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Dennis Lafata Bid Classic


February 12-14, 2022: 12s-18s | Open & Club

America's Center - St. Louis, MO



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

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-in.  ALL TEAMS must be checked in before the first day of competition.

First day 8 AM Playing Waves
All Opens
14 and 17 USA

First day 230PM Playing Waves: 
15, 16, and 18 USA
17/18 Club


This year's Dennis Lafata Gateway Boys Festival Bid Event will be using Advanced Event Systems for its registration process. AES will be the website that is the choice of USA JNC Girls Championship, National Qualifiers, Regional’s, and many other events throughout the country.

  1. Go to Advanced Event Systems to register your team and club.
  2. Click on Create Account if you are a new user. If you already have a username and password, skip to step 4.
  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. Once logged in, add players & staff by clicking on the appropriate link. AES integrated with USAV’s Webpoint system, if your region uses Webpoint, WE HIGHLY recommend using the USAV Import link. (This will save you time)
  6. Click Teams – add teams
  7. Enter events – you will build your roster after you select the event, division(s) per team – then click BUILD ROSTER.
  8. Click on continue.
  9. Check the entry form box and click print entry form.
  10. Print form, sign, and send in with check or credit card information to Capitol Sports Center, 1915 Gladden Road, Plainfield, IN 46168.
  11. Make sure that USAV rosters for each team gets updated by the roster deadline date!

The Capitol Sports Center staff will send out broadcast emails to inform you of other information and steps as they come available.

Entry fees must be received with completed entry form to be accepted into the tournament by January 5, 2021. This event is open to all teams USAV, JVA, or AAU, however, rosters do need to be submitted online by the roster deadline.


  • Tournament held in St. Louis, MO
  • Paid referees on all matches
  • Guaranteed 7 matches
  • Admission is $15/day and $35 for a 3 day pass
  • Entry Fee: $725 ($500 12 Boys Select) 
  • Entry Deadline: February 5, 2021
  • Roster Deadline: February 5, 2021
  • Make checks payable to:
       Gateway Region Office (New Temporary Address)
    • 5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd. STE 265, Hazlewood, MO 63042
  • Tournament Contact:
  • Hotels Contact: Scott McQueen -



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

Stay to Play and Save Policy

What does this mean for you?

In order to participate in the Dennis Lafata Gateway Boys Festival Bid Event, each out-of-town team must get rooms from the AES Approved hotel block. There are two easy ways to do this:

  1. Call us at 1-800-476-0060 ext 118 and we will help you with our personable and helpful staff led by Chris, our housing director.
  2. Go online to and click on the appropriate event.
    • Click on the appropriate hotel.
    • Click on club/team/parents – book here
    • Select state and check box of appropriate club, and then appropriate teams.
    • Continue making reservation. It WILL be important that each room in the block attribute their room to the appropriate team.

Housing will open on Wednesday, September 1st at 9 AM Eastern time. You will be able to go online and book on or call us at 800-476-0060 ext. 118.  Please be patient as our call volume is expected to be high.  Please leave us a voicemail or send an e-mail for assistance and we will respond at our earliest convenience. 

Teams can make room blocks or make individual reservations, it is up to what each club’s preference is and what is the easiest process for those groups. We are here to help and to make this process as easy as possible.

How does Stay to Play and Save benefit you?

  1. Hotel Prices
    First and foremost, hotel prices have been driven down. We have prices from as low as $69-$79 for non-downtown hotels and have seen dramatic decreases for our downtown hotels as well.
  2. Practice Balls
    The ability to leave practice balls at home allows for great savings. Teams that are flying in pay as much as $50-$100 to bring practice balls. We will now be able to have balls available for check out at the tournament desk. Two forms of ID will need to be left in order to take advantage of this benefit, but will be returned when the balls are returned. Please register before by emailing Scott McQueen at to take advantage of this savings. If you do not pre-register, it will be based on availability.
  3. Coupons and discounts at local restaurants and shopping attractions
    With an increased commitment to the city and its hotels, we have been able to receive more opportunities for savings at various shops, restaurants, and local attractions that before would not have been available.

For discounts, please click here.

2022 Recruiting Combine

Championship Combines


Don't miss this great boy's volleyball recruiting combine - In partnership with the Dennis Lafata Classic - Combine is on Feb 11th!

About this event

Championship Combines, in partnership with the Dennis Lafata Gateway Bid Classic, is proud to present the 2022 Dennis Lafata Classic Boy's Recruiting Combine!



  • February 11th from 6:30 p. to 8:00 p.m. 
  • America's Center Convention Complex, St. Louis, MO
  • Open to any high school age male volleyball player.
  • In Full Partnership with The Dennis Lafata Gateway Bid Classic!
  • This is a VIDEO COMBINE - All players/drill/play will be filmed and recorded.
  • The recording link and player contact information will be sent to every Men's College Volleyball program in the USA!
  • A Recruiting Education Talk will be provided by a former 3 time NCAA Division I Men's All American and 15 year Division I head coach.
  • Cost is $109.00.


We will invite Men's College Volleyball coaches from the greater midwest region, BUT because of the limited budgets of Men's College Volleyball programs and the Men's Volleyball season being in their competitive season this is a Video Combine


We will be sending the recording link and all player contact information to every college volleyball program in the USA to provide maximum exposure to the players of the Dennis LaFata Classic Boy's Recruiting Combine.


Player check in begins at 5:30 p.m. and each registered player will be assigned a bib number; this bib number is how college coaches will identify the players on the video and match their name to their contact information.


COVID protocols will be sent to registered players/families as needed.


**No refunds will be provided within 48 hours of the Combine or post Combine - Refunds will not include fee per policy***

Click the link to register:

Colleges that Attended the 2020 Dennis Lafata Gateway Boy's Bid Classic

Alderson Broaddus University MBU
Augustana Mckendree University
Ball State Millikin University
Belmount Abbey College Mount Union Nazarene University
Calumet College Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Cardinal Stritch University New York University
Carthage College North Central College
CMU North Park University
Concordia University Chicago Purdue Fort Wayne
Concordia University Wisconsin Rockford University
Culver-Stockton College Rockrond University
Cumberland University Saint Xavier
Eastern Nazarene Spring Hill College
Frontbonne University Springfield College
Greenville University St Louis College of Pharmacy
Harvard University St. Ambrose University
Illinois College STL
Illinois Wesleyan University Trine University
Indiana Tech Trinity
Lakeland University UC San Diego
Lewit University University of Mount Union
Lindenwood Wabash College
Maryville University Wittenberg University


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