Register now for Oregon Trail Days mud volleyball double elimination tournament
     2015-06-25      By McKenna Copsey   
The fourth annual Oregon Trail Days Mud Volleyball Tournament will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 11 at Five Rocks Amphitheater. The popular event will run all day with food and refreshments from food vendors available in addition to the Chili Cook Off and beer garden that will be open on the grounds.Committee Chairperson Rebecca Shields first proposed the idea to the Gering City Council in 2012. She said they incorporated it into Oregon Trail Days for the 125th birthday of Gering and kept it going due to its popularity.

“This year, since it’s growing so much, we’re having three adult divisions and adding elementary, junior high and high school divisions so that the kids can participate in their own age group,” Shields said.

Last year, the tournament accommodated a total of 63 teams. Since the event hosts so many games, the competition will start in the morning and run until about 6 or 7 at night.
The tournament is operated as a double elimination. “Once we have our bracket, we’ll get down to our championship game,” she said. Mike’s Husker Stuff donates the trophies, with the top six teams receiving one.

The rules follow normal volleyball regulations; however, to make the event go faster, each side will have to reach only 15 points as opposed to the normal 21. Whoever wins the most sets in the half hour they play, usually the best two out of three, will be declared the winner.

“There’s a lot of friends and relatives who come to watch and they don’t have to pay,” Shields said.
Each team can have as many players as they want, but only six can play on the court at a time. At least half of the players registered have to be female.

The deadline for registration is July 1, and each player must pay $10 to participate regardless of how many are signed up per team. To register, fill out the form found on the Oregon Trail Days website and turn it into either WESTCO at 1290 Rundell Road in Gering or Bentley’s Fine Jewelry at 1609 ½ Broadway in Scottsbluff.

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