City of Oaks Challenge: Jan 19-21, 2019


12 Diamond: 12s    
13 Diamond: 13s 13 Crystal: 13s  
14 Diamond: 14s 14 Crystal R: 14s                                                14 Crystal T: 14s 14 Jade: 14s
15 Diamond: 15s 15 Crystal: 15s 15 Jade: 15s
16 Diamond: 16s 16 Crystal: 16s 16 Jade: 16s
17 Diamond: 17s 17 Crystal: 17s 17 Crystal T: 17s
18 Diamond: 18s    


Website Locations Schedule

Day 1: Black/White(L)
Day 2: White/Blue(L)
Day 3: Blue/Black(L)

No club bus is offered for this event. All players travel with their parents. 


Latest Event Update

City of Oaks Challenge is just a week away!

We are excited to host your team at the 4th annual City of Oaks Challenge! Our preparations for the tournament are almost complete and we are looking forward to moving into the Raleigh Convention Center next Thursday. This email is lengthy but contains important tournament details, so please be sure to read through it in its entirety. 

Tournament Format

We are in the process of finalizing tournament flow and format. Division wave schedules and times are posted on the website and are also listed below. 

NOTE: The junior girls 17s and 18s will play in a combined 17/18s division throughout the tournament. The junior boys will play in a combined 16U/18U division on day 1 and then split by age level for bracket play on Sunday.

The first two days of the tournament will be waved pool play, and the 3rd day will consist of bracket play only.

Junior Girls

AM WAVE [8:00 AM - 2:00 PM] - 17/18s, 16s, 13s* & 12s

PM WAVE [2:30 PM - 8:30 PM] - 15s*, 14s, 13s*,

*the 13s division will be split between both wave times

Junior Boys

14s – one day only, Sunday, AM WAVE

16U/18U begin PM WAVE on Saturday and end on Sunday


Results at this time of year are limited. If your team has results please make sure they are loaded into Advanced Event Systems [AES] as they will be considered for seeding. First round pools will be posted in AES no later than 12 Noon on Tuesday, January 15th.

Doors open daily at 7am for teams/spectators. Please don’t arrive earlier planning to get in.

College Recruiters

The MLK, Jr. weekend occurs in a newly defined “quiet” period for D1 coaches meaning they are unable to be on the road recruiting. D2, D3, and NAIA coaches are, however, allowed to recruit at City of Oaks Challenge.

We use the University Athlete service so please be sure your athlete’s account is updated (recommended for some 15s and all 16s and up)

We are excited to have commitments of attendance of the following schools at this time and more are coming in every day.

Team Check In 

Team check in for ALL DIVISIONS will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center in Room 204 [mezzanine level] during the times listed below. Coaches and players will receive competition venue entrance credentials at check in. Club Directors attending but not on a team roster can receive free entry. Please email and we will add them to a VIP list. Note: we are unfortunately unable to offer practice space on Friday night.
Friday, January 18, 7-9 PM
Saturday, January 19, 7 AM-2 PM

Each team will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card at team check-in as a welcome gift from the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.

Spectator Admission

Admission Costs: $10 per day or $20 for a 3-day pass. Children under 10 are FREE and they must be supervised at all times by a parent. Open play and ball handling by non-participants is not allowed.

Spectator seating is provided at the City of Oaks Challenge, therefore stadium and pop up chairs are not allowed. Please be courteous and give up your seat to those watching the current match.

The RCC offers free WiFi to all attendees. Simply “Click” to agree.

Admission bands are available for purchase at the following times/locations:

· Friday, January 18, 6-9 PM in front of the entrance to Hall B on the mezzanine level of the RCC. 

· Saturday, Sunday and Monday beginning at 7 AM on the mezzanine level of the RCC. 

· CASH ONLY is accepted; there is an ATM available onsite. Online ticket sales are not available. 

Athletic Training

Certified athletic trainers will be located in both the Exhibit Hall and Ballroom at the Raleigh Convention Center. All supplies used to treat injuries are free but athlete’s requiring pre-competition taping must provide their own tape or will be charged a fee.

Camping, Coolers, Large Baggage and Stadium Chairs

The Raleigh Convention Center [RCC] does not allow coolers and large baggage inside the convention center. Additionally, ‘tailgating’ in the area surrounding the convention center [sidewalks, etc] is not allow.

Athlete ‘camping’ is not permitted in public areas. Room 201 on the mezzanine level of the RCC will remain open for teams to relax between matches. Items left in this room are at the individual’s own risk.

Food and Concessions Information

No outside food is permitted inside the RCC. 

RCC concessions open at 7am and have numerous breakfast options.

In addition to water fountains located near restrooms the RCC has several water stations located at the base of the escalators.

The Sheraton and Marriott City Center are offering a reduce priced buffet breakfast to teams.

  • Marriott City Center - $15pp. Opens at 630am. Includes coffee or tea.
  • Sheraton Raleigh - $10pp. Opens at 630am.
  • Café Sienna (Sheraton) also opens at 630am

Starbucks (Marriott City Center) will have the following hours:

  • Saturday, 6am-9pm
  • Sunday, 6am – 6pm
  • Monday, 6am-9pm

Event Parking

Event parking is available throughout the downtown area. Parking is $7 in most lots with no in and out privileges. 

Although Raleigh has a safe and vibrant downtown area, it is strongly recommended that athletes driving themselves travel in groups of two or more. The City of Raleigh ambassadors will be downtown (Red jackets) and are happy to assist and escort athletes upon request.

Martin Luther King Day Parade - Monday, January 21st

There will be a Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Monday in downtown Raleigh. Due to the parade route there will be street closures from 10 AM - 12 PM in the downtown area. Please plan on needing extra time to get to the RCC and park on this day. For a map of specific road closures please visit the City of Oaks tournament page on 

Photography & Videography - please review our photography & videography policy It is intended to protect our athletes from those trying to capitalize on the athletes and not to regulate personal photography/videography for families.


We have several great vendors at the City of Oaks Challenge located in the RCC exhibit hall. Please be sure to visit: 

  • Lucky Dog - custom tournament t-shirts, volleyball gear and equipment
  • Northwoods Quilt Companyt -blankets, pillow cases and seasonal items
  • C-Salt Therapeutic Bodywork – athletic massage & beauty products. On-site massages performed near Trainer


The City of Oaks Challenge is brought to you by Triangle Volleyball Club and the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. Please join us in thanking all our generous sponsors:

Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance | Carolina Region/USAV | Jimmy John’s | Molten, USA | Triangle Friends

Social Media-follow us throughout the tourney

Twitter: @CityOaksTourney

Instagram: @CityOaksChallenge_VB