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Dennis Lafata Boys National Bid Event

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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2022 Tournament Information

NEW for 2022 - 15 USA Bid Divsion - 4 Bids Tentatively Available

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 shyu@gatewayvb.org

Late Entry Deadline: January 1, 2022
Final Entry Deadline: February 9, 2022
Final AES Roster Deadline: February 9, 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, 2021 at 5pm CST
Team In-Person Check-in: Thursday 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: TBD
First day PM Playing Waves: TBD

This 2022 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

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

Exact Pricing TBD.  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 winters@gatewayvb.org

Practice Court Rental

TBD - Limited courts may be available as we near 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: https://explorestlouis.com/capitol-sports-special-offers/

2022 Bids and Minimum Field Sizes

Boys 18s Open Division – 4 Open Bids – Min 18 teams
Boys 18s USA Division – 5 USA Bids – Min 22 teams
Boys 17s Open Division – 4 Open Bids – Min 18 teams
Boys 17s USA Division – 5 USA Bids – Min 22 teams
Boys 16 Open Division – 4 Open Bids – Min 18 teams
Boys 16 USA Division – 5 USA Bids – Min 22 teams
Boys 15 Open Division – 3 Open Bids – Min 14 teams
NEW for 2022 - Boys 15 USA Division - Proposed 4 Bids - Min 18 teams
Boys 14 Open Division – 3 Open Bids – Min 14 teams
Boys 14 USA Division – 4 USA Bids – Min 18 teams


Event Check-In

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 Friday February 11, 2022 between 3-9pm (CST) 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 Tuesday February 8, 2022
Online Check in Closes 5:00pm (CST) Thursday February 10, 2022

In-Person Team Credential pick-up: Friday February 11, 2021 - 3-9pm (CST) Teams that experience last minute changes after completing online check-in will need to  manually update their roster at championship desk and pickup credentials between 3-9pm in the Convention Center.

There is no late check-inALL TEAMS must complete check-in either online or make final changes in-person on Friday February 11, 2022 between 3-9pm.

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" 22 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.

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College Coaches

There are  spots for college coaches to attend  - just register within University Athlete.

National Referee And Advancement Clinic

The National Referee Clinic will not be offered this 2021 season.  It will likely return for the 2022 event.


2022 Foreign Paperwork will be posted when released by USAV

Foreign Teams Forms, Policies, & Procedures - 2021 Instructions here for reference

The 21-22 international documents will be posted when then become available from USAV.  Below are the documents for the 20-21 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