the Southern Dream — Jan 18 – 20, 2014

southern dream logoWhat a great way to start the 2014 Season!  Set in the heart of suburban Atlanta, in the midst of a rich amenity base and competitively-priced hotels, the Southern Dream has become a tradition for the best clubs in the South.  Throw in free parking, those food tables that are such a part of the Southern tradition, and–most importantly–the highest level of competition in South, and this season-opener is not only the most economical, but also the most competitive MLK weekend tournament in this part of the Country.

Not ready for Open/Power competition?  No worries.  The Southern Dream offers both power and club divisions, thereby minimizing the number of blow-out matches that occur on the first day of the tournament.

Registration — is now closed

LocationSuwanee Sports Academy (“SSA”) and Gwinnett Convention Center (“GCC”) located within five miles of each other in Atlanta’s northeastern suburbs.

Schedule/Waves — Now posted on

To ensure diversity of competition in this season-opener, we have combined a few of the age brackets for pool play only.  On Monday each of the teams will compete for the championship of the division in which they are registered.

Coaches Meeting – There will be no coaches meeting at this tournament.  Rather, we will give coaches one coaches packet per team 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.  If you’d like an advanced copy and/or more than one, feel free to download: Coaches Packet Instructions – 2014 dream

New in 2014 — Winners of the Power Division of the Dream will automatically secure a Champion’s Exemption to the prestigious Beast of the Southeast Tournament of Champions in 2015.  The only other way to secure an automatic invitation to Beast is to qualify for USAV Nationals.  Yet another reason to be Dreamin’ on MLK weekend.


Spectators will be charged $5/day or $12/weekend for admittance to the tournament.  Players, coaches and college coaches will be admitted without cost.

Hotel Accommodations
This year we are offering another upgrade to ensure that your participation in the event goes smoothly.  We’re partnering with GroupHousing as the official Hospitality Service for the Tournament.

While we have no stay-to-play policy at this tournament, all teams who need accommodations are strongly encouraged to book hotel reservations through GroupHousing.  And there’s no reason not to use the service, as GroupHousing guarantees the lowest rate available for all teams.  GroupHousing will make this process efficient and friendly for you, while providing exceptional hotel accommodations for all teams. 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 venues.

Housing Reservation Link (click here)

Feel free also to contact GroupHousing at 888-290-3210 if you prefer to book your hotel via telephone.

We have blocked out rooms at hotels close to all of our tournament venues, and negotiated special rates for all of our tournaments. We offer this as a service to participating clubs; there is no stay-to-play requirement for any of our tournaments.

Food Tables

Those food tables Gwinnett Convention Center provides a separate room for those food tables that are so such a part of the culture of volleyball tournaments in the South.  Food tables are allowed at Suwanee Sports Academy as well.  The tables themselves will be provided at both locations.  One per team, please.

If you do not find the information you need on this page please feel free to contact Kurt Matthews at and we can help point you in the right direction. 


11 Responses to the Southern Dream — Jan 18 – 20, 2014

  1. Darla Hinson says:

    Please send me information on this tournament. We played in the Palmetto Region this past season and would like to put you on our schedule for the 2013 Season! I am with PRV Juniors Volleyball

  2. dylan mulkey says:

    Will you have boys teams at any of your tournaments? If so, which ones and what ages.
    We have a team in SC looking to play.

    • michael says:

      Hi Dylan,

      thanks for the inquiry about boys. we’ve tried to field a boys division a few times and found that january is not a good time. HOWEVER…. we WILL be fielding boys teams at two of our tournaments this season: First Lady’s Challenge over President’s Day weekend, and the Kudzu Klassik, on 3/22-23

  3. Dana pirtle says:

    When will the schedule be posted? What time is the last game on Monday? Thank you.

  4. Katina says:

    If you have 2 daughters playing in the Southern Dream Tournament, but at separate venues, do we have to pay $12 per person for each location?


  5. Norma says:

    We are from another region and have not been to the Southern Dreams before will there
    be Refs. at the courts to help the girls or are we to Ref1, Ref2, and all others.


    • michael says:

      Sorry I’m just now seeing this, Norma. By now you know that we supply the up ref and the teams supply the down ref, scorekeepers and linesmen. Hopefully you found the officials as well as the host club helpful in that regard.

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