Mizuno Beast of the Southeast — February 24 – 26, 2017

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We are excited to offer our signature tournament — Beast of the Southeast — for the 9th consecutive year.  Beast will again be a National Qualifier for the 18-Open and 18-USA divisions, and – this year – 18 American as well.  Thus, for the 18’s:

  • It is not necessary to be invited.  If you want to attend, simply register on advancedeventsystems.com.  Registration opens on October 1st.
  • It will be a three-day National Qualifier (Friday – Sunday, 2/24 – 26)
  • 2 bids to the USAV National Championship tournament will be awarded in the 18 Open division; 3 bids will be awarded in 18 USA; 1 in 18 American.
  • Cost is $725 for the 18’s who will be playing a three-day National Qualifier format.

For more info about National Qualifiers and the National Championship Tournament for the 18’s division, please visit this website:  http://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/events/indoor/girls/2017-girls-junior-national-qualifiers/girls-18-qualifiers

Bids — Beast of the Southeast will offer two bids in the 18 Open Division, three in the 18 USA Division and one in 18 American.  Two contestants in the Open Division have already won bids; hence if they win a bid at Beast — or if another club wins but declines to accept the bid — it will “trickle” to the next highest finisher, but in no event will it trickle beyond 5th place.

Three contestants in the USA division have earned bids.  hence if they win a bid at Beast — or if another club wins but declines to accept the bid — it will trickle to the next highest finisher, but in no event will it trickle beyond 6th place.

If necessary, the tournament will provide playoff matches to 5th and 6th places in the Open and USA divisions, respectively.

Bid winners are not required to accept an earned bid; however they must either accept or decline the bid immediately after it has been won.

Beast will remain a two-day (2/25 – 26) invitational tournament for 17’s and below. We have revised our invitation protocol in recognition of the number of fine clubs in the Southeast and beyond who choose to play a JVA/AAU schedule rather than trying to qualify for USAV Nationals.  Though Beast will remain a USAV event, it is not our desire to exclude top teams from the tournament because they choose not to play a USAV qualifier schedule. Nor do we desire to admit weaker teams who accepted a USAV bid but are not otherwise competitive with the field, as blow-outs benefit no one.

Beast has traditionally been able to attract most of the best teams from throughout the Southeast–from Louisiana, Memphis, D.C., Raleigh, Miami and every significant market in between.  And owing to its National Qualifier status, we now attract clubs from all over the U.S.

Hotel Accommodations 

Please note that Beast of the Southeast is a Stay and Play Tournament — both for the U18’s Qualifier as well as 17’s and under.  ….but the requirement is not onerous — just 6 roomnights per day of competition. If you have questions that remain after reviewing the links, please feel free to contact SVT Housing Coordinator Denise Corrigan at denise@a5volleyball.com

If you wish to reserve 5 rooms or less please click on the following link to reserve your rooms.


If you wish to reserve a block of 6 or more rooms for your team/club, please click on the following link and submit a request form.


Cost — $495 for 17’s and under (two days); $725 for 18’s (three-day Qualifier)

Recruiting — if previous years are any indication, we can expect upwards of 100 college coaches to be scouting the tournament’s 26 courts.  We ask that coaches stop by the registration desk, where they will be given a (free) wristband in exchange for their registering with us.  The tournament is University Athlete-friendly; the appropriate link is http://universityathlete.com/attending/2639

Venue — Importantly, all of the athletes of recruitable age will compete under one roof, enabling college coaches to scout the best prospective student-athletes from the Southeast in a time-efficient, enjoyable manner.  14’s and older will be competing at the Georgia International Convention Center (“GICC”), located near 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. Moreover, the Airport District has put together a brochure/coupon book with special deals close to the event:  hit Beast2017_Deals in the District_Flyer to download.

12’s and 13’s will play at the Southern Volleyball Center in Alpharetta (north Atlanta suburbs).

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 — Please don’t call us and ask when the schedule will be posted. Inasmuch as we desire to take Presidents Day results into account for seeding the teams, our intent is to post the competition schedule on Advanced Event Systems not later than Tuesday prior to the event.  Breaking update — a team registered to play 18 USA qualified in that division last weekend, so we are accommodating their request to compete in the Open Division.  (Congratulations, Tsunami!)  The downside is that the schedule had to be re-done, but the good news is that it is now posted on AES.  Here’s the link.  

Tournament Format; Coaches Meeting – There will be no coaches meeting at this tournament.  Rather, we ask that coaches download the embedded coaches packet – beast – 2017. 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.

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.

Winners Invited to Beast — Winners of this tournament receive a Champion’s Exemption–an automatic invitation to the 2018 Beast of the Southeast.

Admission — Spectators will be charged $10/day for admittance to the tournament, or $18 for a 2-day/weekend pass or $25 for all three days.  Players, coaches, college coaches and children under 10 will be admitted without cost.  Doors will open at 7:00 a.m.

Check-in — Teams competing at 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 competion, and teams in the p.m. wave may check in any time after noon.

Teams competing at SVC are to check in the morning (or afternoon, as the case may be) of competition.

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.

Rosters — Please ensure that your rosters are uploaded onto AES. We will have printed copies for you to review and sign upon check-in.

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 — In previous years we have furnished warm-up volleyballs to all teams, but this has become a hassle as the tournament has grown, in that not all teams have been respectful about shagging balls or using just the number that we furnished. Accordingly, you will need to bring your own warm-up volleyballs to the venue.  If your team is traveling by air and this policy presents a hardship and/or expense for you, please contact Kurt Matthews and we will arrange to have balls for you to sign out at the beginning of the event and sign back in upon its conclusion.  The cut-off for such requests is Wednesday, 2/22.

Questions?  Call or email one of the undersigned:

Tournament Logistics & Operations                    Kurt Matthews – Tournament Operations
*Most questions should be directed here
kurtmatthews@southernvolleyball.com             404.895.1155

Scheduling & Registration Questions                   Michael Fletcher – Tournament Director       mfletcher@southernvolleyball.com                      404.936.6723

Housing Information                                               Denise Corrigan – Housing Director               corrigans5@juno.com                                              678.386.9766

6 Responses to Mizuno Beast of the Southeast — February 24 – 26, 2017

  1. Erica Bunch says:

    My name is Erica Bunch, and I brought my Prostyle 17 Premiers to your Beast tournament in 2012. My 17’s did qualify for the USAV National Tournament in 2012. I would like to bring my 18’s back to your 2013 tournament. In addition, I am interested in bringing my top 13’s and 15’s teams to your 2013 Beast of the SE tournament. Although these teams did not qualify for nationals, they did finish in the top 20 in the Florida Region. Please keep these teams on your list if your tournament does not fill up. You can contact me at this email address or my phone number at 850-508-5676.

    Thank you,
    Erica Bunch

    • michael says:

      Thanks for reaching out, Erica–you are ahead of the game for sure.

      Your 18’s are in for sure and we will put your 13’s and 15’s atop the wait list for any at-large slots. Should be able to identify those teams in a couple of months.

      Check your email in a week or so for your formal invitation and additional information. We look forward to seeing you again at the Beast of the Southeast!

  2. Theresa says:

    When is the deadline for room blocks going to be this year.

    • michael says:

      Theresa, I don’t understand your question. We have reserved blocks of rooms and the housing bureau is live if you want to make reservations now.


      (There is no obligation to use the Housing Bureau if you don’t want to; it is simply provided as a convenience for tournament participants.)

  3. Our 18’s team is interested in participating in Beast of the Southeast 2013. We would like to be considered for this field. Is there anything we have to submit to get an invitation to participate? Last season, we had a lot of success placing 9th at AAUs and 9th at Colorado Crossroads. If you need more information, please contact me at the above email address and I can send you all of our results from last season. Thanks!

    • michael says:

      Thanks for the inquiry, Maria; your question is timely.

      Our goal at Beast is to assemble the most highly competitive field that we can attract, guaranteeing all participants a minimum of five matches–hopefully all against highly competitive teams–avoiding the blow-outs during pool play that seem to plague most tournaments.

      We automatically invite those teams that qualified for USAV Nationals last season. The deadline for acceptance of those invitations is upon us, and we will begin to invite teams on an at-large basis next week. Your team will be considered in that process and we will contact you off line to learn more.

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