Three age divisions will determine regional champions this weekend. With the championship comes a bid to the USA Volleyball junior national tournament to be held in Reno, NV this summer. Winners will earn a "National" level bid, while runner-up teams will earn a bid into the "American" division.
Teams in the U12, U13, and U14 age groups will compete at high school gyms around the Region this Saturday and Sunday. The majority of teams competing previously played in the PSR Junior Power League Series, of which helped to determine the seeding into the regional championship events. PSR teams that did not previously play in the Power League Series are also eligible to compete in regional championships and were seeded based upon submitted competition results.
For the U12 and U13 age groups, competition will begin with pool play in the morning. Based on pool play results teams will move into either a Gold Bracket (which will determine the regional champion) or Silver Bracket. All bracket play will be single elimination, except for the final rounds of the Gold Bracket, of which a 3rd-4th place match is offered due to the potential for bids to trickle down.
A total of 20 teams will compete in the U12 division, led by the top-seed in Capital Ice 12's. The U12 teams will compete this Sunday, April 25th, at Highline Community College.
In the U13 division, PSVBA 13 National is the #1 seed among 24 teams competing at both Kentwood and Auburn-Mountainview High Schools, also on Sunday, April 25th.
In one of the largest regional championship fields for 2010, the U14 division will pit a total of 53 teams competing for the regional title over the course of two days. Leading the way is UPVBC 14, which previously earned a "National" level bid by winning the Pacific Northwest Qualifier in Spokane, WA earlier this season.
The U14 division will begin first-round pool play on Saturday, April 24th, at the following high schools: Ballard, Roosevelt, Lincoln, Shorewood, and Mountlake Terrace. Following morning pool play, teams are seeded into second-round pools with top teams moving into Division I, while the remaining teams move into Division II. The first two rounds of the second-round of pool play will be played Saturday afternoon. *Please note that some teams may need to travel to a new competition site for afternoon play.
On Sunday, April 25th, round two pool play will be completed, of which leads to the U14 bracket play. There will be four levels of single-elimination bracket play for Division I: Gold (which will determine the champion), Silver, Bronze, and Copper. Division II single-elimination bracket play will offer three levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Again, the Division I Gold Bracket will also conduct a match to determine the 3rd and 4th place teams due to the potential for bids to trickle down.
Facilities for Sunday will differ slightly as completion of Division I pool play will be held at both Roosevelt and Ballard High Schools, while Division II pool play will be played at both Fife and Decatur High Schools. For Sunday's bracket play, teams may need to travel depending on which bracket they are scheduled to compete. The sites for bracket play are as follows: Divsion I Gold & Silver (Roosevelt HS); Division I Bronze & Copper (Ballard HS); Division II Gold & Silver (Fife HS); Division II Bronze (Decatur HS).
For a complete list of pools, schedules and information, please visit the official Puget Sound Region website.
Good luck to all teams!