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10th Annual January Thaw

Presented by Northern Lights Junior Volleyball

January 26 - 28, 2018

Omaha Convention Center

Due to the 2018 NFL Super Bowl being held in Minneapolis, we have been forced to move this event to the Omaha Century Link Convention Center.

In 2018 the January Thaw Tournament will be held in conjunction with the 18's Northern Lights National Qualifier Tournament. What this means for 18's is that you can play in one of the three 18 Qualification Divisions of the NL Qualifier, or you can play in the 18's non qualification division of the NL January Thaw.

All necessary information about the 18’s NL National Qualifier can be seen on our Northern Lights Qualifier webpage. 

The information below is for the January Thaw event only.

Pre Tournament & Hotel Information

A low cost and high quality tournament for teams wanting the Convention Center playing experience and exposure to college coaches who are there watching the 18's Qualification Divisions.
This is one event you will definitely want to put on your 2018 calendar!

Girls 12's, 13's, 14's, 15's, 16',s, 17's, 18's
This tournament does allow Regional Age waivered teams.

Canadian teams are also welcome to attend this event.

  • Friday January 26: All teams will play Friday at 3:30pm or 6:30pm.
  • Saturday January 27: All teams will play on either a morning wave or an afternoon wave.
  • Sunday January 28: Bracket day. The last matches of the tournament are scheduled to end at 4pm.
Format: Pool play on Friday & Saturday followed by bracket play on Sunday.
Location: The main location of the tournament will be at the Omaha Century Link Convention Center.
Officials: The tournament will supply USAV Certified "up" officials for all courts.
Colleges: This tournament will be running the University Athlete software for the college coaches recruiting players. This tournament is one of the first recruitable tournament dates in 2018, and last year there were many college coaches in attendance because of the 18's Qualifier which is running at the same time.

List of College Coaches who are currently registered with University Athlete to attend. (This link will become active in January) This changes rapidly as the event date gets closer.


Registration for this event will open October 12, 2017 at 10am CDT.

The entry fee for this event is $495. Deadline for entry is January 3, 2018 or earlier if capacity is reached.

Registration for this tournament is done on TM2Sign.com .

To help you prepare for the tournament here is a link to our January Thaw Entry Checklist.




Due to the growth of this event with the addition of the 18's NL Qualifier we are using The THS Company to handle all of the hotel reservations and to control the hotel rates. You are not required to use THS for your hotels, but you will find that they have negotiated the lowest possible price at the five major hotels which are within a few blocks of the convention center.

Hotel Reservations will open on the THS Reservation system in November. The exact date and a link to the reservation page will be posted in October.


Tournament Information

Starting Times and Schedule

General starting times on Friday January 26 will be published around Janaury 15, 2018.

We will attempt to publish the entire schedule on Monday January 22nd, but it could be as late as Tuesday evening January 23rd.

Team Check In Location & Times

There is no coaches meeting for this tournament. However, all teams are advised that the coach or club director should arrive at check in at least 1.5 hours ahead of their first match on Friday night at the Convention Center, but no later than 4:30pm.

The Check In location will be in the main lobby area at the tournament desk.

Check in will be available starting at 1:30pm and ending at 4:30pm. A team must bring the check-in form printed from TM2sign.com. An example of that form can viewed here. More information on creating the check-in form can be found here.



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. The court area will not open until 2:30pm.


Athletic Trainers - Located in Meeting Room L100

Athletic Trainers 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 Omaha 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 Omaha 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 January Thaw Tournament 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.