Winter Classic Volleyball tournament set to return


Brady McGuire and Sam Himrod

The Winter Classic Volleyball tournament is coming back. Here is everything that you need to know about the tournament.

The tournament will take place on December 22, 2022, the half-day before holiday break. It will run during periods two through nine. The tournament was brought back by the junior class officers and proceeds will go to the junior class funds.

“From team registrations, we will make, hopefully, $1000 if all 20 teams sign up,” said Junior Class President Isabelle Dutkovic.

The encouraging thing for the junior class was that 19 of the 20 team spots were filled as soon as registration opened up.

Also, classes that would like to come down and watch the Winter Classic are invited and any class that attends will have to pay an entrance fee of five dollars.

In order to compete in the tournament, players must meet the guidelines of the tournament. Players can not be double rostered meaning they must be on only one team. Players can’t have six absences in a class (excused or unexcused) or less than a C in any one of their classes. Players also may not have any behavioral disciplines including a Restricted List member, outstanding detentions, more than one In or Out-of School Suspension, and has not committed a Level 4 infraction.

The teams can consist of 6-8 players, but only 2 of those players can be boys or girls volleyball players. There is a maximum of 20 teams, and they will be broken up into two polls of ten teams each.

Gym A will be set up with two nets, allowing for four teams to play at a time.

“It will be an abbreviated round-robin play format. The games will be played in 15 minute intervals, so it won’t be necessarily to a score, it will be whoever wins after 15 minutes,” Mr. Paul Stadelman, math teacher and boys varsity volleyball head coach, said.

Points will be awarded based on wins, and also if a team in a poll beats a team in the opposing poll, giving teams a rooting interest when not on the court.

The top eight teams with the highest points scored at the end of round-robin play will advance to the next round, in which it is single loss elimination from that point forward.

“We encourage teams to dress up in team costumes or uniforms” said Mrs. Mindy Thiel, history teacher and activities director.

“There might be some special prizes given away for best costume team, most spirited team” Thiel said.

When asked about a prize for the winning team, Mr. Stadelman gave a simple answer, “Bragging rights.”

“I think the students should know that this is meant to be a thing to reward them for all of their work so far this school year,” Mr. Stadelman said.