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Dennis Lafata Boys National Bid Event

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!


Bids and Trickle Downs

Bids will be posted once USAV send allocations for the 20-21 season.  Available Bids from the 19-20 event are listed below.

14 Open - 3 Bids that trickle as low as 6th Place (16 teams)
15 Open - 3 Bids that trickle as low as 10th Place (25 teams)
16 Open - 4 Bids that trickle as low as 11th Place (28 teams)
17 Open - 4 Bids that trickle as low as 10th Place (26 teams)
18 Open - 4 Bids that trickle as low as 12th Place (30 teams)
14 USA - 4 Bids that trickle as low as 10th Place (26 teams)
16 USA - 5 Bids that trickle as low as 16th Place (59 teams)
17 USA - 5 Bids that trickle as low as 16th Place (42 teams)
18 USA - 5 Bids that trickle as low as 16th Place (71 teams)

1st-3rd place awards in every Gold division.


Event Check-In Reminder

Online Check-in!
Clubs/Teams may choose to check their teams in online to save time.  A representative of the team will still need to stop by the Convention Center Thursday February 4, 2021 between 3-9pm to pickup coach wristbands and sign off on bid intent.  Teams that check-in online are doing so with the knowledge that they may NOT make any updates to their rosters once online check-in is complete without a $25 penalty.

Online Check in Opens 12:00am Monday February 1, 2021
Online Check in Closes 11:59pm Wednesday February 3, 2021

In-Person Team Check-in: Thursday February 4, 2021 - 3-9pm
Teams that choose not to check their teams in online will be required to manually check-in their teams and pickup wristbands between 3-9pm in the Convention Center.

There is no late check-inALL TEAMS must complete check-in either online or in-person on Thursday February 4, 2021 between 3-9pm.

University Athlete

To see a list of college coaches that have pre-registered to attend this event, please follow this link: https://universityathlete.com/#/attending/20056


Molten - Official Ball Sponsor


National Referee And Advancement Clinic

A National Referee Clinic will be hosted by Gateway Region at the Dennis Lafata Boys National Bid Event on Friday February 5, 2021 at the America's Center in Downtown St. Louis.  Click on the link below to access info and registration.

https://www.volleyballreftraining.com/events_ref_clinics.php

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 shyu@gatewayvb.org

Late Entry Deadline: January 4, 2021
Final Entry Deadline: January 31, 2021
Final AES Roster Deadline: January 31, 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 11:59pm
Team In-Person Check-in: Thursday February 4, 2021 - 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: TBA
First day 2:30 PM Playing Waves: TBA

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, smcqueen@capitolsportscenter.com or 1-317-839-5222 ext 116

2021 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 5, 2020.  $15 per day, or $35 for a 3 day weekend pass.  Cash-only purchases may be made at the Tournament Desk Thursday February 4, 2021 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 Thursday February 4, 2021.  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 Thursday February 4, 2021 at the America Center from 4-8pm CST.  Information and registration link will be posted here when available.

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:  https://explorestlouis.com/dlgbc/

How to Register

  1. Go to Advanced Event Systems to register your team and club.
  2. Click on Add Club if you are a new user. If you already have a password and username, skip to step 4. If not, fill out the club info and hit the submit button.
  3. Next, fill out the Club Director info, creating a username and password and making sure to keep your username and password in an accessible spot for future use.
  4. Enter your username and password and login.
  5. Click on Staff, then "Add New Staff." Enter the information, and hit the submit button.
  6. Click on Players, then "Add New Players." Enter the information, and hit the submit button. Repeat for all players.
  7. Click on Teams from the list on the left.
  8. Click on Add New Teams, enter info, and submit information.
  9. Click on your new team, and then on "Add/Update Staff." Click on "Add New Staff" and choose from the pull down list the available names and hit submit.
  10. Go back to "Teams," click on the selected team, and then on "Add/Update Team Players." Choose from the pull down list of available names and hit submit. Continue until all team players are added.
  11. Click on "Enter Events." Hit the "Register" 21 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic.
  12. Select the division from the pull down list that you wish to enter your team and click on "Register Teams."
  13. Make sure you update your results under the results section!
  14. Contact AES Housing at 1-800-476-0060 x18 for rooms to ensure that you meet the Stay to Play requirement of 12 room nights per team.
  15. Event staff will send out broadcast emails to inform you of other information and steps as they come available. The checks and registration form can be sent to Gateway Region Volleyball; 5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd  Suite 265; Hazelwood, MO 63042.

Foreign Teams Forms, Policies, & Procedures

The 20-21 international documents will be posted when then become available from USAV.  Below are the documents for the 19-20 season for foreign teams to have an idea of what their process will be.

The first three forms below outline the policies and procedures to be completed by foreign teams that wish to participate in this Boys Bid Event.  The last two forms are part of the paperwork to be filled out and returned to our Region office, along with additional required forms for each player and coach.  Forms may be scanned/PDF'd and emailed to Linus Shyu at shyu@gatewayvb.org.  Insurance Fees may be paid online - requests may be electronically invoiced.

Forms and fees may also be mailed to:

Gateway Region Volleyball
5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd. Suite 265
Hazelwood, MO 63042