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General Information

High school JV/Varsity (16U-18U)
– Friday, July 9, 2021
3/4th, 5/6th, 7/8th (10U-14U) – Saturday, July 10, 2021

SITE: Buffalo County Fairgrounds, Kearney – View Map

SCHEDULES: Tournament brackets and schedules will be posted at CornhuskerStateGames.com, AES Website and emailed to participants the week of competition.

Teams MUST HAVE USAV Membership. One-Day Memberships will be available for $5/person. Link for this will be sent out closer to competition.

COMPETITION FORMAT: Round robin pool play of full sets and afternoon single eliminations bracket play. USAV rules will be used.

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.

Age Groups & Divisions

*Age/Grade Determination will be based on the 2021/2022 school year.

3/4th Grade (10U)
5/6th Grade (12U)
7/8th Grade (14U)
High School JV (16U)
High School Varsity (18U)

18 & Under: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2004 or players who were born on or after July 1, 2002 and a high school student during some part of the current academic year.

16 & Under: Players born on or after July 1, 2005

14 & Under: Players born on or after July 1, 2007

12 & Under: Players born on or after July 1, 2009

10 & Under: Players born on or after July 1, 2011. 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.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

$175 per team until June 17
$200 per team until July 5

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: Competition in the 2021 Cornhusker State Games; White cotton athlete shirt (micro-fiber or soft cotton lightweight tri-blend upgrade available); Sponsor gifts and coupons.

Athlete Packets

Athlete packets will be shipped directly to the athlete at no extra charge.  Packets will not be available for in-person pickup. Packets include athlete shirt and one free Arby’s sandwich certificate per person. Athletes will receive their packet prior to competition.

The athlete packets DO NOT contain any sport specific information such as schedules, maps, bib numbers, etc. For sport-specific details, refer to your sport General Information.

Opening Ceremonies

The show begins at 8 p.m. at Seacrest Field, Lincoln!

Admission is FREE!

• Parade of Athletes
• Skydivers
• National Anthem
• Oath of Athletes
• Mascot Showcase
• Super Retriever Series Demo
• Mystery Torchlighter
• Fireworks

The Opening Ceremonies will be televised statewide by News Channel Nebraska.

For more details regarding Opening Ceremonies, please refer to the Opening Ceremonies web page.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Youth Indoor Volleyball Director Jonie Fader at nebraskavba@gmail.com.

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

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Phone: 402-471-2544

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Po Box 29366
Lincoln, NE 68529

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