13th Annual

January Thaw

Presented by Northern Lights Junior Volleyball

January 29 – 31, 2021

CHI Health Center (Omaha, Nebraska)



Attendance Wavier

All persons attending this event are bound by the waiver found by clicking here.  There is no need to sign this waiver; your attendance at this event is your agreement to the terms in this waiver.


Any person attending the event, including but not limited to players, coaches, spectators and working staff, who has been tested for any infectious disease and been found to be “positive” may not attend this event.   A person who has been tested for an infectious disease but has not yet been received the results from that test is not permitted to attend the event.

If a person in attendance at the event has a test during the event and is found to be positive,  the Northern Lights Qualifier will follow the NE State guidelines which are in effect at that time concerning contacts and continued participation of affected people attending the event.



Girls 14’s, 15’s & 16’s

17’s & 18’s should register to play in the Northern Lights Qualifier which is running at the same time.

This tournament allows regional age-waivered teams.

Teams/players need to be registered with USAV to participate in this event.

Canadian teams are also welcome to attend this event.


Friday, January 29: All teams will play Friday at 3:00pm (updated on 12/28/20 and communicated to all teams via email).

Saturday, January 30: All teams will play on either a morning wave or an afternoon wave.

Sunday, January 31: Bracket day. The last matches of the tournament are scheduled to end at 4pm.


Pool play on Friday & Saturday followed by bracket play on Sunday.


CHI Health Center (Omaha, NE)

Some divisions may also play some matches at:  Union Bank & Trust Sports Complex (Elkhorn, NE)

Please be advised that shuttle service is not available between the CHI Center and the Nebraska Elite Facility (Union Bank & Trust).


The tournament will supply “up” officials for all courts.


Registration for this event will open in October 15, 2020 at 9:00 am Central Time.

The entry fee for this event is $550.

Deadline for entry is December 19, 2020 or earlier if capacity is reached.

Registration for this tournament is done on TM2Sign.com.  Look for a combined event for the NLQ 17’s/18’s and the January Thaw.

More details can be found below.


If this event is cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, teams will receive a refund of the entry fee they paid minus any prorated expenses incurred by the event.

If this event is rescheduled to a different date as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, teams will have the option of either a refund as defined in the previous cancellation paragraph, or a transfer of the funds to the new date.

If a team voluntarily elects not to attend the event due to health concerns, there will be no refund granted.


We understand that the COVID situation may force some teams to drop out of the event due to local governmental regulations.  Here are the rules which we will follow for those drops.

Any team that has registered and paid for this event, has until December 30th to decide if they will be attending the tournament, or not attending the tournament and wishing to withdraw with a full entry fee refund.  If your team wishes to withdraw you need to send us an email by December 30th and tell us which team or teams should be removed and refunded.   We will then cancel your team, issue a refund, and an automatic email confirming this will be sent to the email address which is listed in your TM2sign account.   No response is required if you are not withdrawing from the tournament.

After December 30th, there will be no refunds issued to a team which withdraws due to their current local governmental Covid regulations (which may get extended), or withdraws due to other non-COVID related issues.

Any team unable to attend due to a governmental restriction on travel or gathering (unable to practice) that is put into effect on or after December 30th, will receive a full entry fee refund provided they notify us within 24 hours of that governmental restriction being put in place.

Any team unable to attend due to COVID positive tested personnel on their team on or after January 15 will receive a full entry fee refund provided they notify us within 24 hours of the positive test results and provide proof of that test result.

Tournament Information


All administration of this event (registration, payment, seeding and schedules) will be on the www.TM2sign.com website.

Registration will open on Monday, October 15, 2020 at 9:00am Central Time.

To enter the Northern Lights January Thaw:

  1. Go to the website www.TM2sign.com and complete your online registration.  This event is listed under the heading “Northern Lights Qualifier/January Thaw.”
  2. Either pay online or mail us the entry form and a check (follow instructions on TM2sign).
  3. We will automatically collect any results your teams have from the big three scheduling sites:  TM2sign, Advanced Event Systems (AES) and SportsWrench.

All registration is to be completed online.  The registration deadline for us receiving the registration and payment is December 19, 2020.  All entries received after this date will be considered on a space available basis.  Registration may close early for a division that has reached capacity.

Please click here to receive more specific instructions on how to perform steps 1, 2 (Registration & Payment) listed above.

Wave Schedule

Here are the expected starting times for Friday, January 29.  These times are not definite until the official schedule is published.  All out-of-town teams should travel to play at the earliest published time regardless of the table below.

DivisionStart Time
16 Club3:00 pm
15 Club3:00 pm
14 Club3:00 pm

We will attempt to publish the entire schedule on Monday January 25th, but it could be as late as Wednesday evening January 27th.

Second Playing Location

Because of the size of the event and the need to distance courts, some divisions may also play at the Union Bank & Trust Sports Complex,  21015 Cumberland Rd, Elkhorn, NE 68022.  This is Nebraska Elite’s training facility.

We do not currently know which divisions will be playing at that facility and on which days.   That information will not be available until the final schedule is released the week of the tournament.


Hotel reservations should be made through The THS Company.  To make reservations, please go to the Northern Lights Qualifier Stay and Play page where you can obtain more details on contacting THS.  The Northern Lights Qualifier for 17’s and 18’s is taking place the same weekend as the January Thaw.


Rosters are required for this event.  They can be entered directly into www.TM2sign.com or imported from SportsEngine.

Follow this link to the Northern Lights Qualifier information page.  Scroll down until you find the section Roster Requirements.  Follow these steps to enter or import your roster for January Thaw.

Team Check-In Location & Times

This information has been moved to a separate page.  Please click here.


If you are interested in working the January Thaw as an official, please click on this link. (you will be registering as an official with the Northern Lights January 17/18’s Qualifier).

All referees must register on the www.TM2sign.com website.  Referee registration will open on October 15, 2020.

Practice times

Due to the starting times of event and our set up, there are no practice times available on Friday at the Convention Center.

Athletic Trainers

Athletic Trainers provided by TBD will be on duty at the Convention Center starting 45 minutes prior to the first match. Look for the large “Medical” flag to locate them in the court area.

Spectator Admission

Please go to this page for full details on tickets/wristbands.

Click here to read our COVID-19 Tournament Protocol.

Please note that face masks are required to be worn by all spectators and participants.  Face shields are not an acceptable alternative to a facemask.  A face shield may only be worn in additional to a face mask.

College Coaches

The information for and about college coaches at this event can be found on our Northern Lights Qualifier College Coaches webpage.  Please go to click here for full details.

Code of Conduct/Prohibited Items

Click here to see a list of prohibited items.

Click here to view our code of conduct.


All courts of the Northern Lights Qualifier (Jan 29 – 31) and the January Thaw will be broadcast on Baller TV.

To access Baller TV, please click here.