View the information you will need to collect before registering your team online.


General Information


July 15–17, 2016
July 23–24, 2016

Specific dates per event listed in the Complete Event Details.


*Grass: Lincoln Wright Park (W. Pioneers & Folsom, Lincoln - View map)
**Indoor Adult: Multiple Lincoln sites
**Indoor Juniors: Multiple Lincoln sites
Sand: Spikes Beach Bar & Grille (2300 Judson St, Lincoln - View map)

*Absolutely NO alcohol, NO tobacco and NO pets at Wright Park.
**Specific sites and times will be included on tournament schedules.

SCHEDULES: Tournament brackets and schedules will be posted here and emailed to participants the week of competition.

ADMISSION: Admission will be charged daily at all Indoor Volleyball venues.

Adults: $5
Students (6-18 Years): $2
Children (5 & Younger): FREE
Admission with Super Pass: FREE

All registered athletes receive a complimentary Super Pass in the athlete packet. Additional Super Passes for spectators and family members can be purchased for $15 online (link available soon). The Super Pass gains free admission to all 2016 Cornhusker State Games events and venues, including the Opening Ceremonies.


Indoor - Round robin pools of 4 to 6 teams, followed by single elimination playoffs between the top teams in each pool.

Outdoor - Format for sand and grass play will be determined by the number of entries.

RULES: USA Volleyball rules will apply. All teams will be scheduled to officiate during pool play and playoff matches. Teams must supply two referees, a scorekeeper, a scoreboard operator and two lines people. Please bring your own whistles. 

UNIFORMS: Matching uniforms are encouraged, but not required. However, all players must wear a shirt or jersey with a permanent, readable number on front and back. Recommended size is 4 inches on front and 6 inches on back. Duplicate numbers are not allowed.

AWARDS: Custom Cornhusker State Games gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three teams in each event.


View the Complete Event Details for a full list and schedule of events.

Age Groups & Divisions

WOMEN AND COED 35 & OVER: These teams may have one male (co-ed only) and one female under 35 years of age. All remaining players must be 35 or older on or before July 23, 2016. Teams should enter in their appropriate division. If there are not sufficient teams entered in the 35 & Over events, they will be scheduled to compete in the normal Women and Coed events.

JUNIOR DIVISIONS: USA Volleyball age groups shall be used in the junior divisions. 

18 & Under: Players who were born on or after September 1, 1997 or players who were born on or after September 1, 1996 and a high school student during some part of the current academic year.

17 & Under: Players born on or after September 1, 1998
16 & Under: Players born on or after September 1, 1999
15 & Under: Players born on or after September 1, 2000
14 & Under: Players born on or after September 1, 2001
13 & Under: Players born on or after September 1, 2002
12 & Under: Players born on or after September 1, 2003

10 & Under: Players born on or after September 1, 2005. This is a non-competitive event. The event is set up to give the players the opportunity to participate in a tournament setting with pool play, followed by one or two rounds of tournament play. All participants will receive the same commemorative medal.

NOTE: USA Volleyball and top recreation league teams should enter the power division in their appropriate class. The director may reclassify some teams as needed, and may combine or cancel events depending on the number of entries. The actual day each event is scheduled to play is tentative depending on the number of entries. Competition in each event should be completed in one day. Teams will be notified of dates, starting times and game sites at least one week before they are scheduled to play.

Roster Info


Teams can make roster updates online here.

The deadline to make roster updates for events held on the first weekend is 5 p.m. on TUESDAY, JULY 12.

The deadline to make roster updates for events held on the second weekend is 5 p.m. on TUESDAY, JULY 19.

Rosters are considered FINAL after these dates.

Roster additions after June 22 will include the per-player entry fee, plus a $10 late fee PER PLAYER.

Teams that register online are able to login and make roster substitutions free of charge. Teams that register via the paper entry form will be charged a $10 processing fee to substitute players. Teams are strongly encouraged to register online to eliminate any roster change fees.


Rosters WILL be checked during tournament. Please make sure your roster is current prior to the roster change deadlines.

If registering online, the minimum roster size (based on division) must be entered to advance to check-out.


The team waiver form must be signed by each team member, or by parent/guardian if the participant is 18 years or younger. If the team is registered online, and the online waiver for each player is clicked as ‘Accepted’, no printed/signed waiver is needed.

All team waivers for events being held on the first weekend must be clicked as ‘Accepted’ or submitted to the Cornhusker State Games office by TUESDAY, JULY 12 to be eligible for competition. All team waivers for events being held on the second weekend must be clicked as ‘Accepted’ or submitted to the Cornhusker State Games office by TUESDAY, JULY 19 to be eligible for competition.

Printable waiver forms and further instructions found here.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

$26 per player

$29 per player

The final registration deadline for most sports is July 5. Some sports will accept late registrations with an additional $10 late fee PER PLAYER.

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: Competition in the 2016 Cornhusker State Games; White cotton athlete shirt (micro-fiber upgrade available); Pass for free admission to SportFest, the Opening Ceremonies, and all competition venues; 2016 Nebraska Sports Council Yearbook (available at packet pickup); Sponsor gifts and coupons.

COACHES: Head coach (for youth indoor divisions) will receive the athlete packet free of charge, and will receive a medal if awarded. Assistant coaches must be included on the registration and pay the entry fee to receive the athlete packet, medal, and free admission to competition sites.

TEAM ONLINE REGISTRATION NOTE: When registering your team online, please note that the system will ask you to enter your team name and roster prior to selecting your sport and division. In the INDIVIDUAL Shipping dropdown menu, be sure to select “TEAM” for each team member. If you wish to have your team packet shipped, you will select that in the TEAM Shipping dropdown menu.

PAPER ENTRY FORMS: Paper entry forms will be accepted with a $10 processing fee per team. Registering online saves time, money and trees. If registering via the paper entry form, please rate your team as being Above Average, Average or Below Average. List this information in the Additional Details/Special Instructions section of the entry form.

SCHEDULING NOTE: It is Nebraska Sports Council policy to not release team or divisional information until after the entry deadline. With teams waiting until on or near the deadline to enter, releasing data prior to that day does not provide an accurate picture of the tournament field and serves only to discourage those taking a wait-and-see approach.

All teams are encouraged to take advantage of the early entry discount and enter prior to that deadline, which in turn generates additional interest as teams attract one another. In the rare event that a division does not supply enough teams to warrant a viable tournament, teams will be given the option to move to another division, or be issued a refund. We appreciate the understanding of coaches and parents on this matter and would encourage teams to enter early and trust that there will be adequate competition in all divisions.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Volleyball Director Daryl Korinek at 402-435-3444 or Assistant Director Dave Sutko (Sand) at 402-477-1175.

Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at 402-471-2544 or info@nebraskasportscouncil.com.