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Dennis Lafata Boys National Bid Event

2019 Dennis Lafata Gateway Boys Bid Classic

Returning to the America Center in St. Louis - Friday thru Sunday, February 22nd thru the 24th, 2019

2019 Information will be posted when it becomes available!

Click here for final 2018 Results!

2019 Information will be posted when it becomes available!

February 23-25, 2018

  • 2018 Tournament Registration opens October 1, 2017
  • 2018 Housing Registration opens September 1, 2017
  • Open Divisions Offered: U14, U15, U16, U17, U18 ( 3 bids each for U14 & U15.  4 bids each for U16-U18)
  • USA Divisions Offered: U16-U18 (New Bid Division for BJNC - original 3 bids augmented to 4 bids each, on February 6, 2018)
  • Club Divisions Offered: U12 (2 day), U13/14, 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: Tuesday January 23, 2018
Final Entry Deadline: Sunday February 4, 2018
Final AES Roster Deadline: Wednesday February 21, 2018

Entry Fee: $650/team (Additional $50 if after late entry deadline)
Entry Process: Advanced Event Systems (AES) Tourney is listed as 18 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic.
Team Check-in U13-U18s: Thursday February 22, 2018 -  3-9pm
Team Check-in U12s: Thursday February 22, 2018 -  3-9pm (or Friday Feb 23rd by appointment)
There is no late check-in.  ALL TEAMS must check-in the day before competition.

First day AM Playing Waves: All 18s, 16s, 12s.
First day PM Playing Waves: All 17s, 15s, 14s, 13s.

This 2018 festival is a Stay & Play Event

Click here for Hotels reservations through AES - reservations open September 1, 2017
Hotels will be continually added.
Contact info for hotels: Scott McQueen, or 1-317-839-5222 ext 116

2018 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 as early Thursday February 22, 2018 between 5-7pm. $10 per day, or $25 for a 3 day weekend pass.

Warmup Ball Rental

A very limited supply of warm-up balls may be reserved for warm-up use during the event.  A Driver's License or other form of Valid ID will be necessary to reserve a set.

USAV High Performance Tryout

USAV will be hosting a Boys Indoor High Performance Tryout Thursday February 22, 2018 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: