Tournament Information

Eligibility to Compete

Each week the list of clubs eligible to compete in MJVBA events will updated. Only clubs deemed eligible to compete on the list may compete in tournaments.

To be eligible to compete in tournaments clubS must

  1. Be A  current National AAU Member
  2. Be A  current MJVBA Member
  3. Register all athletes and non-athletes with the National AAU & MJVBA for current season.

Click here to view a list of eligible clubs.

Clubs may enter tournaments after completing steps 1 & 2 but must complete step 4 & 5 prior to the tournament date.
Tournament Directors may only allow only clubs who have all  three steps to participate in their event.

REMEMBER:
One unregistered person or club makes the event non-sanctioned and thus voids all insurance.

Facility Care

  1. NO Outside food or drink allowed.
  2. NO Coolers allowed.
  3. PLAYERS may bring sack lunch in their bags.
  4. WATER only allowed  inside all playing areas.
  5. Children must be under adult supervision at all times.
  6. Electrical outlets may not be used
  7. Smoking is not allowed inside or on the grounds of any facility.
  8. Seating: spectators need to bring non-marking chairs to most events.

Grand Prix Tournaments

AAU Grand Prix’s are National AAU Sponsored and Licensed Events. Winners in the open age division will have all or part of their fee waived for AAU Nationals or The West Coast Championships. Reimbursement will be a sliding scale based on 12 teams in each age group.

If the first place team has already won a free entry OR does not accept the free entry, the free entry will goto the second place team.

Full entry is based on 12 teams in a division.

MJVBA Championships Grand Prix

MJVBA Championships AAU Grand Prix is a  National AAU Sponsored and Licensed Event. Winners in the open and premier age division will have all or part of their fee waived for AAU Nationals or The West Coast Championships. Reimbursement will be a sliding scale based on 12 teams in each age group.

If the first place team has already won a free entry OR does not accept the free entry, the free entry will goto the second place team.

If the first place team accepts the free entry then the tournament will pay 50% of the entry into AAU Nationals or The West Coast Championships to second place teams in each open age division. In order for the second place teams  to collect their reimbursement the team must be registered for and compete in  AAU Nationals or The West Coast Championships.

Winning the AAU Grand Prix  does not mean automatic entry into Nationals. The entry deadline for AAU Nationals is prior to the AAU Grand Prix, thus winners who have entered and been accepted into the National Tournament will have their entry fee refunded. Full entry is based on 12 teams in a division.

 

MJVBA Association Championships Grand Prix Tournament Qualifications

  • Only Michigan, Canadian and Indiana teams my compete in the Association Championship/Grand Prix event. Teams must have completed all the AAU/MJVBA registration steps.
  • In addition to meeting all of the eligible to compete regulations listed above teams must also meet the regulations below.
  • 18’s-12s must compete in three Michigan events listed on MJVBA/AAU Tournaments  or compete in one of the Power Leagues  listed MJVBA/AAU Tournaments  in order to be eligible to compete in the MJVBA Association Championship/AAU Grand Prix.
  • 12 non-elite teams one day event will be at  UMD on Saturday
  • 12 Open, Premier and Club  2 day event will be on Saturday and Sunday in Grand Rapids.

Officiating

Teams officiate, line & score at most MJVBA events.
Tournament directors will impose a $100.00 fine for each officiating assignment you miss or delay. Check with your site director before leaving. 

Rules

USA Rules
Have you purchased your rule book yet? There is a difference between HS & USA rules. AAU plays by USA rules. If you do not already have a rule book go to www.usavolleyball.org & you can view & download a rule book or you can order a rule book on-line.

MJVBA Modifications

  1. Libero needs to have a contrasting color jersey or sports vest.
  2. Teams may play with only 5 players – every effort should be made to avoid forcing a team to forfeit due to lack of players.  However, if a team plays with 5 players, they must use a “ghost”  player.  The ghost may start in any position in the service order.
  3. Libero is allowed to serve, in only 1 position in the service order (same as National Federation / HS rule). This action needs to be tracked by the scorekeeper & libero tracker.
  4. For ages 12 & younger “youth” VB allows boys & girls to play in regular season events only.
  5. AAU tournaments are NOT required to use “match play” (2 out of 3).  Pool play may consist of only two sets with no deciding set.
  6. A point cap may NOT be used in any tournament.

Click here for a comparison sheet of the rule differences between NCAA (collegiate), USAV (USA Volleyball), NFHS (high School).

MJVBA 10 & Under Rules
USA Volleyball Rules with the following exceptions for 10 & under’s:

  1. Court size shall be 6m x 6m on each side (instead of 9×9).
    Rationale: Players in a smaller space will be more likely to have success moving to, and contacting the ball.
  2. Net Height shall be standard women’s height (7’4 1/4 “).
    Rationale: The intent is to have the ball clear the net at a higher point than 7′ (used by the 12&under’s) in order to allow the receiving team to have more time to move and play the ball.
  3. Players on court shall be 4 (instead of 6).
    Rationale: Fewer players on the court means that every player needs to contact the ball more often. It also is easier for a club to field a 4 player team rather than a 6 player team.
  4. Ball shall be the Volley-Lite or equivalent.
  5. The Libero rule shall NOT be in effect.
    Rationale: Young players need to learn to play all aspects of the game before specializing. A good Libero could dominate the game at this level.
  6. All non-deciding games shall be 18 points (starting at 7-7, ending at 25).
  7. All deciding games shall be 11 points (starting at 4-4, ending at 15).
  8. No player may serve more than 5 points in a row. After the 5th point in a row, there will be an automatic side-out (with NO point awarded) and the opponent will resume serving.
    Rationale: It isn’t very much fun for either team to stand around and watch one player dominate the game from the service line.

Sportsmanship

One person practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching it. — Knute K. Rockne

No Victory is worth the sacrifice of Ideals – Unknown

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated from coaches, players or fans. Remember, these are only kids officiating. Any display of unsportsmanlike conduct will result in your team/club being removed from the tournament and sanctioned by MJVBA.
  • Some teams/clubs have been banned from returning to certain tournaments because of bad behavior. Remember news travels fast.
  • Unfortunately we have had situations go as far as to have restraining orders issued against individuals.
  • Remember it is the kids who get hurt in the long run.

Super Regional – Lakeshore Volleyfest

LakeShore Volleyfest AAU Super Regional is a National AAU Sponsored Event. Winners in the open and premier age division will have all or part of their fee waived for AAU Nationals or the West Coast Championships. Reimbursement will be a sliding scale based on 12 teams in each age group.

In order for premier division winners to collect their reimbursement the team must be registered for and compete in premier division or a lower division at AAU Nationals.

If the first place team has already won a free entry OR does not accept the free entry, the free entry will goto the second place team.

If the first place team accepts the free entry then the tournament will pay 50% of the entry into AAU Nationals or The West Coast Championships to second place teams in each open age division. In order for the second place teams  to collect their reimbursement the team must be registered for and compete in  AAU Nationals or The West Coast Championships.

Winning the Super Regional does not mean automatic entry into Nationals. If the entry deadline for AAU Nationals is prior to the AAU Super Regional then winners who have entered and been accepted into the National Tournament will have their entry fee refunded.

Tournament Check-in Procedure

  • Teams must turn in either an AAU Generated Roster or an AAU Imported to AES Roster.
  • Tournament directors will keep your AAU roster.
  • Birth certificates will not be required at check-in.
  • If you have athletes playing under the MJVBA age modifications for 14,13 or 12’s check for the additional required paper work on the age definitions page.

Tournament Entry Forms Fees & Procedures

  • Events Below all use  AES – registration must be done on AES.
  • 18-12 MJVBA Association Championship/AAU Grand Prix $385 (13’s – 18’s), $250 (12’s)
  • Lake Erie Club Power League $595
  • Lake Michigan Club Power League  $595
  • Lake Michigan Open Power League $750
  • Lake Michigan Spring Club Power League $475
  • Lakeshore Power League $600
  • Michiana Power League  $800
  • Best Of The Midwest $295
  • Can-Am Classic $425
  • Great Lakes Festival $295
  • LakeShore Volleyfest/Super Regional $440 (13’s – 18’s), $320 (12’s)
  • Motor City Madness $425 (18-13), $385 (12’s)
  • MVA Big Blue Bash $150
  • MVA Winter Blast $325
  • MVA Spring Kick Off $150
  • MVA Spring Fling $325
  • Presidents’ Day Challenge $475
  • Stars and Spikes
  • Dunes March Madness/AAU Super Regional  $450 (18-14), $250 (13-12)
  • Dunes April Classic: $350 (18-14), $200 (13-11)
  • Dunes May Classic: $350 (18-14), $200 (13-11)

Tournament Formats

  • All regular season tournaments will start at 9:00am unless otherwise noted on the tournament schedule page.
  • All regular season tournaments (not Grand Prix or states) will be a maximum of four teams per court. Teams will be guaranteed 4 matches.
  • All tournaments will provide teams with a minimum of 8 games (25 point rally score games).
  • Warm-up balls & game balls are NOT provided by host site. Teams select one of their volleyballs  for a game ball.
  • Teams may request a change in level or  age for an event prior to the deadline date (a change is not guaranteed).
  • For all events teams should be entered in their proper age & level, i.e. it is not acceptable to enter a 12’s teams in 14’s so they can gain experience or it is the closest event. It is also not acceptable for teams to enter lower levels for any reason.

Tournament Refund Policy

  • MJVBA has a no refund Policy for entry cancellations. Some teams have entered tournaments just to save a spot and then cancel out of the tournament at the last minute not only taking the spot away from a team who would have attended but also creating a nightmare for the tournament director. This policy has virtually eliminated this situation.
  • Of course there could be unforeseen circumstances that would warrant a refund.
  • Money will be refunded if you are turned away due to event being full or cancelled.

Tournament Schedule

Please visit our tournament schedule page.

Lakeshore Volleyfest AAU Super Regional

Lakeshore Volleyfest AAU Super Regional is a National AAU Sponsored and Licensed  Event. Winners in the open and premier age division will have all or part of their fee waived for AAU Nationals or the West Coast Championships. Reimbursement will be a sliding scale based on 12 teams in each age group.

In order for premier division winners to collect their reimbursement the team must be registered for and compete in premier division or a lower division at AAU Nationals.

If the first place team has already won a free entry OR does not accept the free entry, the free entry will goto the second place team.

If the first place team accepts the free entry then the tournament will pay 50% of the entry into AAU Nationals or The West Coast Championships to second place teams in each open age division. In order for the second place teams  to collect their reimbursement the team must be registered for and compete in  AAU Nationals or The West Coast Championships.

Winning the Super Regional does not mean automatic entry into Nationals. If the entry deadline for AAU Nationals is prior to the AAU Super Regional then winners who have entered and been accepted into the National Tournament will have their entry fee refunded.


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