When: Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2, 2021
Where: New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Halls B, C, D & E
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Admission: $10 per person, under-8 free. Payable by cash or credit card. Parents, chaperones, and team representatives must pay admission. Players and rostered coaches do not pay. When a team is off (not officiating or not playing) we request that they and all their fans leave the hall.
Entrance: There are only two main entrance points to the Convention Center. Everyone must enter the building at the Julia Street Plaza entrance or at the designated entrance in front of Hall G. Everyone will have their temperature screened upon entry to the building. If you need to leave the Convention Center for any reason, you must re-enter the building at one of these two locations.
Food/Beverage: They will be available for purchase at and sold by the convention center.
You CANNOT bring COFFEE into the hall.
Only water and sports drinks will be allowed inside the playing hall. In other words, when you leave the playing area to get something to eat, you must finish it before you return to the playing area.
UPDATED/CHANGED Wave times for Saturday, May 1:
Morning — 10s, 12s, 13s, 17s, 18s, one 14s pool
Afternoon — 14s (except one pool), 15s, 16s
*Subject to change at any point if teams drop.
Safety Protocols: See the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center safety and cleaning procedures here.
Masks: Masks that cover the nose and mouth are MANDATORY for all coaches, officiating teams, off teams, and spectators. Anyone not wearing a mask will be asked to either put one on or leave the event. If you are a person who won’t or can’t wear masks, please stay home and watch the tournament on Baller TV.
Get Your Blastoff Hotel: We are not a stay-to-play tournament, but please reserve your rooms at one of our Preferred Properties.
Friday Clinic: Also, one of America’s top pro volleyball players, Kaylee Manns, who recently competed in the Athletes Unlimited inaugural season, will be conducting a clinic on Friday night. Here is all the info:
When and where — 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Loyola University, University Sports Complex, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
Website — advncathletes.com
Divisions — 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s,18s
The price is $85 per player and includes a recruiting talk for all parents and players
Schedule: The official schedule will be posted at advancedeventsystems.com. The schedule is always subject to change.
Parking and Directions: Click on this link. The best rates are in the MNOCC lots across from Hall H between Calliope and Henderson.
Rosters: Teams can only compete if they have a completed AES Blastoff roster printed out to present to the officials at each match. There are NO exceptions. There is no pre-tournament check-in or meeting. Club directors and coaches are responsible for this. We will not be able to assist with this on site, so please get your rosters completed and have printed copies with you for each match.
T-shirts: Every player, coach and team rep gets a free T-shirt from the Louisiana Governor’s Games. T-shirts may be picked up in the Convention Center at any point during the weekend. You must present a roster when picking up so we can be sure you get the accurate number of T-shirts.
Not allowed: Outside food, coolers, tables, chairs or audio speakers. That includes phones on speaker, bluetooth speakers and portable speakers.
Chairs: CHAIRS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CONVENTION CENTER.
Lost and Found: We will do our best to keep what pops up at the championship desk.
BallerTV: Every match on every court will be streamed live at BallerTV.com
Trophies and Medals: Age-group champions and runners up should report to the awards/photo area immediately after their respective title matches.