Icebreaker — February 1 – 2, 2020

2020 marks the 10th running of what has become one of the Southern Region’s most popular events.

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

Cost — $445/team

LocationSuwanee Sports Academy

Waves–   we provide the following tentative wave schedule to facilitate hotel arrangements for teams traveling from out of town.  Please check back the week prior to the tournament as sometimes plans must change.

  • 12C                       a.m. wave
  • 13/14C                 p.m. wave
  • 14P/15C              p.m. wave
  • 16C/16P              p.m. wave
  • 17C/17P/18C      a.m. wave
  • 18P                       a.m. wave

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 — Will be posted on Advanced Event Systems not later than the Tuesday prior to the tournament.

Coaches Meeting – There will be no coaches meeting at this tournament.  Rather, we welcome you to upload and review the coaches packet. We’ll also have hard copies 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.


Spectators–including “chaperones” or “team reps” — whether rostered or not–will be charged $7/day or $10 for a weekend pass for admittance to the tournament.  Players, coaches and college coaches will be admitted without cost.

Hotel Accommodations —

If playing at SVC:

Fairfield Inn And Suites Alpharetta
NOTE: Southern Volleyball Center teams
11385Haynes Bridge Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
$79/nt – breakfast included

If playing at SSA:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Suwanee

105 Celebration Ave, Suwanee, GA 30024
770-932-9292 ($119/night with breakfast included)

Hotel Link

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 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 1 – 2, 2020

  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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