Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival Tournament Information

Each year we work to improve our teams' and attendees' experience at the
Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival from the previous year's tournament!
Our first priority is ALWAYS the safety of our attendees and participants!
With the recent uptick in incidents at large-scale events
nationwide, we are implementing increased security measures.

In cooperation with BCEC Security, to enhance your safety & experience,
all attendees and event participants will be subject 
to security screenings and bag checks at all entry points. 

For more information about our new security enhancements & prohibited items
(including outside food & beverage click the button below!
 

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2020 Bid Information:

  • 3 bids for Girls 18 OPEN DIVISION
  • 3 bids for Girls 18 USA DIVISION
  • 1 bid for Girls 18 AMERICAN DIVISION

Levels of Play for JVC Tournaments:

  • Open Division (highest level of play)
  • USA Division (second highest level of play)
  • American Division (third highest level of play)
  • Club Division (fourth highest level of play

Team Entry Fee Information
**Entry fees for Junior Divisions will be refunded up to 45 days prior to the first date of play
Junior Girls 
$375 for 12 USA
$450 for 13 USA
$675 for 14 USA and 14 Club
$695 for 14 Open and all 15's, 16's, 17's, 18's
Click here for 18s Qualifier information.  
**Foreign teams are not eligible to participate in the Girl's bid divisions (listed above) at the Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival

Junior Boys:
$500 for 14 and 15 Club
$695 for 16, 17 and 18 Club

Adult Men and Women: 
For the 2020 Event, the Adults will compete in the Rhode Island Rampage February 21-23

Junior Divisions:  
2-day Divisions: GIRLS 12 & 13 USA 
3-day Divisions: All GIRLS 14's, 15's, 16's, 17's, 18's and ALL BOYS Divisions
*2-day divisions run Sat-Sun and 3-day divisions run Fri-Sun!
                  **ALL TEAMS WILL COMPETE ON SUNDAY**
**Divisions must have at least 8 teams entered or two divisions may be combined.
***No matches will be scheduled to begin later than 8:30pm on Friday
****Foreign teams are NOT eligible to particiate in any USAV Bid Division (GIRLS 18 Open, 18 USA, 18 American) at the Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival.

Division Formats:
All 3-Day divisions will have formats designed to guarantee each team at least 7 matche or the equivalent number of sets.
All 2-Day divisions will have formats designed to guarantee each team at least 5 matches or the equivalent number of sets.
                **ALL TEAMS WILL COMPETE ON SUNDAY**

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.

Roster Requirements:  
MANDATORY Online SportWrench Team Check-in will open approximately 1 week prior to the event.
Roster Requirements:  
​All Players age 18 before or DURING the event MUST have a current SafeSport Certification to be placed on a Roster.
All Team Bench Personnel (Coaches, Asst. Coaches, Team Rep/Mgrs) MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF the following:

  • a current USAV Membership
  • a current USAV Background Check
  • IMPACT Coaching Certification
  • a curent SafeSport Training Certification

TEAM CHECK IN PROCESS (READ ALL DETAILS BELOW):

  • MANDATORY SportWrench Online Team Check in will open approximately 1 week prior to the event.   If this mandatory requirement is not 
    met a $250 fine per team will be assessed and due on site before play can begin for penalized team(s). 
  • 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 or bag tag 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!

Match Length:
All matches will be best of 3 games to 25 with the deciding game, if necessary, to 15. An exception would be a 3-team pool
without crossovers which will play 3 sets to 25, which is the equivalent of three best of 3 matches. There is no cap on any set!!! 
**TEAMS MISSING ANY OFFICIATING ASSIGNMENT WILL BE PENALIZED ONE POINT PER MINUTE LATE, UP TO 25 POINTS, ON THEIR NEXT MATCH.

Seeding:
Seeding for the Girls 18 Open division will be done by USA Volleyball. For all other divisions seeding is based on teams' tournament finishes at the larger Jan and Feb events in the Northeastern US along with Regional and National Rankings.  We will also solicit recommendations and additional information directly from Club Directors for teams from outside of the Northeast for some divisions, especially in the Open divisions. 

Format Details:
**Flowcharts will be posted on Sportwrench.com once the event goes live

  • Girl's 14's, 15's, 16's, 17's and 18's Divisions and all Boy's Divisions
    Friday and Saturday: Pool Play
    Sunday: Bracket Play
  • Girls 12's and 13's Divisions 
    Saturday: Pool Play
    Sunday: Bracket Play with consolation matches or 3-team power pools
    **Note that the 12's division will play under the standard 14 and under rules using a Volley Lite Ball and a 7'0" net. NO Step-in line or special serving rules!

Tie-breakers:
There will NOT be any tie-breaking games played EXCEPT in the 18s Girls bid divisions.  Click here for 18s Qualifier information.
In all other divisions, 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!

Officials:
CLICK HERE for officials information regarding the Mizuno Boston Volleyball Festival and other JVC events.

Host Hotel & Stay, Play, and Save Policy:
All teams participating in this event must stay in the host hotels.
**Visit our HOTEL PAGE for specifics!

Once your club has registered for the tournament, you will be able to book hotel rooms for your club/team(s).

Rules of Play:
The rules of play are as prescribed in the USA Volleyball Domestic Competition Regulations. (Note for the 2019-2020 season, the “Test” rules regarding what happens when an illegal player is found on the court will be in effect—see Rule Book for updated language. (DCR pg. 15).

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, National Official or a non-involved Club Director.

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 exhibit halls in the Convention Center. 
  • Coolers and outside food and drink are NOT ALLOWED in ANY facility.
  • Only water and sports drinks may be brought inside the facilities. 
  • In order to comply with the fire marshal, NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO BRING THEIR OWN CHAIRS INTO THE CONVENTION CENTER. 
  • 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 a athletic trainers available to tape and assist with minor injuries and serve as a first responder to more serious injuries.  
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.