Saturday Start Times
All Open (Boys)
15 USA Boys
11/12 Boys Club, 15/16 Boys Club, 17/18 Boys Club
18 USA, 17 USA, 16 USA, 14 USA Boys
13/14 Boys Club
10-12 Coed League Bid
18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13 Girls Bid
Late Entry Deadline: January 1, 2024
Final Entry Deadline: February 5, 2024
Final AES Roster Deadline: February 7, 2024
Entry Fee: $800/team - $600/team for 11/12U - (Additional $50 if after late entry deadline)
Entry Process: Advanced Event Systems (AES) Tourney is listed as 24 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic.
Team Online Check-in: Opens TBA Closes TBA
Team In-Person Check-in: Friday February 9, 2024 - 3-9pm CST
There is no late check-in. ALL TEAMS must be checked in before the first day of competition.
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.
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 1, 2024. This event is open to all teams USAV, JVA, or AAU, however, rosters do need to be submitted online by the roster deadline.
ADMISSION INFO – Dennis Lafata Classic 2024
Coaches / Parents / Spectators –
Thank you for attending the 2024 Dennis Lafata Classic in St. Louis. We will be using our traditional method for Admission in 2024. Everyone will be required to show a wristband for the weekend or for the day (except for players who only need to show their uniform). Wristbands will be available on Friday night from 3:00pm – 8:00pm at the Tournament Desk (inside Hall 3 at the Convention Center) and then available throughout the weekend in Room 120, which is in the Hallway Across from Hall 2. ONLY CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED ON FRIDAY NIGHT! SINGLE DAY PASSES ARE SOLD EVENT DAYS ONLY! Cash and credit cards will be accepted for wristband purchases on Saturday through Monday. Please be aware that credit card lines can become long. To avoid delays, we are recommending that everyone use cash to purchase wristbands when possible. The cash lines move much quicker and will not delay you in getting to your court. Admissions will open at 7:00am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning at the convention center.
Prices will be as follows:
1 Day Pass - $18
3 Day Pass - $45
12 and under are Free
We are advising everyone to always keep your wristband on. If you lose or forget it, you will be expected to purchase a new one.
We will NOT be offering an option to pay online in advance of the tournament. All wristbands will be sold at the event.
All games will be played in America’s Center – 701 Convention Plaza, St Louis, MO 63101
All other info for the event is listed on our website:
Chairs are provided around each court. Please do not bring your own chairs, as the convention center will not allow you to bring them in. There is also Parking Map link on our website above.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance and good luck to everyone!
Dennis Lafata Classic
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:
Housing will open on Friday, September 1st at 9 AM Eastern time. You will be able to go online and book on www.advancedeventsystems.com 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.
For discounts, please click here.
Dennis Lafata Recruiting Combine 2024
February 9th - 6:30 to 8 pm.
Please keep us in mind for any upcoming group transportation needs, especially last minute this month!
At your convenience, I look forward to discussing the 17 vehicles that currently make up our fleet:
please email - Brian @ email@example.com for more details!