1st Annual Stars & Stripes Classic

Presented by

Northern Lights & Milwaukee Sting

May 25 – 27, 2019

Wisconsin Center (Girls 12’s – 14’s)

Minneapolis Convention Center (Girls 15’s – 18’s & Boys 14’s, 16’s, 18’s)

This event will be held in the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (11’s – 14’s) and the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota (15’s – 18’s).

All information posted below is for the Minneapolis event only.  All information related to the Milwaukee event can be found by going to the event page on the Milwaukee Sting website.



Girls 15’s, 16’s, 17’s 18’s

Canadian teams are also welcome to attend this event.


Saturday May 25: All teams will play on either a morning wave or an afternoon wave.

Sunday May 26: All teams will play on either a morning wave or an afternoon wave.

Monday May 27: Bracket day. The last matches of the tournament are scheduled to end at 4pm.


Pool play on Saturday & Sunday followed by bracket play on Monday.
7 match minimum.



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


This tournament will be running the University Athlete software for the college coaches recruiting players.

List of College Coaches who are currently registered with University Athlete to attend. 


Registration for this event will open on October 1, 2018 at 9:00am Central Time.
Teams of all affiliations (JVA, USAV, AAU) are welcome to participate in this tournament.
The entry fee for this event is $695 (JVA-insured teams) or $715 (teams not JVA-insured).

To receive the JVA discount:

  1. Register your team.
  2. E-mail the Northern Lights office your team name, event you are entering, and that you are JVA registered and want the discount.
  3. Northern Lights will verify your JVA membership status, adjust your entry fee and respond to your e-mail.
  4. Pay your fee for the event.

Do not pay the full price then ask for the discount.

Deadline for entry is April 12, 2019 or earlier if capacity is reached.
Registration for this tournament is done on TM2Sign.com
Please click here for the Stars and Stripes Classic registration page.


Hotels for the Stars & Stripes Classic will be made available through the THS CompanyTHS offers teams the guaranteed lowest hotel rates in the Downtown Minneapolis area.  

Teams must be registered and paid for the tournament before hotels can be booked through THS.

Hotel Reservations will open on the THS Reservation system on October 23 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time.  Click here to go to the reservation page.

For a list of hotels in Minneapolis which are reservable through THS, click here.

Tournament Information

Starting Times and Schedule

General starting times for the below divisions have not yet been determined.  We will publish a wave schedule as soon as more information is known.

Division  Saturday start time
18 Open 8:00 AM
18 Club 8:00 AM
17 Open 8:00 AM
17 Premier 8:00 AM
17 Club 3:00 PM
16 Open 8:00 AM
16 Premier 8:00 AM
16 Club 3:00 PM
15 Open 8:00 AM
15 Premier 8:00 AM
15 Club 3:00 PM

We will attempt to publish the entire schedule on Monday May 20th, but it could be as late as Wednesday evening May 22nd.

Team Check-In Location & Times

We are pleased to announce that you may check your team in electronically either from your home/office/mobile device, or at the Convention Center on Friday before the tournament.     All teams must complete their Check-In AND pick up their teams wristbands by no later than 8:30 pm on Friday evening before the tournament.

This means that even if you check your team in “online” you still must come to the Convention Center and pick up your team’s wristbands on Friday evening.   There is NO team wristband pick available on Saturday.    Failure to pick up your team’s wristband on Friday will result in you having to purchase wristbands at the door for all players and staff.

We will open the online check-in on Thursday before the event at 8:00 am and it will close on Friday at 8:30 pm.   To check-in online, log into your TM2 account, scroll down to the event, find the team you wish to check-in, and click on the purple button that says “check in online”.  The purple check-in button will only show up after 8:00 am Thursday morning.

We will open our Check-in & Team Wristband pickup desk at the Convention Center on Thursday before the event at 3:00 pm and close at 8:30 pm.

We encourage you to utilize the online check-in before arriving at the Convention Center on Friday to pick up your team’s wristbands.  It will be much quicker.

To pick up your wristbands be sure to bring a copy of the online check in receipt you will receive, either printed out or on your phone.

If you do not wish to check-in online, you may check-in in person at the Convention Center on Friday between 3:00 pm-8:30 pm.

If you are going to check-in in person, it will make things easier if you bring a copy of your QR coded roster printed out from TM2sign.com.

Club Directors may check their teams in remotely, and send the check in confirmation email we issue to their coaches or another representative to pick up their wristbands on Friday evening.

Practice times

We will allow teams to practice on the Convention Center courts at the same time as team Check In (4:00pm – 8:30pm).  Practices will be allowed for one hour per team.  A coach or club director must report to the tournament desk to check out balls for a period of 1 hour.  All practices must be completed by 8:30pm.

Athletic Trainers

Athletic Trainers provided by Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists will be on duty at the Convention Center starting 45 minutes prior to the first match. The AT’s will tape you free of charge if you supply the tape. If they supply the tape it will cost you $2.00 a roll. The athletic training staff will be located in the lobby.

Coolers & Portable Chairs

The Minneapolis Convention Center has a no cooler or outside food policy. They will not allow coolers, bags of food, etc, anywhere inside the building. This means you cannot bring coolers, bags of food, etc into any part of the building including the lobbies. This is a Convention Center Policy, not a Northern Lights Policy.

No portable chairs are allowed in the Minneapolis Convention Center. Please do not bring them, the security guards will not allow them inside. There are chairs at all courts for spectators.

Tournament Admission

In order to keep the team entry fee low, the Stars & Stripes Classic is charging an admission for spectators at the Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased at the Convention Center. Players and coaches will be issued wristbands at team check-in.  Please click here for more information about ticket sales.