Icebreaker — February 2 – 3, 2019


2019 marks the 10th running of what has become one of the Southern Region’s most popular events.

Registration — is open and will close two weeks prior to the event.

Cost — $425/team

Location — Suwanee Sports Academy, Southern Volleyball Center, Jackson County High School and Peachtree City Volleyball Center

Waves and Venues  — There is always a danger in posting waves and venues prematurely, because there exists the possibility that things will change if we get a surprising number of last-minute registrations.  That said, we are happy to post a most-likely scenario four weeks in advance of the event, as we realize that those traveling from out of town are anxious to make hotel arrangements. We do recommend that you check back a week prior to the event and make sure you have a cancellation right with your hotel.  …..just in case.  Here is our best estimate as of 1/8/19:

  • SSA a.m.  – 18P, 18C, 13/14P (split between a.m. and p.m. waves)
  • SSA p.m.  – 17P, 17C, 13/14P (split between a.m. and p.m. waves)
  • SVC a.m.  – 15/16C
  • SVC p.m.  – 15P, 16P
  • JCHS a.m.  – 14C (split between a.m. and p.m. waves)
  • JCHS p.m.  – 13C, (with one pool of 14C)
  • PCVC a.m.  – 12C/12P (split between a.m. and p.m. waves)
  • PCVC p.m.  – 12C/12P (split between a.m. and p.m. waves)

Teams will play in the same venue all weekend.  i.e., they won’t play in one location on Saturday and a different location on Sunday. Click on the venue of your choice for directions and info about parking, food tables, etc.

Schedule Please don’t call us and ask when the schedule will be posted; we will do so as soon as registrations are finalized and in no event later than the Tuesday prior to the event.

Coaches Meeting – There will be no coaches meeting at this tournament.  Rather, we welcome you to upload and review the coaches packet, which will be posted a week prior to the event. We’ll also have them on hand to give to coaches upon check-in.  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.

Winners Invited to Beast — Winners of the Power Division of Icebreaker will automatically secure a Champion’s Exemption to the prestigious Beast of the Southeast Tournament of Champions in 2018.  The only other way to secure an automatic invitation to Beast is to qualify for USAV Nationals.


Spectators–including “chaperones” or “team reps” — whether rostered or not–will be charged $5/day for admittance to the tournament.  Players, coaches and college coaches will be admitted without cost.

Hotel Accommodations — word to the wise:  the Super Bowl will be in Atlanta in 2019, and this is Super Bowl Weekend.  Hotels will be expensive and difficult to come by.  We were unable to reserve blocks of rooms for a price we considered to be reasonable. Indeed, this may not be the best weekend for out-of-town teams to travel to Atlanta.  Thankfully for us, Atlanta’s hosting of the Super Bowl will be a very rare occurrence.

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

Food Tables

Are allowed at all venues except for SSA. (SSA has concessions on site and does allow outside food and drink to be brought in, but requests that the tables in their cafe be used by participants and spectators actually eating their meals rather as a team gathering place to graze.)  The tables themselves (or half-tables at SVC owing to space constraints) will be provided at all locations except for JCHS, where you will have to bring your own.  One per team, please.

One last note about food tables.  We would like to continue to allow them as a convenience to our customers.  While they present few problems during pool play on Saturday, they have become a source of aggravation on Sunday. What happens is that those teams that play early on Sunday take the available table space, and those who play later in the day arrive before the early-playing teams have left, spawning complaints and in many instances unacceptably rude behavior.   Accordingly, we ask teams to adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. If you play early, please remove your stuff from the tables and clean up behind you as soon as your team has completed play (NOT after they have completed their final reffing assignment).
  2. If you play later and arrive before food tables have cleared, please be patient.  It may take a few hours, but they will clear.  Feed your kids before arriving at the venue.
  3. If you simply can’t wait, set your table up outside.  Tailgating is a popular solution when the weather is nice.  (Please don’t take a parking spot, though, as parking, too, is limited.)
  4. In all instances, please clean up the mess you have caused as best you can.

Team food tables at volleyball tournaments are a charming tradition that exists only in the South, but in venues that are space-constrained they seem to have become a source of aggravation rather than an amenity.  If teams adhere to the above guidelines we will be able continue the tradition at our tournaments, but if food tables continue to be the focus of complaints, frustration and rude behavior, we will simply do what the rest of the country does and disallow them. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

If you do not find the information you need on this page please feel free to contact Briana Johnson and she can help point you in the right direction. 


4 Responses to Icebreaker — February 2 – 3, 2019

  1. michael says:

    Yes; unlike previous years, icebreaker is open to power and club teams from inside and outside the region. our hope/expectation is that the tournament will be more competitive as a result.

  2. michael says:

    We just posted the waves. While there is a small chance that they will change between now and when we finalize the schedule, i would consider them 90% (+) accurate.

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