Triple Crown Volleyball has named MVPCAST as the Official Video Provider of the 2021 Triple Crown NIT slated to run Feb. 12-15 in Kansas City, MO.
The MVPCAST technology provides a unique recruitment framework and experience for all athletes, furthers the process of player recruiting, and helps fans share the excitement of this high-caliber club volleyball event. MVPCAST is best suited to meet the needs of TC NIT customers. We teamed up with MVPCAST to provide live or video-on-demand experience for the event, but what is even more critical during COVID-19 restrictions, MVPCAST would provide an infrastructure for HD libraries that would be accessed by thousands of college coaches and be available for them to scout athletes.
Players will be able to personalize their recruitment experience and get access to the HD libraries and easy to use tools themselves to create highlight reels, edit clips and showcase best skills to the college coaches of their choice. This is one of the unique and important features provided by the MVPCAST technology for individual athletes especially during COVID-19. We are very excited about this opportunity to help and support athletes in this challenging recruitment process.
“We are thrilled to be teaming up with Triple Crown Volleyball. We felt the prestige of the NIT event and the unique capabilities of the MVPCAST technology were a perfect match,” said Sergey Blyashov, MVPCAST Founder. “As a father of two athletic kids who play club sports and dream of a collegiate career, I wanted to build an all-inclusive, easy-to-use platform that removes technology challenges and helps athletes to reach their recruitment goals and inspirations.”
“MVPCAST has proven to be a huge resource to our club because it’s a great teaching device and a great recruiting platform,” said Ozhan Bahrambeygui, director of Coast VBC, an organization that uses MVPCAST. “Perhaps the genius part of MVPCAST is the ease of use. Whether you’re a teenage player, a parent, or a coach, everybody can be onboarded within 10 minutes. The live streaming quality is the best I’ve seen.”
“We find that it’s extremely helpful for parents to watch live HD-quality video being streamed from tournaments so that parents and family members can access it all over the world,” said Brennan Dean, director of WAVE Volleyball Club. “It’s very helpful that you can see the live score and you can actually see your son or daughter’s face and number on the court.”
Triple Crown will reach out to TC NIT coaches, players, parents and college coaches with more details as the event draws closer, including direct links to download the MVPCAST app. Information on pricing and specific packages being offered will also be announced at a later date.
“The NIT is extremely excited to partner with MVPCAST to provide a powerful and intuitive platform with HD-quality film access for student-athletes to use for recruiting purposes,” said TC NIT event director Jared Rudiger. “Sergey is great to work with; he understands the importance of his product from a volleyball dad, spectator, and business perspective.”
Learn more about MVPCAST by clicking here.
MVPCAST, based in San Diego, CA, is an industry-leading technology that allows users to live stream practices, showcases and events, create highlight videos (and more!), right from the convenience of their own device. Founder Sergey Blyashov saw the need for the technology following his own experiences as a water polo and volleyball dad. Every aspect of the platform has the parent, player, coach and scout in mind to allow for easy use and maximum success to create HD-quality broadcasts and HD quality recruitment footage for college coaches. The app also includes live-stream capabilities with score overlay that are simple and intuitive for any user.
About Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing events in youth athletics and the college ranks for more than 38 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events, powers the “WNIT” model of the NIVC (volleyball) postseason event and produces the men’s and women’s Cancun Challenge tournaments in November, which have been recognized by Sports Illustrated as a top-5 destination tournament for D-I basketball programs. TCS youth fastpitch tournaments (including the 900-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend TCS events for recruiting purposes.
First and foremost, there have been no changes to the dates or location for the 2021 Triple Crown Volleyball NIT. The event is still on pace to be played Feb. 12-15, 2021 in Kansas City, MO.
We continue to work closely with convention center staff, the health department and city officials to ensure a safe and successful event. Through these discussions, we have decided to implement the following plan for the 2021 event:
Instead of taking 626 teams and placing limits on the number of spectators/travelers allowed per team, we have decided to only take 400-500 teams so all spectators and college coaches can be in the convention center to watch. We feel it is more important than ever to ensure college recruiters and parents can watch in person rather than maximizing team numbers with little to no spectators. We are currently working on court diagrams (emphasizing social distancing) and enter/exit schematics to ensure the health and safety of everybody who attends.
Due to the limited number of teams, registrations will open based on team invites as seen here on the Who's Coming List.
We will be releasing more details on September 9 which will include team numbers by age group, how invited teams can register and lodging options for placement.
To our customers, clients and friends,
Much like the rest of the nation, Triple Crown Sports is working through the moment-to-moment challenges and obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic, doing our best to confront today’s news while also keeping an eye on the future.
With the office closed in accordance with public health requirements, our event directors have attempted to make the most of working remotely — reaching out to hundreds of coaches and parents and listening to how teams and families have been affected. Our appreciation of community has deepened as we’ve learned more about what you need, and what you want to see happen next.
We are as eager as you to get back on the playing field, but until then, know that we are working diligently to develop new events and opportunities for you and your families to look forward to once these arduous times are over. After 35-plus years in the event business, Triple Crown has seen tough times before and always emerged with more insight and determination to give you valuable, memorable experiences.
As it stands, our event schedule through mid-April has been cancelled. We will continue to update you on events in late April and May as new information is presented. If you have questions about specific events please feel free to reach out to the event director.
Through all of this we hope you and your families stay safe and healthy. Sports will return, and when they do, Triple Crown will be ready to deliver.
- Keri King
CEO, Triple Crown Sports
KANSAS CITY, MO – There’s a temptation to think the MadFrog 13 Elite squad had a breezy run through the Triple Crown NIT, going 9-0 overall with 18 sets won and just one set lost. But it’s likely the key to MadFrog winning its division had more to do with a moment of struggle.
Thanks to a character-building three-set grinder in the semifinals against Dynasty VBC, MadFrog understood how to work through the low points before claiming the highest ground in a 25-13, 25-22 victory over FarOut in the title match.
Things looked more than a little distressing for MadFrog in the semis, falling behind Dynasty 14-5 in the first set. But despite the odds, MadFrog stormed back to win that set, 26-24. The hard work continued as Dynasty claimed second set, but the roster showed its tenacity and calm by prevailing in the final set, 15-12.
“It was good to see them challenged, and to see them fight back,” said MadFrog 13’s coach Stefanie Samuels. “Game 1 of the final – we were definitely fired up. That win against Dynasty for the semis was really tough and super intense. We came off of that with a lot of energy. The second set (against FarOut) got a little tighter; they’re 13-year-old girls, and sometimes the mindset is where they might coast a bit and be a little comfortable.
“FarOut was very good and surprised me in the final. We were able to hold onto it; the girls had their composure in the final and stayed calm, cool and collected.”
From a player perspective, MadFrog saw the semifinal as a true learning experience, with that wisdom becoming a perfect launching pad for success in the championship match.
“It was scary; we were trying to get our energy level up so we could play better as a team. We got together, understood we needed a good pass, good set, good hit,” said MadFrog’s Karli Jordan. “Our adrenaline was up; we kind of needed to calm down and get ourselves right. We knew working as a team would get us through the (final). That was fun and stressful at the same time.”
“Our team just tried to hold on; everyone just suddenly got together, and we kept going until the end. It paid off. That let us know we still have the ability to (perform well), so don’t give up no matter how down we are,” said Sophia Wei. “Going into the final, we were more pumped up. After that (comeback win), we felt good about ourselves. For the finals, we had pushed so hard, so we continued fighting until the end. Our coach called a timeout in second set and got us back on track and checked back in mentally, and we realized that it was time to get business done or else it would be too late. We accomplished a lot as a team, and it felt really good.”
Three days of intensely competitive volleyball at the Triple Crown NIT delivered a number of champions at various age groups, and we congratulate those teams that thrived and survived in Kansas City over President’s Day Weekend.
But only one program headed home with the 2020 Top Club Award – A5 Volleyball Club!
To be eligible for the award, a club must have entered a team in at least three age divisions (12s through 18s), and points were tabulated from the top three finishes of each club. Here is the breakdown for the Top 10:
1. A5 Volleyball (290 points) – Based out of north Atlanta, A5 was a factor in multiple age groups, with the 17-Jing team winning at 17 Elite, and both 18-Scott and 14-Helen taking second place in their elite divisions.
2. Legacy (200) – Located in northwest Detroit, Legacy came away with Elite division titles at 18’s and 15’s and moved up from a tie for sixth in last year’s Club standings.
3. Texas Advantage (180) – TAV (suburban Dallas) had won two of the previous three Club awards; in 2020, the 18’s and 17’s and 14’s reached the quarterfinals.
4. Wave (140) – Based in Del Mar, CA., Wave reached the quarterfinals at 16 Elite and 14 Elite.
T5. TStreet (Irvine, CA), Skyline (Dallas), MadFrog (Dallas), all with 120 points. MadFrog excelled at the younger age groups, winning the 12 Elite and 13 Elite titles while getting to the 16 Elite semifinals. Skyline made the 16 Elite semifinals and 17 Elite quarterfinals; TStreet reached the 17 Elite quarterfinals and the 15 Elite semifinals.
T8. Club Ignit (IA), OT (FL), Dynasty (KS), all with 100 points. Club Ignit (Des Moines) took the title at 16 Elite; OT (Orlando/Tampa) got to the quarterfinals at 16 Elite and 15 Elite; Dynasty (Kansas City) ended up in the 14 Elite quarterfinals, the 13 Elite semifinals and the 12 Elite championship match.