Girls Volleyball Tournaments


Girls volleyball tournaments are one-day or multi-day events organized

to provide opportunities for girls teams of all levels to compete against

each other within a specified amount of time.



There are girls volleyball tournaments that cover all types of skill levels

and disciplines, including high school tournaments, beach volleyball

tournaments, club volleyball tournaments, junior volleyball tournaments,

AAU volleyball tournaments, sitting volleyball tournaments, and of

course college, NCAA, sand tournaments would fit in this category as

well.


Seeding and Ranking



Before the beginning of a tournament, each team is given a "seed"

which is a "ranking" or "position" for the tournament which is usually

based on the team's winning and losing record coming into the

tournament.



What usually happens is that once all the teams for a particular

tournament have been entered, then the organizers assign "seeds" to

each team.

The top seeds are the more powerful teams that have entered the

tournament with the best winning records while the lower seeds are

usually the weaker teams.



Volleyball Tournament Formats



There are different formats in which tournaments can be played such as

double elimination, single elimination or pool play.


Tournaments can be played entirely with one format or as what happens

in many beach tournaments, they can be played as a combination of

one of these three formats.

So, in a 64-team volleyball tournament, the first several rounds of play

will be single elimination which knocks out a certain number of teams

immediately after they lose one time, until the top 16 remain.


When the 64 volleyball teams are reduced to 16 this would mark the

beginning of the playoff rounds.



Double Elimination



Most organizers choose the double elimination format for the playoff

rounds in their tournaments.

In playoff rounds using the double elimination format, teams who win get

to stay in a winner's bracket to play against each other, while teams

that suffer their first loss in the playoff rounds are allowed to play

against other one-loss teams in the loser's bracket until they suffer a

second loss then they are out of the tournament.


In other words a team must lose two times before they are completely

out of a tournament.



Prizes



Most tournament organizers offer prizes, cash, or points and/or rankings

for teams that finish in the top 16 positions.


The strongest team to work their way back through the loser's bracket

without losing a second match plays against the winner of the winner's

bracket in the volleyball tournament final.



Pool Play



Many organizers prefer to use the pool-play formula for their

tournaments because it's a way for them to guarantee the teams that

enter (especially when an entry fee is required to enter the tournament)

a specific number of matches they will play regardless of their win loss

record.


It's not fun to pay a $50 entry fee to play in a tournament, then travel

across country to play in it, rent a room and rental car to get to the

playing site, and then after all that lose your first match in a single

elimination tournament.


That's called "one and done" and it does not feel good, trust me.


Pool play is an especially common format for junior level girls volleyball

tournaments where the goal is to get young volleyball players as much

concentrated competition and game time as possible.



In this format, teams are organized into groups which are called "pools."


So for example, let's say the first four top seeded teams in a

24-volleyball team tournament are each placed in a pool. Seed n.1 is in

Pool A, Seed n.2 is in Pool B, Seed n. 3 in Pool C and Seed n. 4 in Pool

D.

Then Seed 5 goes in Pool A and so on...this is one way to fill the pools

for the tournament.


This is just an example, tournament organizers may not want four pools

of six but they may choose to have six pools of four teams in a 24-team

volleyball tournament.



But as you can see, once organizers decide how big they want their

volleyball tournament to be and how many teams they want to have

entered, then they can choose to use one or more of these formats

which determines how many matches each entered volleyball team could

potentially play. 


Playing in girls volleyball tournaments are designed to provide teams and

players a large amount of playing experience in a short amount of time.



Find more information on volleyball tournaments in the pages

below:


Beach Volleyball Tournaments

Beach volleyball tournaments have seen a huge growth in popularity in

the United States due to dominance in the sport by three-time Olympic

gold medalists Misty May Treanor and her partner Kerri Walsh Jennings.


Get information about some of the most popular annual beach volleyball

tournaments in the United States. If you are an organizer or promoter

then list the information about your tournament on this page so our

readers can register.


Junior Volleyball Tournaments

There are numerous junior volleyball tournaments hosted annually in

large cities in the US.


USA Volleyball has sanctioned these tournaments which offer club teams

to enter players to participate in different age divisions.

Check out more information in this section.


The College Volleyball Tournament Season

The college volleyball tournament takes place every year from the end

of August to the end of September.


Immediately after collegiate players report back to school for a

two-week preseason training period, the college volleyball tournaments

season commences  for four weeks. 

Find out which colleges are hosting tournaments this year.


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