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2020 Tournament Information
Hello from the Omaha Metro Warriors and our director for NHSVBT 2020, Jessica Miszuk. Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments via email. Below you will find all the information about the 2020 Tournament.

Contact
Jessica Miszuk, Director – nationalsvolleyball@gmail.com

Dates
Wednesday, October 28th – Saturday, October 31st, 2020

Location
This year we are excited to once again have  our tournament at a state of the art volleyball facility. The Volleyball Academy is conveniently located near the Giles Road exit from I-80, 11934 Portal Rd, Omaha NE 68128

The facility is 50,000 square feet and is free standing. There are no poles to obstruct or impede play. There are 8 spacious courts on a wood playing surface. Each court has a camera, and with a subscription to the buckets system, friends and family who aren’t able to attend the tournament will be able to view their teams games.

Registration
Cost is $375 for Varsity, $325 for JV, and $275 for Jr. High.  AFTER September 1 the price increases $50.  Clubs registering 2 or more teams will receive a $50 discount.  We do not accept checks as we are paperless.

Hotels
Here is a list of hotels that have been contacted and have confirmed availability as of 9/4

  • Courtyard/Embassy Suites (La Vista)
    • Please reach out to Front Desk Team – 402-331-7400.
  • My Place Extended Stay (La Vista)
    • Perfect property for teams. Rooms have kitchen appliances for cooking own meals.
  • Holiday Inn Express (Gretna)

Who May Participate
This tournament is open to girls on home school teams who have not turned 19 yrs of age prior to September 1 of the current school year. Players must be at least 50% home schooled, defined as parent directed home education, and passing all courses. Parent directed home education includes the following:

  1. Dual-credit college courses where the college institution admits the student as a high school student.
  2. Courses that are taught in the home/studio of the player’s parent(s), grandparent(s), sibling (age 18 or older), legal guardian, or another home school parent or tutor, provided the instruction by a non-parent is done under the direction and supervision of the child’s parent(s).
  3. Courses that are taught at a central location (e.g. home school support group “co-op” classes, such as chemistry, speech, or calculus) by a parent or tutor. A newer form of homeschooling called University Model Schools would fall under this definition provided:
    • The student doesn’t attend the classes more than 2-1/2 days a week (because then not more than 50% of their time is actually at the school, while the other 50% is wherever their parents decide they should be)
    • The particular school in question does not itself provide athletics.
    • Not more than 50% of your team is made up of girls from the same University Model School.
  4. Correspondence/virtual/distance learning courses provided by a PRIVATE kindergarten through grade 12 program or school.

Courses taught or otherwise provided by a public or private school, where the player is counted in that school’s enrollment, are not considered as part of the 50% of classes which are home school classes.
Once a player has completed high school coursework, or participated in high school graduation ceremonies, he or she is ineligible to participate in the NHSVBT tournament.

Junior Varsity guidelines
Junior Varsity teams will need to have an average age of 16 years or less.  For example, a team of 7 with the following ages: 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, and 18 would have an average age of 15.  We are striving to have teams with girls that are similar in age and experience. We understand that there might be some older girls with less experience that typically play JV during the regular season and there can be exceptions made on a case by case basis.

Junior High guidelines
Girls playing on junior high teams must be in grade 8 or lower. They should also not turn 15 before September 1 of the current school year. If you have any questions or exceptions, please contact the tournament director, nhsvbt2019@gmail.com, prior to attending the tournament.

Tournament Format
Jr. High matches will begin roughly at noon on Wednesday pending on team travel schedules.  Coaches Meeting, Athletic Director networking meeting and Practice Sessions will take place Wednesday evening and matches will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 29th. The varsity final championship game will be on Saturday afternoon with the closing ceremonies immediately following.

The format structure for varsity and junior varsity will follow closely the previous format of 2019. Adjustments are made each year to coincide with the number of teams registered to participate. Each team will participate in pool play and then tournament bracket play. 

At the Coaches’ meeting on Wednesday, October 28th, we will go over the details and answer questions. 

We follow the standard Club practice of asking players as well as family to ref games. Your team will be responsible to referee games when you are not scheduled to play.  Each team will need to provide a scorekeeper, scoreboard operator, libero tracker, and line judges for all pool play. In tournament play, refs will provide some court workers for some games in the Gold and Silver divisions. Watch for upcoming online training for court workers.

Opening/Closing Ceremonies
We will begin our tournament with prayer at the conclusion of the coaches’ meeting. Each day tournament play will begin with an opening prayer.

Closing Ceremonies will begin immediately following the Gold division championship game on Saturday afternoon. At this time each team is recognized. Top finishing teams in each division will be awarded individual medals as well as second place finishers in Gold, Silver and Bronze; and third place finishers in Gold. This year MVP’s and All Tournament teams from each division will be awarded. The Sherry Dick Sportsmanship award is given to one qualifying team.

Referees
Sue Mailhot will again be our Head Referee. She is nationally known, organizing many large tournaments throughout the country. She will work closely with us during tournament action to keep play on schedule. Always be prepared for a court reassignment sometime during the tournament. Please be flexible and help us out in this regard so the tournament can run according to schedule.

Practice Schedule
Wednesday, October 28th practice slots will be limited. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity. If you request a practice time, you will have the opportunity to select an afternoon or evening practice time.   This year the fee is $28.00 /team (one hour).

Dress Code
Our goal is MODESTY:

  1. Shorts – no spandex allowed as outerwear.  We do not allow the “booty shorts” so common in other volleyball events.  We have removed the 4 inch inseam requirement that we have had in the past, but our expectations are that the shorts will be modest and not tight.  Please send me a picture if you have questions about your team’s shorts. 
  2. Tops must fit so that sports bras are not revealed. Racerbacks are allowed, but not encouraged, and midriffs should not be exposed while standing.
  3. All uniforms must be worn properly at all times.

Please don’t disrupt this event by making other coaches or parents uncomfortable enough to bring your team to the attention of the directorship.

Hospitality Room
A hospitality room will be provided for coaches and referees. There will be a designated area for you to sit and relax during the busy weekend. We look forward to visiting with many of you and giving you a taste of Warrior hospitality!

Scholarship
This year we will continue to offer a $500.00 scholarship to one homeschool senior participant in our tournament. It is our aim to bless the homeschooling community by giving back to the athletes for their continued success in the future. 

Team Buddies
We offer teams the opportunity to build friendship with another participating team. In the past, teams have brought small mementos from their part of the country or some tasty treats. They may have a meal or snack together. Let us know by email if you are interested and we will assign your team to one from another state. You will be able to communicate with each other prior to the tourney and cheer each other on during the tournament.

Souvenirs
Each year we sell T-shirts / Hoodies designed specially for the National Tournament. The shirt design is posted on the website before the tourney and pre-orders are encouraged. Limited quantities are available during the tourney and we will not be taking orders at that time. Pre-orders will be delivered to coaches at the Coaches’ meeting. Give us a second contact person on your registration form, as the contact for ordering t-shirts.

Transportation
Teams flying to Omaha will land at Eppley Airfield.
Rental Car Services:

  • Budget – 402-348-0455
  • Hertz – 402-422-6870
  • National – 402-422-6560

Sites Worth Seeing
For information and maps of the Omaha area please use:

Weather
Average daytime temperatures in late October early November are in the mid 50’s; nighttime temperatures in the mid 30’s.

Admission
​Admission to the tournament will be collected by The Volleyball Academy.  Watch for details about paying in advance. Looking forward to seeing you all in Omaha in October!!! God’s Blessings to you and your teams.

Any questions? Feel free to e-mail the tournament director, nationalsvolleyball@gmail.com.