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2021 LNI Volleyball Schedule Word Version
2021 LNI Volleyball Schedule PDF Version

26TH 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


Hello,  the following information is in regards to the 26th Annual LNI Volleyball Tournament in Rapid City, SD, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.  The dates for this years’ tournament are  Friday and Saturday October 1-2, 2021.  Pool Play will begin on Friday, October 01, 21  at 9:00 am.  If you have any other questions please contact me, Dani Walking Eagle at 605-747-2299 x 2100 or 605-319-8034 or e-mail   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, October 1-2, 2021


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

3213 W Main St #425

Rapid City, SD 57702

*Note:  Entry Fees are due asap


Officials:  Joe Drabb 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

                                                                                         Pine Ridge                             Custer 

                                                                                         Crow Creek                            St. Francis 

                                                                                         Santee                                    Todd County 

                                                                                         Wyoming Indian                    Red Cloud

                                                                                         Little Wound                          Crazy Horse

                                                                                         Marty Indian                          Oelrichs

                                                                                         White River                            Lower Brule

                                                                                         Cheyenne Eagle Butte          Tiospa Zina


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: 

Due to social distancing during this time there will be no grand entry this year



                          We will be giving out Etched Glass 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 etched glass plates for Most Valuable   

                 Player, Outstanding Setter, Best Defensive Player and team sportsmanship and pullovers  

                 for a 12 member all tournament team (6 from pool A and 6 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 10, 2021  no exceptions!!!!  e-mail an attachment to, 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, October 1, 2021 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 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 after a year of the pandemic. We do have a COVID plan that we will adhere to but each school is responsible to their school plan and requirements. 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 605-747-2299 x 2100/ 605-319-8034 cell # or e-mail me.  Thank you.  We’re looking forward to a great tournament with great action.