We may have to wait another few months to take the court in Kansas City, but Triple Crown Volleyball is excited to present the most prestigious and competitive invite-only event in the country in May.
The new dates for the TC NIT are May 28-31, 2021.
May 28: College Camps (pending NCAA regulations/restrictions)
May 29-31: Tournament Play
We were able to secure all the halls of the Kansas City Convention Center, a majority of the hotels have large blocks for us to work with, and the city is eager to welcome everyone! The TC NIT will be an excellent warm-up for JVA World Challenge, AAU Nationals and USAV Nationals, and we hope to welcome hundreds of college coaches to recruit in person.
Clubs or teams already accepted and paid into the event have first rights to play in May. We need to know by Friday, February 5, 2021 what your club or specific team plans to do. If we don’t hear from you by this date, we will open spots to other clubs that were on the wait list, were denied to play in 2021 or new teams interested in the May dates. Any new teams will be vetted first by TC NIT officials to ensure the competitive nature of the event.
12u - TBD (Bartle Convention Center or MAVS facility)
13u - TBD (Hy-Vee Arena, MAVS or Bartle Convention Center)
14u through 18u - Bartle Convention Center
Hotels: Our goal is to transfer all reservations for each specific team if you choose to play in May. Our software company is confident it can accommodate everyone with this process. Please don't contact us with questions on lodging, work with your club's lodging coordinator instead.
Due to current conditions in Kansas City, and new orders released today from the Mayor extending COVID-19 restrictions to potentially May 1, we have officially postponed the Triple Crown NIT volleyball event until May of 2021.
We will be releasing new dates and information tomorrow afternoon via email, website and social media for what is being tabbed the Summer NIT Warm-Up Challenge. The goal is to run the same divisions (Elite, Open, Select and Club) with power pools and brackets that you are accustomed to seeing at the NIT event. If clubs are unable to attend the May dates, we may open up the tournament to new clubs to join. However, any new clubs will be vetted to ensure they are a competitive fit.
Please don’t reach out to us with questions about hotel reservations. We will be working diligently with each club’s lodging coordinator in the coming weeks on the best plan for your team. If clubs decide to send teams to the May event, we can transfer reservations to the same property and/or cancel them all together. Keep in mind, not a single reservation has been sent to a partner hotel in Kansas City and thus no money has been exchanged.
We truly appreciate your patience through all of this and hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during these difficult times.
This week we officially submitted a 15-page proposal to the Kansas City Health Department and are hopeful they will approve our plan to run a safe event in February. We've been working tirelessly to ensure the proper safety and health protocols are in place while also allowing spectators into the venue to watch.
You can view the full proposal here: DOWNLOAD
We will have our next update via email to all clubs by Monday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. MT.
From Triple Crown Volleyball, we wish you all a safe and uplifting holiday season. Going forward, we hope everyone stays healthy and is ready to go when your time comes to shine on the court.
For teams heading to the 2021 TC NIT, Feb. 13-15 in Kansas City, be sure to get your rosters set and liability waivers signed ASAP (look for our Unsigned Sophomore-Senior Workout on Feb. 12). We will update you no later than Monday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. MT on the latest plans and procedures for this remarkable event, including details on how to secure MVPCAST video services, spectator tickets and transportation.
We are aware the volleyball tournament scheduled for Kansas City over MLK Weekend has not been approved by health officials — that decision has no bearing on our event, as we continue to discuss our own dedicated protocols with the city.
Even though 2020 has left a mark, we’re excited for the future. Thanks again to all our supporters in the sport, and Happy Holidays from TC Volleyball!
Kansas City’s largest event space, the Kansas City Convention Center, has achieved accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR™ program for its cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention practices.
The City of Kansas City worked with Visit KC to earn this designation, which is recognized by industry leaders as the gold standard for prepared facilities. The GBAC STAR program verifies that the Kansas City Convention Center has implemented best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics such as COVID-19.
“The GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “By taking this important step to pursue its accreditation, the Kansas City Convention Center has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”
The result of a rigorous, 90-day application and review process, the accreditation was praised Thursday by Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.
“I applaud the Kansas City Convention Center for reaching the prestigious Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR status,” said Mayor Lucas. “Kansas City takes seriously our responsibility to keep our residents and visitors alike healthy and safe, and this is yet another example of that commitment. Thank you to the Convention Center and Visit KC for their work to achieve this status.”
To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, the Kansas City Convention Center was required to demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.
“Our staff is dedicated to keeping our facilities clean and safe, and we are gratified by this recognition of our work and our commitment to our customers,” said Oscar McGaskey, Director of the Kansas City Convention Center. “Our staff will keep it up with continuous training.”
The KC Convention Center is now the third facility in the region to achieve this distinction, following the Overland Park Convention Center and Arrowhead Stadium.
“Meetings and conventions are significant economic drivers for our destination, and this third-party endorsement reinforces our City’s dedication to resuming that important business responsibly,” said Visit KC President & CEO Jason Fulvi. “I applaud and thank our partners at the KC Convention Center, as well as Mayor Lucas, the City Council and the KCMO Health Director for working with Visit KC to implement safety procedures throughout our community, all of which will help position Kansas City to welcome visitors and attendees back safely and effectively when the time is right.”