NL Stars & Stripes

Northern Lights Stars & Stripes Classic

2021 Dates: Sat - Mon, May 29-31

Girls 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s, 18s

Boys 18s


Tournament Procedures: Will be posted here the week prior to the event in both a video and document format for required viewing.

Arrival Time: Ensure you are in the building 30 minutes before your scheduled match start time.


  • $30 per standard match (best 2 sets of 3), $45 for a mandatory 3 sets to 25 match, $15 for single, tie-breaker sets.

  • You will be paid directly by Northern Lights - NOT Metro

  • At your first Northern Lights assignment, you will need to fill out an independent contractor agreement for Northern Lights because they are paying you. Contracts will be given to you by the site director.

  • In order to accept an assignment for the Northern Lights Power League, you will be required to review & submit a signed copy of the Northern Lights liability waiver to the site director.

  • Prior to your first assignment, you will need to review the information posted on the Northern Lights COVID-19 Plan page.

Official's Uniform: See our General Uniform Guidelines.

Coin Toss: Conduct a socially-distanced coin toss with 1 representative from each team to determine warm-up and serve order.

Warm-up: The first two matches of each wave will be 5-4-4, (5 minutes shared, 4 minutes serving team, 4 minutes receiving team). All subsequent warm-ups are 2-4-4. Teams are not allowed to ball handle, pepper, etc. while the other team has exclusive use of the court.

Match Format:

  • Each scoresheet will have a "BEST OF 3" or "MANDATORY 3 SETS" depending on the pool format.

  • Initial plans for Saturday & Sunday to be 2 waves of 4 team pools starting at 8AM & 3PM. Monday will be playoffs with approximately 7-8 matches/court.

  • Each match is best 2 out of 3 sets, the first two sets will be played to 25 points, win by 2, no cap. The third set of a match will be to 15 points, win by 2, no cap. Teams will NOT be asked to switch sides at any time during the match.

Score Entry:

  • Before you arrive on court, ensure you have the following link ready to go on your phone to report scores electronically.

  • Open a web browser and go to

  • Log in using the same username/password you used to register for the event.

  • Only your assigned matches will appear.

Officiating Crew:

  • Certified R1s will be assigned. TBD on R2s & LJs.

Rule Set & Modifications

  • USAV rules apply.

  • In Midwest Volleyball Warehouse, the divider curtains between courts and the beam supporting those curtains are out of bounds. The remainder of the ceiling is in bounds per USAV rules.

  • Normal adjacent court rules apply. Players may not enter the court next to them before, during or after playing the ball.

COVID-19 Information:

  • Officials accepting assignments should be flexible and understanding of changes due to unforeseen circumstances caused by the pandemic.

  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death.

  • By participating in a Northern Lights event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

  • Adhere to current CDC & MDH guidelines regarding face coverings. Officials must wear a properly fitted mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times and use a hand-held whistle. If a malfunction occurs with a hand-held whistle, a regular whistle may be used as long as it is completely covered underneath a mask to reduce the potential of droplets.

  • Masks shall be worn at all times and in all areas of the building by everyone (players, coaches, referees, management, everyone). Masks worn by officials must completely cover their mouth & nose at ALL times, no exceptions.

  • When entering, please be sure to identify yourself as an official to those taking admission. Officials will be temperature checked and answer COVID questions upon entering the building.

  • Social distancing must be adhered to wherever possible.

  • Frequent use of hand sanitizer is asked of everyone present.

  • Officials are not expected to monitor the physical distancing of others. Each person is responsible to provide space between themselves and others. Coaches should provide direction to their athletes regarding social distancing and other safety protocols. If there is an issue of concern with either social distancing or mask wearing compliance, bring it to the attention of the court monitors/site director.

  • Water fountains will be turned off; bottle fillers remain on.

  • There is a room marked and available for officials in the playing facility area. Social distancing & mask wearing are required when using this room and throughout the facility. Please keep it tidy during the day and clean-up at the end of play.

  • Concessions will not be sold. Outside food will be allowed for officials. Please be discreet when bringing in and consuming outside food in the building.

  • Northern Lights asks that any individual (player, coach, official, etc.) not attend Power League if they have experienced a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days and/or are actively showing symptoms of COVID-19. They ask the same if there has been a known exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or is actively showing symptoms.

  • Any other precautions as noted in the full COVID-19 plan linked in the prior section. These rules may change as the guidelines by the state/governor change during the season.

Playing Location & Parking Instructions

Midwest Volleyball Warehouse

14050 Judicial Rd, Burnsville, MN 55337

Facility & Parking Information

MN Select Volleyball Center (MNS)

8686 Valley Forge Ln, Maple Grove, MN 55369

M1 Volleyball (M1)

1701 W 94th St, #300, Bloomington, MN 55431

Policies & Procedures

Officials Uniforms

Event Website

Team Schedules (tm2sign)


Due to the change in venue and absence of a tournament hotel, officials will need to make hotel/lodging arrangements on their own for this event. The links below can be used as a reference if needed. - Bloomington Area Hotels - May 28-31 - Maple Grove Area Hotels - May 28-31


Officials that apply to work this event can check the status of assignment by referring to their dashboard in TM2Sign.

Court assignments are published on TM2Sign.

Robyn is the primary assignor for the Northern Lights Stars & Stripes Classic, please contact her first for any questions/issues.