JVA Announces 2017 Slate of Events
If the 2016 season was a "break through year for JVA events", the 2017 season is bound to be a game-changer! With that, here's our slate of JVA-hosted events for JVA's 10th Anniversary – the 2017 season.
To start off the season, we will head back to Ohio where we will host the 2nd annual JVA Rock 'n Rumble in Cleveland. After a successful first year, we expect to see some growth and estimate an attendance of nearly 300 teams. We will also end our slate of events in the Buckeye State with the 2nd annual JVA SummerFest in Columbus. We anticipate this event to turn into one of the premier pre-national events in the country, and a great season ender for those teams not going on to play in a June national championship.
With our success in 2016 in Ohio, we are adding one new event, the JVA Buckeye Battle, which will be held in Cincinnati over the last weekend in March. At the request of multiple member clubs that go with a full JVA schedule and do not participate in qualifiers, we needed an event in "qualifier season" centrally located in the Midwest. This will hopefully be the answer to those requests!
Okay, okay, enough with Ohio already! Moving up north to another new event for this season, we are very excited about JVA MKE Jamboree coming to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With our national office located in Milwaukee, it only feels right to host an event at "home". We are thrilled to partner with JVA clubs Minnesota Select, Milwaukee Sting, Wisconsin Volleyball Academy, Illini Elite, and Michigan Volleyball Academy to bring the JVA home for this event the first week in February.
2017 will be the 7th year that the JVA World Challenge has been a midyear championship, and we are thrilled to bring it back to Louisville where we look forward to hosting nearly 800 teams! We were last in Louisville in 2015 where we hosted 774 teams on 103 courts, after spending this past season in Kansas City where we sold out at 550 teams on 72 courts.
We believe this to be the premier mid-year recruiting event in the country, and we don't see that changing!
Also, remember Freedom Hall in 2009? We've got some arena ideas up our sleeve again for 2017!
Stay tuned for more info there...
And last, but definitely not least, is the event I must admit I am the most excited to get off the ground. For the first time in history, the JVA will be hosting an event on the west coast in Long Beach, California. The JVA West Coast Cup will be 3-day event hosted over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29th. We are stoked to announce partnerships that we saw as crucial in making this event happen. They are some of the best of the best, not only in the SoCal region, but nationally – JVA members WAVE, Tstreet, Coast, and Sunshine. Along with these 4 SoCal partner clubs, we will also be providing travel assistance and sending in 30 of the top teams from around the country: 6 teams in each age group 14s thru 18s.
"Tstreet is thrilled about the JVA coming to Long Beach. For SoCal volleyball clubs to have the opportunity to compete with so many high quality, prestigious clubs from across the country in our own backyard is fantastic. We can't wait to sign up!" shares Troy Tanner, Tstreet Volleyball Club Owner/Director.
The JVA sees this event becoming one of the premier events in the country.
Chris Tobolski from PrepVolleyball.com had this to say: "As a Southern California native, I have always hoped an event like this would happen here. Honestly, I am not sure what took so long. To see what the JVA is doing is not only groundbreaking, its remarkable to put together a first-year tournament with so much potential. The new Long Beach event could rival the best of the best. As not only a fan, but a national writer for PrepVolleyball.com, what more could you ask for?"
Registration for JVA events opens on AES October 3rd! We expect multiple events to sell-out, so register early!
Here's the line-up:
- JVA Rock 'n Rumble Presented by Rox Volleyball - Cleveland, OH (established in 2016)
January 21-22, 2017
estimate of 300 teams
- JVA MKE Jamboree - Milwaukee, WI (NEW EVENT)
February 4-5, 2017
estimate of 220 teams
- JVA Buckeye Battle - Cincinnati, OH (NEW EVENT)
March 25-26, 2017
estimate of 220 teams
- JVA World Challenge Presented by Rox Volleyball - Louisville, KY (established in 2010)
April 7-9, 2017
estimate of 800 teams
- JVA West Coast Cup - Long Beach, CA (NEW EVENT)
May 27-29, 2017
estimate of 250 teams for 2017
- JVA SummerFest Presented by Rox Volleyball - Columbus, OH (established in 2016)
June 3-4, 2017
estimate of 275 teams
All JVA hosted events are all-inclusive and teams from any affiliation can play and will be insured. AAU, USAV and JVA teams are all invited! For more information on JVA events, click here.
About the Author
Zach Colston has served as Director of Events for JVA since November 2014. He came onboard after gaining varied experiences with multiple junior volleyball clubs and collegiate programs. Since joining the JVA, Zach has been instrumental in adding new JVA events around the country.