First Lady’s Challenge– February 17 – 19, 2018

“Reno has one.  Omaha has one.  Washington; Chicago…  Why not Atlanta?”  Those were the thoughts running through our minds when we decided to host the first-ever Presidents Day tournament at the Cobb Galleria Center in 2013.  We were very happy with the results of the event in its first four years, and we look forward to building on what we’ve learned and expanding the tournament in 2017 and beyond.


As in previous years, we will be hosting the event at the Georgia International Convention Center (“GICC”)–connected to the Atlanta airport.  We will be occupying Halls A & B of the facility.  The good news is that we’ve pretty much filled up GICC; the bad news is that we’ve had tomove the boys to Southern Volleyball Center to accommodate demand, so the girls will be denied the opportunity to ooo and ahhh at the boys’ skill and athleticism.

Cost is $595 for the girls’ three-day event.  Boys, who will be competing for just one full day, will be charged $295.

Registration remains open on Advanced Event Systems

Waves – we publish here our best estimate of the wave assignments for the tournament in an effort to assist teams in optimizing their hotel/travel arrangements.  If an abnormally large registrations come in subsequent to this posting, it is possible that we will need to revise it.  Therefore we recommend:

  • ensure you have a cancellation right with the hotel; and
  • double-check the waves/schedule a week prior to the event.

Here are the tentative waves for the girls at GICC (Boys will compete all day Saturday at SVC):

  • a.m. wave – commencing at 8 a.m.: 17/18P;  17/18C; 15/16P; 12C/12P
  • p.m. wave – commencing at 3 p.m.: 13/14P; 15/16C; 13/14C

Schedule  will be posted on not later than the Tuesday prior to the event.

Check-in/Coaches Meeting

There will be no coaches meeting.  In lieu of that, we request that you upload and review the Coaches Packet – 2017 first lady, which covers every subject that would have been discussed at a coaches meeting.  We are not requiring coaches to check in prior to Saturday morning

Hotel Accommodations

This is not a stay-to-play tournament.  That said, to ensure room night capacity at nearby locations, we have set up blocks of rooms at several hotels that are very convenient to the convention center and have very reasonable rates.

To Book Rooms:

  • Click on appropriate tournament
  • Click on Book an individual room or request a block of rooms
  • Select hotel and make reservation

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

If you have questions that remain after reviewing the link, please feel free to contact SVT Housing Coordinator Denise Corrigan at

Champions at First Lady Automatically invited to next year’s Beast of the Southeast.

Winners of the Power Division of the First Lady’s Challenge will automatically secure a Champion’s Exemption to the prestigious Beast of the Southeast Tournament of Champions in 2017.  The only other way to secure an automatic invitation to Beast is to qualify for USAV Nationals.  Yet another reason to attend First Lady.

Food Tables, Chairs

The convention center will not allow food, coolers, etc. to be brought into the building.  A wide variety of food and snacks will be available at GICC’s concession stand as well as free-standing booths.  You may bring a folding chair if you wish, though seating is provided in the facility.


On-site parking is available at $5/day.  GICC worked with us in allowing a reduction from their normal $10/day charge, but free parking is not available.


The cost of admission is $10/day or $20 for a weekend pass.  Doors to GICC will open at 7:00 a.m. all three days of competition.


Contact Briana Johnson.

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