Middle School Get-the-Kinks-Out Playdate 8/17/19

Demand for this event has skyrocketed with the growth of the sport.  We have filled to capacity the last several years and the event sold out again in 2018, so if you snoozed you loosed.

This low-key play date is offered early in the season and is targeted for teams with little previous experience.  Each team will get three matches.

Though officials will be provided and score will be kept, this tournament will be less about competition and more about learning rules, rotations, score keeping, etc..  We will not be crowning a tournament champion.

This tournament is typically a learning experience for score-keeping parents as well.  To aid in the effort to teach parents this skill, we present the following link, which has very good instructions on scorekeeping: http://aavball.com/coaches. Please ask your scorekeeping parents to do their “homework” in advance, and then use the playdate as a low-pressure vehicle to get comfortable in their roles.


Simply upload and complete the  2019 MS tourney registration form and send it, along with your registration fee, to the address noted on the form.  (If your budgeting process prohibits you from paying your registration fees this far in advance, simply note the date we can expect it on the form.)


20 teams — primarily “A” teams, with a few “B” teams — will play at Southern Volleyball Center.  16 “B” teams will play at Johns Creek High School


  • The schedule will be posted not later than the Tuesday prior to the event.
  • Doors open at 8:00 a.m.; competition begins at 9:00
  • to the extent possible we have endeavored to pair “A” teams with “A” teams and “B” with “B”.
  • With few exceptions, teams follow the same rythem they would find in a standard tournament with four-team pools (e.g., play – rest – play – rest – rest – play)

Warm-up volleyballs — YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN!.  The tournament will furnish game balls only.

Food Tables — It’s going to be crowded in both gyms.

At SVC:  we will provide enough tables for 16 teams to use 1/2 table for food inside the gym.  If the weather is nice, tailgating outside is permitted and encouraged.   If you avail yourselves of this option, please set up your tents in the grassy area in front of SVC’s premises- as shown in the picture below — NOT in the parking field and certainly not in front of our neighbors’ vehicles.  Please do not bring your own tables into the gym, as we do not have room for them.







At JCHS: There is room inside the facility – on the floor on which you enter the building — just beyond the ticket booth — for you to set up food tables.  You must, however, bring your own tables and clean up after yourselves.

Please — no electrical appliances such as crock pots at either location.


Children under 10 are admitted free.  All others will be charged a $5/person entrance fee.


Parking at JCHS is plentiful and obvious.  Parking at SVC could be more of an issue.  There should be sufficient parking on site for this tournament.  If the front lot is full, there is room — along with a second entrance — to the rear of the building.

SVC has an overflow alternative in the event that ours is full — across Hembree Road in the Alpharetta Public Works Building.  Please do NOT park in the lot across the street serving AT&T, and do NOT park on the grass, in a reserved spot, or in a handicap spot (unless you display the proper credential), as violators will be towed. Please realize that Southern Volleyball Center is not the only occupant of the building; we ask you to respect the property and the rights of the other tenants by:

  • NOT parking on the grass or any reserved or handicap spots.  If you violate this request you will be towed.
  • Staying away from trucks and trailers parked in the truck court to the rear of the building
  • Picking up your own trash when you break down and put it in the dumpster.

We look forward to a fun and instructive early-season event.  If you have questions in the meantime, please contact one of the following:

Tracey Brown                                 Phil Teknipp


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