It is with a heavy heart that the re-schedule of the 2021 Mizuno JVA Steel City Freeze for March 27-28 is no longer possible. With the continued extensions of restrictions due to COVID/19 and the unknown time frame for the lift of restrictions regarding capacity at the convention center, our staff has made this decision based on the safety of the teams, spectators and officials. 

We were very excited about all the teams, sponsors, vendors and staff that indicated they would participate in the re-scheduled weekend of the tournament as well as those who sent us encouraging messages. We thank all of you for your support of the Mizuno JVA Steel City Freeze. We have already begun planning to make sure 2022 is an incredible event experience for all! Don’t forget – the 2022 Mizuno JVA Steel City Freeze is February 5-6, 2022! 

We have the following options regarding those teams that have sent in tournament entry fees. 

  1. Next year dates for the Mizuno JVA Steel City Freeze is February 5-6, 2022 in Pittsburgh. If you would like to credit the entry fees towards next year’s dates we can do that. This will also ensure that you can have first crack at housing for next year’s event, as well as a guarantee that your entry fee will not rise if there is an increase of entry fee per team.
  2. We can proceed with a full refund of $450 of your entry fee.  Refunds will be completed in the next couple weeks after we verify all of the information in Advanced Event Systems.  If your entry fee check has not been deposited by us yet, we will void and shred that check and send you a verification e-mail that we have done so.

Your safety and well-being are our first concern.  Secondly we want to make your experience at the event the best we can. Weathering this storm may take us longer than we had hoped, but there is no doubt we will be OK and back to normal at some point! Thank you again for your support for this event. 

Please understand all of the work that will be done in the coming days, and e-mails may not be responded to right away.  We appreciate in advance your understanding!  

We look forward to seeing you back in Pittsburgh in 2022!! 

Tim Keating & Todd Gladson
Mizuno JVA Steel City Freeze Staff

The Mizuno JVA Steel City Freeze is a two day event hosted by GK Sports and insured by the Junior Volleyball Association. Teams of any affiliation can play and will be insured. AAU, USAV and JVA teams are all welcome! 

Girls 12U-18U, Boys 16U & 18U

This event has over 300 teams from the Northeast Area of the United States and teams from Canada! We ensure that this event will be a high quality, efficiently run event!

Tournament Information Book

There will be no coaches meeting for the tournament all information will be found in the tournament book by using the link below.

Click Here to Access the Tournament Information Book (will be available a couple weeks prior the event)

For all other questions, please contact Tim Keating at steelcityfreeze@gmail.com

NEW! Online Check-In for Teams

All teams need to check-in prior to beginning play.  Team check-in will take place ONLINE. Teams will still need to pick-up credentials at the designated times which can be found below. However you need to check-in online to verify rosters.

Click Here to View the Online Video Tutorial – Online Check-In
Click Here to View the Online Video Tutorial – Coaches Credential

Team Credential Pick-Up Times

A coach, club director or team representative will need to pick-up credentials for teams and wristbands for coaches. Below are the designated times for the credential pick-up. You will need to bring a filled out JVA Coaches Sign-In form to the Credential Pick-Up. The link to the form is also below.

Click Here for the JVA Coaches Sign-In Form

Friday Credential Pick-Up: Westin Downtown Pittsburgh 6:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday Credential Pick-Up: David L. Lawrence Convention Center 6:30am-2:30pm

Tournament Formatting

All matches will be best 2 out of 3 to 25 points. Third set to 15 if needed.
We will play ahead after the first match of all teams each day.
All teams will receive a minimum of 5 matches in the event, and a minimum of 2 matches on Sunday. Sunday may be either bracket play or an additional pool. All gold matches on Sunday will be bracket.
This formatting is the most efficient way to get everyone out of the convention center as early as possible on Sunday.

Spectator Wristband Information

We will be working with the city of Pittsburgh and the State of Pennsylvania in regards to the capacity limits in the convention center. We will e-mail updates and post on this website.

All spectators must be wearing a wristband to gain access to the area where the courts are at. We will have security monitoring the door checking for wristbands. Wristbands must be worn and not attached to a bag. Putting your wristband on a purse, bag, or anywhere other than your wrist will result in denied entry to the playing area. There are no replacements for lost or forgotten wristbands.  If you lose your wristband, leave it at home, leave it in your hotel room, etc., you will need to purchase another one.
All sales are final.  No refunds will be given for any reason.

2 Day Pass: $15
Single Day Pass: $10
Children 8 and Under: Free
Cash only for Purchases, No Credit Cards. There is an ATM located in the Lobby and at the Westin Downtown Pittsburgh

Wristband Purchasing Times & Locations
Friday: Westin Downtown Pittsburgh – 6:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday/Sunday: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – Opens at 6:30am

Players and Coaches Entry
Teams will be given wristbands for their players and coaches at team credential pick-up. If a player would like to enter the venue prior to the date/time your team plays, it is encouraged that you contact your coach to make arrangements to pick-up your player wristband from them early.

Other Spectator Information

Spectator Seating
Chairs are provided around all 36 Courts
Spectator chairs are provided at all courts.  No outside, portable, or folding chairs are permitted at any site due to Fire Marshall restrictions.

Concessions and Outside Food
There will be concessions available throughout each day located on the concourse of Hall A. There will be no outside food allowed into the convention center. The Convention Center has a “No Cooler Policy”.  Participants and spectators will not be permitted to bring cooler, bags of food, etc. into any part of the Convention Center.  Please inform all players, parents and coaches of this policy.  This No Cooler Policy is not being controlled by GK Sports.  It is a Convention Center Policy.  Tournament Staff will not answer any questions concerning this policy.  All questions and comments about this policy should be directed to Convention Center staff.

Artificial Noise Makers
No artificial noise makers are permitted at the event.  This includes the use of speakers or “boom boxes” projecting music during team warm ups or competition.

Other Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of any type
  • Personal seats and chairs
  • Coolers
  • Personal transportation devices (hoverboard, skateboards, etc…)
  • Oversized bags or luggage
  • Outside food and drink
  • All tobacco products (including e-cigarettes and vaping products)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Loud noise makers, including music sound systems not using headphones.
  • Balloons
  • Outside commercial photographers or professional videography
  • Other items as determined by the event staff

Court Layout
Layout will be posted prior to event

Parking
If you are driving into the city for the event and not staying at a hotel downtown, parking is available at the convention center parking ramp. The convention center controls these parking costs and is not able to be negotiated by the event. There are other downtown parking areas that can be explored, but the most convenient is the convention center parking ramp.

Schedule and Results Information

Tournament Seeding
Using the best available information teams will be seeded by committee members. Those committee members are comprised of other tournament directors.

Tournament Schedule

2021 Mizuno JVA Steel City Freeze Schedule (will be posted one week prior to the event)

Teams will participate in pool play Saturday and Bracket Play or Pool Play on Sunday. All teams will receive a minimum of 5 matches throughout the weekend and minimum of two matches on Sunday. We work to schedule the last matches no later than 4:00pm on Sunday (5:00 finish). Courts have run behind and we ask all teams to help stay efficient by knowing where their next matches are and being at their court on time.

GK Sports has contracted with AES Results Management System to provide up to the minute results. There will be no paper posting of pool results or schedules. We will not have on-site computers for results lookup. Please have the link saved on your mobile devices throughout the weekend.

Wave Schedule
TBD

Awards

Awards will be given to the Gold Division 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place teams.  The entire team must report to the photographer area to pick up the awards and have a team picture taken.

No awards are given to any other Silver, Bronze or other Division winners.

Vendor Showcase

We are proud to have a great group of vendors at our event in 2021. Please see below for the list of vendors that will be on-site.

Official Apparel Vendor of the 2020 Mizuno JVA Steel City Freeze

NetLynx Sports will be the official custom apparel vendor for the event. They will be providing tournament logo gear with customization all weekend. Please visit their booth throughout the weekend to purchase your official tournament gear!

Other Tournament Vendors

The Goat Guys
Chocolate Fusion

Tournament Athletic Trainers

Athletic Trainers are provided by University of Pittsburgh. They will be on-site beginning at 7:00am each day. You must provide your own tape. Supplies may be purchased through the trainers.