David L. Riley Kickoff

Kickoff tournaments use IHSSBCA rules. Please read our IHSSBCA Tournament Policies and our guidelines for coaches, players, game officials, and tournament hosts.

Beginning in 2016, the IHSSBCA Kickoff Tournaments have been renamed in honor of Coach David Riley of Loyola (Wilmette), who passed away in 2015. David was a Chair of the IHSSBCA and a longtime supporter of the community.

Download a registration form to attend Kickoffs.


The annual Kickoff tournaments will be held on November 18, 2017 at:

Byron site: contact Patrick Kirk
Carbondale site: contact Sharon Lorinskas
Homewood-Flossmoor site: contact Michael Sacks
Mattoon site: contact Brendan Aydt
Quincy site: contact Jackie Stewart *8-12 team limit
Routt Catholic (Jacksonville) site: contact Merle Beddingfield *8 team limit (site full)
Stevenson (Lincolnshire) site: contact Matt Laird


Registration is $55 for the first team from each school and $50 for each subsequent team. Registration fees at the Stevenson site are $85 for the first team from each school and $80 for each subsequent team to cover the cost of on-site pizza lunch. Every school must have a current IHSSBCA member to register for a Kickoff; if you are not a member, you must join to enter a team or teams.

Questions and Qualification

All Kickoff sites will use an NAQT Invitational Series set. The top 15% of teams at each site, rounded up, will qualify for the 2016 High School National Championship Tournament. Teams from schools that meet NAQT’s definition of a small school and finish sufficiently well will qualify for the 2016 Small School National Championship.