Florida Holiday Challenge Tournament Information

Team Acceptance Details:
Girls teams entering the USA Division and all Boys Teams will be accepted based on a first-come first serve basis based on registration in SportWrench and date of entry fee payment. 

The Girls Open division at the Florida Holiday Challenge is limited to the top 12 teams to ensure the highest level of competition for every match.

  • Teams that qualified for 2019 USAV Junior Nationals will automatically be accepted in the open division for the age group one year older than they played at 2019 USAV Junior Nationals. 
  • Additional teams for this division will be accepted based on the final 2019 Florida Region Rankings.
  • Exceptions may be made by the tournament committee for:
    1. Strong out-of-state teams
    2. Clubs entering all of their "1" teams in the Open Division for all age groups 12-18.
    3. Teams from clubs who did not play the 2019 season in that age group
    4. Teams from clubs who have combined/acquired other clubs since the end of the 2019 season
  • Teams registering for the Open division but not accepted into that division will automatically be placed in the USA Division.
  • Teams wanting to play in the Open Division MUST have their Entry Fee paid by November 8th for consideration for this division unless space is available after that date!

Team Entry Fee:
$350 for ALL Boys divisions & 12 Girls USA division
$400 for all other Girls divisions
$300 for ALL teams from outside of the Florida Region

Age Divisions:
Girls: 18 Open, 18 USA, 17 Open, 17 USA, 16 Open, 16 USA, 15 Open, 15 USA,
14 Open, 14 USA, 13 Open, 13 USA, 12 Open and 12 USA
Boys: 18 Club, 17 Club, 16 Club, 15 Club and 14 Club
**Divisions must have at least 5 teams entered or divisions may be combined.

Division Formats:
All divisions will have formats designed to guarantee each team 5 matches in each division. All teams will play 3-4 matches Saturday and 1-3 on Sunday.

Match Length:
All matches will be best of 3 games to 25 with the deciding game, if necessary, to 15. There is no cap!!!

Tie Breakers:
As in previous years, there will NOT be any tie-breaking games played as we guarantee 5 matches to each team in this event. In the case of a tie, the teams will be ranked by head-to-head results in case of a 2-way tie in matches or, in the case of 3 or more teams tied in matches: set percentage.  If two teams are still tied on set percentage, the tie will be broken by the head-to-head result of their match OR if three or more teams are still tied the tie will be broken by point percentage. Note that the 3 or more teams tied procedure is slightly different than previous years based on the updated procedures used at the USAV Junior National Qualifiers and National Championship events!

Awards:
Individual medals will be awarded for 1st-3rd in the Gold Bracket and 1st place in the silver and bronze brackets for each division.

TEAM CHECK IN PROCESS (READ ALL DETAILS BELOW):

  • SportWrench Online Team Check in will open approximately 1 week prior to the event.  
  • COACHES OR CLUB DIRECTORS MUST complete Online Team Check in for their teams prior to tournament play.  Paper rosters will not be accepted. 
  • Upon completion of Online Team Check in each coach assigned as a "Primary" staff member will now receive a unique QR code pass via text/email for access to playing venue(s).  There is a MAXIMUM of 3 “Primary” staff members per team.  Any additional members will have to purchase passes online for entry into the event.
  • Each Primary staff member will need to present their QR code pass (printed or on a mobile device) with the corresponding photo ID to gain entry into the venue(s) AT ANY TIME. 
  • Athletes will need to show their jersey to gain entrance to the venues. 

ONSITE CHECK IN LOCATIONS AND TIMES:
No need for onsite check in! Coaches bring your unique QR code pass and corresponding ID to the door for each entry, players just need to be wearing uniform! 
NO MORE WRISTBANDS to keep track of!

Officials:
Paid 1st officials provided for all matches. Paid 1st and 2nd officials for Gold Finals.

Protests:
If a protest is to be filed, it must be done at the time of the incident, NO LATER. 
The first referee is obligated to acknowledge and record all protests. 
ONLY THE FLOOR CAPTAIN MAY FILE PROTESTS. The exception to this rule applies to the 14U and younger divisions, where the acting team coach may act. 
All protests will be handled by the Protest Committee and their decision is binding. A Protest Committee will consist of any two of the following: Tournament Director, Assistant Tournament Director, Head Official, Florida Region of USA Volleyball Board Member, National Official or a non-involved Club Director.

Tournament Uniforms (2019 FLORIDA HOLIDAY CHALLENGE ONLY):

The Florida Holiday Challenge has been granted a uniform waiver from the Florida Region office. This is ONLY for this event due to it being a pre-season event taking place in December.

The waiver has very specific parameters that are listed below:

  1. Uniform tops must be similar in color and could be a combination of previous year's uniforms if needed (ie: player A is wearing Black and player B is wearing Navy) -> black and white do not work.
  2. Uniform tops must all have front and back unique numbers (no duplicates allowed). The libero must be clearly identified with a contrasting jersey to all the rest.
  3. Uniform bottoms must be similar in color (ie: player A is wearing Black and player B is wearing Navy) -> black and zebra print do not work.
  4. The tournament directors will not file any formal uniform waiver documents for this tournament, however be prepared for them to be filed at other subsequent events. 

All uniform questions must be addressed at the tournament. We will be as FLEXIBLE as we possibly can as we know many teams will not have received this year's uniforms yet!

Facility Rules:

  • Due to incidents in previous years there will be a NO TOLERANCE policy for misbehavior by players/teams and spectators in the venues:
  • Ball Handling is NOT allowed outside of the playing facilities.
  • Coolers and outside food and drink are NOT ALLOWED in ANY of the facilities.
  • Only water and sports drinks may be brought inside the facility.
  • In order to comply with the fire marshal, NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO BRING THEIR OWN CHAIRS INTO THE VENUES.
  • Violation of these policies or any other general misbehaviors may result in IMMEDIATE dismissal from the facility for the remainder of the day.

Athletic Trainers:
There will be athletic trainers available to tape and assist with minor injuries at the Convention Center.  
Athletes must provide tape and pre-warp for any pre-existing needs.  Tape and pre-wrap are only provided by the tournament for emergency purposes.
EMT's will be in the Convention Center in case of emergency.