City of Oaks Challenge [Gen. Info]

2021 City of Oaks Challenge: January 16-18, 2021

Triangle Volleyball Club proudly hosts City of Oaks Challenge, held annually in the vibrant downtown of Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Competition Venues

Raleigh Convention Center (RCC)
   500 South Salisbury St.
   Raleigh, NC 27601

Triangle Volleyball Club at the Wake Competition Center
   121 Competition Center Drive
   Morrisville, NC 27560
   located ca. 20 minutes from the RCC

Information below has not yet been updated for the 2021 event. Please check back for more details.

Registration will be available in AES on Nov. 1st, 2020.

Tournament Format and Schedule

Teams will compete in pools [Days 1 and 2] followed by single elimination bracket play on Day 3.  All teams in the three-day event are guaranteed 7 matches (or equivalent). First round pool schedules will be available in AES the week of tournament play. 


  • 12s Division - round robin format accross 3 days plus at least one additional match on day 3 to determine final place. *12s interested in only a one day event should look in AES for the Triangle Winter Classic as an option [also held at the RCC]
  • 13s Division - pool play for the first two days of competition followed by bracket play on day 3
  • 14-18s Divisions - after establishing initial seeds for all teams within their age group, top seeded teams will be power-pooled for the first day of competition. All teams will compete in pool play on days 1 and 2 and bracket play on day 3


  • 14U - one day event only, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020
  • 16U and 18U - two day event, Saturday, Jan. 18-Sunday, Jan. 19. Depending on size of the field these two divisions could be combined for either a portion or all of the event. 

Questions about divisions or format should be addressed to


Day 1

  • AM WAVE [Begins at 8:00 AM] - RCC: 17/18s, TRIANGLE: 13s
  • PM WAVE [Begins at 2:30 PM] - RCC: 15s, 14s, 12s TRIANGLE: 16u Boys, 18u Boys
  • AM or PM Wave - 16s (this division is split at the RCC with most teams playing in the AM wave)

Day 2

  • AM WAVE [Begins at 8:00 AM] - RCC: 17/18s, 14u Boys TRIANGLE: 13s
  • PM WAVE [Begins at 2:30 PM] - RCC: 15s, 14s (Split Site), 12s, 16u Boys, 18u Boys TRIANGLE: 13s, 14s (Split Site)
  • AM or PM Wave - 16s (this division is split at the RCC with most teams playing in the AM wave)

Day 3 - Bracket Play

  • All Junior Girls teams will move to bracket play format on Day 3
  • The 13s Division will remain at Triangle on Day 3; 14s may be split-site with Gold/Silver/Bronze guaranteed at the RCC
  • All other divisions will be played at the RCC

Boys Divisions

  • 14s - Sunday only - Start Time will coincide with Junior Girls AM Wave
  • 16s - Saturday PM wave, Sunday - Bracket Play will coincide with Junior Girls PM Wave
  • 18s - Saturday PM wave, Sunday - Bracket Play will coincide with Junior Girls PM Wave

Final play schedule will be available the week of the event through Advanced Event Systems. 

Spectator Admission

  • Doors at both the RCC and Triangle open at 7am. Only tournament staff and volunteers can enter prior to 7am.
  • Admission Costs: $10 per day, $20 3-Day Pass, children under 10 are FREE.  CASH ONLY
  • RCC: Tickets can be purchased on Friday night (January 17th) from 6-9 PM on the mezzanine level of the RCC, or Saturday, Sunday, and Monday beginning at 7 AM adjacent to the Hall B entrance at the RCC.
  • Triangle: Tickets at Triangle can be purchased Friday night (January 17th) from 6-8pm, or Sunday, Sunday and Monday beginning at 7 AM.

PLEASE READ OUR PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO DISCLAIMER HERE. Note: our policy is not meant to discourage individual photography/videography. Please use a monopod to avoid tripping hazards.

Travel to Raleigh

If you are traveling to Raleigh via car please check out this link about highway construction in the Raleigh area that might impact your travel schedule to Raleigh and the Raleigh Convention Center:

Event Parking

  • Event parking at the RCC is available throughout the downtown area for $10 (no in-and-out privileges). A full parking map of the downtown is available here.
  • There will be a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in downtown Raleigh on Monday, January 20th.  Please allow additional time to travel downtown and find parking on this day. A map of the parade route shows all anticipated road closures around the Raleigh Convention Center.
  • There is ample parking at Triangle Volleyball Club. Parking is only allowed in designated parking spots.

Team Check-In

All teams must check-in at their designated playing site prior to the start of their first wave. Coaches will receive competition venue entrance credentials at team check-in. Teams will not be able to practice on Friday night at either Triangle or the RCC.

  • RCC: Team check-in for junior girls' 12s, 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s, and 18s plus 14U Boys is 7-9 PM on Friday evening and 7 AM-2 PM on Saturday in Room 204 on the mezzanine level of the RCC.
  • Triangle: Team check-in for junior girls' 13s and 16-18U boys is 6-8 PM on Friday evening and 7 AM-2 PM on Saturday at the tournament CHECK IN desk.

Tournament Sanction 

City of Oaks Challenge is sanctioned by USA Volleyball through the Carolina Region [CR teams note that the City of Oaks Challenge counts towards eligibility for CR Championships]. 

Athletic Training/Insurance

  • Athletic trainers will be provided throughout the event at both venues.
  • Those requiring pre-taping should be bring their own tape or be prepared to pay for tape.
  • Kinesiotape is $5/application if needed.
  • Participants and spectators are covered by USAV's Secondary Sport Accident Policy. Be sure to secure an incident report prior to leaving the venue for any injuries that will require medical care.

Raleigh Convention Center

  • The following rules apply to the Raleigh Convention Center
    • Coolers, stadium chairs, large baggage, animals [service animals allowed], weapons, tobacco and e-cigarette products are not allowed inside or outside of the RCC (lobby, playing venue, sidewalks).
    • Team 'camping' is prohibited by RCC however we have designated Mezzanine level rooms 201 and 202 for team hangout. Please keep room tidy and dispose of all trash. Rules above apply with regard to coolers and outside food. Thank you.
    • VIDEOGRAPHY - Monopods only are allowed for filming to reduce tripping hazards for our spectators.
    • No 'boom boxes' or portable speakers are allowed to be used inside the facility unless they are connected to headphones.  'Warm up music' broadcasted from a speaker or sound system is not allowed.
  • Concessions
    • Concessions for the City of Oaks Challenge are available on-site at RCC provided by Centerplate. No outside food or drink is allowed in the competition venue.

Triangle Volleyball Club

  • For all spectator/visitor rules please click HERE
  • Coffee truck on site: A Need for Coffee (serving coffee, coffee specialties, smoothies, hot chocolate and more). Hours posted on site.

Area Information 

Want to know our staff's favorite places downtown? Check out our "Things to Do"

Tournament Entry

The City of Oaks Challenge is an Open Entry tournament [first come, first served] sanctioned by USAV/Carolina Region.

  • Entry Fees:
    • Junior Girls' - $675.00 per team if paid by check.
    • Junior Boys' - $200 [14U - one day event], $350 [16 & 18U - 2 day event] per team
    •  A service fee will apply to any credit card payments.
  • Registration opens in Advanced Event Systems [AES] October 15, 2019
  • Hotels open October 16th, 2019
  • Late Registration: December, 14, 2019
  • Roster Deadline: December 21, 2019
  • Refund Policy: A full refund will be given with written notice to Triangle Volleyball Club [] if recieved by November 19th at 5PM.  There will be no refunds for withdrawn or dropped teams after this date.
  • Waitlist: Teams not able to be accepted into the event will be placed on a waitlist. Checks for waitlisted teams will be held until after the conlusion of the event or until the team formally withdraws.   

To Enter Event: 

  1. Visit AES to enter teams [Rosters are not required for tournament entry]
  2. Print and sign tournament entry form
  3. Submit entry form and payment via check or credit card through AES [All checks payable to "Triangle Volleyball Club", 121 Competition Center Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560]
  4. Team Selection Process: Teams are selected on a first come, first served basis. 

Playing Divisions

  • GIRLS - 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U* and 18U*
  • BOYS - 14U Boys [Sunday only], 16U Boys [Sat/Sun] and 18U Boys [Sat/Sun]
  • Triangle reserves the right to offer an invitational division for selected age groups
  • Teams must play within their age division [no playing up]
  • *Triangle reserves the right to combine 17s and 18s if field size mandates.