Southern Exposure Has Been Cancelled for 2020

 

The following letter was sent to registered clubs on 2/25/2020:

We hope you are surviving the madness.

As I am sure you are aware, many of the National Qualifiers have been rescheduled in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Big South is now scheduled for the weekend immediately after Southern Exposure, and we just learned that the Southern Region Bid Tournament has been scheduled for the same weekend as ours – May 30-31, 2020.  There are rumors about other qualifiers moving to that date as well.

All of that said, we are sorry to announce the cancellation of the Southern Exposure Tournament for this season.  It is especially painful because the tournament was totally full and included many of the top teams in the country.  Most of those top teams are still seeking bids to nationals, however, so their desire to compete in a bid tournament rather than Southern Exposure is understandable.

If you were traveling from out of town and reserved hotel rooms through our housing agency, you need do nothing more.  Your reservations will be cancelled and each person with a reservation will receive a confirmatory email.  If you did not go through our housing agency, you will need to contact your hotel directly.

We will do our best to pull this event off in 2021 and beyond, but in the meantime, we want to close this year’s rendition down in an orderly fashion.  In a few days we will begin the process of refunding registration fees to those who have paid them.  We will send checks via snail mail to the addresses noted on AES.  If you have instructions to the contrary, please send that information to mfletcher@southernvolleyball.com right away.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by cancelling the tournament, but the environment in which we are now operating is uncharted territory, so we know you will understand.  Hopefully this will all be behind us soon and we can all get back to the work of supporting the sport we love.

Sincerely,

Southern Volleyball Tournaments

Following is a description of the event; an event the held great promise and will be rescheduled in 2021 and/or 2022.

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 — Southern Exposure.  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 has served as a motivation for many other top teams to attend.

The tournament will feature 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.

The event is sanctioned by JVA – part of their Challenge Series.  Important Note:  as of this writing  there are just a few slots left in each age division — so procrastinators beware!

Hotel Accommodations – This is not a Stay to Play Event, but we have blocked out hotel rooms  – to include one of the four on-site hotels.  The housing link (below) is open, but if you have questions, please contact Hospitality Coordinator Denise Corrigan.

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

Housing Link

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

BallerTV will be live streaming the event, enabling grandpa and grandma to watch from afar.  Further info will be given as the tournament approaches.

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.

Cost — $495/team

Parking — $5/day or $10 with in-and-out privileges at GICC; free at SVC.

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 4 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 7:00 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  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.

Wrist Bands — All teams must check in in person to verify their roster and pick up wristbands for their team, at which time Player and coach wristbands will be given to Coach or Team Representative

  • Player wristbands are silicone and are removable so that they can take them off while playing.  The only individuals given these wristbands are players and they are not for sale to the general public.  Coach wristbands are the same as spectator adult wristbands.  They are plastic with a permanent snap.  The only way to remove them once they are properly put on is to cut them off.These wristbands must be worn all three days of the tournament and MUST BE WORN ON THE WRIST.  Wristbands that are put on backpacks, purses, or bags will be rejected by security and may require you to purchase an additional wristband for entry.  Lost wristbands are not replaced for free; a new wristband must be purchased in this situation.Teams are given wristbands for every player and up to three coaches on every roster.  Staff members who are displayed on multiple rosters will only be issued one wristband for the tournament. Team Representatives and Chaperones are not given wristbands.

Spectator Wrist Bands must be worn by all spectators over the age of 10.  You may purchase:

  • Three-day wristbands:  Coated plastic with a permanent snap.  Once it is snapped on, it cannot be removed.  Color-specific for one particular weekend.
  • One-day wristbands:  Coated paper.  Color-specific for one particular day of the tournament.

Whew!  Enough about wrist bands!

Food Tables — Sorry, but GICC does not allow food tables.  A wide variety of food will be available on site.

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.  If you would like to avail yourself of this service, please contact Briana.

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