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Nike Mid-East Qualifier

MEQ 2024 Dates

Date Age Groups Location Schedule
MEQ Indy:3/15-3/17/2024 16 Open, USA & Select; 17-18's Indianapolis, IN Schedule
MEQ STL:3/15-3/17/2024 11-13's; 16 Amer, Lib & Select St. Louis, MO Schedule
MEQ STL:3/22-3/24/2024 14's and 15's St. Louis, MO Schedule

Start Times

Start Times for day 1 of the MEQ. These are tentative, but we will do our best to stay within the general guidelines.

8 AM 
All Open Divisions
18 Liberty, 18 American
17 Liberty
16 Liberty
15 Liberty
14 Liberty
13 Liberty,
12 National, 12 USA
11 National

230 PM
18 USA
17 USA, 17 Select
16 USA, 16 American, 16 Select (STL)
15 USA, 15 American, 15 Select
14 USA, 14 Select
13 USA
12 American

8 AM or 230 PM  (depending on seeding)
17 American
16 Select (Indy: 3 pools in AM, 13 pools in PM) 
14 American
13 American (over half of the pools will be AM)

 

Contact

If you have any questions regarding this tournament, please contact Scott McQueen.

Registration

MEQ will be using Advanced Event Systems for its registration process. AES will be the website that is the choice of USA JNC Girls Championship, many other qualifiers (including MEQ) and regional tournaments around the nation for registering teams.

  1. Go to Advanced Event Systems to register your team and club.
  2. Click on Add Club if you are a new user. If you already have a password and username, skip to step 4. If not, fill out the club info and hit the submit button.
  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. Click on Staff, then "Add New Staff." Enter the information, and hit the submit button.
  6. Click on Players, then "Add New Players." Enter the information, and hit the submit button. Repeat for all players.
  7. Click on Teams from the list on the left.
  8. Click on Add New Teams, enter info, and submit information.
  9. Click on your new team, and then on "Add/Update Staff." Click on "Add New Staff" and choose from the pull down list the available names and hit submit.
  10. Go back to "Teams," click on the selected team, and then on "Add/Update Team Players." Choose from the pull down list of available names and hit submit. Continue until all team players are added.
  11. Click on "Enter Events." Hit the "Register" button for the weekend of MEQ that you are wanting to play.
  12. Select the division from the pull down list that you wish to enter your team and click on "Register Teams."
  13. Make sure you update your results under the results section!
  14. Contact AES Housing at 1-800-476-0060 x118 for rooms to ensure that you meet the Stay to Play requirement of 15 room nights per team.
  15. The Capitol Sports Center staff will send out broadcast emails to inform you of other information and steps as they come available. The checks and registration form can be sent to Capitol Sports Center, 1915 Gladden Road, Plainfield, Indiana, 46168.

Basic Info

Fact Sheet

Tournaments Offered 

Entry Fees

Entry Deadline

Team Selection

Bid Refusal and Notification

Competition Format

Competition General Info/Rules/Regulations

Coaches Meeting

Referees

Coaches Certification

Admission

Manuals

 

Fact Sheet

Within the MEQ there are numerous tournaments. These tournaments are the following divisions: Open, National (12& Under Only), USA, Liberty & American. These divisions are then divided into tournaments by age group (18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12). All tournaments are for girl's teams.

Tournaments Offered

OPEN DIVISION TOURNAMENT
(18 & UNDER AGE GROUP)

This tournament is limited to 48 teams. Up to 3 bids per tournament are available to this Open Division of the 2024 Mideast Qualifier provided 8 teams enter this tournament. The actual number of bids is contingent on the number of entries per tournament:

Open Teams (18 & Under Age Group)
  • 16 to 48 teams entered = 3 bids
  • 12 to 15 teams entered = 2 bids
  • 8 to 11 teams entered = 1 bid
  • Less than 8 teams entered = 0 bids

OPEN DIVISION TOURNAMENTS
(17, 16, 15, 14 & UNDER AGE GROUPS)

These tournaments are limited to 48 teams per each age group. Up to 3 bids per tournament are available to the Open Division of the 2024 Mideast Qualifier provided 8 teams enter this tournament. The actual number of bids is contingent on the number of entries per tournament:

Open Teams (17, 16, 15, 14 & Under Age Groups)
  • 24 to 48 teams entered = 3 bids
  • 16 to 23 teams entered = 2 bids
  • 8 to 15 teams entered = 1 bid
  • Less than 8 teams entered = 0 bids

OPEN DIVISION TOURNAMENT
(13 & UNDER AGE GROUP)

This tournament is limited to 48 teams. Up to 2 bids per tournament are available to this 13 Open Division of the 2024 Mideast Qualifier provided 6 teams enter this tournament. The actual number of bids is contingent on the number of entries per tournament:

Open Teams (13 & Under Age Group)
  • 12 to 48 teams entered = 2 bids
  • 6 to 11 teams entered = 1 bid
  • Less than 6 teams entered = 0 bids

NATIONAL DIVISION TOURNAMENT
(11, 12 & UNDER AGE GROUPS)

This tournament is limited to 128 teams. One bid is available to the National Division of the 2024 Mideast Qualifier provided 8 teams enter this tournament.

USA DIVISION TOURNAMENTS
(18 & UNDER AGE GROUP)

This tournament is limited to 48 teams. Up to 3 bids per tournament are available to the USA Divisions of the 2024 Mideast Qualifier provided 8 teams enter each tournament. The actual number of bids is contingent on the number of entries per tournament:

USA Teams (18 & Under Age Group)
  • 24 to 128 teams entered = 3 bids
  • 16 to 23 teams entered = 2 bids
  • 8 to 15 teams entered = 1 bid
  • Less than 8 teams entered = 0 bids

USA DIVISION TOURNAMENTS
(17, 16, 15, 14, 13 & UNDER AGE GROUPS)

These tournaments are limited to 128 teams per group. Up to 2 bids per tournament are available to the USA Divisions of the 2024 Mideast Qualifier provided 8 teams enter each tournament. The actual number of bids is contingent on the number of entries per tournament:

USA Teams (13 & Under Age Group)
  • 24 to 128 teams entered = 3 bids
  • 16 to 23 teams entered = 2 bids
  • 8 to 15 teams = 1 bid
  • Less than 8 teams = 0
USA Teams (17, 16, 15, 14 & Under Age Groups)
  • 24 to 128 teams entered = 3 bids
  • 16 to 23 teams entered = 2 bids
  • 8 to 15 teams entered = 1 bid
  • Less than 8 teams entered = 0 bids

Liberty Division (13-18's) 

  • less than 8 teams = 0 bids
  • 8-15 teams = 1 bid
  • 15-128 = 2 bids

AMERICAN DIVISION TOURNAMENTS
(18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12 & UNDER AGE GROUPS)

These tournaments are limited to 128 teams per group. One bid per tournament is available to the American Division of the 2024 Mideast Qualifier provided 8 teams enter each tournament.

If either field size of the 12 & under National and American Divisions does not meet the above minimums then the divisions will be combined and called the National Division. If this combined National Division has 16 or more teams, then it will retain both bids with the first bid going to the National Division at GJNC and 2nd bid going to the American division at GJNC. IF the combined National Division has less than 16 teams, then it will receive one bid for the National Divsion at GJNC provided 8 teams are entered in the combined National Division.

SELECT DIVISION TOURNAMENTS
(17, 16, 15, 14, 11, 10 & UNDER AGE GROUPS)

Select Divisions are NON-bid divisions and are comparable to the American level of play. The Select Division does, however, allow for foreign teams as well as waivered players.

Entry Fees

  • $865

NOTE - A cash deposit is no longer necessary to enter in Open tournaments at Qualifiers. In the case of an open team obtaining a bid to the JNC but does not use the bid, the team's club, director and coach(es) will not be allowed participation in any Qualifier for the following season.

Entry Deadline

 ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS will be given after January 1st or after a division fills, which ever comes first.

Team Selection, Bid Refusal & Notification

Immediately after the deadline, all teams will be notified of their acceptance to the event.  It is strongly advised that each team submit any and all results to date, by the entry deadline. Teams with results on file are considered first. The following criteria will be used by the Competition Committee of the Youth & Junior Division of USA Volleyball to determine the field:

OPEN, NATIONAL, USA, & AMERICAN TEAMS

  • Date that the completed entry application is received by the Qualifier. This includes being registered on AES, payment being received by Capitol Sports Center, and the housing requirement being fulfilled on AES (This INCLUDES having individual rooms picked up within the block and attributed to appropriate teams).

Teams are cautioned about making non-refundable travel plans prior to the acceptance date. Teams are, however, encouraged to make housing plans early.

Competition Format / Coaches Meeting

All teams should be prepared to play at 8 am local time on Friday, March 15th or 22nd. Actual start times will be communicated after the entry deadline. All competition is projected to be completed by 4:00 PM on the final day. Required team check-in will run from 3-9:00 PM local time on the Thursday, March 14th or Thursday, March 21st . Rosters are due online Wednesday, March 13th for Week 1 teams. For Week 2 teams they are due by Wednesday, March 20th. Sites of the meetings will be at the Americas Center (St. Louis)/Indiana Convention Center(Indy). All formats and seeding will be as designated by the YJND Competition Committee.

Competition General Info/Rules/Regulations

  • No outside food, coolers, noise makers, music amplifiers, chairs, or unapproved signs are allowed in the facility.
  • Tickets are TBA daily and TBA for a 3 day pass.  
  • No ball handling is allowed in the halls or on the concrete.
  • Bags should not be left unattended in the hallways as security will confiscate them.

Referees

Up referees will be supplied for all matches. Teams will be required to supply down referees, line judges and scorekeepers.  Down officials for all ages need to be rostered adults.

Coaches Certification

As in the case with the Junior National Championships, everyone listed on a roster as a coach is required to be IMPACT level and SafeSport certified. To obtain information on becoming properly certified, contact the junior rep of your region.

Admission - 2024

Thank you for attending the 2024 Mid East Qualifier. 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 Thursday from 3:00pm – 7:00pm in Room 120 (outside Hall 3 at the Convention Center) and then available throughout the weekend in that same room. Day passes will only be available on the day of use and the color will change each day. Admissions will open (for weekend and day passes) at 6:45am on Friday, Saturday, Sunday morning at the convention center.

Prices will be as follows:

1 Day Pass -$18

3 Day Pass - $45

12 and under are Free

Please Note: 3 days passes will only be sold on Thursday and Friday. 1 day passes will only be sold on the day for purchase (i.e. Saturday one day passes will only be sold on Saturday)

 

Required Check-In

MEQ Indy (16 Open, USA, Select; 17-18s) - Check in is between 3 PM and 9 PM on Thursday night, March 14th, 2024 at the convention center in Hall F. This is mandatory for all teams. Please make sure that your rosters are correct as written in corrections will not be accepted. Any parent or coach can do this. This is however when arm bands will be passed out for coaches on the roster and it is the responsibility of the check in person to get the right amount of arm bands. Arm bands will not be passed out at any other time than at check in. If a coach loses or forgets to grab one at check in, it is their responsibility and will have to purchase one to get in. Only head coaches and assistant coaches will get wrist bands. Wristbands do need to be on your wrist to get entry. Medical release forms will NOT be checked. Please however make sure a coach has access to the medical release forms for all athletes during the event. 

MEQ STL (11-13's; 16 American, Liberty and Select)- Check in will take place at the America Center (convention center) on Thursday, March 14th from 3-9pm.

MEQ STL (14s-15s)- Check in will take place at the America Center (convention center) on Thursday, March 21st from 3-9pm. 

All teams MUST be checked in before playing and there will be no check-in the morning that play begins. PLEASE PLAN YOUR TRAVEL AROUND THE CHECK-IN TIMES! THIS IS MANDATORY FOR ALL TEAMS! THERE IS NO AM CHECK-IN!

Stay to Play and Save Policy

The Mid•East Qualifier this year is happy to announce its implementation of the Stay to Play and Save policy. Although, this policy has been highly controversial in the volleyball community, it has become necessary to help combat hotels driving prices higher and higher. Over the years, we have had anywhere between 80 and 90 percent of our participants using rooms from the AES list. Unfortunately, as our tournament has grown, rates for downtown hotels have risen to astronomical prices. The best defense we have against these high prices, is to go to the Stay to Play and Save Policy.

What does this mean for you?

In order to participate in the Mideast Qualifier, 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 Anita and Hannah.
  2. Go online to www.advancedeventsystems.com/hotels 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 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.

How does Stay to Play and Save benefit you?

  1. Hotel Prices
    First and foremost, hotel prices have been driven down. We have seen dramatic decreases for our downtown hotels as well.
  2. 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.

Visitor Information

Indianapolis:

INDIANA CONVENTION CENTER

100 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Transportation    Dining     Things To Do

 

Gate Ten Parking: GATE TEN is 100 ft. South of Lucas Oil Stadium. Our prime parking location and events facility is in the “Heart” of the Indianapolis Action. We have space for over 3,000 vehicles and offer a FLAT RATE* daily parking fee, with entry and exit privileges and overnight parking is included in daily rate.

A link will be posted here once it is available. 

Gate TEN Parking

345 West McCarty St. Indianapolis, IN 46225

GATE TEN is 100 ft. South of Lucas Oil Stadium. Our prime parking location and events facility is in the “Heart” of the Indianapolis Action. We have space for over 3,000 vehicles and offer a FLAT RATE* daily parking fee, with entry and exit privileges and overnight parking is included in daily rate.

 

To purchase parking passes,

click here >> www.downtownindyevents.com

St. Louis

America's Center Convention Center

701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101 

Legacy Volleyball Training Center (14/15's Weekend Offsite)

601 Gravois Bluffs BLVD STE G
Fenton, MO 63026 

Downtown St. Louis Parking Info

MEQ STL Group Transportation: Explore STL

  • Brian Klimaski, 636-288-9347, brian@stlouistrolley.comhttps://stlcrewshuttle.com/ 
  •  
    • 6 passenger Cadillac Escalade SUV 
    • 8-10 passenger Stretch Hummer 
    • 11 passenger Transit Van 
    • 28 passenger Shuttle Bus 
    • (7) 30 passenger perimeter seated trolleys
    • (3) 36 passenger forward seated trolleys
    • 40 passenger Grech Mini Coach with a restroom on board.
    • 56 passenger motor coach with a restroom on board
    • 57 passenger motor coach with a restroom on board.  

KNEAD Bakehouse + Provisions

MEQ INDY RECRUITING COMBINE

Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN

MEQ RECRUITING COMBINE

 

March 14th - 6 to 9 pm. (2 waves)

Indianapolis

click here to register- INDY ONLY

MEQ STL Recruiting Combine

MEQ Elite Potential Recruiting Combine

March 21st - 6:30 to 8 p.

St. Louis, MO- America Center (convention center)

click here to register - STL ONLY

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Please email Bryan at events@sequencesports.com or call 317-498-5299 if you are interested in receiving exhibitor/sponsorship information.