2019 Wrap-Up Letter

Coaches and Club Directors,

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2019 Lakeshore Volleyfest AAU Super Regional! This year we had 470 teams competing in 24 divisions on 84 courts throughout the Grand Rapids area. Over the two days we try to get as many teams as possible to play at DeVos Place—where we have 38 courts under one roof—but unfortunately we just can’t get every team there.

Congratulations to the winners of each division! Each of these teams will receive a free entry into the AAU National Championships being held in Orlando, Florida on June 17-28, 2019.  Volleyfest is one of only a handful of tournaments that are able to offer 4 free entries per age group due to the large number of teams participating. Also, the 2nd place team in each Open division will receive a check for $450 from Volleyfest unless the first place team had already won a free entry, in which case the free entry is passed on to the 2nd place team.

Hopefully you have had the opportunity to watch some of the matches that were live streamed over the weekend. We now have the ability to Livestream matches on 6 courts, all at no charge to anyone that wants to view the matches. All of the matches will be available to view indefinitely as we do not remove them from our live streaming account. Over the two days we were able to show 120 matches total. Not only has this been fun for players to go back and watch themselves after they get home but it also allows family and friends back home to watch the matches if they were not able to attend Volleyfest. Even if your team didn’t get a chance to play on these courts, there’s still a lot of good volleyball to go back and watch!

Go to : https://livestream.com/isovb

Be sure to check out the Volleyfest website, as there are links to many of our sponsors and helpful information for any athlete looking to play in college. In addition to our partnership with Captain U we have also started using University Athlete this year. Both of these are very helpful in the recruiting process.

Volleyfest website: http://insideoutvolleyball.org/lakeshorevolleyfest/

Thank you to all of the teams that were able to book their rooms through PSE Event Housing . Using PSE is going to enable us to get more rooms under contract for future years, ensuring more availability but also reasonable pricing. I know that some clubs have had issues finding enough rooms even though each of the last few years Grand Rapids has added 300-400 rooms with the addition of new hotels.

The dates for Volleyfest for 2020 will be April 25 & 26, with registration opening up on AES in early October. We appreciate everyone’s support over the years and hope that you will choose to make Volleyfest a part of your team’s schedule for 2020. If any club directors or coaches have suggestions on how to improve the event, please pass those thoughts along to us.

Thanks to everyone that participated, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Rick Rykse – Tournament Director

Adam Rykse – Co-Tournament Director