What is Stay and Play?

The Mizuno Northern Lights Qualifier is using the Stay and Play Policy again this year.  Each team will need to book a minimum of 12 room nights.  (1 room night is equal to 1 room for 1 night, so 12 room nights would be equal to 4 rooms for 3 nights).

In order for a non-local team to be accepted into the tournament, they need to be utilizing an Approved Tournament Hotel booked through The THS Company.

Northern Lights has contracted with the THS Company to manage reservations and approve all hotels being used for this event.

Teams and parents may book hotel rooms for this year’s event on October 1, 2020 at 9:00 am Central Time / 10:00 am Eastern time by first registering for the tournament and paying the entry fee, then contacting The THS Company.

Reservations for all three weekends of the Northern Lights Qualifier can be made by clicking here.

Approved Hotel Lists

Below is a list of the hotels you may view prior to booking.  Reservations may not be made through these links.

Click here for January 31 – February 2, 2020 Approved Hotels List

Click here for April 17-19, 2020 Approved Hotels List

Click here for April 24-26, 2020 Approved Hotels List

How It Helps

Without Stay and Play, you would likely be spending much more money on local hotels or having to drive even further to the venue to get a reasonable hotel rate.  Stay and Play enables us to provide room blocks to teams at discounted prices at hotels close to the Minneapolis Convention Center (most within walking distance!)

Local Teams

The Northern Lights Stay and Play Policy has an exemption for teams which are in the local Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

The definition of “Local” is a team which is within 50 miles of the Minneapolis Convention Center.

A team’s home location will be established by one or more of the following items:

  1. The team’s hometown as indicated in their club or team’s name
  2. The address of the team’s office
  3. The address of the team’s club director
  4. The address of the team’s head coach
  5. The addresses of players on the team
  6. The primary practice location of the team
  7. The high school the team may be associated with
  8. Other publications or social media which indicates the location of the club/team

A club/team that has less than 80% of its players within the 50 mile limit is not considered a local team.

A club/team that attempts to use an address within the 50 mile limit for the purposes of claiming to be a local team will not be granted “Local” status.

Northern Lights staff will make the final determination of a teams “Local” status

If you have any questions about your team’s status under this policy, please e-mail us at northernlights@midwestvolleyball.com.

Who is THS?

THS or Tournament Housing Services is the company Northern Lights has contracted with to handle all reservations and approve all hotels being used for this event.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact THS, not the Northern Lights office.  Clicking on the logo below will take you to their webpage.