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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.

2021 Dennis Lafata Gateway Boys Bid Classic

Our 2021 event will return to the weekend before President's day - Friday thru Sunday February 5-7, 2021

Click here for Final 2020 Results!
Click here for final 2019 Results!
Click here for final 2018 Results!

2020 Tournament Information

February 8-10, 2020

  • 2020 Tournament Registration opens October 1, 2019
  • 2020 Housing Registration opens September 1, 2019
  • Open Divisions Offered: U14, U15, U16, U17, U18 ( 3 bids each for U14 & U15.  4 bids each for U16-U18)
  • USA Divisions Offered: U14, U16, U17, U18 - (4 Bids for U14.  5 bids each for U16-18)
  • Club Divisions Offered: U12 (2 day), U13, U15
  • 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: Friday January 10, 2020
Final Entry Deadline: Monday February 3, 2020
Final AES Roster Deadline: Monday February 3, 2020

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 20 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic.

Team Online Check-in: Opens Monday February 3, 2020 at 12am.  Closes Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 11:59pm
Team In-Person Check-in: Friday February 7, 2020 - 3-9pm

There is no late check-inALL TEAMS must be checked in before the first day of competition.

First day 8:00 AM Playing Waves: All Open Divisions, 12C, 13C, 14U, 15C
First day 2:30 PM Playing Waves: 16-18U

This 2020 festival is a Stay & Play Event

Click here for Hotels reservations through AES - reservations open September 1, 2019
Hotels will be continually added.
Contact info for hotels: Scott McQueen, or 1-317-839-5222 ext 116

2020 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 Saturday February 8, 2020.  $10 per day, or $25 for a 3 day weekend pass.  Cash-only purchases may be made at the Tournament Desk Friday February 7, 2020 from 3-8pm.

Warmup Ball Rental

A very limited supply of warm-up balls will be provided for warm-up use during the event.  First come-first-served.  A Driver's License or other form of Valid ID will be necessary to use a set or 8 balls.  A $50 charge for each lost ball will be incurred.

Practice Court Rental

Teams may access practice court time between 3-8pm Friday Februrary 7, 2020.  Cost is $20.  Arrive with full team and check-in at Championship Desk to be assigned to a court.

USAV High Performance Tryout (Tentative)

USAV will be hosting a Boys Indoor High Performance Tryout Friday February 7, 2020 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: