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Boys Tournament Entry Guidlines

Boy’s Participation in Girl’s Tournaments:

  • Boy’s 12s may participate in Girl’s 12s, 13s, and 14s.
  • Boy’s 13s may participate in designated Girl’s 13s, 14s, 15s and 16s.
  • Boy’s 14s may participate in designated Girl’s 14s, 15s, and 16s.
  • Boy’s 12 tournaments may accept Girl’s 12s.
  • Boy’s 13 tournaments may accept Girl’s 13s, 14s, 15s & 16s.
  • Boy’s 14 tournaments may accept Girl’s 14s, 15s & 16s.
  • Girls 14 & Under teams may roster up to two (2) boys.  The team is considered a waivered team.

2020 Dennis Lafata Gateway Boys Bid Classic

Returning to the America Center in St. Louis - Saturday thru Monday February 8th thru the 10th, 2020

Registration opens October 1, 2019

Click here for final 2019 Results!

Click here for final 2018 Results!

2019 Tournament Information

February 22-24, 2019

  • 2019 Tournament Registration opens October 1, 2018
  • 2019 Housing Registration opens September 1, 2018
  • Open Divisions Offered: U14, U15, U16, U17, U18 ( 3 bids each for U14 & U15.  5 bids each for U16-U18)
  • USA Divisions Offered: U16-U18 - 4 Bids each division
  • Club Divisions Offered: U12 (2 day), U13/14
  • 7 match guarantee for 13-18s Divisions
  • 2 day (Saturday-Sunday) U11/12 Division
  • First referees provided for all matches; teams to provide remainder of work crew 
  • (certified Adult R2 & scorer, 2 line judges, asst. scorer)
  • For more information e-mail

Late Entry Deadline: Tuesday January 22, 2019
Final Entry Deadline: Friday February 15, 2019
Final AES Roster Deadline: Monday February 18, 2019

Entry Fee: $675/team - $475/team for 12U - (Additional $50 if after late entry deadline)
Entry Process: Advanced Event Systems (AES) Tourney is listed as 19 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic.

Team Check-in U13-U18s: Thursday February 21, 2019 -  3-9pm
Team Check-in U12s: Thursday February 21, 2019 -  3-9pm (or Friday by appointment only, if team is from out of town)
There is no late check-inALL TEAMS must check-in the day before competition.

First day 8:00 AM Playing Waves: 18O, 17O, 16O, 14O, 17U, 13/14C, 12C (12s begin Saturday 8am)
First day 2:30 PM Playing Waves: 15O, 18U, 16U, 15C

This 2019 festival is a Stay & Play Event

Click here for Hotels reservations through AES - reservations open September 1, 2018
Hotels will be continually added.
Contact info for hotels: Scott McQueen, or 1-317-839-5222 ext 116

2019 Playing Site

America Center
701 Convention Plaza
St Louis, MO 63101

Team Admission

Registered teams will receive up to 3 adult wristbands for rostered coaches (1 Head Coach, 2 Assistant Coaches).  Players must be in team warm-up/uniform to enter playing venue.  Wristbands are not given to Team Reps, Managers, or Chaperones.

General Admission

Tickets and passes (wristbands) are sold in Rm 120 at the America Center starting at 7am Friday February 22, 2019.  $10 per day, or $25 for a 3 day weekend pass.

Warmup Ball Rental

A very limited supply of warm-up balls may be reserved for warm-up use during the event.  A Driver's License or other form of Valid ID will be necessary to reserve a set.

USAV High Performance Tryout (Tentative)

USAV will be hosting a Boys Indoor High Performance Tryout Thursday February 21, 2019 at the America Center from 4-8pm CST.  For more information and Registration, click here!

Things to Do Around St. Louis

Here you can link to our visitors guide for the event. You can find things to do around the city and also discounts that are offered exclusively for our volleyball attendees only. Safe travels and see you soon: