David L. Riley Kickoff
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.
The registration form will be available later this year.
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
Stevenson (Lincolnshire) site: contact Matt Laird
1 additional site TBA
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.