the Mizuno Southern Dream — Jan 17 – 19, 2015

southern dream logoWhat a great way to start the 2015 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 — will open on AES on October 15, 2014

Cost — $595/team

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

Schedule/Waves — Will be posted on the Monday prior to the tournament.

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 will contain 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 the Dream will automatically secure a Champion’s Exemption to the prestigious Beast of the Southeast Tournament of Champions in 2016.  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
We are in the process of negotiating favorable rates with nearby hotels and will post that information as it becomes available.

While we have no stay-to-play policy at this tournament, all teams who need accommodations are strongly encouraged to book hotel reservations through our housing bureau.  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.

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 Mizuno Southern Dream — Jan 17 – 19, 2015

  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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