2018 marks the 8th running of what has become one of the Southern Region’s most popular events.
Registration — will open on AES on October 15, 2017
Cost — $425/team
Location — Suwanee Sports Academy, Southern Volleyball Center, and other venues in the Atlanta suburbs as demand dictates.
Waves and Venues Will Be Announced as soon as possible to facilitate hotel reservations for those teams traveling from out of town.
Teams 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 — 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 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 — Though the Icebreaker is not a stay-to-play event, we have blocked out rooms close to the venue for the convenience of our guests:
If you will be competing at SSA:
Courtyard by Marriott
310 Celebration Ave, Suwanee, GA 30024
770-831-7473 ($119/night with breakfast included)
Please call hotel directly and ask for a room in the Southern Dream Block
If your team will be playing at Southern Volleyball Center (SVC)
Fairfield Inn and Suites
11385 Haynes Bridge Road
Alpharetta, GA 30022
770-663-4000; $79/nt includes breakfast
Call hotel directly and ask for a room in the Southern Volleyball Center block
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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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 Briana Johnson and she can help point you in the right direction.