Kudzu Klassik — April 16 – April 17, 2016

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IMPORTANT NOTE — TO REFLECT A TEAM’S LATE WITHDRAWAL AND ANOTHER REQUEST FOR A CHANGE OF DIVISION, MINOR CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE SCHEDULE AND POSTED ON AES THURSDAY MORNING.  THOUGH WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT NO MORE CHANGES WILL BE FORTHCOMING, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CHECK AES ONE LAST TIME BEFORE GOING TO BED ON FRIDAY NIGHT.  SEE YOU AT KUDZU.

2016 marks the sixth annual running of the Kudzu Klassik (the tournament that does indeed keep on growing).   This tournament has tripled in size since its debut in  2011, and has become one of the season’s staples.

This year the event will be held on April 16 – 17, which is the weekend immediately following most schools’ Spring Break, and the weekend prior to both SRVA Regionals and the JVA World Challenge.  You won’t find a better warm-up for either tournament.

Registration is now closed.

The competition schedule has been posted on advancedeventsystems.com

LocationSouthern Volleyball Center will serve as the tournament’s home base, with play also occurring at high school gyms in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. We’ll have a trainer on site at SVC, but if you need a trainer’s attention and will be competing at one of the other five locations, you’ll have to stop by SVC before or after you play.  If you need your ankles taped you must bring your own tape.

Waves & Venues Please see below. Please note that anything that has changed since the original posting of this information is noted in red. The address of and directions to each of the venues is included on the website.  It is important to note that  we will hold the 17’s and 18’s in the a.m. wave on Saturday and start those divisions as late as possible on Sunday to facilitate attendance at proms.  Accordingly, some of the divisions that compete in the p.m. wave on Saturday will start first thing on Sunday.  Those athletes who are thus able to attend their proms thank you for the inconvenience!

  • 17/18 Power — a.m. wave on Saturday — North Gwinnett High School
  • 15/16 Power — a.m. wave — Southern Volleyball Center
  • 14 Power — p.m. wave — Southern Volleyball Center
  • 13 Power — a.m. wave — North Cobb High School
  • 12 Power/12 Club — a.m. wave — Jackson County High School
  • 17 Club — a.m. wave on Saturday — Etowah High School
  • 16 Club — a.m. wave — Woodstock High School
  • 15 Club — p.m. wave — Etowah High School
  • 14 Club — p.m. wave on Saturday — split between North Gwinnett and Jackson County High Schools
  • 13 Club — p.m. wave — North Cobb High School
  • 18 Boys — p.m. wave — Woodstock High School

Hotel Accommodations

If you are playing at SVC, Rooms have been set aside at the following hotel:
Fairfield Inn And Suites Alpharetta
11385Haynes Bridge Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
770-663-4000
$79/nt – breakfast included

Please call hotel and ask for a room in the Kudzu Block

If you need a block for your team, please contact Susan Holbrook  678-300-6509

Cost — $375

An entrance fee of $5/person/day will be charged.

Coaches Meeting – There will be no coaches meeting at this tournament.  Rather, we ask that coaches download and review this embedded 2016 Kudzu Coaches Packet prior to your arrival on Saturday.  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.

Food tables are allowed. Please view the policies of each venue on the appropriate tab.

One last note about food tables.  We would like to continue to allow them as a convenience to tournament attendees.  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 those teams playing at SVC 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 Kurt Matthews at kurtmatthews@southernvolleyball.com and he can help point you in the right direction. 

 

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