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.”
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