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25TH Annual Lakota Nation Invitational

16-Team Pool Play

Volleyball Tournament



TO:  Athletic Directors, Volleyball Coaches, and Officials


FROM: Dani Walking Eagle,  LNI Volleyball Tourney Director


DATE:  August 27 & 28, 2019

RE:  Tournament Information

Hello,  the following information is in regards to the 25th Annual LNI Volleyball Tournament in Rapid City, SD, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.  The dates for this years’ tournament are  Friday and Saturday September 27th and 28th  2018.  Pool Play will begin on Friday, September 27, 2019  at 9:00 am.  If you have any other questions please contact me, Dani Walking Eagle at (402)322-0339 or e-mail at dani_we68@hotmail.com  leave a message on voice mail and I will get back to you ASAP.  Here are all the particulars concerning the tournament:


Dates:  Friday and Saturday, September 27th and 28th, 2019


Time:  9:00am (MST) will be the start time on the first day.  9:00am every day after.


Location:  Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena, Rapid City, SD.


Entry Fee:  Amount:  $750.00, please make checks out to

Lakota Nation Invitational

PO Box 3140

Rapid City, SD 57709

*Note:  Entry Fees are due asap


Officials:  Joe Drab is Head Referee.


Locker Rooms:  We have the locker room facilities in the arena.


Teams:  The teams for the pools are as follows:


                                                                                            Pool A                          Pool B

                                                                                      1. Hill City                   1. Todd County                

                                                                                      2. Red Cloud               2. Crow Creek

                                                                                      3. Lower Brule            3. Crazy Horse

                                                                                      4. Pine Ridge              4. Little Wound

                                                                                      5. Wyoming Indian     5. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 

                                                                                      6. St. Francis              6. Tiospa Zina 

                                                                                      7. White River             7. Custer

                                                                                      8. Oelrichs                   8. Marty                   



Our format for the tournament is a Round Robin style of play with two pools. We will be playing best of  3 and rally scoring to 25 for the first 2 games and if it goes into the 3rd game we will play to 25.  The tournament will be a single-elimination tournament, at the end of pool play we will cross-bracketing the top two teams  in each pool; this is so that we may determine the top 4 teams in the tournament.  We will be using 3 courts throughout the tournament so please keep your team in the arena as the first game is the only set game time. Games from that point on will be on the first available court.


Warm-up time: 

During the first round only, each team will have a warm-up of 4-8-8 after the first round we will start as soon as the books are ready to go, no serving.  Please keep your team in the area so that we may keep to the schedule.  This is the current warmups used in South Dakota


Grand Entry: 

This will take place in the Civic Center,  Saturday, September 28, 2019  immediately following pool play.  Please be dressed in uniform and have your school flag made available for this event.  Specific will be discussed at the coaches meeting on Friday

September 28, 2019 at 8:00am MST. in the hospitality room.


Awards:   We will be giving out pottery with team places  for 1st to 4th on them as well as a sportsmanship award.  There will be championship jackets for a 12 team roster and 2 coaches and 1 manager.  There will be an individual pottery for Most Valuable Player, Outstanding Setter, Best Defensive Player and pullovers for a 16 member all tournament team (8 from pool A and 8 from pool B). 

Each coach will pick one (1) player for the all tournament team from their own team this year.


Program:  We will need a 12 player roster and photo sent to Katie at Clark Printing  by September  13,  2019  no exceptions!!!!  e-mail an attachment to katie@clarkprinting.com, roster and picture for the program.  If you do not have your picture or roster by this date you will not be included in the program as it will go to print the very next day. 


Coaches Mtg.:  Coaches, Director, and Referees only!!  Friday, September 28, 2018  at 8:00am (MST).  This meeting is mandatory.  The meeting will be in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center hospitality room.



Each school must bring 1 line judge. 

Please submit your workers name to Dani Walking Eagle at  dani_we68@hotmail.com in advance by September 14, 2019 . 

 The LNI Volleyball Workers will be taking care of the books and scorekeeping.  


Announcer:  Mr. White Lance is with us for the 25th year as our announcer!!! Please get a roster to Homer as soon as you start play.


Practice:  There will be no practice times this year as we will begin on Friday.


​I am looking forward to seeing all of you and welcoming you back to the Lakota Nation Invitational Tournament. It is your continuing participation with us that keeps the sport of volleyball highlighted for our female athletes.  If you have any questions please give me a call at (402)322-0339 or e-mail me at dani_we68@hotmail.com

Thank you.  We’re looking forward to a great tournament with great action.  


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