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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.

2022 Dennis Lafata Gateway Boys Bid Classic

Our 2022 event will return to the weekend before President's day - Saturday thru Monday February 12-14, 2022

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2021 Tournament Information

February 5-7, 2021

  • 2021 Tournament Registration opens October 1, 2020
  • 2021 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) dependent on future Covid-19 Protocol.
  • For more information e-mail

Late Entry Deadline: January 4, 2021
Final Entry Deadline: January 31, 2021
Final AES Roster Deadline: February 3, 2021

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 21 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic.

Team Online Check-in: Opens Monday February 1, 2021 at 12am.  Closes Wednesday February 3, 2021 at 6pm CST
Team In-Person Check-in: Thursday February 4, 2021 - 3-9pm CST

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

First day 8:00 AM Playing Waves: 15, 16, 17, 18 Open; 12s (Saturday)
First day 12:30 PM Playing Waves: 14, 18 USA; 14 Open; 17/18 Club
First day 5:00 PM Playing Waves: 17 USA, 16 USA

This 2021 festival is a Stay & Play Event

Hotel Link will be posted here once available.
Hotels will be continually added.
Contact info for hotels: Scott McQueen, or 1-317-839-5222 ext 116

2021 Playing Site

America Center
701 Convention Plaza
St Louis, MO 63101

Team Admission

Registered teams may roster 12 players, 2 coaches, and 2 officiating personnel.  A hard maximum of 16 persons per roster. 

General Admission

As of January 21, 2021, the City of St. Louis has not given an answer regarding spectators.  We are forging ahead under the assumption that spectators will not be allowed.  Baller TV will provide streaming for the event.  Information may be found here:  

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 Wednesday February 3, 2021 at 6pm.  Contact Brittney

Practice Court Rental

Due to efforts to minimize foot traffic, there are no practices allowed before this event.

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: