Frostbite Tournament Information

2023 DATES: January 14-15 (16s, 18s) | January 21-22 (14s)


Arrival Time: Ensure you are at your assigned location 30 minutes prior to your first match.


  • Best 2 sets of 3 matches are $32 per match. Mandatory 3 sets to 25 are $43 per match.

  • If you do not work as scheduled (more or less matches!) please email/call Robyn immediately after the event so we can ensure payments are made correctly to all officials.

  • Forfeited matches that are the official's last match of their assigned day AND do not require the official to perform the forfeit procedure are not included in final match counts for payment.

Match Format:

  • Standard Match Format: best 2 sets out of 3. First 2 sets, play to 25, win by 2. Deciding set, play to 15, win by 2.

Officiating Crew:

  • R1s will be assigned by MVOA.

  • Teams will provide the remaining crew members (R2, Line Judges, Score table staff).

  • The R2 may be a coach or a player. If a player, the team coach must assist the player R2 either from the scorer's table or by standing near the player ref.

  • Concessions will be available, but Officials will be allowed to bring in personal coolers/lunch boxes.

Coin Toss:

  • One team representative from each team and the R1 will conduct a coin toss in a socially distanced manner.

  • Facing the benches from the court, the team listed 1st on the schedule will take the bench on the right, the team listed 2nd on the schedule will take the bench to the left

  • Assign 'heads' to one side and 'tails' to the other when performing the coin toss. The winner of the coin toss will choose serve or receive.

  • If a 3rd set is necessary, a team representative will meet with the R1 at center court for a coin toss, the winner will choose serve or receive.

  • Teams will NOT switch sides at any time during the match.

Warm-up: A 10 minute warm-up, using a 2-4-4 format will be used for ALL matches. The first two minutes will be for ball handling, followed by 4 minutes on the court for the serving team and then 4 minutes for the receiving team.

Rule Set & Modifications

  • USAV rules apply

  • 6 Players: Teams not having six players when called to the end line at the beginning of a match will forfeit the first set. The team will forfeit the match if they do not have six players within ten minutes after forfeiting the first set.

  • Protests: Only rule interpretations can be protested, not judgment calls made by the officials. A protest must be filed at the time of the infraction and settled before the set continues. A protest will be resolved by a committee of the First Referee, Head Official, and the Site Director. The committee will vote to deny or uphold the protest. Their decision is final.

  • Teams may designate and change libero(s) EVERY set.

  • 12's Division: There will be a short service line taped that players can step up to as needed. There is a max of 5 serves per player then the serving team must rotate to a new server.

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 accepting assignment and participating in this event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

  • Adhere to current CDC & MDH guidelines regarding face coverings. MASKS ARE REQUIRED for everyone in the building. Masks may be removed by Players on the court during physical activity. Coaches are to monitor their team for compliance with masking.

  • Officials must wear a properly fitted mask that covers their mouth and nose whether using a regular whistle or a hand-held whistle.

  • Please utilize the hand sanitizer provided when entering the facility and maintain social distancing of 6 feet apart whenever possible.

  • If you have been recently been clinically diagnosed or have a lab confirmation for COVID-19 (within the last 10 days) you may not attend the event/tournament.

Playing Locations

National Volleyball Center (NVC) - 11 Courts
2601 Viola Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906

Entrance: Main National Volleyball Center doors, use doors with signs on them signifying entrance doors.

Exit: Main National Volleyball Center Doors, use doors signed as exit doors

Rochester Regional Sports Center (RRC) - 6 Courts
Rochester Community & Technical College
851 30th Ave SE, Rochester MN 55906

Entrance/Exit: East doors of RRSC Field House

Hotel Accommodations

Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field

401 6th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Direct: 507-292-7337

A discounted rate of $55 (+tax) for either a single or double room can be reserved with Debbie. Please let her know if you would like a room for Friday and/or Saturday night(s) and she will make arrangements and will send you a confirmation #.


Officials that apply to work this event can check for acceptance of their application by reviewing the placeholder assignments in Arbiter.

Actual court assignments are sent via email the week of the event. Please confirm with a reply indicating you are "Good to Go" after reviewing your schedule.

Debbie is the primary assignor for Rochester events, please contact her first for any questions/issues.

If your schedule changes while onsite, please contact Robyn with your updated match count by the next morning.