Icebreaker — February 4 – 5, 2017

2017 marks the 8th running of what has become one of the Southern Region’s most popular events.

Registration — Is now closed

Cost — $425/team

Location — Suwanee Sports Academy, Southern Volleyball Center, Jackson County HS, Dacula HS and Shiloh HS.

Waves and Venues Announced

Following are the tentative locations and waves for the tournament. Please note that a few of the assignments have changed from what was originally posted on this website.  The following — posted 1/26 — are final.  Competition schedules will be posted on AES not later than the Tuesday prior to the event — perhaps sooner. ( The later we wait the more information we have to seed the event, but given its early date, we’ll just do our best with the info at our disposal.)

Tteams 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 —now posted:

Coaches Meeting – There will be no coaches meeting at this tournament.  Rather, we welcome you to upload and review the icebreaker coaches packet 2017 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.

Winners Invited to Beast — Winners of the Power Division of Icebreaker will automatically secure a Champion’s Exemption to the prestigious Beast of the Southeast Tournament of Champions in 2018.  The only other way to secure an automatic invitation to Beast is to qualify for USAV Nationals.


Spectators–including “chaperones”–will be charged $5/day for admittance to the tournament.  Players, coaches and college coaches will be admitted without cost.

Hotel Accommodations

While we have no stay-to-play policy at this tournament, we have blocked out rooms for teams competing at this event.  Most hotels will offer a breakfast, kid friendly services, budget conscious rates, and amenities to enhance your stay.  Each hotel is strategically located just minutes from the tournament venue.

If your team will be playing at Southern Volleyball Center (SVC)

Fairfield Inn and Suites Alpharetta
11385 Haynes Bridge Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004


$69/nt breakfast included

Please call hotel and ask for a room in the Icebreaker block or click here for the on-line housing form

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

Food Tables

Are allowed at all venues except for SSA. (SSA has concessions on site and does allow outside food and drink to be brought in, but 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 Kurt Matthews at 404-895-1155; and he can help point you in the right direction. 


6 Responses to Icebreaker — February 4 – 5, 2017

  1. Tom Houser says:

    Can power/open teams from outside the Southern Region attend?

    • 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. Ally says:

    Do you have age/wave information yet? February 1 is an SSAT testing date and some of our 14s and 15s want to know if they will be able to take it. Thanks!

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