We have been struggling for years to find the best answer to fill the competitive void between the Qualifier Season and the AAU/USAV National Championship Tournaments. We believe we have a compelling answer.
Three of the Nation’s Volleyball Powerhouses — Atlanta-based A5, Raleigh-based Triangle, and Alliance VBC of Nashville have joined forces to anchor an Open-caliber tournament in Nashville the weekend following Memorial Day. This is not a tournament for the faint of heart. All of the host clubs’ top teams will be in attendance. The tournament will utilize a Power Pool format to minimize or eliminate blow-out matches. Six matches are guaranteed – four on Saturday and a minimum of 2 on Sunday. Our sole goal in hosting this event is to attract top, National-level competition to fill the lengthy void in most teams’ schedules, enabling all of us to roll into Nationals in top form.
Insurance/Sanction — we hope to cross USAV/JVA/AAU boundaries and consequently we are purchasing our own event insurance.
Registration — is now open on AES
Cost — $495/team
Location — A-Game Sportsplex and Williamson County Expo Center in suburban Nashville, TN
Waves Will Be Announced as soon as possible to facilitate hotel reservations for those teams traveling from out of town.
Schedule — will be posted on advancedeventsystems.com not 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 a coaches packet that we will post several days prior to the tournament. 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.
Admission Spectators–including “chaperones”–will be charged $10/day ($15/weekend) for admittance to the tournament. Players, coaches and college coaches will be admitted without cost.
Hotel Accommodations — Though the Sweet Tea Showdown is not a stay-to-play event, we are in the process of blocking out economically-priced rooms close to the venue for the convenience of our guests. We will post links at this location as soon as the blocks are finalized.