1. Division I Dates / Times - The district champion and runner-up shall advance to the region tournament. The region tournament must be completed by October 10, 2023. Schools may mutually agree to play earlier. It is the responsibility of the region tournament host to set the date(s) and times of the matches and notify all participating teams of the tournament schedule.
  2. Division II Dates / Times - The Class A region tournaments must be completed by October 7, 2023. There is no set date for Class AA to determine their final seedings, however, the following dates should be taken into consideration. The Division II Class A & Class AA First Round shall take place on Tuesday, October 10, 2023. Division II Class A & Class AA Quarterfinals shall take place on Saturday, October 14, 2023. Schools can mutually agree to play earlier than the dates indicated above.
  3. Location of Division I Region Tournaments - In odd numbered years, the odd-numbered districts shall select the region tournament site and in even-numbered years, the even numbered districts shall select the region tournament site.
  4. Location of Division II Region Tournaments - Schools within each region shall select the sites of the region tournament games.
  5. Division I Tournament Bracket - Since each district sends two teams to the regional tournament, the following single elimination bracket shall be used:

    Top Bracket - Odd District #1 vs. Even District #2
    Bottom Bracket - Even District #1 vs. Odd District #2

    Brackets will be posted and updated on the TSSAA State Championship Site.
  6. Team Benches & Switching Sides - The higher seeded team is considered the home team, they will select their team bench first, and teams will not switch sides after each set. If both teams are the same seed, the team from the odd-numbered district will be considered the home team, and will select their team bench first, and teams will not switch sides after each set. However, if there is an overhead obstruction within the playable area, or an issue with lighting or sunlight, teams will switch sides after each set.
  7. Tickets / Price of Admission - Ticket prices for the tournament should be agreed upon by the schools. They are not set by TSSAA. Arrangements for tickets should be made by the host schools.
  8. Tournament Passes - The host school(s) along with the teams in the region should agree on the passes that will be accepted at the gate, as well as the number of passes that will be honored for players and staff of participating teams. TSSAA ID Cards are allowed to be accepted as passes and admit one person only. The card holder MUST be in possession of the physical card. Photos of TSSAA ID cards cannot be accepted. The Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association (TACA) card will provide complimentary admittance for one person per card.
  9. Tournament Rosters - A team may dress 14 players for the region tournament. (A team may not have additional players dressed in uniforms and have them wear T-shirts or warm-ups over the uniform.)
  10. Game Director & Scorer - Select a director and scorer for each match. Set the fees to be paid to the director and scorer.
  11. 15 Minute Pre-Match Warm-Up Schedule - The following warm-up schedule shall be followed:

    3 Minutes - General Passing (Both Teams on their Side)
    6 Minutes - Serving Teams Court
    6 Minutes - Receiving Teams Court


  12. Line-Judges - Inform each team they are required to furnish a line judge. (Tournament director shall assign two adult line judges per match. No line judge may work in a match in which their school is participating.) It is recommended that TSSAA registered volleyball officials be used as line judges if officials are available.
  13. Game Balls - The host school shall supply an approved or official volleyball for the region tournament. The Wilson K1 Gold (WTH1895A1) volleyball will be used at the state tournament.
  14. Game Officials - Officials shall be assigned by the state office. Game officials shall be paid $80 plus mileage at 30 cents per mile per official.
  15. Financial Arrangements - Concession revenue shall go to the host school unless otherwise agreed upon by the administration of schools in the region. TSSAA shall receive 18% of the gross gate receipts. Postseason financial forms must now be completed through the TSSAA Portal. Teams should be informed that if gate receipts do not equal expenses that participating teams will be billed equal shares for the cost of the tournament. All checks for district, regional, and sectional tournaments and playoffs must be distributed within 10 business days of the completion of the tournament or game. Failure to do so will result in a $100.00 late fee to be paid to TSSAA and is to be used in the A.F. Bridges sportsmanship program to go to schools or students receiving awards. Failure to distribute funds within 20 business days will result in an additional $200 late fee (total $300.00). Failure to distribute funds within 40 business days will result in an additional $200.00 late fee (total $500.00). The school may not host any tournament or playoff until the principal or athletic director appears before the Board of Control to explain their reasons for not distributing the checks within the required time frame. The Board would then determine whether the school can host tournaments or playoffs in the future.
  16. Video / Videostream / Radio - All media equipment and personnel must be licensed and credentialed members of the press (no parents with cameras). They cannot be in an area that would interfere with play, interfere with the officials or line judges, or subject them or players to harm. They are restricted from the areas immediately behind or in front of the benches and scorekeeper's table. In other areas, from the end of the benches of both teams, they must be at least 6 feet off the court and within three feet of the boundary defining the playing area. They many not stand beside the R1 referee stand to take photographs. During time-outs and between sets, they may not enter the court areas in front of the benches or scorekeeper's table. If a member of the press interferes with a player's legitimate attempt to play the ball, the whistle shall be blown by the referee and a replay awarded to the team. Rules governing videostreaming or other broadcast of a postseason contest are found in the TSSAA Media Regulations.
  17. Tournament Awards - TSSAA provides a region champion and runner-up plaque, which were sent to the region tournament director, if provided. Otherwise they were sent to the district tournament director of the odd district tournament as it is their turn to host the region tournament. Barring supply issues, all plaques should be received by October 1, 2023. If you have not received your plaques, please contact Shonnie Speicher (tssaa@tssaa.org).
  18. Submitting Results & Next Round Information - Upon completion of the region tournament, please email your results ASAP to: tssaa@tssaa.org. In addition, Division I sectional match hosts and Division II First Round and Quarterfinal Round hosts please submit the site of your match to tssaa@tssaa.org as soon as possible.
  19. Next Round Guidelines - Information for Division I teams advancing to the next round can be found here. Information for Division II teams advancing to the next round can be found here.
  20. State Tournament Program - Once your team has qualified for the next round, please be sure to submit your team roster, team photo, and school logo. Instructions for submitting this information can be found here.