2011 Middle School Tournament

Volleyball Tournaments Completed - Already Looking Forward to Next Year!

For our 2011 Bellaire High School Middle School Volleyball Tournaments, twenty 8th Grade teams played on Saturday, 2011-09-17 and fourteen 7th Grade teams played on Saturday, 2011-10-08; we hope those thirty-four teams with all their coaches, players, and fans enjoyed the competition. General information about the tournaments is given in sections below and specific information (including pools, brackets, and pictures) from both the 8th Grade and 7th Grade weekends can be found here.

If you are a middle school athletics director or volleyball coach who might be interested in participating in our tournament next year, please check out this section for information about staying informed regarding our tournaments in the future.

Tournament Sponsors for 2011

In 2011, we were proud and grateful to have significant sponsorship contributions for both our 8th Grade and 7th Grade Tournament Events. Thank you very much to all of our Silver Level Sponsors including Westside Wranglers Volleyball Club, Spike Sport Volleyball Club, Southwest Speed Volleyball Club, and Skyline Juniors Volleyball Club.

We couldn't have done it without you!

Team Entries Included Both Public and Private Schools

The thirty-four entries in our tournament for 2011 came from many different public and private schools in the Houston area. We were proud to have teams from the following schools participate in our tournament:

Annunciation Orthodox School, Corpus Christi Catholic School, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Emery/Weiner School, Hamilton Middle School, Johnston Middle School, Kinkaid School, Lanier Middle School, Pershing Middle School, Pin Oak Middle School, Rice School, River Oaks Baptist School, St. Francis Episcopal Day School, St. Mark's Episcopal School, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Trafton Academy, Trinity Lutheran School, West Briar Middle School

We were glad to see all of your teams this year and hope to see you again in the future.

Tournament Venues, Parking Information, and Maps

Our tournaments were played at Bellaire High School and several other neighborhood schools. The venue address and map link for our home gym are listed here:
  • Bellaire High School - map page (with gym and parking details) at this link
    5100 Maple St.
    Bellaire, TX 77401
Thank you to Pershing Middle School, Pin Oak Middle School and St. Mark's Episcopal School for allowing us to use your facilities for our tournaments in 2011. All of these schools were very important in making the 8th Grade and 7th Grade weekends such a wonderful success. Parking is sometimes an issue at volleyball tournaments but we are hoping there were not too many problems during this year's tournaments. Whenever going to the Bellaire venue, it is best to park in the teacher parking lot (northeast of the gyms) or along the west side of South Rice.

Tournament Admissions and Concessions

We use BHS Volleyball Booster Club parent volunteers along with the volleyball coaches and team members to help out with the tournament but there are still some items that cost real money (referees, venue rental, programs, etc.). Because of these costs, we charge a small admission fee for our tournaments. This year the family-friendly admission price was the same as last year; $5 for adults, $1 for students (6-18), and FREE for kids 5 and under. This year we used wristbands for all paid admissions. Once a wristband was purchased, it allowed entry for all of our venues on the same tournament date.

Food concessions were available at all venues. In addition to coffee and doughnuts (morning), snacks, drinks, and hot sandwiches (around lunch time), we offered Bellaire volleyball shirts, pins, stadium seats, and other non-food items for purchase. Outside food and drinks were NOT allowed inside the gyms at any of the tournament venues. We thank you for supporting Bellaire's volleyball programs by purchasing from the various on-site concessions.

Sponsorship Opportunities

In an attempt to keep our costs as low as possible, we try to arrange sponsorships from volleyball club teams, neighborhood restaurants, corporations, and other sources. If your group or organization is interested in providing sponsorship or concession donations (with appropriate acknowledgment and advertising) for future tournaments, please contact our Tournament Director at bhsvb.mstd@gmail.com for further details.

Staying in Touch With Athletics Directors and Coaches

To make sure that we always have valid contact information, we have several ways to keep people informed about our annual tournament. The entry process begins during the spring before our fall tournaments with mass mailings of an entry form and invitation to coaches or athletic directors at over 120 public and private schools in the Houston area. This is immediately followed with electronic versions of the invitation letter which we send to all known (currently 36) athletic director and coach email addresses; the letter used for 2011 can be found at this link. Reminder emails are sent to all known email addresses again during the summer and at the beginning of the school year, just weeks before the tournament is usually scheduled.

As you can imagine, with coaching duties and personnel that may change from year to year plus the long summer vacation, it is not always easy to stay in touch and provide the most up-to-date tournament information. To improve communication in the future, we ask that each school confirm their school mailing address AND assure that we have at least one stable email address for your school's athletic director or volleyball coach. Providing one or two additional contact email addresses will dramatically improve the reliability of our tournament communications. The easiest way to update your school's contact information is to send an email to our Tournament Director at the generic bhsvb.mstd@gmail.com email address. Please use that contact email for any questions about the tournament in this year and for the future. We are hoping to create a Google Group to assist in the management of the contacts and will update this page when that capability is finalized.

7th Grade Competition Completed on Saturday, 2011-10-08!

Information about the teams and status of the 7th Grade competition can be found at the following links:
See the team status information above to find out if we have your payment. If you haven't made final payment arrangements, you should know it is due NOW!

8th Grade Competition Completed on Saturday, 2011-09-17!

Information about the teams, results, and status of the 8th Grade competition can be found at the following links:
See the team status information above to find out if we have your payment. If you haven't made final payment arrangements, you should know it is due NOW!