TAIAO leadership has made the exciting decision to move to North and South Regionals this year for volleyball. Additionally All Stars will be held in conjuction with the State Championships Games. Please stay tuned as we will be updating the information soon!
New Playoff Dates:
Winning Edge (Texas Image Volleyball Facility)
2225 109th St., Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Force Sports Center
7218 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78233
State Championships and All Stars Games October 20-21, 2023 TBD
As TAIAO volleyball continues to grow, it allows us to move forward into more of a playoff system. This year we are working hard to implement this in the form of a North and South Regional Tournament which determines who makes it into the TAIAO State Tournament. You must play in the regional tournament and be in the top two of each division in order to make it to state. There will still be 3 divisions, however this year division 3 will be for JV teams only. Divisions 1 and 2 will be varsity teams. And of course there will be a ms division as well. The first day of play will be pool play to determine your division placement and seeding. The teams that finish in the top half of varsity teams will be placed into Division 1 and the other half will be placed into Division 2. For JV and MS, the outcome of pool play will seed those teams into a bracket. If there are enough teams (8 or more) it is likely there will be a golf and silver bracket. The top two teams from the gold bracket advance to state. We encourage all TAIAO teams to participate in their assigned regional tournament. Note: if a team places in the top two of their division, but is unable to play in the state meet, the alternate (3rd place) will advance to the state tournament.
NEW 14 YEAR OLD RULE (All Sports)
Please make sure you are in compliance with the new rule governing the play of 14 year old athletes in junior high. An athletes DOB needs to be after 5/31/2008 for him/her to be eligible to play on JH. It will be difficult to get an exception to this rule from the Steering Committee unless the athlete is needed to field a JH team.
** IMPORTANT ** You must submit your DOB for all players in both Varsity and JH. If 14 year old players participated in the past on JH teams without the program having filed a “Play Down” request that was approved by the Steering Committee, then these athletes will lose a year of varsity eligibility. The only exceptions are for athletes who are entering their Junior or Senior seasons as they will be grandfathered under the old rule.
No varsity athlete is allowed to play more than four years of High School athletics. No junior high athlete is allowed to play more than three years of JH athletics unless they have obtained a play down exception.
For more information on the new rule please review the revised General Rules