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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.

2023 Dennis Lafata Gateway Boys Bid Classic

Our 2023 event will return to the weekend before President's day - Saturday thru Monday February 11-13, 2023

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2022 Tournament Information

February 12-14, 2022

  • 2022 Tournament Registration opens October 1, 2020
  • 2022 Housing Registration opens September 1, 2020
  • Open Divisions Offered: U14, U15, U16, U17, U18)
  • USA Divisions Offered: U14, U16, U17, U18
  • Club Divisions Offered: U11/12, U13/14, U15/16, U17/18
  • 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: January 1, 2022
Final Entry Deadline: February 9, 2022
Final AES Roster Deadline: February 10, 2022

Entry Fee: $725/team - $525/team for 12U - (Additional $50 if after late entry deadline)
Entry Process: Advanced Event Systems (AES) Tourney is listed as 22 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic.

Team Online Check-in: Opens Tuesday February 8, 2022 at 12am.  Closes Thursday February 10, 2022 at 5pm CST
Team In-Person Check-in: Friday February 11, 2022 - 3-9pm CST

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

First day AM Playing Waves: All Opens, 11/12s, 14 & 17 USA
First day PM Playing Waves:  15, 16, & 18 USA, 17/18 Club

This 2022 festival is a Stay & Play Event

Hotels will be continually added.
Contact info for hotels: Scott McQueen, or 1-317-839-5222 ext 116

2022 Playing Site

America Center
701 Convention Plaza
St Louis, MO 63101

Team Admission

Registered teams may roster up to 15 players, and 3 coaches.  Players get in free.  Credentials will only be issued for up to 3 rostered coaches.  Coaches that appear on multiple rosters will not be issued additional credentials.

General Admission

$35 for a 3-day pass.  $15 for a 1-day pass.  Passes go on sale at 7am Sat-Mon in Rm 120 of the convention center.  3-day passes may also be purchased cash-only on Friday at Championship Desk between 3-9pm CST.  Baller TV will provide streaming for the event.

Warmup Ball Rental

A very limited supply of warm-up balls will be provided for warm-up use during the event.  First emailed - first reserved.  A $300 deposit will be necessary to use a set of 6 balls.  A $50 charge for each lost ball will be incurred.  The final day to reserve balls is Thursday February 10, 2022 at 5pm.  Contact Brittney

Practice Court Rental

Limited courts are available Friday February 11, 2022 at $20/hr.

Food Options Around St. Louis

Here you can link to a field guide for the event. You can find  discounts that are offered exclusively for our volleyball attendees only.  Safe travels and see you soon:

Downtown Parking

A PDF map of parking is below, or you may follow this link to an interactive map of the downtown area to locate parking garages for the weekend: