Waupaca Boatride Volleyball Tournament
July 8-11, 2021
Oshkosh, WI - Brighton Acres
Thu. July 8, Juniors Clinic - 9:30am - Brighton Acres
Thu. & Fri. July 8-9, AVP Next Gold Sand Doubles - TBD - Brighton Acres
Fri. July 9, Under 6' & Womens A Sand Doubles - 9:00am - The Bar of Oshkosh
Fri. July 9, Mens A Sand Doubles - 9:00am - Rev's Bowl Bar & Grill
Fri. July 9, Grass Doubles - 9:00am - Brighton Acres
Fri. July 9, Coed Quads - 9:00am - Brighton Acres
Fri. July 9, Juniors Quads - 9:00am - Brighton Acres
Sat. July 10, Mens & Womens Triples - 8:00am - Brighton Acres
Sun. July 11, Coed Sand Doubles - 9:00am - Rev's Bowl Bar & Grill
Sun. July 11, Coed Grass Doubles - 9:00am - Brighton Acres
Sun. July 11, Juniors Sand Doubles - 8:00am - Brighton Acres & The Bar of Oshkosh
Sun. July 11, Reverse Coed Quads - 9:00am - Brighton Acres
News and Information:
Apr 21, 2021 - KO Strong
On February 18th, Kurt Officer (KO) suffered a major hemorrhagic stroke on the right side of his brain. He is on a long, slow road to recovery with his wife Katie Officer (KO) by his side. We are introducing this shirt/donation idea as a way to help Kurt and Katie with their financial burden during this recovery period.
For those that don't know him, Kurt is a director of Waupaca Boatride, and one of the reasons the tournament has become one of the best volleyball events in the world. His attention to detail and dedication to the players is the main reason the tournaments run so smoothly each year. You can show your appreciation by making a donation below, or just by sending him words of encouragement via our Contact Form.
You can preorder a KO Strong shirt here for a $25 donation or more. 100% of all proceeds will go towards Kurt's medical expenses.
Shirts can be pre ordered until mid June, and will be available for pick up at this year's Waupaca Boatride. We hope to assemble an army of people wearing the shirts at the Triples finals.
We will also make a limited amount of shirts and sizes available for purchase on the day of the event.
We are also exploring a few other fundraising options during the tournament weekend to support KO Strong. Stay tuned!
Apr 15, 2021 - 2021 AVP Next Gold Event
The Open level Sand Doubles tournament will once again be an AVP Next Gold event, which means better competition, more prize money and an AVP main draw bid. The tournament starts on Thursday, July 8th and will be a 2-day, double elimination with Olympic Crossover format. Registration information coming soon.
Registration for all sand divisions has been pushed back to May while the AVP works out the kinks of their newly launched website. We will send out another email when registration opens.
Mar 8, 2021 - 2021 Grass Registration is Now Open
Registration is now open for the grass portion of the 2021 Waupaca Boatride/US Open Grass Volleyball Tournament. The event will be held at Brighton Acres, The Bar of Oshkosh and Rev's Bowl Bar & Grill in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 8-11, 2021.
Friday July 9: Coed Quads, Juniors Quads and Grass Doubles
Saturday July 10: Mens & Womens Triples
Sunday July 11: Reverse Coed Quads
Sand Registration: Coming in April.
Jan 25, 2021 - 2021 Dates
The Waupaca Boatride Volleyball Tournament is always scheduled around the second Saturday of July. The dates for 2021 are July 8-11. Tournament registration will open sometime in February 2020.
Jul 14, 2020 - Photo Contest Submissions
We're officially taking submissions for our photo contest. We've seen some amazing photos already and would love to share them with everyone. Please send them to us by the end of the month and we'll post our favorites to Facebook and have a contest. The Grand prize is a free entry to next year's event, and if we use your photos for our 2021 marketing materials, we will make sure to give you credit. Email your photos or album links to email@example.com.
With all of the craziness these past few months, we didn't have time to announce all of last year's winners. We will do that soon.
Jul 13, 2020 - Waupaca Boatride Lite in the Books, Refunds Update
The Last Net Standing...Waupaca Boatride Lite is officially in the books.
If you are owed a refund for any of the cancelled divisions, they will be processed later in the week.
Jul 10, 2020 - Friday Grass Tournaments Cancelled
Sorry Folks, All Friday GRASS tournaments need to be cancelled. The grounds are in rough shape and haven't dried up enough. If we were to play on them today, we would risk destroying the courts for the rest of the weekend.
We are moving the Friday Coed Quads and Men's & Women's Grass Doubles to Sunday. We will not have the Reverse Quads or Coed Grass Doubles divisions.
Juniors Quads is cancelled because we don't have an alternate option available to us on Sunday.
Saturday Triples is on as planned. Everyone do your anti-rain dance! Reminder: Please carpool in when you come tomorrow.
We realize there are going to be a lot of questions, please be patient with us as we try to figure things out.
Jul 9, 2020 - Rain Delay Friday
Due to the rain Thursday, we will be moving the start time to 10:30am Friday morning for all GRASS divisions (Coed Quads, Juniors Quads, Grass Doubles). Please, Please, Please consolidate vehicles, as parking space is limited. Absolutely no RVs will be allowed on the grounds or parking lots. Please plan accordingly. You can use the local park-and-rides and the large parking lot at The Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh on the frontage road.
Check-in before 10am via the online check-in email that went out earlier tonight to team captains.
The AVP Next Gold tournament will continue at 8:30am.
The sand tournaments at The Bar-Oshkosh and Rev's are starting at their normal time. 9:00am
Just a reminder, no dogs are allowed on the grounds.
Thank you for understanding, see you soon.
Jul 7, 2020 - Pool Assignments and Court Map Released
Adult Grass Tournament Pools
2020 Friday Court Map
2020 Saturday Court Map
2020 Sunday Court Map
On the Court Maps, please notice the dark grey areas that will be used for Player Tent setup each day. This is to aide in Social Distancing. Rather than have 3 deep tents around the perimeter, please use these areas for your tents in addition to the perimeter.
-Some changes are not reflected in the in the Pools document, but will be updated at the tournament.
-If you were on the waitlist and haven't heard from us, we could not find room for you in the tournament.
-Your Pool or Court Number may change. Look at the Pool Play Boards when you arrive. Its also possible that no-shows may affect what court you are playing on.
Jul 7, 2020 - 2020 Changes & Guidelines
Please review our changes and guidelines for this year's event.
Note from Winnebago County Health Dept
Jul 4, 2020 - Extended Refund Period
If you have any reservations about traveling, playing or attending, please stay home. We have extended our refund period and will offer full refunds until the day before the tournament you are registered for.
Jun 27, 2020 - Event Update
We had a good meeting with the Visitor's Bureau, Sheriff's Department and the County Health Department yesterday and are actively working on a set of rules and guidelines for running a safe event this year. The two most important changes we've had to make so far: no on-site camping and caps in all divisions. We are preparing to operate at less than 50% capacity. We will post the full set of rules and guidelines when they are completed.
All divisions are considered full and have many teams on the waitlist. If you haven't signed up for a waitlist already, you really have no shot of getting into the tournament. If you are on the waitlist, we will contact you if we need you to take someone's spot.
If you are registered already and need to cancel for ANY reason, contact us for a full refund.
Jun 15, 2020 - Event Update
We are actively planning the Waupaca Boatride event. We've been talking with the City, as well as the County Health Department, in order to run our event safely. We are planning some major changes this year in order to adhere to current guidelines.
The following are adjustments we are making or considering*:
*All of these things are subject to change over the next month. If the health situation improves, we could bring some of them back into play. If it gets worse, we will follow guidelines and do whatever it takes to have a safe volleyball tournament.
- Camping is still tentative, but we will likely need to go without. We will not know for sure until the end of June. Silver lining: if ever there was a good year to not be able to camp, this is the year because most Oshkosh area hotels are wide open and cheaper than normal. Here's a list of nearby hotels.
- In an effort to do away with the money transactions and long lines, parking will be FREE.
- There will not be a center court complex or grandstands. We will be live streaming the championship matches as an alternative for people that don't feel comfortable with watching them in-person.
- We are focusing on keeping everything outside. The inside bar and building at Brighton Acres will not be open for use. There will still be beverage services and food options available in multiple locations.
- We will be sending out emails to all captains the day before the tournament allowing them to check-in remotely. This will keep us from having long check-in lines. If you are a captain, please keep this in mind and check your emails before the tournament.
- Commemorative cups probably can't happen this year. Limiting the exchange of reusable cups is a big focus in bars and restaurants in our area. We will know more about this change by the end of the month.
- We will need to limit the number of teams in certain divisions to allow us to add more open spaces around the courts. Any caps will be announced soon.
- There will be increased hand wash stations and hand sanitizer available.
Final Note: We are willing to sacrifice a lot to be able to play some volleyball on our normal weekend, and we hope that you are willing to do the same. If not, we won't hold it against you and hope to see you next year. Full refunds, for any reason, are available until July 3rd.
Jun 13, 2020 - Custom Event Tees
The 2020 Waupaca Boatride tee is a throwback to one of our most popular designs from the past. For the first year ever we are offering CHOOSE YOUR OWN COLOR tees to support safe social distancing and just plain add more fun to the mix. Know your group!
Details: For a limited-time, Kamena Outdoor is offering a chance for your group to preorder their own colored event t-shirts. MUST ORDER BEFORE JUNE 17th - Minimum 8 tees. They will also have lots of styles available onsite at the event. Preorder Now
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Jun 1, 2020 - Tournament Update
We are actively planning to hold our event. We have been working with the city as well as the County Health Department in order to run our event safely. We've been told, unless there is a large outbreak in our immediate area, we're good to go and should plan accordingly.
Some things we are working on:
Register with confidence, as teams are eligible for full refunds until July 3rd.
- We are in the process of working with the Local Health Department on Safety Procedures.
- Potentially moving everything outside and adding more large tents.
- Changing to an online check-in process.
- We are in conversation with sanitation people to provide greater service in this department.
- Potentially spacing out courts more.
- Still working on a solution for the Open Championship Courts - but should know soon.
May 27, 2020 - All Sand Tournaments are Open for Registration
We are excited to announce that our Open level Sand Doubles tournament is now an AVP Next Gold event, which means better competition, more prize money and an AVP main draw bid. The tournament starts on Thursday, July 9th and will be a 2-day, double elimination with Olympic Crossover format. Start times will be determined later.
Apr 28, 2020 - Update: We're Still On
There's a lot of uncertainty around the country about what the summer is going to look like for large events once the pandemic restrictions begin to be lifted. Our official stance: we will host an event as long as the government allows it. We're operating and preparing for the 2020 event as we normally would, plus we're working closely with the county health department to stay on top of any new rules or developments. That being said, registration is open for the grass events and sand events will open soon. Register with confidence, as teams are eligible for full refunds until July 3rd.
Grass Registration is Open for the 37th Annual Waupaca Boatride/US Open Grass Volleyball Tournament. The event will be held at Brighton Acres, The Bar of Oshkosh and Rev's Bowl Bar & Grill in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 9-12, 2020. Last year we had over 1,800 teams and nearly 5,700 players from around the country competing on over 300 courts. Register Now
Apr 22, 2020 - Photo Contest Voting
Thank you to everyone that sent in their photos of the 2019 Waupaca Boatride Tournament. We received hundreds of photos from 45 different people. We've added over 90 of the best ones to our Facebook page for you to vote on. View the Photos Now!
Please vote for your favorite photos by Liking and Sharing them. Winners will receive entry fees or Boatride gear. You may Like as many photos as you want. You may also tag people in the photos if you know who they are. Voting ends on Sunday, May 10. The amount of Likes represents 60% of the voting process. The other 40% is from the vote of the Waupaca Boatride panel.
Mar 13, 2020 - Event Status
Update: We have no intention of canceling our event at this time. We are moving forward with preparations for Waupaca Boatride 2020 and look forward to seeing you all in July.
Refund Policy: The registration deadline is July 3, 2020 at 9am CST. If you signed up and paid but cannot make the tournament, you must let us know prior to the deadline to get a refund. Refunds will not be given after the deadline for any reason.
Mar 3, 2020 - 2020 Grass Registration is Now Open
Registration is now open for the grass portion of the 2020 Waupaca Boatride/US Open Grass Volleyball Tournament. The event will be held at Brighton Acres, The Bar of Oshkosh and Rev's Bowl Bar & Grill in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 9-12, 2020.
Sand Registration: We have a big announcement coming soon about this year's sand tournaments.
Friday July 10: Coed Quads, Juniors Quads and Grass Doubles
Saturday July 11: Mens & Womens Triples
Sunday July 12: Reverse Coed Quads
Dec 21, 2019 - 2020 Dates
The Waupaca Boatride Volleyball Tournament is always scheduled around the second Saturday of July. The dates for 2020 are July 9-12. Tournament registration will open in February 2020.
Jul 9, 2019 - Pool Assignments and Court Map Released
2019 Friday Court Map
2019 Saturday Court Map
2019 Sunday Court Map
- Please remember that check in for triples begins on Friday July 12 at 5:00pm and Saturday July 13 at 6:30am.
- Changes/additions since Tuesday 07/09/19 are not reflected in the Pools document .
- Your Pool or Court Number may change. Look at the Pool Play Boards when you check-in. Its also possible that no-shows may affect what court you are playing on.
- Above Pool Assignments are for Friday Coed Quads and Grass Doubles, Saturday Triples and Sunday Reverse Quad and Grass Coed Doubles. Pools for Juniors Quads, Juniors Sand Doubles and all Sand Doubles will be announced the day of.
Jun 30, 2019 - 2019 Event T-Shirt Design
Plastic Clothing/Kamena Outdoor will be back with this year's event merchandise and plenty of other volleyball wear. Here's this year's design.
Jun 29, 2019 - New Vendor: Mizuno
Mizuno is joining us this year and will be offering some good turf shoe options for the grass. They will also have items such as socks, swimwear, under gear, pads, accessories and more. Check out what they have to offer at mizunousa.com.
Jun 24, 2019 - Parker John's BBQ & Wings is Our New Food Vendor
Brighton Acres and Waupaca Boatride are pleased to announce Parker John's BBQ & Wings as our new food vendor. They are offering the most extensive menu we've ever had, check it out here: Waupaca Boatride Menu 2019. If you want to check them out any other time of the year, they have locations in Menasha, Sheboygan and Kiel. More details can be found at parkerjohns.com.
Jun 14, 2019 - Tito's Handmade Vodka Partners with Waupaca Boatride
Tito's Handmade Vodka has become the newest sponsor and fundraising partner of Grass Hoppers Sport, Inc (Waupaca Boatride). Tito's will donate $1 of every Tito's cocktail purchased at this year's event to the Waupaca Boatride Volleyball Tournament scholarship fund.
Jun 13, 2019 - Eric Zaun (1993-2019)
The Waupaca Boatride family has lost one of it's champions this week. We are saddened by the sudden loss of Eric Zaun, winner of the 2018 Men's Open Sand Doubles and Grass Triples Tournaments. Our hearts and our prayers are with his family and friends.
Jun 5, 2019 - Art Contest Results
Lisa Wronski's water color painting of the finals court received so many votes in the photo contest, that it only seemed fair to create this new art category and give out two top prizes this year.
Jun 5, 2019 - Photo Contest Results
Congratulations to our winners:
1st Place: Andrew Meier's Cloudy Jump Serve
2nd Place: Sarah Aumann's Bob Ball
3rd Place: Jim Garman's No Touch
4th Place: Kelly Roble's Blue Shadows
Thank you to everyone that sent us photos and to all those that voted. Even if your photos didn't win the contest, we could possibly use them in this year's marketing materials, for which you would be credited. View all of the contest photos here.
May 24, 2019 - Camping Registration is Open
Camping registration for the 2019 Waupaca Boatride Volleyball Tournament is now open.
Camping is a cheap alternative to hotels as it's one flat price for the whole weekend versus a per night rate. The campground is located right across the street from Brighton Acres and all of the festivities.
There are three types of campsites that you can register for: a 20x40 foot regular site ($65 for the weekend), a 20x40 foot family/quiet site ($65 for the weekend) and a 40x40 foot RV/double site ($115 for the weekend).
May 15, 2019 - Lloy Ball To Run Juniors Clinic Again
We're hosting a juniors clinic on Thursday, July 11, 2019. The clinic will feature gold medalist Lloy Ball and his team of coaches and is open to boys and girls ages 10-18. Part of the day will be spent on sand courts, and part on the grass courts. Shoes are not necessary for the grass, but suggested. Juniors Clinic Registration
Lloy Ball was a setter for the American national team from 1993-2008, and a participant of four Olympic Games. He led Team USA to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and was voted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2015.
May 3, 2019 - Wilson Becomes Our New Ball Sponsor
The Wilson AVP ball is the new official ball of the Waupaca Boatride Volleyball Tournament.
May 3, 2019 - We're Adding 6 More Sand Courts at Brighton Acres
We are adding 6 new sand courts at Brighton Acres. Construction of the courts will begin as soon as it dries up a little.
Apr 29, 2019 - Waupaca Boatride Joins Forces with AVP America
Waupaca Boatride is excited to announce that we have entered a partnership with AVP America for all of our sand tournaments. Partnering with AVP America will offer us help with tournament preparation and seeding, give us some more national exposure, and offer some added benefits to our participants. As an AVP America member, participants will receive AVP ranking points, AVP event discounts, AVP online store discounts, as well as discounts with AVP sponsors such as Wilson, Plastic, Park & Sun and more. For more information, or to sign up, please visit: avpamerica.com.
All sand tournaments are now open for registration. Fri. July 12: Mens & Womens Sand Doubles, Under 6' Sand Doubles - Sun. July 14: Coed Sand Doubles, Juniors Sand Doubles
All sand volleyball players must have a valid AVP Membership number to register for our tournaments. If you are not already a member, you can signup at avpamerica.com.
Apr 4, 2019 - Photo Contest Voting
Thank you to everyone that has sent in their photos last year. We received hundreds of photos from 25 different people. We've added 70 of the best ones to our Facebook page for you to vote on. View the Photos Now!
Please vote for your favorite photos by Liking and Sharing them. Winners will receive entry fees or Boatride gear. You may Like as many photos as you want. You may also tag people in the photos if you know who they are. Voting ends on Wednesday Mar 8. The amount of Likes represents 60% of the voting process. The other 40% is from the vote of the Waupaca Boatride panel.
Mar 8, 2019 - 2019 Grass Registration is Now Open
Registration is now open for the grass portion of the 2019 Waupaca Boatride/US Open Grass Volleyball Tournament. The event will be held at Brighton Acres, The Bar of Oshkosh and Rev's Bowl Bar & Grill in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 12-14, 2019.
Sand Registration: We have some big news brewing for the sand tournaments. Details and registration coming soon.
2019 change: We have split the Reverse Coed Quads on Sunday into Power and Pure divisions. In Power Reverse, guys can hit from behind a 10' line. In Pure Reverse, guys can't hit.
The full lineup of tournaments:
Friday July 12: Coed Quads, Juniors Quads, Mens & Womens Sand Doubles, Sand Doubles (Under 6') and Grass Doubles
Saturday July 13: Mens & Womens Triples
Sunday July 14: Reverse Coed Quads, Coed Sand Doubles and Juniors Sand Doubles
Oct 21, 2018 - 2019 Dates
The Waupaca Boatride Volleyball Tournament is always scheduled around the second Saturday of July. The dates for 2019 are July 12-14. Tournament registration will open in February 2019.
Jul 17, 2018 - Photo Contest Submissions
We're officially taking submissions for the photo contest. Some of the photos we've already seen are amazing, so send them to us by the end of the month and we'll post our favorites to Facebook and have a contest. The Grand prize is a free entry to next year's event, and if we use your photos for our 2018 marketing materials, we will make sure to give you credit. To submit your photos, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If there are many of them, or they are too large to send via email, please share them them via DropBox or Google Drive. *2017 Contest Winner (above)
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