teams competing in the a.m. wave may check in at 7 a.m. the day of competition, and teams in the p.m. wave may check in any time after noon.

The tournament will furnish wrist bands to every coach and player listed on a team’s roster at check-in.  Parents, spectators, chaperones, team reps, etc. will all need to pay the admission charge to get their wrist bands. All individuals seeking entrance to the competition halls must be wearing their wrist bands.

Food Tables — Sorry, but GICC does not allow food tables.  A wide variety of food will be available on site. Food tables are allowed at SVC, and 1/2 table/team will be furnished by the venue. Please do not bring your own tables into the building as there is not room for them.

Warm-up Volleyballs —  We are able to furnish warm-up volleyballs only to teams traveling by air.  Affected coaches will need to trade your driver’s license for a bag of balls, and will be able to retrieve the license only when all of the balls are accounted for and turned in.

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

Questions?  Call or email one of the undersigned:

Tournament Logistics & Registration    Briana Johnson – Tournament Administrator

Scheduling                                                   Michael Fletcher – Tournament Director                                                                                       404.936.6723

Housing Information                                 Denise Corrigan – Housing Coordinator                                                                                         678.386.9766

On-site questions or issues                        Phil Teknipp – Tournament Co-Director                                                                                        440-413-7911